Strawberry Sponge Cake

Strawberry Cake in Japan has so thoroughly pervaded the dessert scene that it tends to be the go-to cake for any occasion. Christmas Cake? Check. Birthday Cake? Check. Cake with Tea Time? Definitely. I’ve never been to a cake store or bakery in Japan that didn’t have Strawberry Cake.

Unfortunately, Japanese-style Strawberry Cake cannot be easily found state-side; and when I returned from Japan, I experienced some serious cake-withdrawals. So what is a girl to do? Scour the internet for the perfect recipe! Enter: Cooking with Dog Christmas Cake with the perfect Strawberry Cake recipe to meet my cravings and general cake needs…

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Oma’s Apple Pie

As you’ve probably noticed, many of my baked good recipes come from my Oma (Oma is German for grandmother). My father taught me to cook, but it was Oma who taught me to bake. Baking was actually a love of mine long before the cooking; those wonderful holiday weekends spent making gingerbread cookies in my Oma’s kitchen, covered in flour, and wrapped in the apron she made me, sparked my need to show affection with baked goods.

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Sweet Potato Pie

Alright, so admittedly I’ve been a terrible blogger for the last month; but I’m in the process of preparing enough posts to take me through to the new year. I also promise a couple “extra” posts during the holiday season to make up for the ones I’ve missed.

So without further adieu, here is a new recipe recently added to my arsenal that’s just perfect for the holiday season: sweet potato pie.

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Pie Crust

My Oma gave me this pie crust recipe about 4 years ago, and I’ve never gone back since. It’s simple, flaky, and delicious enough to eat by itself. You can even freeze it for up to a month or make it 1-2 days ahead of time. I use this same crust for anything from Pie Crust cookies (which will be the next post), to double-crusted fruit pies, to pumpkin pie. It’s truly versatile and nearly impossible to ruin. Just follow the recipe and you’ll be golden!

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Peach Cobbler with Ginger

This is another one of those nostalgic recipes from my Oma. Peach Cobbler is one of the few desserts that I only ever liked made by Oma. Most cobblers are overly sweet and the peach flavor drowns in the sugar. To further enhance her recipe, I also added ginger, just like she does with jam, and the resulting pie was positively to die for (I’m not bragging here; my fiance and I both licked our plates clean).

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Review – The Smitten Kitchen Lemon Bars

So I know I entitled this article “Review”, but it’s not exactly a review. Why, you ask? Well, I have to be honest, my lemon bars didn’t come out as good as I expected, but I can’t blame that on Smitten Kitchen (who is a major cooking inspiration and a favorite recipe-provider of mine). You see, I may have not so accidentally, not exactly read the recipe…

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