Peach and Bourbon Bars

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The farmers market is in full force here in Omaha and I absolutely could not pass up the opportunity to bring home a few lovely peaches.  As they sat on my counter, I thought about what I might do with them besides just slice and eat (which is perfectly fine).  I ran across a few inspirations online and decided to sort of mash them all together and add a few of my own ingredients.

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Strawberry and Crème Fraîche Scones with Brown Sugar Crumble

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This last Sunday was the second week of the farmers market here in Omaha and it was a gorgeous day.  Just a week ago, the sky was overcast and there was a biting wind slapping us in the face.  Not a fun trip to the market at all.  The start of the farmers market always gets me excited because it signifies the beginning of strawberry season.  In fact, my strawberries in the garden are starting to flower as I type this…

Now, we didn’t see any this last Sunday, but it’s okay, as I had picked up a container of organic strawberries from Whole Foods.  They were plump and flavorful, and I knew I wanted to make scones with them.  Luckily, one of my favorite websites, The Kitchn, had the same idea!

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These scones were destined for dessert, but of course would be great as a breakfast or brunch item.  You could even substitute different fresh fruits for the strawberries.  I think they would be lovely with fresh blueberries, chopped fresh peaches, or even fresh apricots.

Scones are probably some of the easiest baked goods to make.  If you consider yourself kitchen-challenged, scones are definitely do-able.

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Failures and Wins (Apple Cake with Bourbon, Cardamom, and Thyme)

When it comes to cooking and baking, I’m no quitter.  I will try and try again if something doesn’t work out.  In my last post you may have read that I had a terrible day in which most things went horribly wrong.  One of those things was a cake.  I wanted to bake a seasonal cake – something to go with the perfect autumn weather we’ve been having here in the Midwest.

For reasons which befuddle me, the cake was a colossal disaster.  I ended its short life by throwing it, defeated, into the garbage can.  I just don’t get it.  I bake all the time.  I know ratios of flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.  I understand sizes and shapes of cake pans in relation to baking time.  This one just got away from me.

I had an off day.  Cake 1, Sara 0.  But not for long.

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Cake Walk

Always with the cake, right?  You’re thinking, “Geez, Sara, do you only bake cakes??  Can’t/won’t you do anything else??”  Of course I will.  But right now, I want to bake cakes.  Lots of them.  All the time.  I want to have a bake sale every day at my house.  Maybe even a cake walk, sort of like musical chairs.  Yes!  That is what I want.

Okay, so the cake you see above is one of two that I made in the same week.  No joke.  It is a brown sugar bundt cake with diced pears (and apples, if you want).  Oh boy.  It was gooood.

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