Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl Treats

Cereal Bar Treats

When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to eat sugary cereals on school days. I could eat them all I wanted during the summer and weekends, but weekdays….not so much. This kind of bummed me out, because I loved Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Corn Pops and pretty much any other cereal that wasn’t the most nutritionally sound choice. Now before you start feeling bad for me – you should probably know that my Dad woke up early every school day to make my brother and me an insanely good homemade breakfast. We’re talking Belgian waffles, pancakes, crepes, that thing where cut a hole in toast and cook an egg in it……breakfasts totally unworthy of elementary school kids and probably the reason why I’m still so obsessed with good breakfast as an adult. So I really have no reason to complain. But man, do I love sugary cereal. Continue reading

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The Earnest Baker Holiday Menu

Holiday Gift Box

Homemade Pop Tarts – $2 per Pop Tart, minimum order of 4
The breakfast treat you loved as a kid, but with a grown-up twist. Flavors like Brown Sugar, Strawberry, and Nutella are enclosed in a light, flaky pastry. Simply place them in your toaster for a warm, delicious treat anytime of the day. New holiday flavors include Plum and Maple Pecan.

Walnut-Pecan Thumbprints (Vegan) – $.75 per cookie, minimum order 12
The healthiest cookie you’ll ever eat. A hearty, but tender walnut-pecan thumbprint with fruit preserves in the middle. And by request, now made with certified non-GMO canola oil!

Mini-Almond Cakes (Gluten-Free) – $1 per cake, minimum order 12
Moist bite-sized almond cakes made with browned butter and, for the holidays, topped with cranberries.

Mexican Wedding Cookies – $.75 per cookie, minimum order 12
My absolute favorite holiday cookie….buttery, melt-in-your mouth pecan cookies dusted with confectioner’s sugar.

Salted Caramel Brownies – $2.50 per brownie, minimum order of 4
The ultimate salty/sweet treat – a thick layer of salted caramel sandwiched between a fudgy dark chocolate brownie.

Mint Chocolate Brownies – $2.50 per brownie, minimum order of 4
The perfect holiday brownie, a supremely chocolaty fudge brownie with a layer of chocolate mint candies in the middle.

* 24 hour notice required for all orders. Please contact me at Kristine@TheEarnestBaker.com to place orders. Thanks!

Best Ever Butterscotch Cookies for My Pops

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Today is kind of a big day.  Today is what I like to (jokingly) call my Dad’s “Old Man Birthday.”  That’s right….today my Dad is turning 70 and Fiancé and I are in town to help him celebrate.  And yes, Boyfriend is now Fiancé and since I feel so weird and even a little pretentious typing out the word fiancé all the time – he will now be referred to as “Dude” (per his request).  So as I was saying, Dude and I made a special effort to make sure we were able to spend my Dad’s birthday with him.  For me, it was especially important to be there.  I mean this is the man who taught me how to bake and has in so many ways shaped the person I am today.  While most girls like to say, “I’m turning into my Mother” – the phrase you’re more likely to hear out of my mouth is, “Holy crap, I’ve turned into my Dad.”  I usually say this about once every couple of months to Dude, who whole heartedly agrees with my statement.

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Worst Blogger Ever (and the Best Mango Lime Pie and Key Lime Pie Ever)

Key Lime Pie

Sooooo…………how’s it going?  I guess it’s been a little while since my last post.  I’ve been meaning to write, but as you can see that hasn’t panned out too well.  I’m starting to feel like the parent who promises to take their kid fishing at the cabin and then bails at the last minute and leaves the kid sad and disappointed on the front stoop decked out in all their fishing gear (and yes, that’s an Arrested Development reference).  As it turns out though, I have a legitimate excuse for being such a neglectful blogger the past couple months.  Business has been steadily growing over the summer (which is beyond awesome) and I’m currently looking into expanding The Earnest Baker.  Hopefully I’ll have some exciting news to share within the next couple months, so stay tuned for that!

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Tuesday’s Market Menu – July 16, 2013

Almond Cakes

Mini-Almond Cakes (gluten-free):  Moist bite-sized almond cakes made with browned butter and topped with seasonal fresh fruit.

Homemade Pop Tarts:  The breakfast treat you loved as a kid, but with a grown-up twist.  Flavors like Brown Sugar, Strawberry, and Nutella are enclosed in a light, flaky pastry.  Simply place them in your toaster for a warm, delicious treat anytime of the day!

Salted Caramel Brownies:  The ultimate salty/sweet treat – a thick layer of salted caramel sandwiched between a fudgey dark chocolate brownie.

Huckleberry-Blueberry Streusel Bars:  A buttery shortbread crust is layered with a mix of huckleberries and blueberries and a crumbly streusel topping.

Chocolate Truffle Cookies (gluten-free and dairy-free):  A deep, dark, fudgey chocolate cookie studded with walnuts.

Walnut-Pecan Thumbprints (Vegan):  The healthiest cookie you’ll ever eat.  A hearty, but tender walnut-pecan thumbprint with fruit preserves in the middle.  The perfect fuel for your backcountry adventures this summer!

Tuesday’s Market Menu – June 25, 2013

Nutella Pop Tarts

Homemade Pop Tarts:  The breakfast treat you loved as a kid, but with a grown-up twist.  Flavors like Brown Sugar, Strawberry, and Nutella are enclosed in a light, flaky pastry.  Simply place them in your toaster for a warm, delicious treat anytime of the day!

Salted Caramel Brownies:  The ultimate salty/sweet treat – a thick layer of salted caramel sandwiched between a fudgey dark chocolate brownie.

Chocolate Malted Brownies:  The nostalgic flavor of a Chocolate Malt Shake comes to life in the form of a brownie.

Huckleberry-Blueberry Streusel Bars:  A buttery shortbread crust is layered with a mix of Huckleberries and Blueberries and a crumbly streusel topping.

Chocolate Truffle Cookies (GF):  A deep, dark, fudgey chocolate cookie studded with walnuts.

Walnut-Pecan Thumbprints (Vegan):  The healthiest cookie you’ll ever eat.  A hearty, but tender walnut-pecan thumbprint with fruit preserves in the middle.  The perfect fuel for your backcountry adventures this summer!

Nutella Stuffed Cookies:  A classic Chocolate Chip Cookie made with browned butter and sea salt envelopes a hidden surprise in the middle – Nutella!

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Dark Chocolate and Pecans

Today marks the first official day of Summer (best day ever), which means the hot sunny days of ice cream and BBQs are finally here.  Last week I was in Miami and had my first ice cream craving of the summer.  So I stopped by Whip N Dip (a staple for all born and raised Miami folks) and decided to buy an ice cream sandwich that was, no joke, the size of my face.  It was incredible.  I’m not sure if it’s because it was crazy hot outside or because it was the largest ice cream sandwich on the face of the earth, but I started wondering why I don’t make these more often.  When I was in college I used to make ice cream sandwiches all the time for my roommates and myself……….that could explain why we all weighed a good 5 to 10 pounds more back then.  To me, ice cream sandwiches are synonymous with Summer.  When I was a little kid, I used to love getting a Chipwich from the ice cream truck.  There was just something about those soft chocolate chip cookies and cold vanilla ice cream rolled in mini-chocolate chips that spoke to me.  It was and still is the perfect dessert for a long hot summer day.

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Tuesday’s Market Menu – June 18, 2013

Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Chocolate Truffle Cookies (GF):  A deep, dark, fudgey chocolate cookie studded with walnuts.

Salted Caramel Brownies:  The ultimate salty/sweet treat – a thick layer of salted caramel sandwiched between a fudgey dark chocolate brownie.

Chocolate Malted Brownies:  The nostalgic flavor of a Chocolate Malt Shake comes to life in the form of a brownie.

Homemade Pop Tarts:  The breakfast treat you loved as a kid, but with a grown-up twist.  Flavors like Brown Sugar, Strawberry, and Nutella are enclosed in a light, flaky pastry.  Simply place them in your toaster for a warm, delicious treat anytime of the day!

Huckleberry-Blueberry Streusel Bars:  A buttery shortbread crust is layered with a mix of Huckleberries and Blueberries and crumbly streusel topping.

Tuesday’s Market Menu – June 11, 2013

Backcountry Thumbprints

Backcountry Thumbprints (Vegan):  The healthiest cookie you’ll ever eat.  A hearty, but tender walnut-pecan thumbprint with fruit preserves in the middle.  The perfect fuel for your backcountry adventures this summer!

Salted Caramel Brownies:  The ultimate salty/sweet treat – a thick layer of salted caramel sandwiched between a fudgey dark chocolate brownie.

Chocolate Malted Brownies:  The nostalgic flavor of a Chocolate Malt Shake comes to life in the form of a brownie.

Homemade Pop Tarts:  The breakfast treat you loved as a kid, but with a grown-up twist.  Flavors like Brown Sugar and Strawberry are enclosed in a light, flaky pastry.  Simply place them in your toaster for a warm, delicious treat anytime of the day!

Oatmeal Biscoff Cookies:  A chewy Oatmeal Cookie is taken to a new level with the addition of Biscoff Spread and rum-soaked raisins.

Huckleberry-Blueberry Streusel Bars:  A buttery shortbread crust is layered with a mix of Huckleberries and Blueberries and crumbly streusel topping.

Chocolate Truffle Cookies (GF):  A deep, dark, fudgey chocolate cookie with hazelnuts.

Tuesday’s Market Menu – June, 4 2013

Salted Caramel Brownies Tomorrow marks the first day of the Bogert Farmer’s Market 2013 Season, which means in about 24 hours The Earnest Baker is officially open for business!  I can’t believe it’s finally here and I’m so excited to share some more details with you guys.  Each Tuesday I’ll feature a rotating menu of about six different products.  I plan on having a wide variety of options, including some vegan and gluten-free items.  To make things easy for you guys, I’ll be posting Tuesday’s menu on my blog each week.  This way you’ll know exactly what items will be available and can plan ahead.

Tuesday’s Market Menu will be posted each Monday afternoon.  If you notice that one of your favorite items happens to be on there and you’d like me to set some aside from you – just send me a message!  And starting in about two weeks, I’ll also be taking special requests for Market Day (details regarding that will be posted next week).  This week’s menu features my six absolute favorite items.  Over the past four months, I’ve worked hard developing and testing recipes and, at the end of that process, these desserts are the ones I love most and can’t get enough of.  I hope you like them as much as I do!

Tuesday’s Market Menu (June 4, 2013)

Salted Caramel Brownies :  The ultimate salty/sweet treat – a thick layer of salted caramel sandwiched between a fudgey dark chocolate brownie.

Financiers (Gluten-Free):  Moist bite-sized almond cakes topped with seasonal fresh fruit.

Homemade Pop TartsThe breakfast treat you loved as a kid, but with a grown-up twist.  Flavors like Brown Sugar, Nutella, and Strawberry are enclosed in a light, flaky pastry.  Simply place them in your toaster for a warm, delicious treat any time of the day!

Nutella Stuffed CookiesA classic Chocolate Chip Cookie made with browned butter and sea salt envelopes a hidden surprise in the middle – Nutella!

Backcountry Thumbprints (Vegan):  The healthiest cookie you’ll ever eat.  A hearty, but tender walnut-pecan thumbprint with fruit preserves in the middle.  The perfect fuel for your backcountry adventures this summer!

Matcha Pound Cake:  A rich, buttery pound cake made with Matcha green tea and Caramelized White Chocolate.