Chocolate Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups buttermilk
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. [...]

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Hazelnut Sponge Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
12 eggs, separated
8 ounces light brown sugar
14 ounces hazelnut flour
4 ounces all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 ounces granulated sugar
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
Chocolate block, for decorating
Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating
DIRECTIONS
Preheat to 350°F.
Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment.
In a metal bowl, with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand [...]

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Lemon Bars with Pecan Crust

Makes 24 squares
INGREDIENTS
For the crust
1 cup flour
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup pecans, finely ground
1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
For lemon layer
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 2⁄3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons (3 to 4 lemons) lemon zest, grated
2⁄3 freshly squeezed lemon juice
2⁄3 cup flour
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the [...]

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Polenta Cake with Summer Stone Fruit

INGREDIENTS
1½ cup (6 ounces) all purpose flour
¼ cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Combine dry ingredients. Cream butter, sugar, lemon zest until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mix until [...]

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