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This one is tender, moist, and sits like a prim school-marmish loaf, but wafts a banana walnut fragrance that seduces in a slice. Recipes with too much banana make a rubbery, dense loaf. This one is purrfect. I like this with raisins and chocolate chips but you can make it with nuts alone or not. Why buy Banana Nut Cereal when you can have the real thing. Shucks. You can also leave out the nuts, use caramel or Heath Bar chips or use raisins or toss in a half-cup of toasted coconut or minced macadamia nuts and glaze the whole thing with a lemon or chocolate glaze. We start with Basic Banana Cake 101 and next thing you know -it's Banana Calculus. Factor in the compliments.

A cream cheese glaze coifs this wonderful orange pound cake just so. Jaffa oranges from Israel, are world famous. This  cake emits a heady aroma of an orange grove, baker style, as it bakes.

This dandy little fruity-cake is ideal for a quick fruitcake that is fruity enough but not offensive nor reeking with candied fruit. Tea, rather than spirits, provides a lot of flavor. Good immediately after baking and cooling but ages well nonetheless. A great starter fruitcake and ideal as a gift.


A nutty and satisfying slice.

A large, commercial bakery that still exists, used to make these marvelous little corn cakes. They look like one of those Betty Crocker kid-sized layer cakes but are a cross between cornbread and a corn muffin. The company no longer makes these but everyone that knew them remembered these delightful corn cakes as being great either warmed up in a toaster plain, buttered, or with jam. A drizzle of melted butter and honey gives these the characteristic Pom Bakery moist surface and makes the corn flavor positively sing out. These freeze beautifully. To bake, you scoop them with an ice-cream scooper and them pat them down slightly. They obligingly bake up into flat, moist cakes no bigger than 4-5 good bites. Stuffed with fiber rich stoneground cornmeal or use regular cornmeal. If you could find a Mary Ann mold or a tiny layer cake pan, a la Betty Crocker kids' bakeset vintage - that would be the perfect mold for these (to make them Pom Bakery authentic). If baking in a mold, let the batter be a tiny bit softer (as the mold will support them). These are delicious as well as nostalgic.

Fruitcakes are fine but pecans are nutty and nostalgic. Fat pecans as well as toasted ground hazelnuts dominate this butter and brown-sugar laced batter. A soaking in pecan liqueur ensures it is sweet, moist and flavorful.If you cannot find pecan liqueur, use Frangelico which is a hazelnut liqueur. This is not really a bread, it is more a sweet, luscious nut cake. The fragrance of the baked cake is an incredible bouquet of nutty sweetness. The crumb of the cake is perfect.

A terrific combination.

I think anytime is the right time for a soda bread, especially one with the goodness of pumpkin and spice. This recipe is easy and quick and you wind up with a gorgeous-hued giant rustic bread, fragrant with spice and bursting with plump raisins. Fresh or toasted, this is a soda bread that hits one out of the park.

Yes, that old chestnut -that recipe that is everywhere and that they tell you you can bake a bit of it each day, ultimately holding the batter for 6 weeks. Ummm, no thank you. The notion of raw eggs handing around has no appeal not to mention, 6 weeks in a cold, wet environment tries the patience of even Clabber Girl's outstanding baking powder. But that stuff notwithstanding, you know –these are rather good.  Bake it the whole batch (double the recipe if you want), and freeze the muffins. These have been respun with a touch of honey and banana chunks. You could even use half peanut butter to replace the oil.

The pure buttery taste, with a trace of lemon zest, of this classic British loaf is wonderfully satisfying. You may wish to substitute chocolate chips for the currants if you prefer.

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