Gingerbread for construction AND eating!

Making gingerbread houses before Christmas every year is a tradition for a lot of people. My kids don’t get into the construction of the houses but they have always LOVED to decorate them with all types of candy and colored royal icing. Their houses were always cute and colorful but, I’ll be honest…The first couple…

Portuguese Serradura

This blog is, first and foremost, about baking. Sharing recipes for all of my favorite treats and exploring flavors and textures and creating tasty and pretty baked goods. But this blog is also about exploring cultures from around the world. That’s the ‘global’ part of Global Bakes. A lot of my recent posts have been…

Oatmeal Nutters

Mmmmm, nutter butters. One of my favorite childhood treats. I love anything peanut butter but those crunchy pb cookies with pb filling could entice me to eat an entire package in a sitting and only feel mildly guilty. When I bought the beautiful Bouchon Bakery Cookbook and saw a recipe for homemade ‘Better Nutters’, I…

Melt in your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

I finally did it, guys. I’ve been holding out and holding on to summer for as long as I can. I’ve been baking with berries and peaches and anything that reminds me of summer. But it was time. I broke out the pumpkin. Resistance was futile, especially when I woke up the other day at…

Holding on to summer!

I’m not ready. The calendar just switched over to October, there is a chill in the air when I let the dogs out in the morning and the sun doesn’t even peak over the horizon until 7 am.  All signs that winter is fast approaching. So I decided to make ice cream. Not just ice…

Apple Pie Tart

Ahhh, Fall is here. Or so they tell me! Our temps are still in the low 90’s here so it doesn’t feel much like Fall! Now, don’t get me wrong — I’m not complaining! I LOVE hot weather! I never want summer to end and I dread the approach of winter every year! I grew…

Strawberry Pavlova Wreath

Some people may think that the Pavlova is old school. But it has been making a resurgence thanks to numerous appearances on the Great British Bake Off as well other baking and cooking shows. The origin of the Pavlova has been fought over by New Zealand and Australia. The common story is that a chef…

Johnny’s Doughnuts

Every Saturday morning for years, my husband would go to the local doughnut shop and come home with a box that everyone would jump into for breakfast and then snack on throughout the day. We lived in a small town, right down the road from where we live now and EVERYONE went to the Doughnut…

There is actually a National BACON Day?!?!

If you are anything like me, you hear about National This-or-That Day and chuckle that someone actually named a day (or sometimes an entire month!) after some silly thing that you hardly pay attention to. But now that I am writing a food blog, I fell like I should take these things more seriously! I…

It’s almost fall and apples are ready for picking!

You don’t have to wait for ‘apple season’ the way you do with a lot of fruits.  You can almost always get fresh apples at any store.  Try that with my favorite rhubarb and you will be sorely disappointed! And most people have apples on hand for school lunches or afternoon snacks. I eat a…