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Mandel Bread (Mandelbrot)

Mandel Bread is an Eastern European Jewish cookie, not bread at all. It is twice-baked and is very much like its Italian cousin, Biscotti. My Grandma Bea used to make it and the chilly weather here in Chicago this past week reminded me of fall and winter days when we would sit in the house and make it together. Missing her so, I had to recreate that feeling; nostalgia was calling. The only thing is, her recipe was more like a “little bit of this and a little bit of that”! Luckily, my friend Cerise came to the rescue, sharing her grandmother’s recipe with me. I also found a wonderful recipe online and, with a few of my grandmother’s touches...

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Tres Leches in Mason Jars

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads, Grandfathers, Dog & Cat Dads, Step-Dads, Like-Dads! This Sunday I'll be making Tres Leches again, but this time in Mason Jars. They've been a hit with my family and we hope they will be for your Father's Day celebration too. Yields: 10-12 individual servings INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder  ½ cup unsalted butter  1 cup white sugar   5 eggs  ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste  2 cups whole milk  1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk  1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk  1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream  1 cup white sugar  1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste. DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9x13-inch...

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