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Salted Caramel, Chocolate, & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Cupcakes

August 5, 2015
Salted Caramel, Chocolate, & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Cakes  - 4 layers of indulgence make up this epic dessert: chocolate cupcake, salted caramel chocolate ganache, vanilla bean ice cream, and salted caramel drizzle. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’ve hesitated for a long time on whether to share these ice cream cupcakes, partly because they’re a little bit high-maintenance, and partly because after a while, the photos started to seem a bit lackluster and destroyed my motivation. But for some reason, I’ve kept all those photos on my computer anyhow and kept the […]

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Glazed Blueberry-Vanilla Scones

May 5, 2015
Glazed Blueberry Vanilla Bean Scones - fluffy and tender scones with an amazing vanilla flavor and juicy bits of blueberry taking center stage - plus a sweet, colorful blueberry glaze! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I have this MAJOR piece of news, which is that I’m leaving for London and Greece in about a week (!!!), and that means that at this moment I’m caught somewhere between being crazy-excited for what’s coming up and freaked out about all the stuff that needs to get done before then. I kept telling […]

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Vanilla Bean Scones

March 26, 2015
Vanilla Bean Scones | slightly crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and topped with a sweet vanilla bean glaze for maximum flavor. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I feel like scones are such happy food, don’t you think? I mean, how can you picture yourself sitting down in the morning with a fresh scone on your plate and a cup of coffee at your side and not feel happy? I dare you to try, really; it just can’t happen. Now, there’s clearly […]

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Kumquat Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

March 10, 2015
Kumquat Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is that time where I cover my face with my hands and plead guilty to the fact that I’m SO behind schedule. It just figures that one of the few times where I actually hint at what’s coming up next, I manage to flub things up and postpone everything to the last possible minute – […]

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Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones

February 2, 2015
Zested Orange & Vanilla Bean Scones  - light, buttery, tender scones with the perfect amount of crispy edges and fresh citrusy flavor.

Have I mentioned before that scones are basically my favorite thing ever? HELLO crispy-edged, buttery little bites of goodness that are super-easy to make. I like you. ♡ Here’s the thing; when I’m feeling ambitious, I make fancy cupcakes with whipped ganache and all that jazz. When I feel like putting in effort is just short of […]

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Blueberry Jam-Swirled Buttermilk Muffins

November 24, 2014
Blueberry Jam-Swirled Buttermilk Muffins - Buttermilk muffins flecked with vanilla bean and swirled with sweet blueberry jam - like a classic pancake meal in muffin form. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I would venture to say that someday – although who knows when – pancakes will make an appearance on this blog. We’ll save that for a time when I actually decide to make good old-fashioned pancakes FROM SCRATCH and play the role of a normal food blogger who has a go-to pancake recipe. Or scratch that […]

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Almond Champagne Poached Pears with Almond Whipped Cream {GF}

October 28, 2014
Almond Champagne Poached Pears with Almond Whipped Cream | www.brighteyedbaker.com

One of the things that I LOVE about what I do is that I’m constantly discovering new flavor combinations and exposing myself to new types of food. Pears have not even once made an appearance on the blog before – not because I’d never had a pear before obviously, but because I was never really that […]

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Vanilla Bean Biscotti

September 15, 2014
Vanilla Bean Biscotti - a light, subtly sweet biscotti that's perfect for dunking.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

You guyyyyys… It has literally been ages since I posted a biscotti recipe. And when I say ages, I mean that it was back in the time of recipes that I hardly ever link to because my photography skills were seriously dismal. Today I realized that I definitely need to bring biscotti back into my life again ASAP […]

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Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Loaf Cake

August 13, 2014
Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Loaf Cake - a light, tender, vanilla-flecked and berry-studded loaf.| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I said I was obsessed with whole wheat pastry flour, and I wasn’t kidding. I’m also obsessed with coconut oil, roasted berries, and all things vanilla that I can possibly add to a recipe. This bread – loaf cake – whatever you want to call it, makes all those obsessions completely logical. Favorite quick bread […]

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DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt}

January 14, 2014
DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt} - a naturally sweet and healthy nut butter that you can whip up in minutes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Truth: If I had to pick between peanut butter and almond butter, I’d pick peanut butter any day of the week. Frankly, sometimes almond butter just feels boring to me. BUT, there are times when I’ll whip out the almond butter to make something healthy, and by whip it out, I mean whip it up. […]

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