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Nicole Rees

  • Recipe

    Chewy Sugar Cookies

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    Banana Split Brownies

    With a topping of marshmallows, crunchy almonds, and banana-infused ganache, these brownies are like a classic banana split, minus the ice cream. Adding an overripe banana to the batter keeps…

  • Recipe

    Pork Braised in Banana Leaves with Manchamantel Sauce

    Banana leaves add a tea-like herbal note to the pork. The accompanying sauce, called manchamantel (or “tablecloth stainer”), is a specialty of Oaxaca, Mexico, and combines the sweetness of banana…

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    Overnight Banana Sticky Buns with Pecans

    Ripe bananas make this dough moist and fragrant and infuse the caramel-pecan sauce with rich flavor. Preparing the dough and the filling the night before means the buns just need…

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    Lemon-Glazed Banana Scones with Crystallized Ginger

    Crystallized ginger and lemon zest complement the assertive banana flavor in these scones. While scones are usually best the day they’re made, added moisture from the banana will keep these…

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    Coffee-Toffee Pecan Pie

    With notes of butterscotch, espresso, and bourbon, this is a pecan pie like no other. For more pie recipes visit The Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner.

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    Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries and Brown Sugar Streusel

    A hint of spice lets the delicate flavor of the pears shine through, while the dried cherries are a welcome alternative to traditional raisins. For more pie recipes visit The Guide…

  • Recipe

    Spiced Rum Fruitcake

    Although it’s rich in history and holds a permanent spot in many family recipe boxes, fruitcake is a much-maligned confection in the United States. That’s unfortunate, because this classic rich, dark cake made…

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    Cherry-Almond-Fig Fruitcake

    Cherries and figs need to soak longer than other dried fruit, so be sure to start soaking them at least 4 days before baking. Cognac (or brandy) is too strong…

  • How-To

    How to Make Fruitcake

    Try the real thing (rum-soaked fruit!) and there’s no going back.