Passionate Baker is 12! | A Birthday Sundae

Passionate Baker is 12! | A Birthday Sundae

Hi, friends! Happy Sunday! I hope this post finds you relaxing, caffeinating, and in the process of planning a nice walk on this fresh Spring afternoon. At least, that’s what Husband and I are doing. But first! I wanted to drop by ever so quickly 

Small Batch Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Small Batch Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Hello sweet friends, happy Wednesday! Long time no recipe! No seriously – it’s been nearly three months since I last shared a recipe with you! How has it already been three months since these Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits? Bizarre! Anyways, don’t worry, I’m here today with 

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

Hi friends! Oh my lord it is hot – or at least, it was when I was writing and pre-scheduling this post, which I suppose was sometime last week for you. In real-time, I’m currently en route to Bologna, likely thinking about the aperitivo I’ll 

Miracle Overnight Bread; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Miracle Overnight Bread; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Oof, hi friends. Happy Monday! I’ll be coming atcha in a few short days with our monthly catch-up post, but in the meantime I’d like to share a quick cookbook club roundup of sorts. You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve dropped the 

Homemade Dunes Blanche, An Ode to Bordeaux

Homemade Dunes Blanche, An Ode to Bordeaux

Hello friends! I feel like I should start this post with a confession. Forgive me dear reader, for I have sinned, it has been 3-months since my last recipe post. I took a baking hiatus of sorts, but I’ve slowly been easing myself back in. 

Ultimate Chocolate Biscuit Cake, & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Ultimate Chocolate Biscuit Cake, & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Hi friends! Oh my gosh, this post is horribly delayed, and for that I am sorry. I promise though, most of the recipes linked below will make it totally worth the wait. I bring you, November’s cookbook club roundup and our very favourite recipe of 

Banoffee Pie with Honeycomb, & October’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Banoffee Pie with Honeycomb, & October’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Sweet friends, hello. I hope this post finds you well, with a not too long to-do list, and a large enough supply of coffee to get you through it. If it makes you feel better about your list: my list has items carried over from 

Brötchen, Classic Breakfast Rolls; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Brötchen, Classic Breakfast Rolls; & A Cookbook Club Roundup

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in to quickly share our Cookbook Club Roundup for both August and September. As you might be aware, our August pick – Classic German Baking, all the details here – also became our September pick due to my 

Violet’s Cinnamon Buns, & July’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Violet’s Cinnamon Buns, & July’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Happy Friday, friends! How the heck are you? I hope this post finds you well – with plans for a drink later, an outing for tomorrow, and hopefully a hankering for cinnamon buns on Sunday morning. If that’s the case, you’re in luck! I’m here 

Lemon Curd Tartlets

Lemon Curd Tartlets

Happy Thursday, friends! How on earth are you? Has this week felt as busy for you as it has for us? I feel like we’ve been going going going and there’s still so much on my to-do list, namely grocery shopping and laundry – but 

Dreamy Lemon Curd, & June’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Dreamy Lemon Curd, & June’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Friends, hello! I hope this post finds you well! It’s the very last Wednesday of the month and that can only mean one thing: a cookbook club roundup! We spent the month of June deep-diving into three wonderful cookbooks: A Bird in the Hand, Modern 

S’mores Baked Alaska

S’mores Baked Alaska

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! Can you believe it’s nearly the end of June already? I’m starting to chip away at my summer bucket list and #3 on the list – eat more ice cream – is what brings me here today. My humble offering for 

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Chocolate Caramel Squares

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! How the heck are you? Boyfriend is out for the morning and I have spent my alone time thus far dancing around the house in a caffeine induced haze. You know those times when you get the house all to yourself 

Cream Cheese Brownies; and May’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Cream Cheese Brownies; and May’s Cookbook Club Roundup

Hi friends! How are you on this rare beautiful sunny morning? Boyfriend & I were up early to get down the seafront for a walk before the weather changed its mind. It was so lovely! We were back home, caffeinated, and ready to start the 

Boyfriend’s Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Boyfriend’s Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

Hello friends! Today’s recipe comes to us courtesy of Boyfriend and I’m so glad I can finally share it here on the blog. See, Boyfriend tells a wonderful tale about having breakfast in Locanda Verde – the Tribeca restaurant owned by Robert De Niro, whom 

White Irish Soda Bread

White Irish Soda Bread

Friends hi! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I feel like it would be simply un-Irish of me not to share a recipe for St. Patrick’s Day – but I’m just not about that fake dyed green lifestyle. Instead, I thought I’d pop in for a hot 

Lemon Bundt Cake with Sugared Blueberries

Lemon Bundt Cake with Sugared Blueberries

Hi friends, happy Friday! I’m a little late to post this week, but I’m just not up to the task of holding myself accountable right now. Besides, I’m a big fan of the phrase ‘better late than never’. Today, I want to share with you 

Blood Orange Marmalade

Blood Orange Marmalade

Hello friends! How are you? I hope you’ll excuse me for not sharing any new recipes last week. To be honest, I just couldn’t find the energy or the inspiration. I had hoped that taking the week off would allow my mind the space and 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bar Hearts

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bar Hearts

Hi friends! Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Do you have any plans or are you of the belief that it’s just a commercial holiday and basically a waste of time? I’m an old romantic at heart, so Boyfriend & I always find some small way to 

Small Batch Hazelnut & Almond Granola

Small Batch Hazelnut & Almond Granola

Hello friends! How are you keeping? I hope this post finds you moderately caffeinated and with just enough headspace to start thinking about your weekend breakfasting. Just in case, I’ve been doing enough weekend dreaming for the both of us, and I’ve planned your breakfast. 

Nutella Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies

Nutella Stuffed Triple Chocolate Cookies

Hello, sweet friends! We’re nearly there! The finish line is in sight and I for one can practically smell my Christmas dinner. We’re nearly there – but not quite. There are still a few last minute gifts to be wrapped, two gal-pals to meet for 

Cranberry Apple & Pear Pie, with a Cinnamon Hazelnut Crumble

Cranberry Apple & Pear Pie, with a Cinnamon Hazelnut Crumble

Hello friends! How are you this fine Tuesday? While I sat gazing at our Christmas tree the other day, something awful dawned on me. As of right now, there are only, like, three festive recipes up on the blog – and they were shared way 

Perfect All-Butter Pie Dough

Perfect All-Butter Pie Dough

Sweet, sweet friends, hi! I’ve got such a treat for you today: Perfect All-Butter Pie Dough. For years I’ve been scouring both the internet and cookbooks for the perfect pie dough recipe. A few years ago, I found Yossi Arefi‘s recipe and I – mistakenly 

Cherry & Pistachio Frangipane Tart

Cherry & Pistachio Frangipane Tart

Friends, hi! Happy Thursday! Please forgive my tardiness in bringing this post to you one day late – I am sorry. I was having an off day of sorts yesterday & I had to make a baked custard tart for my PUFF course. Let me 

Lime Loaf Cake | An Everyday Cake

Lime Loaf Cake | An Everyday Cake

Hello friends! I hope this post finds you with a coffee in your hand and a hankering for a nice sweet slice of cake. My offering to you today comes in the form of this humble Lime Loaf Cake. Ultimately: it’s a yogurt cake, flavoured 

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Homemade Strawberry Jam & Vanilla Buttercream

Vanilla Birthday Cake with Homemade Strawberry Jam & Vanilla Buttercream

Hello, friends! How are you keeping? I find myself in a near constant state of frustration these days, looking at people not wearing masks or social distancing. It’s just so irresponsible it bugs me right to the core. Thankfully we’re escaping to a secluded house 

Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Small Batch Strawberry Jam

Happy Wednesday, friends! How are you this fine summer’s day? We’re deep into strawberry season here in Dublin, and I’m finding it nearly impossible to walk past them when I see them – the smell is too good to ignore! Today I’m dropping by quickly 

Perfect All-Butter Shortbread from Blooms & Baking

Perfect All-Butter Shortbread from Blooms & Baking

Hello, lovely friends. How are you this week? I hope this post finds you happy, relaxed, and lightly freckled from the summer sun. I know we’re only on the third day of the week, but we’ve been having such a lovely one so far. Boyfriend 

Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Happy Wednesday, friends! We’re celebrating the blog birthday today, would you like to join us? I mean, technically, the birthday was two days ago.. but we’re running on lockdown time, which is really such a different ballgame. Eight years ago, on April 27th 2012, I 

Seasonal Old Fashioned with a Blood Orange Twist

Seasonal Old Fashioned with a Blood Orange Twist

Friends, hello.  I hope this post finds you safe & coping somewhat well with the current global situation.  Today’s post isn’t so much a recipe, it’s more of a reminder that time is still moving forward even if we’re stuck inside, unemployed and bored. A 

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

Blood Orange Bundt Cake

In the latest Monthly Musings post, I mentioned my blood orange addiction. We have thick wedges in the mornings as a kind of pre-breakfast appetizer – the two of us romantically standing over the sink with bright red juice running down our chins. Every morning, 

Pear Spice Cake with Brown Butter & Dark Chocolate Drip

Pear Spice Cake with Brown Butter & Dark Chocolate Drip

Friends, hello! I’m sharing a cake today that is very close to my heart: Pear Spice Cake with Brown Butter Frosting & Dark Chocolate Drip. Every year, right around the beginning of Autumn, I make this Pear Spice Cake. It’s a welcoming ritual of sorts, 

Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake

Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake

Because one type of chocolate is never enough to celebrate a birthday with. And guys, this birthday is a big one. Six years ago today, I made the decision to start my own food blog & created passionate baker. I threw myself head first into 

Kladdkaka – Swedish Chocolate Cake

Kladdkaka – Swedish Chocolate Cake

Let’s jump head first into the new year. We’re just coming out of those murky days surrounding the holidays & trying to get ourselves back into working shape. There’s a long to-do list to tackle before the week is out, including – but not limited 

Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Smoked Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friends, I’m going to be completely honest with you here. In order to get this post written I’m working on a task & reward system. See, I had the best of intentions to write a witty & entertaining post all about these smoked sea salt 

Rhubarb & Orange Financier

Rhubarb & Orange Financier

Here’s the thing: I love food. I especially love baked goods, anything to do with chocolate, fancy desserts, or anything involving ice cream. I eat everything, and it works out well for me because here’s the other thing: I run a food blog. Nobody wants 

Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake

Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake

Friends, I don’t know where to begin. Okay, here goes. Boyfriend loves baked cheesecake. He loves it so much that he decided to bring me to Florence – apparently home to the best cheesecake in the world. Not unreasonable, right? So, off we go to 

Roasted Strawberries

Roasted Strawberries

Friends, hello! I know that I abandoned you last week while I went off gallivanting around Italy, but everyone deserves a little break once in a while. My break was full of food & drink. Mostly food, but also a lot of Aperol Spritz. We 

Coffee Doughnuts

Coffee Doughnuts

Hello, friends! I hope this post finds you well! I’m taking the time out today to update a recipe I was – and still am! – super passionate about: Coffee Doughnuts. I first made these luscious pillows of dough back in April 2016, and, although 

Peach & Almond Frangipane Tart

Peach & Almond Frangipane Tart

Sweet friends, hello! How are you? I know it’s been a while, but I thought I’d jump back on the updated recipe train with this golden oldie: Peach & Almond Frangipane Tart. Yes, I do realize that it’s no longer peach season – and for 

Lemon & Blueberry Heart Pies

Lemon & Blueberry Heart Pies

Hello, sweet friends! How are you? Today, I wanted to take the time to highlight a post that I feel has gotten lost in the blog archives: Lemon & Blueberry Heart Pies. I’ll admit, when I recently inspected the post – probably for the first 

Ultimate Fudge Brownies

Ultimate Fudge Brownies

Friends, it has been one whole month since I shared anything here with you, and I’m sorry. I took some much needed time off. There was a whole lot of relaxation: I watched movies, I ate my weight in cookies, I spent time with The 

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but for the last 22 hours, 31 minutes, & 47 seconds I have been a free woman. Free from college, free from exams, & best of all, free from all the stress that comes with both college & exams. 

Spooky Skeleton Shortbread Cookies

Spooky Skeleton Shortbread Cookies

Hi friends, happy Friday! Do you have any plans for the spooky weekend ahead of us? Boyfriend’s brother is coming over for dinner tonight, we’re heading to a friend’s for a scary movie night tomorrow, and chillaxing at home for Halloween. I’ve just never been 

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans

Have you ever heard of Bloomsday? If you don’t live in Ireland, the chances are slim. Every year on June 16th, people dress up to relive the events that occur in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses. I work in one of the coastal towns mentioned in 

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Hi friends! How are you? Can I tempt you with a Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie and a glass of cold milk? I first made these cookies waaaay back in May 2013. At the time, I was a very dedicated food blogger who blogged every. 

Lemon Cream Tart

Lemon Cream Tart

Hello friends! I’m back on my old recipe refurbishment train and this time it’s with a golden oldie: Lemon Cream Tart. Making its blog debut way back in May 2013, this recipe was first introduced to me by my ex-boyfriend’s mom. She used to make 

Julia Child’s Tarte Normande aux Pommes

Julia Child’s Tarte Normande aux Pommes

Hello, friends! How are you keeping? For today’s revitalization post, I wanted to draw attention to a post dear to my heart. Julia Child’s Tarte Normande aux Pommes. This post has been languishing away here on the blog for the better part of nine years,