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Nigella Lawson’s warm blondie pudding cake tastes even better than it sounds

Is there anyone who writes a more appealing recipe note than Nigella Lawson? I made googly eyes while perusing her new cookbook when I came across this dessert, which she explains is a riff on a gluten-free blondie recipe from 2016 “MasterChef Australia” contestant Chloe Bowles.
Lawson: “I have taken great liberties with it and in the process turned it into a warm, squidgy dessert, to be eaten with a tangy splodge of crème fraîche and a tumble of sharp raspberries.”
Sign me up.
Lawson’s serving suggestion of crème fraîche and raspberries would be great, no doubt. We went slightly more decadent in our (optional) presentation, pairing the berries with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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You don’t have to be a bro to love Fireball Whisky cake

I couldn’t help but be intrigued and entertained when I came across a cake recipe with an unusual ingredient: cinnamon-flavored Fireball Whisky.
Cookbook author Addie Gundry says that baking with alcohol was en vogue in the 1950s and ’60s. She tweaked the idea of a rum cake by adding whiskey instead, and cinnamon-flavored for an additional twist. I got a strong whiff of booze from the cake in my early tests but thought the cinnamon could use more oomph, so I added ground cinnamon.
When I baked it in a glass Pyrex loaf pan, it domed beautifully. When I baked it in a metal pan, the center sank a little – but it tasted just as good.

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Upcoming Houston wine events

Wines of the West festival: The Wynden, 1025 S. Post Oak Lane. Terroirs of the West Sonoma Coast seminar, noon-1 p.m. ($25); VIP tasting 6-7 p.m. ($75); grand tasting 7-9 p.m. ($50) Wednesday; westsonomacoast.com/events.
Second Chances wine tasting: The Texas Wine School at AOC, 2301 Portsmouth. 3-6 p.m. Saturday. $60 or $100 for two tickets. 713-248-6381 or cp@avvwine.com.
Raise your glass to CIS, a wine and golf event benefiting Communities in Schools, Bay Area: Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., 3-4:30 p.m. April 16. 281-486-6698 or RaiseYourGlasstoCIS.org.
Ongoing wine education: The Texas Wine School, 2301 Portsmouth. thetexaswineschool.com. 713-828-7767.
Weekly free tastings: Houston Wine Merchant, 2646 S. Shepherd.

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