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Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

If there’s anything my family will never say “NO” to it’s pizza.

The other week I was thinking of making homemade pizza with spelt crust – our favorite, but then, one look at my daughter was enough to understand that this good ol’ traditional pizza is not going to happen.

It’s that season again; when it’s too warm inside and too cold and breezy outside.

The result: A child with super dry lips the size of her face

The problem: The pizza sauce burns her sore lips

The objective: Making pizza so we can all enjoy it

The obstacle: Tomato sauce a.k.a. Pizza Sauce

The solution: Pizza Blanca

Pizza Blanca is basically pizza with no pizza sauce on it. I must admit that it’s different and kind of weird at first, but after the first bite you get it – it’s really good.

Being able to prepare this pizza with no actual pizza sauce has allowed my little girl to eat her slice(s) with no problem at all. Another nice thing about this is that you can prepare whatever dipping sauce you want on the side and enjoy it exactly the way you like it. I made homemade garlic dip and it was phenomenal.

So let me share this recipe with you before the drool covers my entire keyboard.

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust
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Recipe type: Pizza, Low Gluten
Cuisine: Italian
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Pizza Blanca with no pizza sauce on it. Sounds weird at first but then you taste it and the weirdness is gone.
Ingredients
  • 500gr Spelt Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable/ Canola Oil
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – Minced
  • ½ Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Cup Lukewarm Water
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Your favorite toppings
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients (except the toppings) in a mixer bowl using the kneading attachment.
  2. Take a bit of oil in your hands and knead the dough into a ball (in the bowl). You will now have the dough covered with oil in the bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and let the dough rest and rise for 35 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  5. Prepare a baking sheet or a pizza tray covered with parchment paper.
  6. Flatten the dough with your hands directly on your parchment covered baking sheet until it is about ½ inch thick.
  7. Add the cheese and toppings onto the flattened dough.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven.
  9. Serve with your favorite dip.

 

Pizza Blanca With Spelt Flour Crust

If there’s anything my family will never say “NO” to it’s pizza. The other week I was thinking of making homemade pizza with spelt crust – our favorite, but then, one look at my daughter was enough to understand that this good ol’ traditional pizza is not going to happen. It’s that season again; when […]

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Homemade Spelt Bagels

Baked Goodies

This past summer we visited Montreal for the first time, and I’m sure this wouldn’t come as a surprise that we just LOVED it!!

The sights, the streets, the culture, the variety, the parks, the attractions and just everything was oh so great.

One of the greatest things I think I enjoyed is (surprise, surprise) the food. Not so much the food itself but more the variety of food. Or if I had to be more specific, the bagels 🙂

Before we drove to Montreal everyone kept telling us how great the bagels are over there, and I kept nodding, smiling and thinking to myself that a bagel is a bagel, what’s the big deal? Well, apparently it is a big deal, because once we had a taste it was hard to turn back.

After we came back home I really wanted to try and make bagels but guess what? I had no bagel baking pan, so it took eBay a while but I finally got my baking pan and of course I had to customize my bagel recipe to our (now) healthier menu so I made bagels using spelt flour.

Although these bagels do not taste like the Montreal Bagels, we were still happy to have them for breakfast with butter on top and a nice piece of smoked salmon.

You’ll find that these bagels are not as soft and fluffy as the regular bagels but they are really good. You just need to make sure you give the dough some love, and by that I mean mixing it enough to activate the gluten, because although it has a very low level of it, it’s still there 🙂

 

Homemade Spelt Bagels

Homemade Spelt Bagels

 

Homemade Spelt Bagels
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Bagels, Spelt, Healthy
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Serves: 6 Bagels
 
A healthier version for homemade bagels. They're not as fluffy but they're so good.
Ingredients
  • 250gr Spelt Flour (I use whole spelt organic flour)
  • 1 Tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 ½ Tbsp White Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ½ Cup Lukewarm Water + 2 Tbsp
  • 2 tbsp Butter – Melted for brushing on top
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, sugar, oil, xanthan and salt.
  2. Add in the water gradually while mixing. You may need a bit more or a bit less water depending on your flour. You should get nice soft dough that is a bit sticky.
  3. Cover the bowl with cling wrap or kitchen towel and let the dough rest and rise for about 30-40 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and prepare bagel (regular not mini) pan (brush with some oil first).
  5. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and using oily hands create a ring from each of the pieces (bagel shape) and place in the bagel baking pan.
  6. Brush the tops gently with some melted butter and let the bagels rest for another 10 minutes.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven.
Notes
**Note that not using the Xanthan Gum makes a crumbly, more fragile result**

 

Homemade Spelt Bagels

Homemade Spelt Bagels

This past summer we visited Montreal for the first time, and I’m sure this wouldn’t come as a surprise that we just LOVED it!! The sights, the streets, the culture, the variety, the parks, the attractions and just everything was oh so great. One of the greatest things I think I enjoyed is (surprise, surprise) […]

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Orange Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

I think I might have had a writer’s block for the past month or so, because I couldn’t bring myself to writing something on the blog. That, in addition to having family visiting and spending time with my parents and my mother-in-law were the reasons for not seeing anything new around here.

But hey, when you have family coming over once in a couple of years it goes without saying that everything else in your life kind of gets pushed over.

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I think I might have had a writer’s block for the past month or so, because I couldn’t bring myself to writing something on the blog. That, in addition to having family visiting and spending time with my parents and my mother-in-law were the reasons for not seeing anything new around here. But hey, when […]

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Leek, Herbs And Spelt Flour Quiche

Home Made Cooking

We just came back from a long weekend vacation in Cape Breton, NS with friends and I feel so refreshed! While we were there our phones had almost no reception and the WiFi was dead and let me tell you something; it was the best!

We just drove along the Cabot Trail inhaling the beauty around us. So many lakes, trails, mountains and the ocean to our feet; we enjoyed amazing nature, good friends and fantastic food.

The kids were actually thrilled when we reached this short trail that had a sign at the entrance, announcing that this is a Coyote Habitat. We all grabbed a walking stick and started walking on the trail in the woods, and although it was only a 20 minute walk the kids were super excited – it was different, it was exciting and to them it felt dangerous.

As usual, when we packed food for the trip I made sure I make and pack too much. So when we came back home we had leftovers. But that’s OK they’re gone by now.

This trip was a complete wind -down for me and I am now back with new and regenerated energy and ideas and of course a long list of “to-do”. In fact, only yesterday I decided to decorate my wooden spoons. When this project is done I will be sure to share it online with everyone.

And now, regardless of my vacation I just thought I’d share a new favorite – The Leek and Herb Quiche. It’s great for a picnic or just for eating at home. It’s easy to make, tastes great and you can play around with the herbs and add your favorite.

Vacation or no vacation, when I’m in the kitchen I’m just having pure fun.

 

Leek Herbs and Spelt Flour Quiche

 

Leek, Herbs And Spelt Flour Quiche
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Recipe type: Main, Quiche
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Leeks are such a great ingredients. They're like an upgraded onion. This quiche is a mix-it-all-up kind of quiche that turns out so flavorful.
Ingredients
  • 3 Large Leeks – Thinly Sliced (Only the white part and a bit of the green)
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Spelt Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Mint (or any other herb you like)
  • 3 Tbsp Yogurt
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ⅓ Cup Milk
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Goat Cheese – Crumbled (optional for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Prepare an oven proof dish (Pyrex) or a round baking pan – 9 Inches (23cm)
  3. Spread a thin layer of butter or oil on the baking dish
  4. In a frying pan melt the butter over medium heat and add the thinly sliced leeks. Stir occasionally until it softens and gets a bit of a golden shade.
  5. When ready, remove from heat and place in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients in and stir until evenly combined into a batter.
  6. Pour into the baking dish and place in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until nice and brown on top.
  7. Let the quiche stand outside for about 5-10 minutes before serving, this will allow it to set.

 

Leek Herbs and Spelt Flour Quiche

Hiking the woods in Cape Breton, NS

We just came back from a long weekend vacation in Cape Breton, NS with friends and I feel so refreshed! While we were there our phones had almost no reception and the WiFi was dead and let me tell you something; it was the best! We just drove along the Cabot Trail inhaling the beauty […]

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Honey Tahini Spelt Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

Trying to switch ingredients to create a healthier version is not always easy but it is always challenging – I love challenges.

When I say challenging I mean that the all purpose flour needs to be replaced with spelt flour or gluten free flour, sugar with honey or other natural sweeteners, oil/fat with natural and preferably non dairy oil/fat substitutes and so on.

The thing is that it may sound easy but not all ingredients behave the same as their substitutes. For example, Spelt flour has a low level of Gluten and as such will often result in crumbly or dry cookies, cakes and breads. It also requires fewer liquids as it doesn’t absorb as much as regular flour.

Sugar can be substituted with honey but honey is sweeter and it’s liquid and as such will need to be used in smaller amounts. So you see, it’s a whole religion this healthy living thing. But at the end of the day it’s worth it because everyone gets to enjoy yummy cookies that cause MUCH less damage to our body.

I’m not here to preach for healthy living but I do think that we all need to be open- minded and try new things. I think we need to be more aware of what the products on the supermarket shelves are made of and I think it’ll be best for everyone to just generally treat their body the best they can.

I just recently found out that for children for example – their nutrition by age 5 will determine their base for growing and developing. So although my kids are now older than 5, I still think that if not for ourselves, we do need to take care of our children and provide them with the best building blocks we can, so they grow strong, healthy and aware.

And now, I’ll stop being so serious and tell you that these cookies are AWESOME! Honey, Tahini, Spelt! So good! These turn nice and soft and addictive. Melt in your mouth round pleasures.

 

Honey Tahini and Spelt Cookies

Honey Tahini Spelt Cookies
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Recipe type: Desserts
Cuisine: Helthy Living, Low Gluten
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Serves: 40 Cookies
 
Soft, Sweet and healthier cookies. Although these require 45 minutes to chill they are worth it!
Ingredients
  • 125gr Butter – Cubed (at room temperature)
  • ⅓ Cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup Raw Tahini
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1½ Cups Spelt Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • Walnuts – Optional
Instructions
  1. Mix the butter and honey together until well blended and add the tahini, vanilla and cinnamon.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder to the mix and stir until all the ingredients are fully combined.
  3. Place the dough in the fridge for 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 370F (180C)
  5. After 45 minutes scoop ½ teaspoon at a time and roll into balls. Press a walnut into the center of each cookie (optional).
  6. Place the balls about 1 inch apart from each other on a parchment paper layered baking pan and into the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Honey Tahini and Spelt Cookies

Update and disclosure: I also entered this recipe to the 2nd annual cookie contest (Christmas In July) sponsored by “Eat In Eat Out Magazine” (www.eatineatout.ca).

As a proud member of FBC (www.foodbloggersofcanada.com) I am entitled to participate in this contest (Contest Page) so I figured – Why not? :) Wish me luck!!

Trying to switch ingredients to create a healthier version is not always easy but it is always challenging – I love challenges. When I say challenging I mean that the all purpose flour needs to be replaced with spelt flour or gluten free flour, sugar with honey or other natural sweeteners, oil/fat with natural and […]

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Spelt Chocolate Beet Cake With Chocolate Ganache

Cakes and Cookies

This last Friday we ate out. I know I know, what’s the big deal right? Well, if you’ve been reading my blog you know how I love having family dinners on Friday evening. I always cook and bake and set a nice table. But this Friday we took a turn on our way home; and although it was only to take a picture of the magnificent view, we ended up in a nice Chinese restaurant.

So when we got back home, it was only 6:30 and the evening was still young, and since I just love spending time in the kitchen and had this cake idea cooking up in my thoughts for a few days now, I just had to act.

I had 1 beet in the fridge. It wasn’t enough for salad but apparently it was enough for cake!

I’m not so sure about the benefits of having beet in a cake but I’m pretty sure it gives the cake some moisture and an added nutritional value. I also made the cake from spelt flour so my husband can enjoy it too. Spelt flour requires less liquid because it’s fluffy and light as it is and as such it absorbs much less than all purpose flour, so adding the beet only made it better.

This cake is not too sweet, and so to add a bit more chocolate flavor I covered it with chocolate ganache.

The kids were excited to see the cake on the counter and when I told them it is made of beets Bar was really happy and excitingly told Shai that the cake is going to make their pee purple…well, it didn’t; but it was really good, and soft and moist and now its new status is ‘Gone’.

Spelt Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Ganache


Spelt Chocolate Beet Cake With Chocolate Ganache
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Recipe type: Dessert, Chocolate
Cuisine: Cakes
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Spelt flour, Beets and chocolate! What can go wrong? So moist, soft and sweet. Easy to make and easier to eat.
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium Beet – Cooked and peeled
  • 1 Tbsp Yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 ½ Cups Spelt Flour
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Milk
For the Chocolate Ganache (Yields 1 Cup Ganache)
  • 130gr Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (180C)
  2. Prepare loaf pan covered with parchment paper
  3. Place the beet, the yogurt and the oil in a food processor and grind until you get a nice smooth paste.
  4. Place the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the beet mix in and mix well until fully combined.
  5. Pour the mix into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until you test with a toothpick and it comes out clean (with no wet mix on it).
For the Ganache:
  1. Starts preparing the ganache halfway through the baking process
  2. Place the chocolate chips and the heavy cream in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low temperature while stirring consistently
  3. Remove from heat and set aside when you get a smooth cream like chocolate mix
  4. Pour the ganache on the cake when it’s ready
  5. The longer you let the ganache cool the less liquid it will be (which can allow you to spread it on the cake as oppose to pouring it on it)
Notes
**For 1 English cake Pan/ Loaf Pan**

Spelt Chocolate Beet Cake

Spelt Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Ganache

This last Friday we ate out. I know I know, what’s the big deal right? Well, if you’ve been reading my blog you know how I love having family dinners on Friday evening. I always cook and bake and set a nice table. But this Friday we took a turn on our way home; and […]

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Bite Size Spelt Flour Mini Buns

Baked Goodies

Seriously weather…this is not what I call summer! It’s the end of July and all we had for the past week is grey, damp and rainy. I’m supposed to be eating salads, fruits, veggies, cheese platters and light food and snacks but instead all I want to do is put my sweater on and have soup – seriously??

But enough about the weather, let’s talk about food. Last week I wanted to make something special for our Saturday brunch, but I woke up late (can I get a woot-woot) and had no inspiration whatsoever. So I decided to go with whatever I bump into in the fridge. Tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, so I made 2 salads; but then I figured no one will eat just salads (except for me), we need bread, something fast!

So I put some ingredients together, played with the dough and voila! Got my own batch of mini bite sized spelt buns. They were a hit!  In fact, out of the 30 I made none were left.

They were so good, and we all kept on snacking on them. After we were done brunch, the kids decided they want dessert so they made their own dessert, with the same mini buns. They just added some Nutella to some and jam to others and enjoyed their own bite sized sweet buns.

So they can be served as savory but also as sweet. Did I already say I just love these? And with the added benefit of low gluten values they’ll be a hit on our next brunch as well.

 

Spelt Flour Bite Size Mini Buns

 

Bite Size Spelt Flour Mini Buns
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Low Gluten, Breads
Serves: 30-35 Mini Buns
 
They're small, they're easy to make and they're low in gluten. Oh and did I mention you can have them with both smoked salmon AND Nutella? yup!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Spelt Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • ¾ Cup Soft Goat Cheese (Can be replaced with cream cheese)
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil – Chopped (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (200C)
  2. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl and stir well until combined
  3. Sprinkle the dough with a little spelt flour to ease removal from bowl and avoid stickiness.
  4. Place on floured surface and using a rolling pin flatten the dough into a ½ inch thick leaf. Be careful, don’t flatten too thin.
  5. Using a round or square cookie cutter (you can also simply cut into squares using a pizza roller) cut shapes and place on a parchment paper layered baking sheet.
  6. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes

 

Spelt Flour Bite Size Mini Buns

Spelt Flour Bite Size Mini Buns

Seriously weather…this is not what I call summer! It’s the end of July and all we had for the past week is grey, damp and rainy. I’m supposed to be eating salads, fruits, veggies, cheese platters and light food and snacks but instead all I want to do is put my sweater on and have […]

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Spelt Cinnamon Rolls – No Yeast and Almost No Gluten

Cakes and Cookies

Yesterday night I had this weirdest craving. I really wanted a cinnamon bun. I looked for a good recipe but of course the only ones I could find are the good old fashioned yeast cinnamon buns.

I adore yeast pastries. They are my favorite, but in this instance I just had to have my cinnamon buns NOW. So I browsed through various recipes and found a few that are no yeast recipes for quick cinnamon buns. The only thing that bothered me now is that they are all obviously made with regular wheat flour, and that alone will ruin my son’s low gluten diet and will probably give my hubby stomach aches.

I decided then to come up with my own recipe for cinnamon buns/rolls using spelt flour.

So here I was, mixing and adding and hoping for the best. What’s the worst thing that’s going to happen? I gain experience? This doesn’t sound that bad to me.

30 minutes after, I was done. I took the rolls out of the oven and hoped for the best. The smell was insanely good and they looked superb. As always, my main taste tester was my husband. I served him with one roll, gave him a few seconds to chew on it and nervously waited for his response; “The only thing missing is a cup of tea” was the verdict and I was one happy girl.

So yeah, it worked, and this morning the kids tried it and loved it. They are not your everyday traditional buns, the texture is different and the dough is not as soft as the yeast version. They are denser and less sweet and I had to warm them up a bit before serving this morning, but dang they taste so good! So I’m sharing this recipe in hopes that you’ll like it too. You can top it up with your favorite icing or eat it plain, either way this version is a bit healthier and very low in gluten.

I got a sweet deal on Spelt Flour (Clickable link) on Amazon surprisingly, so I had enough for everything I made. The quality was also really great.

Spelt Cinnamon Buns

 

Spelt Cinnamon Rolls - No Yeast and Almost No Gluten
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Sweet
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Serves: 12 Rolls
 
Not your regular cinnamon rolls. they are not as soft and gooey but they are fast, delicious and have very low gluten levels. You'll like them.
Ingredients
Dough:
  • 3 cups + 1 tbsp Spelt Flour
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3½ tbsp Butter (50gr)
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Filling:
  • 3 tbsp Butter – Room Temperature (soft)
  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Butter – Room Temperature (for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
  2. Prepare muffin tray and grease each cup with butter
Preparing the Dough:
  1. Place milk ,butter and vanilla extract in small saucepan, heat over medium heat until butter melts and set aside.
  2. Mix the other dough ingredients all together and then add the milk mix in. Using a mixer, mix only until fully combined (careful, do not over mix) and you get soft non sticky dough.
  3. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 18X10 inch and ¼ inch thick.
Preparing the filling:
  1. In a small bowl mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together. Set aside
Assembling the rolls:
  1. Using a butter knife (or your fingers) spread the 3 tbsp butter (from filling ingredients) on top of the rolled out dough.
  2. Sprinkle with the cinnamon mix. Don’t use the entire mix; leave about 1tsp in the bowl.
  3. Roll the dough on its longer side (so you get a longer roll) and cut into 12 equal slices (about 1 inch or 3 cm each)
  4. Place each slice/rolled piece into a greased muffin cup in your muffin tray
  5. Using your fingers or butter knife, spread a bit of butter on top of each slice (from the 1 tbsp butter you set aside from the filling ingredients) and sprinkle with the leftover cinnamon mix.
  6. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove when done and serve as is or with butter.

 

Spelt Cinnamon Rolls

Spelt Cinnamon Rolls

Yesterday night I had this weirdest craving. I really wanted a cinnamon bun. I looked for a good recipe but of course the only ones I could find are the good old fashioned yeast cinnamon buns. I adore yeast pastries. They are my favorite, but in this instance I just had to have my cinnamon […]

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