How I Share Recipes

If you’ve done some clicking around on my recipe pages, you’ve probably noticed that this isn’t your typical food blog. While I am a recipe developer, a lot of the recipes I develop use components that I’ve adapted from other bakers and pastry chefs! In order to adequately credit other excellent creators, as well as show a more modular approach to baking, I’ve chosen to showcase recipes on this site in a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary way.

I’ve also chosen to put some recipes behind a paywall. I’ve done this in order to earn revenue from this site without relying heavily on ads or search engine optimization. Some recipes will always be free on this site, and others will require a small fee to gain access.

The Goal

While I want to share recipes with you, my overarching goal is to teach you how to see flexibility in the recipes we work with. You’ll notice that most of the recipes I share are put together from lots of other recipes and concepts – I lovingly call them “Frankenstein recipes” (and yes I know Frankenstein was the doctor, not the monster, but you get the point). There are so many wonderful recipes out in the world that I’ll often use a base recipe from a creator I trust and adapt it to suit my purposes. By sharing this thought process with you, you’ll also get my best recommendations for other food blogs and cookbooks!

By breaking down recipes and putting them back together in new and different ways, my hope is that I’ll teach you how to do the same. That way, when you have ideas you’re excited about but a recipe doesn’t exist yet, you’ll feel more comfortable finding the building blocks for your concept and putting them together into something new and wonderful.

How It Works

Because this isn’t your average food blog, I want to spend some time breaking down how recipe guides will work. For each recipe guide, you’ll get the following format:

The Inspiration

I get asked a lot how I come up with ideas for desserts. This section will be a little peek into my brain, and show you all the different places inspiration can come from!

The Overview

This will be a sketch of the recipe, with arrows pointing to all the different elements involved.

The Quick Look

This section summarizes the different components of a recipe, as well as noting the creators of the recipes I’ve used and adapted.

Here’s an example of what the Quick Look looks like:

Component Source/Adapted From
1Tart DoughRecipe Link
2Cookie DoughRecipe Link
3Raspberry GanacheRecipe Link

The Breakdown

This section will describe all of the different recipe building blocks.

Where possible, I’ll give you options! For example, if a recipe calls for lemon curd, I’ll give you choices for both an egg yolk version or a whole egg version.

Each component will include a link to the source recipe, as well as instructions on adapting the flavors and format. If I’m asking you to scale a recipe up or down, I’ll include some guidance on how to do that.

I’m so excited to share recipes with you, and can’t wait to see your creations. If you make a recipe from this site, please tag me on Instagram @lanibakes so that I can fangirl over your work!

If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please drop me a line on the Say Hi page!

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