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Leslie P.

An interesting essay...I love to cook (so my fictional characters do too!) but I never thought of cooking their foods to gain access into them when I'm stuck. I want to make Mary's cake--any way to adapt the recipe if one doesn't have a bundt cake pan? Might an angel food cake pan work?


Leslie, you could bake it in muffin tins and it would still turn out great! I still think of the recipes in your first novel, Pears on a Willow Tree. Maybe we should have an author bake-off? xxoo, wendi

Janis Cooke Newman


I'm not enough of a baker to suggest a substitution - nor am I much of a risk-taker when it comes to recipes. (I approach each one as if putting together an atomic bomb.) However, bundt pans are very easy (and cheap) to get at thrift stores - that's where my best one comes from.

Happy baking,


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