Adapted from Carole Walter’s Great Coffee Cakes, Sticky Buns, Muffins & More (Clarkson Potter, 2007) I adore prune plums and really the only thing bad about them for me is that they signify the end of summer. I love fall; I live in New England, after all, but the LONG winter just comes too damn […]
Adapted from The Best of Irish Breads & Baking, Traditional, Contemporary and Festive (Epicure Press, 1996). Note that the recipe has a big range of baking time. The mixture is dense and depending on the temperature of your ingredients, it can vary widely. Make sure to tell folks that there is a ring in there! […]
My BFF Juanita loves pumpkin ice cream and is always on the hunt. We live in the Pioneer Valley and Herrell’s Ice Cream is nearby in Northampton, MA. They have rotating seasonal flavors and this is one of them. And it is fantastic. Problem is, of course, that they don’t always stock it. Even during […]
This cake has been made by three generations of my family; it is also incredibly easy, full of flavor, with an exquisite texture and buttery aroma. It keeps very well and my favorite way to serve it is toasted with fresh berries or poached fruit for breakfast or brunch. You do need self-rising cake flour. […]
These are a classic buttery, almond crescent-shape cookie, most often found around the Christmas holidays.
These are a rich pecan cookie that you roll into a ball, roll in extra chopped pecans and then make a “thumbprint” indentation in the center of each cookie.
This bar is a basic buttery shortbread enriched with shredded coconut and finely chopped macadamias and topped with a layer of lime curd and large toasted coconut flakes.
This is my take on the classic Middle Eastern dessert, baklava. Mine features walnuts, cardamom, honey and cinnamon and of course layers of flaky filo dough, but what sets this one apart is a layer of sliced bananas in the middle. The inspiration came when I was thinking about my enjoyment of bananas and walnuts […]
(from Unforgettable Desserts) Image posted courtesy of photographer Alexandra Grablewski; food styling by Brian Preston-Campbell These are raspberry truffles like no other. Each blissful bite-sized truffle features a whole perfect raspberry enveloped in a soft, silky bittersweet chocolate ganache, the whole encased in a thin, crisp chocolate shell. Consider serving these with coffee, tea or an […]
(from A Baker’s Field Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies) Image by Dennis Gottlieb; food styling by Liz Duffy (The following paragraph is an addendum to the original recipe as it appeared in A Baker’s Field Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies. Look at this picture below. While I did not enhance these cookies with milk or white chocolate […]
(from A Baker’s Field Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies) Type: Bar cookie Description: These deep-dark fudgy brownies are topped with a thick, creamy layer of coffee flavored cheesecake studded with mini semisweet chocolate morsels. The beauty of these brownies is their creaminess and their flexibility: they combine the luscious combination of chocolate and coffee, they […]
These brownies are not too cakey, not too fudgy. If you bake them just right (do not over-bake) they will have qualities of both.
I turn to these when I want the deep chocolate flavor of a brownie recipe based on unsweetened chocolate.
(from Bake it To The Limit) These are quite remarkable. They begin with a dense, fudgy brownie base filled with walnuts, which would be enticing enough, but then a ganache layer is baked right on top for a richer than rich taste and texture. These are one of my foolproof recipes that I go to […]
Scones are my favorite treat to have with my breakfast tea, and I never tire of coming up with new variations.
Banana Crunch Cake (from Bake it To The Limit) Image by Dennis Gottlieb; food styling by Liz Duffy Chocolate, peanut butter and banana together in an easy, tasty snack cake. Do not use natural or freshly ground peanut butter […]
(from Bake it to the Limit) Image by Dennis Gottlieb; food styling by Liz Duffy This cake is comprised of a thin vanilla sponge shell filled with a hot pink raspberry mousse. The entire cake is surrounded by a crisp, marbled chocolate band and topped with whipped cream. It is elaborate looking, but relatively easy to make […]
It has the color and flavor of the cocoa in Oreo cookies, and when combined with natural cocoa in this recipe, it gives the cake an extra-deep chocolatey boost.