Scone of the Month: Ending the year on a sourdough note

I , like many others who have been baking our way through the pandemic, have turned to my sourdough starter more than ever. Dear Petrie (yes, with an “e”), my beloved fellow of the fridge, offspring of “Spike” (my friend Elaine’s starter), has served me well for several years and especially these past . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Ending the year on a sourdough note

Rounding up a variety plate of fudge

My late Grandma Mae was the first and one of the only people I knew who made fudge from scratch. She was more known and revered for her peanut brittle (see my blog post of December 2010), but along with her famed peanut confection,  laid out in dishes every year were also samplings . . . → Read More: Rounding up a variety plate of fudge

Cookie of the Month: Looking to THE cookie

I first learned of black and white cookies the way many Americans who don’t live in New York (where the cookie is well-known), learned about the black and white cookie — from a “Seinfeld” episode. Jerry Seinfeld, waiting with his friend Elaine on her quest for a chocolate babka at a bakery, gets . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Looking to THE cookie

Taking the cake(s)

Summer crawled along this year, dimmed by our lengthy pandemic status and an early wildfire season. By the time my birthday — as well as that of my blog’s — rolled around, celebrating —  as it has felt for much of the last year —  seemed a bit ridiculous.

The year has been . . . → Read More: Taking the cake(s)

Going ‘green’ with an invisible ingredient

I’d read the recipes, been intrigued by the videos and even heard out the positive proclamations by a co-worker, but there was still no real way I could be sure that any avocado, of any kind, could be turned into chocolate pudding.

A chocolate-y paste maybe, but certainly nothing to match the chocolate . . . → Read More: Going ‘green’ with an invisible ingredient

Cookie of the Month: ‘Testing’ chocolate chip recipes

I’m pretty sure my baking life began with chocolate chip cookies. They (and their M&M variation) are the first I remember my mom making, my sister and I lying on the kitchen linoleum to take in that distinctive warm, vanilla-toffee aroma as my mother fanned the giant cookie sheet back and forth to . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: ‘Testing’ chocolate chip recipes

Cookie of the Month: Dressing up brownie cookie with ginger

The holidays are over, and yet I hang onto them. I always reluctantly enter the Christmas season, but by the time it comes then goes, I’m so overtaken and in love with the holidays that I mourn hard when that time is  over. I even love the stress of the holidays. It gives . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Dressing up brownie cookie with ginger

Scone of the Month: Introducing babka to scones

Fusion baking has become popular — taking two favorite baked goods and making one new hybrid, aka, the “scuffin,” cro-puff,” “cronut,” “pretzel challah.” Cookies have been turned into pizzas, and pies have been enlarged into sheet cake-sized “slabs.”

Versatile and sturdy scones lend themselves very easily to some hybridized new version of . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Introducing babka to scones

In the Mix: Sampling some hot chocolate

February was National Chocolate Month, so I took it upon myself to do as much sampling of different forms of chocolate as was humanly (and healthily) possible, including that magic and luxurious elixir of winter — hot chocolate.

I’ve always had a few issues with hot chocolate mixes. One would be the texture . . . → Read More: In the Mix: Sampling some hot chocolate

Baked Sunday Mornings: Feeling like a Millionaire’s Shortbread

I don’t need much encouragement to make shortbread. Even after a busy cookie-baking holiday season, the chance of making this simple, homey, buttery favorite treat — whether it comes in a pan or sliced from a roll — appeals to me because making it is simple; eating it is another reward altogether.

The . . . → Read More: Baked Sunday Mornings: Feeling like a Millionaire’s Shortbread