The French home cook is famous for making a delicious, elaborate dinner ... but always buying her dessert from the local patisserie. And very few people in France make their own bread or croissants because that's what the boulangerie is for. But Americans are different. We seem to like playing with elaborate laminated doughs and complicated, lengthy recipes. What about you?
Citrus and poppy seeds go hand in hand, as do muffins and spring. So what better way to welcome in March than with these scrumptious orange-infused poppy seed muffins? The bright and sunny flavors are guaranteed to lift your winter spirits, even if the weather is not ready to comply.
Although muffin pans are typically used for their namesake, there are many other breakfast items that can also be whipped up in a jiffy and cooked in one. Small premade breakfasts are great for making ahead and eating throughout the week. Here are a few new ways to put that old pan to use.
Q: I live in Boston and my boyfriend lives in New York. I'll be visiting him for Valentine's Day and I'd like to bring some kind of special baked good since his kitchen is... sparse, to put it kindly. No flour, no sugar, no baking pans, nothing.
Get your Valentine's Day started on a sweet note: a batch of fluffy, heart-shaped scones is the ultimate breakfast treat. Whether served as breakfast-in-bed with a teapot for two, or tucked into a bag for an out-the-door treat, homemade baked goods are a sure-fire way to your sweetie's heart.
On cold winter mornings we love a hot buttered or jammed muffin with a good cup of coffee. It just starts the day right. Need some inspiration? From oatmeal muffins to spiced pear and good ol' chocolate chip, these 10 recipes are our go-to favorites:
Hosting a Game Day party this weekend? What's on the menu? Are you making wings, pizza, and cheesy dip? Maybe a platter of bacon-wrapped potato bites? These savory snacks always seem to get the lion's share of attention during football party discussions — but let's not forget the sweets! Here's a great simple recipe for any football party: Peanut Butter Brownies with M&M'S inside, plus a few more ideas for make-ahead desserts to please any fan.
I haven't had the pleasure of visiting Dahlia Bakery in Seattle, Washington, and by the looks of their recently released cookbook, it sounds like I'm missing out. Doughnuts with Cinnamon Sugar, Mascarpone, and Jam? Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Crackly Crust? Hello! You're totally speaking my language. Until I can sample these treats from the source, I'll have to content myself with the recipes.
It's gluten-free, nubby in shape and earthy in flavor. What are we talking about? Buckwheat, of course! While most folks think of buckwheat as a grain, it's actually a plant similar to rhubarb. And while many Americans use it ground into its characteristically silky purple/gray flour for crepes and pancakes, today bakers are moving far beyond pancakes to give buckwheat its day in the spotlight.
Recently, while nosing around in the freezer section of the market, I noticed that frozen fruit mixes labeled "tropical" always contain banana, pineapple and strawberry. I found the same thing in the dried fruit section. Strawberry? Doesn't "tropical" refer to the steamy and fertile band of earth near the equator, between the tropics of Capircorn and Cancer? This is not a place where strawberries thrive.
So I began to ask myself about truly tropical food combinations, and I thought of doctoring up some banana bread.