I want Finnish cinnamon buns that resemble shiny croissants. I want savory rye tart shells filled with creamy rice and eggs. I want tosca cake with its crunchy almond topping and buttery crumbs. I want every single recipe in this Nordic Bakery Cookbook, and I would very much like them right now.
Q: I love baking, and my friends and family love it too. But I'm starting too feel guilty about constantly giving them unhealthy desserts. Are there good recipes out there for healthier cookies, cupcakes, and frostings?
There are times when I think I missed my calling as a baker, and never more so than when I'm looking through a cookbook like this. Dan Lepard's latest book brings us not only a collection of bread recipes that goes way beyond the sandwich loaf, but also glimpses into the lives of bakers from around the world. It's a book that makes me want to simultaneously dive into the kitchen and jump on an airplane.
This festive eggnog bread pudding is the perfect recipe to serve on Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. It is equally tasty at room temperature or straight from the oven, so it will satisfy both the early risers and late sleepers in your crowd. Prep is minimal and can be done the night before. Come alarm time, just pop it in the oven and head back to bed for a well-deserved snooze.
Alice Medrich knows how to write cookbooks, seriously well-crafted and methodically tested cookbooks, that are also beautiful and accessible to the home cook. (Pure Dessert is one of my favorites.) So I was thrilled to discover that her 2003 classic Bittersweet has been reissued with updated information and recipes to reflect the many wonderful and important changes that have taken place in the world of chocolate over the past 10 years. Read on for a peek inside:
It's cookie baking season, and you know what that means: time to bring out the fun cookie cutters! If you're in the mood for shapes a little out of the ordinary this season — think owls, anchors, even a KitchenAid mixer — then you should check out Cookie Parlor.
Every year, I am amazed by how many pre-made pumpkin pies are purchased. I confess I want to shoot fellow grocery store customers the evil Thanksgiving eye, and wish I could climb atop the towering display of canned cranberry sauce (another topic, another time) and proclaim to the shopping hordes: “People of the world! Put down that week-old, shrink-wrapped pie from this sub-par bakery! That pie is made of things from a can!”
I mean really! Of all pies, isn’t a pumpkin pie practically the easiest to make?
American cooks have been told over and over that weighing our ingredients is superior to measuring them in volume. We get it: weighing will give you accurate, consistent results while measuring into cups creates variables due to scooping method, style of cup, and other such inconsistencies.
Why then do we persist in mainly using volume measurements? Read on for my thoughts as well as my own personal approach for moving from volume to weight in the kitchen.
Any day now, one of my five younger brothers will drop a little hint to my mom. "You know, cinnamon rolls would be awesome," one might say, casually. The approach will rapidly progress to the blunt: "You're making cinnamon rolls for Thanksgiving morning, yesss?" Because, in our family anyway, the holidays start with the cinnamon rolls.
Beyond my mom's famously ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls, the aromas of cinnamon and spice define this time of year — the shortened afternoons spent rolling out molasses cookies or whipping up a whiskey spice bundt cake, filling your home with the smell of sweet things to come. We crave that spicy warmth, so here are twenty recipes that will instantly make your home smell like the holidays.
I can't think of anything more American to devour on Thanksgiving than an ooey-gooey heap of caramelized apples piled into a crispy, buttery crust. A good apple pie can be oh-so-good, but a bad one, well, it's just flat out depressing. Unfortunately a lot can go wrong when it comes to the classic dessert, but I've done some research to ensure that it doesn't.