This series finale of AMC's Breaking Bad is this Sunday – are you prepared to say goodbye? After what has arguably been the best season of the show, the series deserves to go out with a bang. Bakers and boozers alike have been inspired to cook some interesting things to celebrate. WARNING: There are a lot of blue pop rocks ahead.
Mastering crêpes is a helpful skill to have in your cooking repertoire. They are an incredibly versatile base for many classic dishes — they can go from breakfast to dinner to dessert, and can be savory or sweet, large or small. They can be made ahead and eaten later. And they're really not hard to make, as long as you know a few tricks.
Need an ice cream topping that is both easy and mind-blowingly good? Have some spare candy on hand? This creamy ganache, made using an assorted bag of fun-sized chocolate bars, is guaranteed to be your new favorite junk food splurge. But watch out, it's addictive!
Moist and naturally sweet with gingery bite, these cookies contain just five ingredients (four if you don't count salt) and couldn't be easier to make. Though you can also bake them in the oven, I love eating them raw, just firmed up in the freezer. Sometimes simple really is best.
What would the world be without chocolate pudding? Chocolate and cream, licked off a spoon, is one of the greatest desserts I know, ranked with fresh strawberry shortcake and warm chocolate chip cookies. But pudding has become a lost art, as baking books proliferate yet pudding only shows up in Snack Packs or on restaurant dessert plates. This is a secret opportunity for you as a cook, because when it comes to dessert, pudding is special, it's unusual, and yet it's a snap to make. Knowing how to make pudding from scratch is like having the golden key to winning dessert.
I am biased, I confess — I wrote a whole book about pudding, custard, and no-bake desserts so I've spent some time with these sweets. And yet I love them more and more. Come on into my kitchen and let me show you how to make rich and creamy chocolate pudding. It's a forgotten classic that every sweet-lover should know by heart.
In this mesmerizing video from Tasting Table, we see Corey Cova of Dough Loco in East Harlem, New York make some seriously gorgeous doughnuts. Most importantly, however, amidst the copious amounts of dough and pink glaze, around 00:52 of the video, you will see what is arguably the most badass doughnut cutter in existence.
When I was first dating my boyfriend Sam, he'd make me banana pancakes. We dated long distance for over a year, so I'd fly up for the weekend and was frequently romanced by these breakfasts. Now that we live together, the banana pancakes aren't as frequent an occurrence but when they do happen Sam sticks to two rules of the pancake game which make his stand out above the rest.
Throwing an impromptu dinner party on a weeknight? In order to avoid some unnecessary stress, make an easy treat like dessert kebobs. I love this simple dessert because they are so easy to throw together, look great, and you can buy everything pre-made, or make it yourself if you have some extra time.
I firmly believe that banana bread is something you should be able to make anytime and anywhere, with a mixer or with a fork, in a loaf pan or in a muffin tin — whenever you have a few bananas going freckly. Banana bread, I'm pretty sure, is at least 50% of the reason bananas exist. Here is a very basic and very forgiving recipe that takes all of 10 minutes to whisk together. An hour of waiting while your house fills with tempting aromas, and you will be snacking on your very own slice of warm, fresh-baked banana bread.
As a kid, I was the pickiest breakfast eater. Well to be honest, I was usually the opposite of a picky eater. As the lone weirdo who would always choose the salad bar at a pizza party, I would and still will eat almost anything. But when breakfast time rolled around each morning, I simply never felt hungry. Perhaps a sign of my love for brunch to come, I preferred to eat an hour or two after waking up.