Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Pretty, Dainty, Linzer Torte Cookies

When people find out that I have a baking blog, or that I took a six-month course on pastry, they very often all ask the same question: Do you also know how to cook?
The answer is yes, I do know how to cook, and I do enjoy it (and write about it as well), but baking and pastries will always have a special place in my heart. Cooking and baking are at the same time very different and very similar, but one thing that really sets dessert apart is the emphasis on aesthetics, which is one of the things I love about it. Savory foods can definitely be pleasing to the eye, but there really is no such thing as an ugly dessert. And these cookies right here? These cookies are adorable.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Perfect Passover Treats

It's that time of year again: When I have to put away all the flour and start experimenting in the kitchen. That's right - Passover starts on Monday night, but never fear, I have a bunch of recipes that will make you forget you ever thought you needed flour to make dessert.

1. First up and new this year are these Lemon Meringue Nests. This is actually a family favorite recipe that we eat all year round, which tells you how good it is! Recipe here.

2. From last year: Almond Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies - delicious and cute looking at the same time.

3. Flourless Chocolate Cookies - I'm already dreaming about trying these cookies again - they're rich, chewy and chock full of chocolate flavor.

4. Candied Orange Peel - So simple, so delicious, so waste-free! Perfect for Passover.

5. Flourless Hazelnut Cake with Chocolate Ganache - A real showstopper for the end of your seder meal - also great for snacking at any time!

6. Raspberry French Macarons with Chocolate Ganache - If you're feeling adventurous this Passover, definitely try your hand at making French Macarons. Don't worry, I'll walk you through the whole process.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lime, White Chocolate and Coconut Cookies

For most of the US, winter is not a time with a lot of fresh fruit around. Apples and oranges, sure, but those beautiful berries are mostly in hibernation until the warmer months. But that doesn't mean you 
can't have delicious pops of flavor in your baked goods! Enter citrus.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Homemade Cronuts - Happy Chanuka!

Unless you've been living under a rock this past year, you'll know that the biggest craze in pastry these past few months has been the "cronut." The what? A cross between a croissant and a doughnut, it all started at a bakery in New York and has since inspired a million copycats, an underground market but sadly, very few Halloween costumes. Now, a food this indulgent isn't something I can really justify eating, except for once a year: Chanuka (aka Hanukkah, Chanukah and Hanukka) - the festival of lights (and fried foods).

Monday, November 18, 2013

I did it. I made schmaltz cookies!

Well this place sure looks familiar. I know, I know, I used to be around here alot more often, but, well, time got away from me. And while I can't make any promises for the future, I certainly do miss blogging and will do my best to be a more regular presence. But anyway - back to the topic at hand. I made schmaltz cookies. Schmaltz oatmeal cookies, to be precise. Now pick your jaw up off the floor and keep reading.