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Sourdough Discard Loaf with Cornmeal, Cheddar, and Jalapeno

Sourdough Discard Loaf with Cornmeal, Cheddar, and Jalapeno

Decades ago, I spent a summer working at bread bakery in my hometown of Austin, Texas. Among the breads they offered was a “corn bread”–not, mind you, a baking powder-leavened quick bread, but a yeasted loaf made with cornmeal. The memory of that bread got […]

Orange Blossom Shortbread Cookies with Edible Flowers

Orange Blossom Shortbread Cookies with Edible Flowers

I first made these orange blossom shortbread cookies last year, when my obsession with incorporating edible flowers into my baking was just beginning. A random internet search led to a recipe that looked promising. In my memory, that recipe was a recipe for “orange blossom […]

Purple Sweet Potato Mini Cheesecake

Purple Sweet Potato Mini Cheesecake

Another Passover-friendly recipe? Why not. My baking obsessions include finding ways to incorporate brilliantly hued fruits and vegetables into pastries. I can’t resist rhubarb, blood oranges, blackberries, red currants, and, most recently, purple sweet potatoes. I’ve done a purple sweet potato pie and, in the […]

Halva + Tahini “Forgotten Cookies”

Halva + Tahini “Forgotten Cookies”

Passover desserts generally come down to eggs: separated and whipped into a frenzy for sponge cake; blended with coconut or almond flour for macaroons; or beaten with sugar for meringues. These “cookies” are, basically, meringues. They’re adapted from a recipe by one of my baking […]

Chocolate Chunk, Rye, and Hazelnut Praline Cookies

Chocolate Chunk, Rye, and Hazelnut Praline Cookies

There are a few baking bloggers who consistently inspire me with interesting flavor profiles and genius twists on classic pastries. Claudia Brick is one whom I’ve mentioned before, and whose brioche scrolls inspired one of the first recipes on this blog. She also has a […]

Hokkaido Milk Bread Doughnuts with Yuzu Cream

Hokkaido Milk Bread Doughnuts with Yuzu Cream

Confession: I had the vision for these doughnuts before I had ever made a loaf of Hokkaido Milk Bread. However, once I finally got around to trying the recipe in Cynthia Chen McTernan’s wonderful cookbook, A Common Table, it confirmed my instinct that the dough […]

Maple-Almond Sunken Apple Cake

Maple-Almond Sunken Apple Cake

Choosing what to bake is always a tug-of-war between my eagerness to try new recipes and the comfort of returning to old favorites, perhaps with a small twist or two. I made the Smitten Kitchen sunken apple and honey cake for the first time a […]

Rustic Ombré Apple Tart with Honey Frangipane

Rustic Ombré Apple Tart with Honey Frangipane

I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the first time this year. I did it all, and I went traditional. Turkey. Stuffing. Sweet Potato Casserole. Apple Pie. The apple pie was in fact a salted apple cider caramel apple pie, with a fancy herringbone lattice crust. It […]

Cranberry Hazelnut Crumb Bars

Cranberry Hazelnut Crumb Bars

These cranberry hazelnut crumb bars are one of those thrown together, “let’s find a way to use up random impulse-purchased ingredients” recipes. They’re extremely easy to make, and extremely delicious. They also can be made ahead and travel well. The recipe is the result, as […]

Apple, Sage, and Gruyère Scones

Apple, Sage, and Gruyère Scones

When I was a child, I held the firm view that fruit and cheese did not go together. (Cheese + crackers = perfect snack. Apples + cheese = gross.) Clearly, my tastes have evolved. I now can think of no better healthy snack than a […]