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“Carrot Cake” Cinnamon Rolls with Maple-Tahini Cream Cheese Icing

“Carrot Cake” Cinnamon Rolls with Maple-Tahini Cream Cheese Icing

It started when, somewhere on the Internet, I saw a photo captioned “Tahini Cream Cheese Frosting.” Those intriguing words immediately made me think of the Smitten Kitchen carrot muffins with tahini glaze. But they also made me think of the Smitten Kitchen carrot cupcakes with […]

Country Loaf with Discard Sourdough Starter

Country Loaf with Discard Sourdough Starter

This is not a post for people who have never made sourdough bread before. If that’s you, and you’re interested in learning to make sourdough bread, I recommend Tartine Bread, which is the book that really got me started on my sourdough adventure. Indeed, the […]

Apple and Rosemary Focaccia

Apple and Rosemary Focaccia

One reason I became a practicing lawyer, rather than an academic, is that I like being given problems to solve rather than having to come up with the problems myself. I think I generally do best when I am given a specific challenge to guide […]

Browned Butter Brioche Scrolls with Tahini Caramel, Pistachios, Halva, and Dark Chocolate

Browned Butter Brioche Scrolls with Tahini Caramel, Pistachios, Halva, and Dark Chocolate

I own, let’s say, a fair number of cookbooks, and I have spent many many hours joyfully perusing my collection. From most books, though, I’ve probably actually made only three to five recipes. Sweet, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, is an exception. In the […]

Walnut-Halva Babka

Walnut-Halva Babka

This is a mash-up of two Ottolenghi recipes: The dough is adapted from the chocolate krantz cakes in Jerusalem (via Smitten Kitchen). The filling–crumbled halva + chopped walnuts + more walnuts whizzed with brown sugar, butter, tahini, and a bit of cinnamon–is inspired by the […]