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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 […]

Linzertorte Cookies

Linzertorte Cookies

In their original form, these were “Strawberry and Apricot Linzertorte Hearts,” adapted from a 1996 Gourmet magazine recipe. They’re the perfect Valentine’s Day cookie, or Christmas cookie, but I first made them in neither of those contexts. I stumbled across the recipe on Epicurious.com in […]

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 […]

Plum Tart with Honey Ginger Mascarpone Filling

Plum Tart with Honey Ginger Mascarpone Filling

I’ll admit it, sometimes my recipe ideas begin with an aesthetic vision, and the flavors follow. In this case, inspired by jewel-like plums, plumcots, and pluots at the Farmers’ Market, I had a vision of a tart topped with alternating half-moon plum slices in pink […]

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 […]

Lemon Cream Scones with Edible Flowers

Lemon Cream Scones with Edible Flowers

A few weeks ago, I brought some strawberry-rhubarb scones into the office, where they were quickly devoured. One grateful colleague told me, with some astonishment, that he had not realized that scones could be so “light.” (He was referring to the texture, rather than the […]

Rhubarb Roses

Rhubarb Roses

The most popular photographs I have posted on Instagram have almost invariably depicted Ottolenghi recipes, or variations on Ottolenghi recipes. The one exception is the photo that appears on the home page for this blog–pieces of a Meyer lemon tart trimmed with rhubarb roses and […]

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 […]