April 9, 2014
Guys, I’m on a scone jag.
A couple weeks ago I had an incredibly disappointing scone from (sigh) Starbucks. It was so unsatisfying, such an affront to the good name of moist, flavorful scones, that I made three different kinds of scones that weekend alone – making my pastry-loving friends and colleagues very happy. And my freezer very full.
This recipe is a variation of the very first scone recipe I fell in love with, back in high school when I first discovered the magic of the oven. Rich with the mahogany sweetness of brown sugar, bumped even higher with a bit of molasses, and loaded with toasted pecans and brown butter, this is a far cry from the sad, dry scones in the coffee shop pastry case.
November 5, 2012
You know what I don’t understand? Crustless quiche. First of all, isn’t that just a frittata? Secondly, the crust is clearly the best part of quiche, so why would you want to get rid of it? (I know, I know, it’s because it’s fattening… but seriously people, we need to get over our fear of butter for some things, and quiche is one of those things.)
Perhaps I’m biased because, well, I make some excellent pie crust. It’s the easiest thing, and I like to have a couple of discs of it in my fridge at all times just in case some fruit takes a turn and must immediately be turned into pie, or I have savory leftovers begging to become pot pies.
The only equipment you need is your fingers, a counter, a bowl (though this is optional), and about ten minutes of your time for an outstandingly flaky, buttery, versatile crust. Here’s how I do it.
October 6, 2012
Since finding pumpkin purée at one of the expat stores here, I have made this recipe at least three times. I hadn’t posted them yet because they were always gone so quickly after I baked them that I never got a chance to take pictures.
I think this may be the gentleman’s favorite dessert that I bake. Partly, I think, because it reminds him of home and a certain grocery store‘s soft and cakey pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Not that I was endeavoring to replicate said grocery store cookies, but darn if these aren’t a close match. I just load them up with way more chocolate than seems decent.
These cookies are excellent for a mixer-less person like me. There is no creaming of butter or whipping of egg whites. Just mix the wet ingredients, mix in the dry ingredients, add chocolate, bake. Done.
These cookies have that banana bread quality of fooling you into thinking they can be breakfast. Because pumpkins are a vegetable, right? There’s an entire cup of the stuff in there! I often find myself with a huge pot of coffee, munching on these while checking my email in the morning.
September 21, 2012
These rolls started out as no-knead bread, but then I decided it would be silly to make artisan-style bread in my kitchen when I can walk next door and get artisan-style bread any time. So I backtracked and made them into cinnamon rolls.
The no-knead bread method beginning is fantastic for one thing, though — the flavor in these rolls is beyond the normal cinnamon-and-sugar gooeyness. There’s a rich yeasty flavor that’s developed over the long rise time that makes these taste less like a guilty pleasure and more like a for-serious bread item that just happens to be sweet and buttery.