I like bread, and this year I’m going to prove it by baking through The Bread Baker’s Apprentice. Yes, I know I’m mildly crazy, thanks.
Just over a year ago, I was the new owner of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, a critically acclaimed bread bible for home bakers and professionals alike. I’d asked for it for Christmas, and at last, it was mine. I really enjoyed bread class in pastry school, and now I could continue learning about the magic of bread making in my own kitchen. As far as pastry nerd enthusiasm goes, I was stoked.
In fact, I was so stoked that one of my 2016 Baking Resolutions was to bake more bread, but like so many resolutions, my early enthusiasm fizzled out. And by “fizzled out,” I mean I did not make a single loaf of bread last year. I did, however, manage to create the Perfect Pie Crust, the one and only resolution I accomplished last year.
I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I’m ready for a do over.
We make these Thumbprint Cookies every Christmas. Otherwise, there’d be a revolt.
In my humble opinion, there are two baking staples to Christmas: Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies and Thumbprint Cookies. Without them, December 25th wouldn’t be complete. I’m not even sure where this recipe comes from from exactly. I just know it lives in my mom’s pink recipe book, which is practically a sacred text of handwritten recipes.
A pie crust so flaky, you can’t make lunch plans with it.
Let’s be honest, pie crust can be a big ole pain. On the one hand, it can be a work of flaky, golden art, or it can be a shrunken disappointment that is burnt on the top and raw on the bottom. Why you gotta be like that pie crust?
Earlier this year, I set out to find the perfect crust. It took me until December, but I finally found a pie crust that I love. Better than never, right??
This Apple Galette has all the taste of the French country side without the work of a French pastry chef. Lazy bakers rejoice.
After all the pumpkin rolls and pies of Thanksgiving, I needed to recharge my baking battery before diving into the sweet trenches of Christmas baking. This Apple Galette was the perfect dessert to get me back in the baking mood after coming out of my turkey-induced November coma.
Apple Cider Caramels combine your favorite fall drink with your favorite candy any other time of the year.
I’m obsessed with these Apple Cider Caramels. They are sooo good, like forget about the diet you wanted to be on before the holidays good. This past week, I have been a lovable grandmother, pushing wrapped candy on everyone I come across. Yes, I was initially met with concerned looks—I’m so glad you asked. However, I was happy to give up my perceived sanity for the sake of sharing these delightful caramels.
These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles are for my fellow bowl scrapers and batter eaters.
If I’m being honest with myself, half of the joy of making chocolate chip cookies is eating the cookie dough, or as I like to call it, testing for quality control. Sometimes I don’t clean the bowl and beater very well to ensure there are “leftovers.” And by sometimes I mean every. single. time. These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles will curb a cookie dough craving in a hot minute. They have all the taste of irresistable batter without the rather resistable addition of uncooked eggs.
These Black and White Cookies are a New York City classic that you don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy!
This one’s for my sister. Black and White Cookies are her favorite, and since it’s her birthday later this month, I thought I would earn some sister points and learn how to make them. Turns out they’re easy to make and perfect if you hate deciding between chocolate and vanilla.
Fall hasn’t really begun until you have a slice of this Carrot Cake.
There are some who say that vegetables and desserts do not mix—I have even said it. I think that’s because it’s easy to have bad carrot cake. Dense, raisin bran-esque, heavily frosted carrot cake. This recipe is just the opposite. Super moist, with a nice crunch from the walnuts, and plenty of fall spices. Maybe I’m biased, but it’s the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.
Since fall is apple season and every day is bread season, I made Apple Bread.
It was so hot out this week I wanted to cry, so I filled my apartment with the yummy scents of fall by whipping up a batch of Apple Bread. My favorite thing about this recipe are the two, count them two!, layers of apple-loaded streusel. My second favorite thing is that this is one of those desserts that is socially acceptable to eat for breakfast, because this apple streusel goodness cannot be tamed.
It’s my birthday, and I’ll eat Chocolate Mousse if I want to.
My birthday was this past Monday, and while I love me some birthday cake, I really just wanted a giant bowl of Chocolate Mousse. So that’s exactly what I made. Happy birthday to me!