Day 4 of “12 Days of Baking”: Chocolate Salami

So the title might be a bit misleading. After all, salami is meat. And we’re talking about chocolate here. I’m sure this combination exists somewhere in the world, but not this one, so let out a sigh of relief. Chocolate salami is a dessert popular in Italy and Portugal. It is made from dark chocolate,…

Day 3 of “12 Days of Baking”: Almond Linzer Cookies

Raspberries and almonds are a classic combination for a reason – they just work. After two years of putting it on my list and then pushing it aside for the sake of something “easier”, I can now finally say I’ve made Linzer cookies. They’re tender and perfectly crumbly (similar to shortbread cookies) and their blend of tempting…

Day 2 of “12 Days Of Baking”: Rugelach

Rugelach are Eastern European pastry-cookies that translate to “Little Twists”. Butter and cream cheese make the dough super tender and flaky, filled with a variety of slightly sweet but lip-smacking fillings. Don’t let the croissant-like shape fool you, Rugelach are easier to make than you might think. Just bring out your food processor, and you’re a few pulses…

12 Days of Baking: Tart in Bloom

Happy December! ‘Tis the season for holiday table inspiration. Food memories are more inextricably intertwined with this month than any other. Emotional attachments that defy culinary justification persist. When I started planning my Christmas baking lineup I was almost at a road block. This is my third year doing the #12DaysofBaking series, and I wanted to expand beyond the…

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

“NO PARTICULARLY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE PROCESS.” If you’ve been following this space for the past two years, and if you’ve been following me on Instagram or Snapchat, you’ll know what’s coming in a few days. With December just a few days away, and with Christmas just 26 days, 12 hours and 13…

Do’s and Don’ts of Baking Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies might be the first thing you ever baked. These timeless sweet treats with their approachable instructions have become almost a staple for every event/treat/potluck, you name it. However, everyone has a different idea of what the perfect cookie should be; soft, chewy, thin, crispy, cakey… But what I have found that regardless of…

Confessions of a Junk Food Addict

Let’s be honest. We all have our vices and secrets that are hidden in a dark corner of our pantry out of sight and out of reach of people around us. Things that come out late at night when that sudden craving hits you, and nothing can quite it like your secret guilty pleasures. You…

Sour Cream Raisin Buns

Fall pulls me toward comfort food. I want the classics, but nothing compares to the comfort of warm bread to. Soft, chewy, warm bread. These buns have a subtle sour flavor profile. A very slight crust develops on the outside but the middle stays perfectly soft and pillow-y.

Coffee Cheesecake Brownies

Warning: This may ruin your diet. After last week’s cheesecake experimentation that left me dubbing myself as the baked cheesecake whisperer, I ended up with a pack of extra cream cheese and an overwhelming feeling of guilt that only happens after inhaling 3 entire cheesecakes over one weekend. One thing just kept ringing in that…

Baked Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Coulis

I’m a die hard Friends fan. This is not an exaggerated statement. I’ve watched every single episode more times than I can keep count of. If i’m bored, if I’m having a sleepless night, or if I just want a good giggle to lighten up my mood, I put on a random episode and end…

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Brioche Loaf

It’s not officially Fall until you’ve made some sort of pumpkin dessert.  It is almost a rule that if you have a baking blog, and it is Fall, you pretty much need to have at least one recipe with pumpkin in it. Comfort food means different things to different people. For some, it’s a big dish…

Honeycomb Toffee

Honeycomb toffee, aka the inside of that Crunchie bar that got your tongue all tingly with every bite. This candy is known worldwide under a lot of different names, cinder toffee, hokey pokey, sponge candy, but when you break the recipes down, they all come back to 3 the same basic ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, and baking soda….