Day 10 of 12 Days of Baking: Christmas Classic Mincemeat Wreath

Let’s start off with a brief history lesson. I have always been fascinated by the fast that this fruity, Christmas dessert staple had the word “meat” in it. Reading on about it, its history is something somehow joyful to read. Long before Nigella introduced salted caramel to the nation, the English had a fascination for…

Day 9 of “12 Days of Baking”: Pomegranate Rosemary Punch

I keep seeing cranberry cocktails popping up for the holidays, and I can’t help but wonder why are pomegranates so underrated around the holidays. Since I need a break from butter and sugar and frosting, I thought I’d bring you something to sip on while you sit around that tree. I’m not much of a…

Day 8 of “12 Days of Baking”: Foolproof Holiday Fudge

To me, nothing says “Christmas” like a good piece of chocolate fudge. A melt-in-your mouth treat that almost no other piece of candy can beat. However, making them hasn’t always been the most pleasant of experiences. For the past two years, I’ve attempted a bunch of recipes, all failing miserably. I didn’t have a candy…

Day 7 of 12 Days of Baking: Florentines

These are one of those cookies that test your patience. They’re not your usual “pretty and festive” cookies. You might even skip over them when reaching out to that cookie tray, and reaching for those cute cookies with all the frosting and sprinkles. However, what these cookies lack in “cute factor”, they make up for…

Day 6 of 12 Days of Baking: Coffee Sablé

I really love to bake cookies, especially this time of year (obviously), but I always get a bit stuck when searching for things to bake for the #12DaysofBaking series. I want to put out recipes that are new, and fresh, not like everything that’s bombarding the interweb during this month. As always, the answer is…

Day 5 of 12 Days of Baking: Almond Ginger Biscotti

Christmas is almost around the corner, and I am sure this weekend you will be busy with last minute baking, and shopping. It’s going to be madness out there if you are out shopping, but in the kitchen, you can control the madness if you choose a few great recipes to make, for example, this…

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…