Sweet & Salty Bread


You are gonna want to make this.


3 cups flour
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yeast
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
1 tablespoon caraway seeds


In a large bowl combine flour, salt, yeast, and water. Mix until combined. Dough will not be smooth, it will look kinda shaggy. Fold in cinnamon, raisins, sugar, and caraway seeds. Cover and let rise over night.

In the morning, Preheat oven to 450 degrees with Dutch oven inside to also heat up. Plop dough into preheated Dutch oven amd sprinkle with a little sugar and salt. Let cook with lid on for 20 minutes. Uncover and let cook for about 10 minutes more until browned on top. I also made some sugar and cinnamon butter.


Walnut Pie

I’m working on my crust game.


Pie Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup very cold shortening, cubed
1/4 cup very cold butter, cubed
1 teaspoon salt
6-9 tablespoons cold water

Pie Filling:
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla


To make pie cruse, pulse flour, shortening, butter and salt in food processor in 3 1-second bursts until shortening and butter are pea-size. With motor running, pour ice water through feed tube in a thin stream, adding just enough to moisten, and processing just until mixture looks crumbly and starts to cling together.

Pour mixture into a bowl and gather into a ball with hands squeezing it together.  Form into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll out pie crust and trim and prep edges as desired. Place back in the refrigerator until filling is ready.

To make filling: Mix together eggs, sugar, flour, corn syrup, butter and vanilla, mixing well. Pour into pie shell. Sprinkle walnuts all over top, arranging them where needed.

Bake in preheated 400°F oven for 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350°F and bake for 35 to 45 more minutes, or until center is set.


Chocolate and Orange Pull Apart Bread


A delicious mess.


500 g flour
1/4 ounce package instant yeast
10 g salt
350 ml of water
1/4 cup candied orange peel
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup browned butter
1/2 cup turbinado sugar


In large bowl add flour, yeast, salt and slowly add water.  Using dough hook, begin to mix until you’ve added all the water and the dough comes together. Keep kneading for about 7 minutes until dough is soft and smooth.  Add the chopped candied orange until evenly spread throughout dough. Let it rise for two hours.

Melt and brown butter and place in a bowl to cool.  Pour sugar in another bowl.  Cut up the dough into 16 pieces.  Dip each piece in the browned butter first and then dip into sugar.  Place 8 pieces in two rows, next to one another.  Sprinkle on half the chocolate chips. Repeat on top with the last 8 pieces.  Sprinkle on the remaining chocolate and drizzle over any leftover butter.  Cover and refrigerate over night or let sit for another two hours.

Remove from refrigerator in the morning and let the dough warm up before putting into the oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  Let cool before eating.

Ottolenghi & Goh’s Gevulde Speculaas


Yeah, I’m not so sure what you just read either. But they are delicious and smell amazing.  Get this book: Sweet.


Spice Mix
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground aniseed
3/4 tsp ground white pepper
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

100g unsalted butter at room temp + 1 tbsp melted for brushing
100 grams dark brown sugar
1 tbsp whole milk, plus 1 tbsp. if dough needs it
1/2 tsp baking soda
180 g flour
1/2 tsp salt

Almond Paste
200 g whole blanched almonds
150 g sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp lemon juice plus the zest of one small lemon
55 g of candied citrus peel chopped

To Decorate
1 large egg lightly beaten
30 grams of whole blanched almonds


To make the spice mix:  combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside until ready to use.

To make the dough: place the room temperature butter in the bowl of an electric mixer withe the paddle attachment in place.  Add the brown sugar and milk and beat on medium speed until smooth. Sift the baking soda, 4 tsp spice mix, the flour and salt into a bowl, then add this to the dough.  Continue to beat until the dough is soft and pliable, adding a little more milk if needed.  Transfer the dough to your work surface and lightly knead.  Cover in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

To make almond paste: place the almonds in a food processor for 30 seconds–you don’t want the texture to be completely smooth. Add the sugar, egg and lemon juice and process again until it is slightly smoother but still grainy.  Finally add the lemon zest and candied peel and pulse once or twice, just to mix.  The paste should be sticky and softer than the dough, but still hold its shape.  Transfer to a a small bowl until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cool the dough out on a lightly floured 16 x 12 inch sheet of paper to form a 13x 7-1/2 inch rectangle–just over a 1/4 inch thick. Dust with flour to keep from sticking.

Transfer the dough and parchment sheet to a large baking sheet and brush 2/3 of the melted butter evenly over the dough.  spoon the almond paste lengthwise down the center of the dough to form a long sausage about 2 1/3 inches wide.  Brush the almond paste with the remainder of the butter and then using the paper to help you, fold the left side of the dough so it is on top of the paste.  Folks the right side on top of this (again using the parchment paper to hep you). The sides should be overlapping.  Press gently to secure and carefully turn the whole thing over so that the seal is at the bottom and the paste is secured.

To decorate brush the dough evenly and lightly with some of the beaten egg and arrange the whole almonds to top.  I didn’t have almonds so I used pine nuts.

Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until the dough begins to color and the almonds are golden.  Roll will flatten out. Set aside on baking sheet until completely cool then cut into 12 slices.

Sugar Skull Cookies

I got this awesome sugar-skull patterned rolling pin.


1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

Filling and Decorations
Raspberry Jam
Food dye

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set it aside. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until well combined and smooth. Add eggs one at a time mixing well in between. Add the vanilla and almond extract. 

Mix in the flour mixture in one cup at a time and mix just until the ingredients are combined. Divide the dough into 3 discs and roll each one out on a mat. Freeze for 10-15 minutes and cut out your cookie shapes and bake 6-9 minutes. Decorate as you desire. 

Lemon and Raspberry Mini Bundt Cakes


When you get a mini bundt pan, you gotta make something.  I had already made raspberry jam earlier today, so it seemed logical. I floated these bad boys in some lemon glaze.


13.5 ounces  flour
2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
12 tablespoons butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
4  teaspoons lemon juice, divided
1/2 cup raspberry jam

1/3 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Step 2 Coat 18 mini Bundt cups with baking spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and rind. Add flour mixture and buttermilk lemon juice alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Fill pans half way, add a thin layer of raspberry jam and then spoon the rest of the batter on top. Bake for 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out with moist crumbs clinging.  Let cool and then which powdered sugar with lemon juice until desired consistency.  Add milk if too thick. Dip the cakes upside down in the glaze.

Even Better Than Pop Tarts


There is only one thing better than Pop Tarts and that is a homemade Pop Tart. I made blueberry and


2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 additional large egg (to brush on pastry)

Cinnamon Filling
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons flour
1 large egg, to brush on pastry before filling

Blueberry Jam Filling
8 ounces jam
1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water


To make cinnamon filling: Whisk together the sugar, cinnamon, and flour.

To make jam filling: Mix the jam with the cornstarch/water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool.

For the pastry, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter with a pastry blender until pea-sized lumps of butter are still visible, and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it.  Whisk the first egg and milk together and stir them into the dough, mixing just until everything it stays together.  If needed, knead briefly on a floured counter.

Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a smooth rectangle.

To assemble the tarts, place one piece on a lightly floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8″ thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9″ x 12″.  Repeat with the second piece of dough. Cut each piece of dough into thirds to form nine 3″ x 4″ rectangles.

Beat the additional egg and brush it over the entire surface of the first dough. This will be the “inside” of the tart; the egg is to help glue the lid on. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, keeping a bare 1/2-inch perimeter around it. Place a second rectangle of dough atop the first, using your fingertips to press firmly around the pocket of filling, sealing the dough well on all sides. Press the tines of a fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining tarts.

Gently place the tarts on a lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart a few times with a fork so steam can escape. Refrigerate the tarts for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F. Remove the tarts from the fridge, and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re a light golden brown. Cool in pan on rack and glaze or frost as you like.

I worked with this recipe.

Williams Sonoma Pear and Custard Tart


It is a thing of beauty.


Poached Pears:
3 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
3 ripe but firm pears, preferably Bosc, peeled, quartered and cored
Peel of 1 orange, removed in strips with a vegetable peeler
1/2 vanilla bean

Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
3 Tbs. very cold water

1 egg
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. sugar
3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. triple sec
Pinch of kosher salt


To poach the pears, cut a circle of parchment paper that will fit in a medium saucepan. Cut a small circle in the middle of the parchment. In the saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and add the pears and orange peel. Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds with the back of a paring knife; add the pod and seeds to the saucepan. Lay the parchment in the saucepan to submerge the pears. Adjust the heat so that the liquid simmers gently and poach the pears until just tender, about 15 minutes. Let the pears cool in the poaching liquid.

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

To make the dough by hand, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and salt. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the water and mix with a fork just until the dough pulls together.

Transfer the dough to a work surface, pat into a ball and flatten into a disk. (Although many dough recipes call for chilling the dough at this point, this dough should be rolled out immediately for the best results.) Lightly flour the work surface, then flatten the disk with 6 to 8 gentle taps of the rolling pin. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn. Lightly dust the top of the dough or the rolling pin with flour as needed, then roll out into a round at least 12 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch thick. Makes enough dough for one 9-inch single-crust pie or one 10-inch galette.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 13-inch round. Transfer to a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom and ease the dough into the pan. Trim away any excess dough. Line the tart shell with aluminum foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake until the crust is dried out and just starting to color a bit, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights. Let the crust cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

Cut each pear quarter lengthwise into 4 slices, then lay most of the pear slices in the crust in an overlapping circle close to the rim. Use the remaining slices to fill the middle.

In a bowl, beat together the egg and the 1/4 cup sugar until thick and pale. Beat in the flour and then the cream, vanilla and salt. Pour the custard evenly over the pears. Bake until the custard starts to puff up, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle the 1 Tbs. sugar over the top of the tart. Continue to bake until the custard is set and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes more. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool until warm or room temperature before slicing and serving.

I used this recipe with some slight changes.

Brown Butter Coconut Quick Bread with Lemon Curd


Sometimes you go down a path with baking and it takes you to wonderful places.


Quick Bread:
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
teaspoons baking powder
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
teaspoon kosher salt
cup sugar
ounces shredded coconut
tablespoons butter melted and browned

1/2 cup lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons butter, chopped


Heat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, lemon juice, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt. Add sugar and coconut, and stir to mix. Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture. Gradually mix with dry ingredients until just combined. Add melted and browned butter, and stir until smooth. Try not to over-mix.

Line an 8 1/2- by 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.  Pour batter into pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 60-75 minutes.  Cool in pan 5 minutes, remove bread from pan, and finish cooling on a rack.

While bread is cooking, make curd by adding eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest to saucepan over medium heat.  Constantly whisking, add pieces of butter to melt into mixture.  Keep whisking until mixture begins to thicken. This will take about 8 minutes.  Transfer to bowl and refrigerate for one hour.  Serve on coconut bread.



Ottolenghi’s Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake (National Trust Version)


If you love cooking and baking and not following Food52 then you are missing out on stuff like this.  This recipe is reprinted from Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi.  


large eggs

 225 grams granulated sugar

120 milliliters heavy cream

70 grams unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing

tablespoon poppy seeds

Finely grated zest of 3 lemons (1 tablespoon)

 170 grams flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

 90 grams confectioners’ sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons lemon juice


Heat the oven to 350°. Grease the loaf pan and line with parchment paper, then set aside.

Place the eggs and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, until pale and frothy. Add the cream and continue to beat for about 2 minutes, until the mixture has combined, thickened a little, and turned pale.

In the meantime, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stir in the poppy seeds and lemon zest, and set aside.

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl, then use a rubber spatula to fold this into the egg mixture before folding in the butter, poppy seeds, and zest.

Spoon the mixture into the loaf pan(s) so that it rises three-quarters of the way up the sides. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

To make the glaze, whisk the confectioners’ sugar with the lemon juice in a bowl.

Pour the glaze over the top of the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, spreading it over the top so that it sinks in and creates a nice coating. Set aside to cool for 30 minutes before removing from the pan. Leave to come to room temperature before serving.