I’ve become very enamored with Babka lately. There is something about the brioche-like texture and the sweet inside that really makes me happy but I actually do not like to stuff bread with chocolate and the cinnamon version always feels a little too dry so I decided to try a jam version and that is amazing. I can’t seem to make this without also getting jam all over the place but I’m sure that’s just a me-problem.Continue reading
This is a pretty beautiful and stunning cake with a really “grown up” flavor because of the subtle orange notes that match well with the mascarpone frosting. This cake isn’t difficult to make but it is important to make sure that you have your oranges zested and juice before you start the cake so that you can add the ingredients at once for the best lift and texture.
Orange Poppy Seed Cake
This isn’t a showstopper visually but these tiny little cupcakes pack a delicious butter and cinnamon flavor that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea. These cupcakes are best with an extra generous layer of topping so feel free to make extra for an extra decadent experience. While the recipe seems more complicated than your average cupcake the bonus is that all the work is done before you put them in the oven so once they come out and cool they’re immediately ready to eat – no frosting or decoration necessary.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cupcakes
I think people are really intimidated by making pie but this is my first time making my own pie crust and I found it actually fairly straight forward. This is actually much easier than it seems on the surface but it does require that you properly rest the dough so it needs to be planned out ahead of time.
Most of the time you’ll spend making these will be in assembly but they don’t really take much to assemble either. The flavor of these cupcakes is a really perfect blend of flavor. They look sweet but they have a really nice balance between the sourness of cherries and the savory frosting to go with the chocolate cake. These are really delicious and I recommend making them the next time you need cupcakes.
Black Forest Cupcakes
These are really similar to the cookies I used to get all the time in Italian bakeries / delis growing up in New York. I didn’t have a pastry bag so I simply rolled the dough into very small, even sized balls I would absolutely suggest using a pastry bag or spritz machine to make your cookies. The assembly of these is very simple but it really enhances the experience of the cookie itself so it’s worth taking the extra steps. The cookie is flaky and butter with a good snap but it’s not too brittle.
Italian Butter Cookie
Surprisingly this is both a very simple and a very difficult cake to make but I can assure you that guests will be impressed even if you deliver a technically imperfect masterpiece. Since its just one cake recipe all the work is in the assembly so if you’re like me you’ll probably make a mess and it will take you a surprising amount of time from start to finish. This can sit for a few days though because its covered so just block out enough time before you commit.
Recipe: Lemon and Raspberry Battenberg
These are classic and easy and since I’m not actually a big fan of peanut butter I like these better than the peanut butter m&m cookies I previously made. This is a single bowl, no wait cookie that comes out absolutely perfect every time and is so simple you probably have everything in your house right now except the M&M candies.
These are just mini versions of babka but they’re soooooo good and using Nutella or any other hazlenut spread makes this a breeze. I added a brown sugar cinnamon topping just to bring them over the top (and make them look a little fancier).
Hazelnut Babka Rolls
This Jewish staple is basically just almond biscotti but is that such a bad thing? I made this one with plenty of almond slices and dried cranberries but feel free to throw in your favorite dried fruit or nuts.