Category Archives: Sweets

Recipe: Election Cake

U.S. Election Day in the early years of our Republic was a happy and festive occasion. Election Cake was served as a reward for voting or simply to celebrate democracy. A number of bakers are offering it this year to encourage … Continue reading

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Recipe: Campfire Baklava

Sick of s’mores? Try this change of pace on your next camping trip. From Cooking with Fire by Paula Marcoux, and used with her permission. Ingredients: Dough: 7 oz all purpose flour 1/2 t Kosher salt 2/3 c lukewarm water … Continue reading

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Recipe: Three-Way Strawberry Shortcake

I whipped up this three-way strawberry shortcake recipe for a promotion sponsored by Driscoll’s. It features home-made buttermilk biscuits and three different preparations of strawberries: quick-pickled, macerated and fresh. 12 servings. Ingredients: For the biscuits: 2 c unbleached all purpose … Continue reading

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Recipe: Dark Chocolate Biscotti with Chipotle Chili

First of my 3 holiday bakes. Dark Chocolate Biscotti is adapted from davidg618’s recipe which appeared on the wonderful baker blog, The Fresh Loaf. Ingredients: 1/2 c (one stick) unsalted butter, softened 2/3 c sugar 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/4 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Ice Cream with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Try this right now: first, get yourself a couple of scoops of your favorite simple-flavor ice cream. (I used black raspberry.) Drizzle on a bit of good, fruity olive oil. Now sprinkle on a bit of sea salt. Eat and … Continue reading

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Recipe: Magic Squares

4th of my holiday bakes, except it’s not so much a bake as an assemblage. Great to make with kids because it’s so easy. There are a couple of versions for magic squares on the EagleBrand.com website but I prefer … Continue reading

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Recipe: Fennel Pollen Shortbread

Third of my 3 holiday bakes. Buttery, salty, with a complex taste from the fennel pollen. Adapted from this recipe which in turn attributes it to Kir Jensen, operator of a Portland food truck. Makes about 4 dozen shortbreads. Ingredients: 2 c … Continue reading

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Recipe: Christina Tosi’s Corn Cookies

Second of my 3 holiday bakes. The lively Christina Tosi, pastry chef at Momofuku Milk Bar, has generously shared the recipe for her should-be-illegal corn cookies. (I suspect she actually uses even more butter than this, however.) Freeze dried corn … Continue reading

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Recipe: Easy Caramel Flan

Everybody’s favorite Mexican-style flan is the same recipe found on the Eagle Brand Condensed Milk website. Just be sure to have everything ready before you start with the sugar because that’s the tricky part. 8 servings. Ingredients: 3/4 c sugar 4 … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sarah Willis Chocolate Cake

Sarah Willis is a Niman Ranch pig farmer in Thornton, IA. She contributed this recipe for a farmers’ cookbook we were working on that hopefully will be published one day soon. Her grandmother first got it from the radio and … Continue reading

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