Baked Goods and Desserts Archive

Tahini Sesame Banana Bread Dominique Ansel

Sesame Banana Bread

Before I had children, I knew about the downsides.  I knew about the sleepless nights, the chaotic house, the picky eaters.  But nobody told me about the bananas. You see, being a parent mean you always have old, tired, browning bananas in …
Anise cookies

Whole Wheat Anise Cookies

We have a holiday party every December for our friends and neighbors. I make (too many) hors d’oeuvres, we served mulled wine for the grownups and hot cider for the kids, the grownups chat and the kids go wild, and everyone brings …
This is a favorite one of my Christmas Cookie Recipes - almonds, jam and shorbread

Almond Brittle Christmas Cookie Recipe

These almond brittle cookies, from Classic Home Desserts, are a great addition to any Christmas cookie plate.    They have a sugar cookie base and an almond and jam topping that echoes one of my favorite desserts – Lindsay Shere’s Almond Tart …
Date Nut Pie, Pecan Pie with Dates, Date syrup

Date Pecan Pie

My father was a particular man, especially when it came to holidays. Christmas breakfast was ALWAYS pancakes and gravy. Fried chicken was essential on Easter. And Thanksgiving came with a long list of requirements, including the sacred stuffing and pecan pie.  Even …
Dolce Far Niente – Aperol Spritzicles

Dolce Far Niente – Aperol Spritzicles

Eliot was wrong. The cruelest month of the year is not April – it’s September.  As soon as Labor Day passes, most of the U.S. puts away the flip flops and pulls out the boots, tweeting things like “It’s sweater weather!” and posting …
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