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 …

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  Classic.   If you ask most people what their favorite cake is, they will answer, “Yellow cake with chocolate frosting.”  It’s the cake of our fondest nostalgic imaginings, bringing to mind the best birthdays of childhood. Not …
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