Tag: desserts

  • Apple Cider Pudding

    Apple Cider Pudding

    This past week, I became obsessed with Smitten Kitchen’s luxe butterscotch pudding recipe. It’s got eggs, cream, butter, and a deep caramel flavor. What’s not to love? I made it for my two kids and they went wild. I’d also been eyeing Smitten’s apple cider caramels recipe and thinking of my own bacon caramels, and […]

  • Bacon Caramel Candies

    Bacon Caramel Candies

    The Northeast is being beaten down with what some are calling “Frankenstorm”, and it seems like Halloween plans might need to be postponed. But as long as you’ve still got power or gas, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy some candy. I’ve been in a candy making mood lately and these tend to be at […]

  • Syrian-style Baklava (Parade of Pies, Part 5)

    Syrian-style Baklava (Parade of Pies, Part 5)

    **So it’s not a pie in the usual sense, but baklava is pastry stuffed with nuts, sweet syrup, and butter. The pie spirit is there. And really, who would complain about getting baklava?** Growing up I never knew that there was more than one kind of baklava. The sticky, crispy, little diamonds with pistachio and […]

  • Sour Cherry Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 4)

    Sour Cherry Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 4)

    Sour cherries aren’t really in season this time of year, but they can often be found jarred. They lose their characteristic bright red coloring when they are jarred (I believe the bright red “cherry pie filling” that you can find cans of has added coloring to make them look as they do when they are […]

  • The Classics: Apple Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 3)

    The Classics: Apple Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 3)

    I’m very particular about my apple pie. I used to think that I didn’t like it, but it turned out that I didn’t like how soupy and sweet many apple pies can be. Then I found the joy of baking specifically with apples that could stand up to the heat and retain some firmness. To […]

  • The Classics: Pumpkin Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 2)

    The Classics: Pumpkin Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 2)

    Pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving pie, but there’s no reason you can’t have it all year round. During the fall, I usually get tasty pumpkins and squashes on sale, and then I bake and puree the flesh so that I can freeze it and use it all year long. Canned pumpkin is also generally […]

  • The Classics: Pecan Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 1)

    The Classics: Pecan Pie (Parade of Pies, Part 1)

    The first pie in the parade is pecan. This pie screams Thanksgiving to me, even more than pumpkin pie. Growing up, I remember there always being a pecan pie on the Thanksgiving dessert table. It was probably especially popular in kosher households because it’s an easy pie to make pareve, or non-dairy, so you can […]

  • Lemon Berry Sorbet

    Lemon Berry Sorbet

    Earlier this year, I got an ice cream maker attachment for our stand mixer and I’ve been having fun making different frozen desserts with it. I find that it is more fun to experiment with sorbet rather than ice cream as the results are more reliably edible, due to the simplicity of sorbet chemistry: adding […]

  • Chain-Letter Cinnamon Bread

    Chain-Letter Cinnamon Bread

    About six weeks ago, we were gifted a so-called “Amish Cinnamon Bread” yeast starter in a zip-top bag that came along with a somewhat cryptic-sounding recipe. Due to my affinity for baking, I decided to take charge of the project. After waiting ten days and “mushing” the bag everyday, it eventually yielded what it promised […]

  • Apple Pies

    Apple Pies

    For me, fall means apple picking. And apple picking means apple pies! The minute the weather turned crisp, we grabbed some friends and headed upstate to pick as many apples as we could carry. Empires and Jonagolds were ripe in abundance so we filled up mostly on those. Empires have a pure white flesh and […]