Ina Garten usually makes roast chicken for Friday night dinner. When she decided to make a traditional Jewish meal of brisket, she made rugelach for dessert. It looked delicious. There was a small problem with the recipe, though! It was very dairy. She used two sticks of butter and a package of cream cheese to make the dough. For a Shabbat dessert, this is not okay. Luckily, Toffuti makes some pareve cream cheese that you could substitute quite easily.
Granola is so expensive when you buy it at the supermarket. It’s mostly oats, which are so cheap! And I get that nuts are expensive, so when I make it, I usually use whatever is hanging out in my freezer. This time, I still had lots of pepitas from my pumpkin biscotti leftover, so I used those to make this nut-free granola, but feel free to use pecans, walnuts or whatever you like. You can even add in some flax seed or wheat germ, but I think this is healthy enough as it is. And you can really use any fruit you like or have, dates and apricots are just some of my favorites. Dried cherries would work great, too. Or even raisins…you get the point. Continue reading
Pesto is one of those things that are so easy to make I can’t believe people buy it. I mean, if you have a big enough freezer, a few batches of this with some summer basil will last you the entire year. I’m not saying no one should buy pesto, but if you have a blender or food processor, try making this. You might never go back to store-bought again. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love strawberry shortcakes? They’re a perfect brunch food and are super easy to make. All you need is some homemade biscuits (cut however you want. the original recipe said to cut into rectangles, but I like how these look), strawberries, and whipped cream. They’re perfect for summer, but I enjoy them any time of the year. Continue reading
This is no ordinary bread. Forget the fact that it’s filled with raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It’s also made with a rich, buttery “breakfast” dough. That’s right, I used the same dough for this that I used to make cinnamon buns. So you know it must be good.
Thinking of something different to make for the break-fast? Well, you can’t go wrong with this! People don’t want to eat TOO much (well, I don’t, at least) an this will be a perfect post-fast meal along with a big cup of tea. Continue reading
This recipe is for a Rosh Hashana apple cake, but I made it a little too late for the holiday. Still, it’s fall, so we’re going to be eating a lot of apples. I have been using Food52 a lot for finding recipes, and I liked how this one was already parevified for me! I mean, it would be delicious with melted butter in place of the vegetable oil, don’t get me wrong, but I served it after a meat Shabbat dinner.
This is Richie eating his piece of focaccia for breakfast one morning. Notice the happy face he is making because he loves it so much. Also notice those pajamas. everyone likes sleepy lions.
But really, I served this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to a number of people, and they all loved it. Though I made them taste it before I told them about the weird flavor combination. Continue reading
We hope everyone is having an easy and meaningful Tisha B’av. You know what can pass the time today? Baking! But a not-so-hard baking project. These have to rise a couple of times, giving you a break, but are involved enough to keep your mind off of how hungry you are.
We’ve made chocolate babka before, we’ve made cinnamon babka and we’ve made cinnamon buns. Twice. We even made rugelach when we first started blogging; it’s been three years, and we still can’t find those pictures!
I can’t believe I’ve never thought of filling cinnamon buns with chocolate instead, since chocolate is by far the superior babka flavor! And they’re so similar, buns and babka. A yeast dough, rolled and baked. Breakfast or dessert. Babka and buns basically the same relationship as cake to cupcake. And one person who I fed this to even mentioned rugelach, even that’s less doughy and more cookie-y. Continue reading
So, in order to make speculoos ice cream, you need spread. The spread from Trader Joe’s is not marked. Well, even if it was, it wouldn’t matter. It wouldn’t be entirely homemade if I used store bought spread now, would it? So I had to make my own speculoos spread. I used my food processor, and it worked. The consistency wasn’t perfect, but it still tasted great on top of waffles. And it still worked for my project, so it’s a win-win.
It’s recipes like these that make me want a VitaMix. I’m sure I would have been able to have a smoother consistency and silkier texture with one. Oh well, I make do with what I have.
This is one of the easiest things to make. Whir up the speculoos cookies, add some oil and flavors, and you’re done. Not much to it. It’s delicious on waffles with some vanilla ice cream, or even on some fruit.
The thing about coconut oil is that it is hard, unless it’s 76 degrees or more. Then it melts. So when I made this recipe, it was so hot in my kitchen that I didn’t have to melt the oil – it was already liquid. Score one for me, because I had one less step of work to do! Not that zapping in the microwave takes much time…
The original recipe called for some sugar, but these were sugary enough, so I omitted it.
Homemade Speculoos Spread, adapted from Seitan is my Motor:
- 150 grams speculoos cookies (I used 45 of the teeny ones I made)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (or 50 grams) refined coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon safflower oil (or another flavorless oil)
1. Using your food processor, grind the cookies into a fine meal.
2. Melt the coconut oil and let cool down until luke warm.
3. Mix speculoos meal with the remaining ingredients except the safflower oil and transfer to a bowl. Stir in fat and oil. Mix until well combined. That’s it.
This spread will harden when stored in the fridge. You should take it out at least 30 minutes before serving, or microwave it for about 30 seconds.
I’m not sure if it’s just because I have a baby who will be turning one soon or because it’s just a fad, but there’s something about nut milks that I just can’t stop hearing and reading about them wherever I go. Now, nut milk is exactly what it sounds like. A drink made out of nuts. In this case, almonds. It’s not milk in the traditional comes from a mammal who just had a baby way, but it’s a nice dairy-free alternative for baking, drinking, cooking, and definitely marinating meats that you can’t use cow’s milk for (think fried chicken). Continue reading