I have been wanting to make this cake ever since I bought this cookbook, and that was a while ago. But first I didn’t find kosher mascarpone cheese, then I didn’t have an occasion to bake it for, and then I had a baby who didn’t really allow me to do much multi-step cake baking. Well I baked it. It took a while. I juiced lemons one day, made curd another, worked on the frosting the next morning, and that afternoon finally baked the cakes. So it took a while, but it was done, decorated, and waiting in the fridge to eat. I wanted to skip lunch and just eat cake. Continue reading
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Whenever I buy bananas, some of them start to turn brown before I can eat them. Seriously, they’re green when I bring them home, and when I wake up the next morning they’re already overripe! I usually peel them, cut them into chunks and freeze them for smoothies, but there are other things you can do with frozen bananas; You can dip them in chocolate and coconut or pistachios and eat them for dessert!
Today’s the first day of Autumn! I’m still sharing this summer produce recipe, okay?
Summer produce. Yum! Too much fresh produce that you can’t finish? Eew. That’s probably where pies, crisps, tarts, and cobblers came from, actually. And boy, do I love baking with fruits! After making a whole bunch of lattice-crust pies, I decided to take a different route with these plums, and this cobbler was born! Continue reading
Whether we bake, freeze or make smoothies, we always find ways to use up overripe bananas, but this time we bought bananas especially to make this bread. It was one of the recipes on Jessica’s list in her favorite bakebook (can you guess what it is? She should start one of those cook-through blogs and get a movie deal like Julie & Julia). She started mashing the bananas, but Richie didn’t want her to bake that day, so I took over.
This quick bread can be a dessert or breakfast! We made three, one for the parents, one for my in laws, and one for the freezer, because we always like to make extras for later.
Chocolate-Banana Marble Bread from The Art and Soul of Baking
- 2 or 3 very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup (2 oz.) buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups (7 oz.) sifted cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup (1 oz.) unsifted Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 oz.) boiling water, plus more if needed
- 1 1/2 sticks (6 oz.) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (7 oz.) sugar
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 350 and grease the pan(s). The recipe calls for 1 9×5″ load pan, we used 3 smaller ones.
- Peel the bananas and place in a bowl or food processor. Mash or process to a smooth puree. Measure out 1 cup of the puree and transfer to a medium bowl; that’s all you need. Add the buttermilk and vanilla and set aside.
- Sift the cake flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a medium bowl and blend well. Set aside.
- Place the cocoa powder in a small bowl, pour boiling water over it and stir until it forms a smooth paste-it should run thickly off the spoon. If it’s too thick, add another tablespoon of water and stir again. Set aside.
- Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high for 4 to 5 minutes until the butter is very light. Turn the machine to medium and add the eggs, 1 tablespoon at a time, completely blending in each addition before adding the next. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- With the mixer on the lowest speed, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then half of the banana mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients, scrape down the bowl and finish blending batter by hand.
- Tranfer half the batter to a medium bowl, add the cocoa paste and gently but thoroughly blend it into the batter with a rubber spatula.
- Drop alternating spoonfuls of batters into the prepared pans, then marbleize by using a spoon to gently turn the batter oven in 3 places down the length of the pan.
- Bake for 55 to 65 minutes.
What do you do when you have (what feels like) millions of figs on your tree? You eat as many as you can, obviously. And then you give a couple bunches away. And then you eat some more. But when you get sick of eating them raw, you have to think of other stuff to do with them. In the past, we made jam (yum!), but we wanted to do something different now. Like roasting them. And then we looked through How Easy Is That? and saw that Ina has a recipe for roasted figs with caramel sauce! We LOVE caramel. So of course we had to try this recipe out, and aren’t we glad that we did! Continue reading
We wanted to make a special dessert when our mom had a full house for Shabbat a couple of weeks ago, so we consulted Jessica’s favorite book for some inspiration and came across this chocolate cake. Good enough to feed a crowd, because who doesn’t like chocolate, and we made it special by baking three 8-inch layers; we don’t eat 3-layer cakes every Friday!
I don’t remember the last time I ate an Oreo. (I really don’t remember the last time I ate a Hydrox, either. Remember when Oreos weren’t kosher and we had to eat the fake ones?) Well, the thing is, Oreos are really good. How can you go wrong with chocolate waferish cookies and a delicious cream filling?! And I happened to be craving them. While a normal person would go out and buy Newman-Os, Stephanie and I decided to bake our own! Continue reading
What do you do with summer fruit that’s going to be bad tomorrow? You make pie, of course! Honestly, I can’t decide if I like most fruits raw or cooked (baked, barbecued, you know). So when both Dad and I came home from the supermarket with giant bags of summer peaches, there was no way they were all getting eaten. At the end of the week there were exactly six left to make this amazing pie! I also had a few raspberries, so I threw them in here. The recipe called for nectarines and blackberries, but hey, this substitution worked just fine.
Before Passover, Pom Wonderful contacted us with the news that they were now certified kosher for Passover! I was excited about this, because I love pomegranate juice and pomegranates. I have been known to horde them at the Rosh Hashana table and I always have a variation of Pom in my fridge. (The Pom Blueberry is the best, after 100% Pomegranate.) So, you can imagine how excited I was to get a box of cute little Pom bottles from the wonderful folks at Pom Wonderful: very!
I could have just drank them all up as soon as possible, but that wouldn’t be so much fun for you guys, now would it? And what do I like almost as much as pomegranates? Ice cream, of course!