Cinnamon Raisin Bread

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

Honey Chiffon Spice Cake: September Kosher Linkup

I have never had a Rosh Hashanah with honey cake. Yes, you read that right. I never ate or served a honey cake during the new year. So why am I sharing this recipe with you? Well, for one, I wanted to try it out. There’s a first time for everything, right? And the second was I was racking my brain trying to think of a honey recipe to share for our Rosh Hashanah linkup. And then I thought to myself, “duh, can’t go wrong with a classic holiday recipe!”

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Raisin, Rosemary, and Cinnamon Focaccia

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

Blueberry Pie

I told you I like baking pies! While I usually stick with whatever fruit has been on the counter a little too long, or my go-to recipe of peach pie with a few blueberries thrown in, there’s always something special about blueberry pie. Yes, it takes a little longer to make, since you have to cook the blueberries separately, but since there’s no cutting or chopping involved, it probably evens out.

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Carrot Cake, take 2

Carrot cake is one of the best cakes out there. It’s not because of the healthy vegetable hiding in it, either. It’s because of the cream cheese frosting. Everyone knows cream cheese frosting is the best. So even though we’ve made carrot cake before, I saw this recipe in Cook’s Illustrated and thought it would be a perfect Shavuot treat! Thin layers of cake, nuts only on the outside, and something I could bake ahead of time and freeze, how could you go wrong?

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Easy Rice Pudding

This rice pudding recipe is a simple one. It doesn’t have many “extra” flavors, but it’s creamy, sweet while not being too sweet, and everyone loves it, from your oldest guests, to your one-year-old.

We’re no strangers to rice pudding. We’ve made this particular recipes a few times, only to think to ourselves that it’s way too easy to blog about…But who are we kidding? Everyone loves this recipe, why not share it with all of you? It’s our go-to dairy rice pudding. It’s always a hit (last time we made it there were no leftovers)!  Want to make some pareve rice pudding? Click hereContinue reading

Speculoos Spread

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

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.

Speculoos Cookies

My taste tester agrees: These cookies are popular with people of all ages…

But seriously, everyone loved these cookies. They were actually mad that they were so teeny and  only gave them one each. Why take the time to bake all these cookies just to take them away from us and make a cookie spread, they asked? Well, the reason I even baked these cookies was so that I could make ice cream out of them. That’s right, it’s summer, and the ice cream maker is on duty!

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Almond Milk

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

Passover Lemon Meringue Pie

What? A normal dessert just for Passover? Yup, that’s right. There’s nothing chametz about lemon meringue pie, except the crust, and that’s easily changeable! It’s also inherently pareve, so you can bring it to your seder and impress everyone. It’s definitely a refreshing citrus-y bite to such a heavy seder meal. Trust me, I made this last year for the first seder and everyone was shocked! there were two other cakes on that table, and they didn’t get touched. People only ate this one, and at the end of the night, only two slices remained. So yeah, it’s delicious.

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