Hands down, my favorite dessert has always been a dish of good vanilla ice cream drizzled with honey. Kinda boring for a food writer, right? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ll happily consume your fancy final courses. Give me your tortes and tartes, your cheese plate composé with matched dessert wines, your convoluted, sugary […]
As I write this, my angel food cake is upside down, cooling in the kitchen. Upside down. You heard me right. Making angel food cake is one of the great acts of culinary faith. After separating a dozen eggs, beating them to soft peaks, and baking your cake in a quake-free kitchen, flipping it over […]
I’ve always said that I don’t have a sweet tooth. For the large part, that’s true. I’ll take a handful of salty pretzels over chocolate almost any day. However. Dulce de leche might be my undoing. It’s seriously so, so, so good. I found myself tiptoeing over to the fridge with a spoon in hand. […]
If you know me, you know that I’m not a huge fan of making fussy desserts. Creamy. Buttery. Rich. Yes. But fussy, not my speed. (Don’t get me wrong, I love fancy pastry, but life’s too short to make certain things at home…) This dessert is actually the best of both worlds: It *seems* fussy, […]
Here’s my favorite pumpkin pie recipe (plus a tribute to one of the handiest cookbooks ever). This pie is easy enough to bust out on a weeknight.
If you know me, you know I have a great fondness for jam, jelly, and marmalade. It actually kind of borders on a problem. If you’ve been at The Mouse House late at night, you may have seen me sneaking a spoonful or two of jam after midnight. If you catch me, I’ll probably claim […]
OK, kids: This is coffee. In solid form. It’s been sweetened with condensed milk and booze-ified with a healthy dose of Kahlua—then rubberized into a blissful, cocktail-hour finger food thanks to the magic of gelatin. Now, you have to like Jello, or Jello-like food, for this to work. If you do, you’re in for a treat.
Our good friend the Baron Von Hammer came to visit us recently, right around his birthday. That being a rather auspicious occasion, I wanted to make him something special. This chocolate cheesecake didn’t disappoint!
Psssst, hey, you! You need to make these. Like, now. I almost never say that, but seriously: You do.
Stop what you’re doing and get yourself into the kitchen. You can thank me later.
This cake is like a coffee cake, but better. It’s rich, but still manages to have a light crumb. It gets a subtle, mollasses-tinged sweetness from dark brown sugar, and a burst of brightness from a generous amount of fresh lemon zest.