Baking & Desserts

Nothing brings a smile to the face the way the smell of baking bread, cookies, cakes and pies can. And we need more smiling in this world, so I encourage you to take time to bake something at least once a week to make you and those you love grin from ear to ear.

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Knafeh: A Sweet Relief

June 19, 2015

If you want something delicious and decadent and different -- Knafeh fits the bill.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

June 5, 2015

Making jelly is usually one of the first items people new to food preservation undertake. But once you have a pantry full of jellies and jams -- then what? If you're Daniel Gasteiger, author of Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too -- you make cookies.

Tarte Tatin

May 28, 2015

This famous upside-down apple tart starts with caramelized apples, studded with almonds and bits of chewy apricots, and topped with a flaky, buttery crust. Inverted, this dessert makes an impressive—and mouthwatering—presentation.

Easy Blueberry Crunch

April 24, 2015

Try this simple and delicious recipe from veteran gardener and talented cook, Judy Barrett, which can be found in her new book from Texas A&M Press: "Recipes From and For the Garden".

Recipe: Easter Bread

March 29, 2015

Anyone who was friend or family of the Nasti clan when my mother and father were still alive got to indulge in the joys of Easter Bread. It is slightly sweet, dense, braided bread, drizzled with a confectioner’s sugar icing.

Recipe: Mastering Croissants

March 24, 2015

Whether you call them crescents or croissants, the truth of the matter is this buttery, chewy, flaky, eye-rollingly decadent and delicious pastry is easier to make than you might think.

Deliziosa Dough

March 20, 2015

The foundation of any pizza is the dough. When raw, it should be soft and silky; when cooked it should have some crunch around the edges and chewiness in the center.

Judy Barrett’s Lemon Sesame Cookies

February 13, 2015

When I visited author, gardener and cook, Judy Barrett, at her home in Taylor, Texas, she had just made a batch of Lemon sesame Cookies. She used lemons she'd harvested from her lemon tree the day before.

Recipes: How ’bout Pie?

January 16, 2015

Peace Through Pie is simple as said pastry. Bake a pie -- sweet or savory -- and share it with others over conversation that centers around issues of peace and community as started by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shepherd’s Pie

November 27, 2014

Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage pie is a savory pie made of meat with a mashed potato crust. According to Wikipedia: The term cottage pie is known to have been in use in 1791,when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. "cottage" meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers). ..The term "shepherd's pie" did not appear until 1877.