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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Buttermilk Pie with Vodka Crust

February 20, 2014

Buttermilk and vodka may not be a flavor combination that comes to mind when you think of two great tastes to go great together. However, if it is a sweet, creamy buttermilk custard embraced by a crème brûlée- like candy shell, and swaddled in a light, flaky vodka pie crust, well, you might just change your mind.

Recipe: Chocolate Bread Pudding

February 7, 2014

This combination of semisweet chocolate, egg bread--such as Challah--eggs sugar and cream leave you with something that is as comforting as it is decadent.

How ’bout Pie?

January 17, 2014

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.

Ruby Dee’s Apple Fritters

January 2, 2014

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what if those apples are inside a luscious batter and fried to a golden delicious goodness?

Kate Payne’s Swap Worthy Gluten Free Fig Bars

December 27, 2013

Kate Payne, co-founder of the modern Food Swap movement, and the ATXswappers group with Megan Meyers, developed this swap worthy gluten free recipe for fig bars.

Knafeh: A Sweet Relief

December 19, 2013

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

Even Figs get the Bleus

November 26, 2013

As I enjoy the flavor of figs and bleu cheese together, and I love pies and tarts--I thought: why not combine them? In this savory/sweet concoction, you will find balsamic caramelized onions, walnuts, figs and bleu cheese, which I like to bake in a buttermilk crust.

Texas Sheet Cake (and cupcake variation)

November 22, 2013

This bake sale worthy sheet cake recipe comes from Kristina Nichols-Wolter who curates the blog Girl Gone Grits.

Thanksgivukkah Bread Kugel

November 14, 2013

The first bread kugels made 800 years ago probably didn’t have more than a few raisins in them! They definitely didn’t have sun-dried tomatoes since tomatoes were brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century!

Homemade Applesauce

October 31, 2013

Cookbook author and cooking school instructor, Tina Wasserman, believes in cooking from scratch using seasonal ingredients. You can find her recipe for applesauce in Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking & Kitchen Conversations with Children.