Ah, apple cider that tastes like a Hallmark movie, flannels that make me a walking LL.Bean advertisement, and crisp air that gives me goosebumps....everything that puts me in the mood to bake. When I put on my vest this morning--yes I know I'm a walking cliché--I asked myself, "Why is baking a tradition saved for … Continue reading 3 Reasons why Baking is like Therapy
A cookie originally made to last a long time and soak up wine...sounds good to me! In the U.S. this traditional Italian hard cookie is referred to as biscotti; whereas in many regions in Italy it is called cantucci. Biscotti comes from a small city in the Tuscan region of Italy called Prato. The cookie--cantucci … Continue reading Homemade Biscotti? Yes Please!
I will always remember any holiday or family celebrations as happy times and SWEET times. Tables overflowed with mouthwatering desserts: sweet yet savory chocolate chip cookies, tangy zuccherinis, simple pizzelles, Grace's (aka Mom-Mom) filled cookies, rich chocolate crinkles, cream puffs you drool over, cannolis bursting with sweet ricotta, gorgeous Easter egg cakes, and at least … Continue reading The Surprise in the Icing
Baking has been a creative outlet for me since I was about 13. I think Cake Boss started it all for me...and The Great British Bake Off absolutely reignited my passion recently. Throughout high school, I made cakes shaped like bunnies, tiered cakes, cakes with the leg lamp from The Christmas Story, and so much … Continue reading Healing Cupcakes
Part three and Ada Boni is still beating me. This was my first time making Zuppa Inglese. Sticking to my original challenge, I knew nothing about the recipe prior to baking. I had no idea what it should look or taste like. At one point, while baking I shouted out loud "ooooooh I'm making pudding!!!"...yup. … Continue reading My First Zuppa Inglese (Ada Boni Part 3)
It is the season of crisp leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and cups of hot cider by the fire. Although the boos and spookiness are finished for 2020, autumn still has much to offer. The vibrant leaves may no longer be on the trees but they still smile underfoot on my hikes. I love autumn, specifically … Continue reading The Best Pumpkin Donut Holes
Ada Boni challenge continued...this week I made Boni's Bocca Di Dama recipe. Keep scrolling to see: The recipeAny problems I experiencedMy next recipeComparing my results to google photosWhere to follow the journey The Recipe Bocca Di dama Ingredients 1/4 cup shelled almonds1/4 cup sugar1 egg, lightly beaten7 eggs, at room temperature3 egg yolks, at room … Continue reading My First Ada Boni Success!
Last week, I began my Ada Boni challenge. I chose to start with the Eritrea Tart because it seemed like a simple cake. I was very wrong to make this assumption. This first recipe opened me up to the challenges of baking from cookbooks published in the 1950s. My Eritrea Tart tastes and looks okay, … Continue reading My First Ada Boni Fail
As Americans, many of us have unique links to our ancestry, some are clear cut and some are fuzzy. Growing up, it was made very clear to me that I am a part of an Italian American family. My grandmother, who is Sicilian, keeps the culture alive for the family. Her baking is the outlet … Continue reading Baking with Ada Boni