My all-time favorite dessert EVER is chocolate babka. I mean, it's just everything I love in a dessert - sugar, bread, butter, chocolate, more sugar, pretty swirls. Sheer perfection, to quote Mary Berry. The recipe that my sister uses - the treasured marvel that creates my own personal edible heaven - is from The Holiday Kosher … Continue reading Adventures in Baking No. 62: Chocolate Babka!
Author: Alexandra Rixton
I am a huge fan of The Great British Bake-Off, and one of the desserts that frequently appears on the show - and, as a result, is on my To-Bake List - is a Swiss roll. Also known as a jelly-roll cake, a Swiss roll is a type of roulade. Basically, a fat-less sponge cake is … Continue reading Baking Chronicle No. 61: Chocolate Swiss Roll
I confess: this is my second sourdough adventure. I have made this recipe - from Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish, with some modifications by my great-aunt - once before, when I first got it. However, this version turned out better than my last, proving that practice makes perfect! Basically, this is a white-flour boule with … Continue reading Adventures in Baking No. 60: Sourdough Bread!
All of us have had baking fails at some point or another, myself DEFINITELY included. Here are two of my most recent flops, for your reading entertainment! Cornbread After I hit my biscuit phase and finished the Southern Issue of Bake From Scratch, I was really excited to try making homemade cornbread. I have such wonderful … Continue reading Everyone Makes Mistakes… Right?
Galettes have been on my To-Bake List for a LONG time, and I have finally made one! For this bake, I used the Galette Dough and filling recipe from my Baking With Julia cookbook. I was so excited to make a galette for the first time, because a galette is basically a lazy baker's pie! To … Continue reading Baking Chronicle No. 59: Savory Tomato Galette!
S'mores are a classic summer dessert, evocative of campfires, laughter, and (for me) the smell of burning marshmallows. (Yes, I have set my fair share of marshmallows accidentally aflame.) So when I saw a recipe for s'mores cookies in the newest Bake From Scratch magazine, I was psyched! The cookies in the recipe (accompanied by … Continue reading Adventures in Baking No. 58: S’mores Cookies!
Recently I was tasked with making gluten-free brownies for a party. Normally, I use one-for-one gluten-free flour - which mimics the structure of gluten using xanthan gum - and a regular brownie recipe. However, a few weeks ago I picked up coconut flour at the grocery store, and here was my opportunity to use it! … Continue reading Baking Chronicle No. 57: Coconut Flour Brownies!