Category Archives: BAKERY

Cranberry pecan rolls

Cranberry pecan rolls

Cranberry pecan rolls are a seasonal sibling to the traditional cinnamon roll. The tartness from the cranberries is great – but of course the best part is the cream cheese frosting – tangy and not too sweet. Perfect. It is the perfect combination of sweet, tart, sticky and delicious. Pecans are native to North America where they’re still used in abundance, especially in cakes, pies and cookies. They belong to the same family as the walnut and have the same distinctive texture and ‘brain-like’ shape, but a slightly sweeter taste. Pecans are prone to rancidity, so use them as fresh as possible.

Russian black bread

Russian black bread

Russian black bread is a very delicious bread full of flavour. Black bread is culturally seen as low-quality bread in Eastern Europe. It is for the people who can’t afford the soft bread from finely milled wheat germ. The original recipes won’t include exotic (for the USSR, and even more so for Czarist Russia) ingredients like coffee or cocoa.

Lemon and ricotta cheese muffins

Lemon and ricotta cheese muffins

Lemon and ricotta are a great combination. Not only are these muffins flavorful, they are incredibly light and fluffy and make for a perfect morning treat. Ricotta, meaning twice-cooked, is made from the whey that is drained off while making cheeses such as mozzarella and provolone, and is technically not a cheese at all. Ricotta can be used on its own or in sweet and savoury dishes. It’s used in many Italian dishes, especially as a stuffing for ravioli or in pastries. It’s quite low in fat, making it a good substitute for mascarpone.

Swedish Saffron Bread

Swedish Saffron Bread

Buy about 25 cents worth saffron in drug store (about 3/4 teaspoon). Let it soak in ½ cup of hot water till cool, then drain liquid into another cup, squeezing the saffron to get out all of the flavor. Sumptuous looking Swedish saffron bread recipe is a treat for your eye and your stomach. The lovely aroma of saffron and the sweetness of dried currants that plump up and turn juicy during the bake is a really wonderful combination.

Alsatian Onion Pie

Alsatian Onion Pie

Onion pie is a delicious, healthy, way to use up a lot of onions if you have them. It makes a delicious, filling, dinner on a cold day. While onion pie may sound disgusting, it actually has a mild, sweet, taste. Onion pie is a delicious, creative, way to turn all of your excess onions into a sweet treat that the entire family will enjoy.

Served with a crisp salad on the side, onion pie makes a meal, though traditionally in Alsace, it precedes choucroute – the pickled cabbage cooked in goose fat with sausages.