This Mincemeat is meatless and easily made. Coming from England, it essentially consists of cutting up a lot of fruit and letting it age with citrus, spices, rum and brandy. As the years have gone by, the meat has been removed and almost anything goes as far as what fruits to include. This is my version but by far not the only one. You can tell it comes from long ago when spices and alcohol were used as preservatives. Continue reading
If you’re planning a brunch this weekend, this Honey Peanut Coffeecake is a perfect, easy add on. I’m not sure why peanuts are so often overlooked in baking but they seem to be. The only caveat with this recipe is to use unsalted peanuts
This is a coffeecake – it’s easy.
Hot Cross Buns are traditionally made during Lent. Full of spices and raisins with a cross on top of the rolls, they are eagerly awaited during the year. Hot cross buns are a welcome and tasty staple of Lent. According to Wikipedia: “English folklore includes many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. One of them says that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or mold during the subsequent year.” Well, in my house they won’t last that long!
I posted these Hot Cross Buns five years ago but feel it’s worth repeating this season.
If you’ve never baked with a product by Sun-Maid called bakers raisins, you’ve missed the perfect raisin for baking. They are moist and plump and don’t need any soaking to use. A friend of mine introduced me a few years ago and I have been a fan every since. I have included instructions for regular raisins that should be soaked to plump them before using in the Hot Cross Buns. Continue reading
This simple Honey Thyme Apple Tart came about out of total boredom pressing in forty three pastry shells for a dessert at the restaurant. My mind started wandering around the fifth shell. I knew I wanted something simple, easy to put together with an unexpected element to start the year. It is not only beautiful to look at, it is even better to eat. The little bit of thyme gives this an unexpected note while the honey and balsamic vinegar offset each other. Continue reading
Honey Diamonds were among my mothers unusual Christmas cookies. I have no idea why we didn’t have them more often. But Mom had a great collection of cookies served only at Christmas. I have never seen most of them anywhere. I noticed in years passed while blogging that for some reason, I have never shared Holiday recipes ahead of time. I plan to rectify that this year as you will see them throughout the next few months.
A rare cookie with no shortening, these soft pillows of spiced chocolate are actually more little cakes packed with flavor that only get better when they sit. Its quick preparation is a boon to busy bakers and as a bonus they make the house smell wonderful while baking. Continue reading