Baking Obsession

 Favorite dessert recipes and more

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Yeasted sweets

One Crust and Three Pizzas

October Daring Bakers’ challenge was pizza, to be precise – Peter Reinhart’s wonderful pizza crust. To make it challenging enough, we were supposed to master the tossing technique. Although, it is definitely fun and adrenalin-releasing experience I prefer to stretch… Continue reading →

Twisted Cookies from the Val d’Aosta (Torcettini di Saint Vincent)

These yeast-risen cookies are a cross between a bread stick and a caramelized puff pastry palmier. The cookies are crunchy – you can easily tell this by their look. But they are not that hard so deciduous wiggly teeth of… Continue reading →

Schiacciata all’Uva (Sweet Grape Focaccia)

I didn’t follow any particular recipe here, just a general concept of traditional Italian, Tuscany originated dessert. Since the end product turned out mighty tasty, below is the recipe. Maybe someone would give it a try. And this is worth… Continue reading →

Chocolate and Curd Cheese Cherry Almond Danish Braid

Long title? It is, indeed. The hardest part of the new challenge was to choose just one or two fillings for the Sherry Yard’s Danish dough. As soon as the new challenge was announced, my mind got overwhelmed with the… Continue reading →

Cinnamon Cream and Apple Twirls

Here is the thinly rolled Danish dough (the half of the recipe given above) spread with cinnamon cream, folded in half, then cut into stripes and twisted-coiled. The centers are generously filled with apples sautéed in butter with an addition… Continue reading →

Roasted Strawberry and Creamy Ricotta Danishes

Another filling is ricotta and cream cheese combined in equal proportions and run in a food processor with orange zest and just a touch of sugar. This method produces very smooth filling. The roasted strawberries went on top of the… Continue reading →

Hot Cross Buns

These buns are traditionally served on Good Friday. But I guess if we omit the crosses on top and bake them as sweet rolls they can be enjoyed any day. The buns are so nice slightly warm from the oven… Continue reading →

Chocolate and Cherry Babka

Rich buttery brioche dough with smart addition of chocolate and dried cherries turns into the best babka. The result is worth the effort. But you have to plan baking this bread ahead of time – the dough needs to be… Continue reading →

Cornmeal Focaccia with Figs

This is an example of simple country food. And you probably have all ingredients in your pantry. A crunch of the cornmeal ties so nicely with a crunch of seeds in the dry figs. This is Carol Field’s recipe.

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