Baking Obsession

 Favorite dessert recipes and more

Month

October 2007

Cornmeal Cranberry Cookies

The cornmeal gives these cookies a nice crunch and the cranberries add a pleasant tartness. A word of caution – these cookies are not very sweet, not for a person with a really sweet tooth.

Fresh Fig and Coconut Pound Cake

This is probably my favorite pound cake and I baked them and ate them a lot… The cake is moist and very fragrant. It’s absolutely fantastic served with sour cream ice cream and warm raw sugar sauce. It freezes beautifully.

Oatmeal Cookies with Dates, Raisins, and Sunflower Seeds

These cookies are full of healthy nutritious ingredients. Thus they are perfect for packing into the lunch boxes.

Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Pecans

Pumpkin Pots de Crème With Candied Spicy Pecans

What a nice contrast – mildly spiced cool delicate custard and sweet-salty caramelized pecans. The pecans are terrific on their own and ridiculously easy to make. I found myself consuming way too many of these with my morning espresso instead… Continue reading →

Persimmon Pudding

Very appropriate dessert for this time of year when the persimmons are in abundance.

Smoked Salmon Scones with Capers and Red Onion Relish

If you make the scones beforehand and freeze them the whole dish will be assembled in a flash.

Buckwheat Yeast Blinis with Smoked Salmon

It makes a lot of blinis but you can keep them in the fridge. Just brush them with some melted butter, reheat for five minutes in the oven (350F) and they will be like freshly made. You can freeze them… Continue reading →

Bran Surprise Muffins

This is a great recipe. It’s not just delicious and healthy but unlike the most of muffin recipes, the batter can be made up to a week before and kept in the refrigerator ensuring you have freshly baked muffins any… Continue reading →

Kugelhopf

This is my son’s favorite cake. He calls it the jumping “hop-hop” cake. You can bake it in a 9-cup capacity bundt pan. It will not look that authentic but the taste will be the same.

Cranberry Walnut Upside-Down Cake

Maybe it seems like the winter time dessert, but I bake it during any season. Use the fresh berries when they are available and the frozen ones when you can’t get them fresh. Like the most of upside-down cakes, this… Continue reading →

Sage and Honey Cornbread

Don’t be afraid to use sage in the sweet bread. The flavor is very interesting and subtle.

French Toast

Here is a truly wonderful recipe in both taste and simplicity. You can assemble it a night before the weekend and let your family put it in the oven next morning while you are getting extra sleep. Although the aroma… Continue reading →

Fresh Fig and Pistachio Frangipane Tart

Despite the long description this dessert is not difficult to put together. And it can be done in stages over the several days. But the flavor is absolutely amazing and the result is definitely worth the efforts.

Amaretti with Espresso Mascarpone Filling

These cookies make a stylish ending of an Italian-themed dinner. The cookies can be baked in advance as well as the filling. Just be sure to assemble them right before serving. In case you really pressed for time and have… Continue reading →

Pumpkin Muffins

This is an adaptation of Dorie Greenspan’s muffins from her most recent book Baking: From My Home to Yours. I just made them a bit healthier replacing half of the flour with whole wheat and making them nut-free.

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