My husband requested bread pudding for his celebratory Father’s Day dessert this year. This classic dessert is second only to cheesecake in his heart. ❤
This isn’t technically another strawberry dessert… but the fresh strawberry topping definitely brought this fabulously creamy bread pudding to the next level.
The recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart.com. I omitted the raisins, modified the presentation, and added the fresh strawberry garnish. Delicious.
Yield: Serves 8 to 10
- 2 T unsalted butter, softened, for baking dish
- 12 ounces brioche or challah, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 4 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1 T pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 cup raisins, optional (I omitted them)
- 1 cup boiling water, optional (if using raisins), plus more for pan
- fresh strawberry slices, for garnish, optional
Posted in Baking, Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Holiday, Recipes, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast)
Tags: bread, breakfast, brioche, brunch, casserole, challah, cinnamon, cream, custard, dessert, Father's Day, French toast, nutmeg, pudding, raisins, Southern, southern food, strawberries
I love making muffins with my sourdough starter discard. Both of these muffins were very wholesome, minimally sweet, and had a wonderful crumb/texture. I incorporated whole wheat flour into both varieties and also sprinkled the top with cinnamon sugar prior to baking. I think that the sweetness on top was an essential addition.
The Oatmeal Raisin Muffin recipe was adapted from Food.com, contributed by Yankiwi. I weighed the ingredients, incorporated whole wheat flour and cinnamon in the batter, and sprinkled the tops with cinnamon sugar prior to baking. I also reduced the baking time for a convection oven.
Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
- 90 g (1 cup) rolled oats
- 1 cup milk (I used whole milk)
- 113 g (1/2 cup) sourdough starter, unfed
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 120 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
- 57 g (1/2 cup) whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- cinnamon sugar or turbinado sugar, for sprinkling (see Note)
Whole Wheat Sourdough Apple Cinnamon Muffins
The Whole Wheat Sourdough Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe was adapted from tastykitchen.com, contributed by baking barrister. I weighed the ingredients, added salt, incorporated brown sugar and reduced the total amount of sugar by half, modified the proportions and baking time, and used a Pink Lady apple. They were very moist and tasty.
Yield: 12 muffins
- 170 g (3/4 cup) sourdough starter, unfed
- 113 g (1 cup) whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour
- 50 g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 100 g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt
- 1 T ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 T (1/4 cup) canola or vegetable oil
- 1 large apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch chunks (I used a Pink Lady apple)
- cinnamon sugar, for sprinkling (see Note)
- Preheat your oven to 350F, preferably on convection.
- Thoroughly mix the starter, flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, egg, vanilla extract, and oil.
- Fold in the apple chunks.
- Using cooking oil spray, generously grease a muffin tin.
- Divide batter among the 12 cups. (I used a cookie scoop.)
- Sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar or turbinado sugar.
- Bake for 17 to 24 minutes, until they pass the toothpick test. Promptly remove from muffin cups.
- Serve warm or at room temperature. Let cool completely before storing.
Note: I usually have leftover cinnamon sugar in my kitchen. Proportions vary, but 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon is a nice start. More sugar can be added to taste.
Posted in Baking, Bread, Muffins, Quick, Recipes, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast)
Tags: apple, breakfast, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, muffins, oatmeal raisin, oats, quick bread, raisins, rolled oats, snack, sourdough, sourdough discard, starter, turbinado sugar, whole wheat
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The photo of this special breakfast is on the cover of the April issue of Bon Appétit. I made it almost immediately after seeing the magazine! I really liked the idea of using dates in the filling to add a little bit of natural sweetness and fiber- and to reduce the amount of sugar. Yum.
This recipe is from Bon Appétit, contributed by Molly Baz, Sohla El-Waylly, and Sarah Jampel. It was included in an article titled, “Butter, Sugar, Flour, Magic: A Basically Guide to Better Baking.” There are a lot of other delicious treats included in the article. 🙂 I made the dough and the date filling the day before assembling and baking.
It would be a lovely breakfast to serve on Easter morning.
Yield: 9 sticky buns
For the Dough:
- 3/4 cup buttermilk or whole-milk plain yogurt
- 7 T vegetable oil, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup (50 g) packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4-oz (2 1/4 tsp) envelope active dry yeast
- 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp kosher salt
For the Filling and Assembly:
- 1 cup (180 g) packed Medjool dates, halved, pitted
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3 T vegetable oil, divided
- 1/4 cup (50 g) packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 cup (83 g) Confectioners’ sugar
- 3 T buttermilk or plain whole-milk yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
To Make the Dough:
- Combine the buttermilk and 6 tablespoons of oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. (It won’t get smooth.) Heat in the microwave in three 10-second intervals until just about body temperature, or when it registers 98°F with an instant-read thermometer. (Alternatively, the mixture can be heated in a small saucepan on medium-low for about 1 minute.)
- Whisk egg, brown sugar, and yeast in a liquid measuring cup to combine, then whisk in the buttermilk mixture.
- Pulse the flour, baking soda, and salt in a food processor to combine.
- With the motor running, stream in the buttermilk mixture. Process until about 80% of the dough comes together in a ball, about 2 minutes. (The mixture will look very wet at first, then the sides will begin to pull away.)
- Using a bowl scraper or rubber spatula, scrape the dough onto an unfloured surface. (It will be wet and sticky.)
- Knead, pushing it away from you, then pulling it back toward you, until a smooth ball forms, about 3 minutes. (You can lightly oil your hands if the dough is too sticky.) The dough will grow silkier, tighter, and easier to work with as you knead.
- Roll out the dough into a rough 8-inch square.
- Fold dough over onto itself to make and 8×4-inch rectangle, then flatten it slightly and fold over once more to make a 4-inch square.
- Roll dough back out into an 8-inch square.
- Repeat the folding process (Step 8); you will finish with a 4-inch square.
- Pour remaining 1 tablespoon of oil into a medium bowl and add dough (still folded); turn to coat.
- Cover bowl tightly and chill dough until doubled in volume, at least 8 hours and up to 1 day. (I refrigerated my dough overnight.)
To Make the Filling and Assemble:
- Place dates in a small bowl and pour in 1 1/2 cups hot water to cover. Let soak until softened, about 10 minutes.
- Drain dates and transfer to a food processor; discard soaking liquid.
- Add cinnamon, salt, and 2 tablespoons of oil.
- Purée, scraping down sides as needed, until smooth, about 4 minutes. (You should have about 1/2 cup purée.)
- Grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Transfer dough to a clean, unfloured surface and roll out to an 8-inch square.
- Fold in half into an 8×4-inch rectangle, then fold rectangle over itself to form a 4-inch square. If dough feels tough and uncooperative, let it sit for about 5 minutes to relax and try again.
- Roll out dough into a 12-inch square, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Dollop date purée all over. Using a small offset spatula, spread evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border without purée along edge farthest from you.
- Sprinkle brown sugar over purée.
- Starting at the edge closest to you, roll up dough into a tight log.
- Using a sharp serrated knife and long sawing motions, trim about 1/2-inch of dough from both ends. (These ends can be discarded, but I baked them in a separate small ramekin.)
- Slice log crosswise into 3 sections, wiping knife clean between cuts.
- Slice each section crosswise into 3 buns. (I used a ruler.) You should have 9 buns total that are each about 1-inch thick. Transfer buns to prepared pan as you go.
- Cover pan tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Place in a warm, dry spot. (I used plastic wrap so that I could monitor the rising process. I also placed the pan in a warming drawer.)
- Let buns rise until they’re doubled in volume and spring back when poked, leaving only a small indentation, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the humidity and warmth of your kitchen.
- Remove plastic wrap, if using, and cover pan with foil.
- Place a rack in the middle of the oven; preheat to 350°F, preferably on convection.
- Bake buns, still covered, until puffed, pale, and mostly set, about 20 minutes. (I baked the small ramekin with the extra end pieces, covered with foil, at the same time.)
- Remove foil and continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes if you prefer a soft and squishy bun and up to 25 minutes for a more toasted bun. Let cool slightly. (I baked the small ramekin with the extra end pieces at this point for about 5 minutes- uncovered.)
- Meanwhile, whisk powdered sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla in a medium bowl to combine.
- Brush glaze over warm buns and serve in skillet.
Do Ahead: Purée can be made 3 days ahead. Place in an airtight container, cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.
Posted in Baking, Coffee Cake, Holiday, Recipes
Tags: breakfast, brunch, buns, buttermilk, cast iron skillet, cinnamon, dark brown sugar, dates, Easter, glaze, healthy, Medjool dates, rolls, skillet, sticky buns, vanilla, vanilla bean paste
I am a list person. I have lists all over my house… things to do, things to cook, etc. I love a good list. (I especially love crossing items off of these lists!) This simple version of this typically complex dish was part of Bon Appétit’s list of the Most Popular Chicken Dishes of 2019. Bon Appétit loves lists too. 🙂
This dish is all about the rice, and I had some special Basmati rice given to me by a friend just waiting for an occasion to shine. Perfect. I loved the layers of flavor and different textures in the finished dish. It is loaded with spices, nuts, dried fruit, and topped with caramelized onions.
The raita and the chicken (in marinade) are prepared a day in advance. This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Sohla El-Waylly. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of bone-in and modified the proportions. The creamy raita is essential to the finished dish. We also ate it with roasted cauliflower on the side. It was buttery, rich and delicious.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
½ tsp granulated sugar
1½ cups whole-milk yogurt, divided (I used whole-milk Greek yogurt)
3 tsp kosher salt, divided
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 red onion
1 4″ piece fresh ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, smashed, peeled
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardamon
10 boneless, skinless, chicken things or 4-6 bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 lbs)
2 dried bay leaves
¾ cup kosher salt
2 cups Basmati rice, preferably aged, such as Daawat (I used Aahu Barah)
1 red onion, thinly sliced
¾ cup melted ghee
½ cup mixed coarsely chopped nuts, such as almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, and/or walnuts
1 T granulated sugar
¾ cup mixed dried fruit, such as prunes, apricots, pineapple, and/or cranberries (I used chopped dried mango and dried cranberries)
To Make the Onion Raita:
- Finely grate the zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tsp) into a small bowl.
- Squeeze in juice from one half of the lemon.
- Add sugar, 1 cup yogurt, 1 tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper.
- Finely chop one-quarter of the onion and stir into raita.
- Let sit at room temperature at least 1 hour or chill up to overnight.
To Marinate the Chicken:
- Purée ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom, juice of remaining lemon half, and remaining three-quarters of onion, ½ cup yogurt, 2 tsp. salt, and ¾ tsp. pepper in a blender until smooth. (I used a Vitamix.) Transfer to a medium bowl.
- If using bone-in chicken thighs, pull skin off chicken thighs and discard.
- Transfer the chicken to the bowl with ginger mixture, add bay leaves, and toss to combine.
- Cover with a plate and let marinate at room temperature at least 2 hours or preferably chill up to overnight.
To Make the Rice and Assemble the Dish:
- Place a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 350°, preferably on convection.
- Bring salt and 3 quarts of water to a rapid boil in a large pot over high heat.
- Meanwhile, place rice in a medium bowl. Cover with cool tap water, use your hand to gently agitate the grains, and drain. Repeat at least 2 more times until water runs clear enough to see your hand through it.
- Add drained rice all at once to boiling salted water. Initially the water will stop boiling and the rice will sink to the bottom. Stir a few times with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking, then stop stirring. After a couple of minutes, the water will return to a simmer and a few grains will begin appearing near the surface. The rice is ready to drain when the grains have nearly doubled in size, the water returns to a boil, and most of the rice rapidly bubbles to the surface. When you bite into a grain, you want to see a hard white core; just like pasta cooked al dente, the grains should remain firm. Depending on the quality of your rice, this can take anywhere from 3–7 minutes, so begin tasting the grains early. (I boiled my rice for 7 minutes.)
- Drain rice and rinse with water until cool. Set aside.
- Cook onion and ghee in a 4–6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until onions are golden and crisp, 8–10 minutes. The sides and bottom of pot may brown and even develop some char. Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions to a plate. (I used a 6-quart enameled cast iron pot.)
- Reduce heat to medium-low and toast nuts in ghee in same pot, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and darkened in color, 2–3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer nuts to another plate; set aside for serving. (I used raw slivered almonds and raw walnut pieces.)
- Transfer half of ghee in pot to a small bowl; set aside.
- Increase heat to medium-high and sprinkle sugar over remaining ghee in pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until sugar forms deeply caramelized clumps, 3–5 minutes.
- Add chicken, scraping in marinade, and bring to a simmer.
- Remove from heat and arrange chicken and marinade in an even layer.
- Sprinkle with dried fruit and one-third of fried onions.
- Top with rice.
- Poke 5–7 holes into rice with the back of a wooden spoon until you reach the chicken. Drizzle reserved ghee over and top with another third of fried onions.
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid and return to medium heat. Cook until you can hear the chicken gurgling in the pot and wisps of steam just begin to escape from lid, about 5 minutes. Do not open the lid at any point! If you peek, you will risk losing too much steam, preventing the rice from properly cooking through.
- Transfer pot to oven and bake, covered, 45 minutes. Let rest at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour before uncovering.
- Using a large spoon or small plate, gently scoop rice off chicken and transfer to a platter. Carefully spoon chicken thighs and any sauce over rice. Top with reserved fried nuts and remaining onions.
- Serve alongside onion raita while ghee is still hot and rice is steamy.
Posted in Casserole, Chicken (Poultry), Recipes
Tags: almonds, biryani, boneless skinless chicken thighs, cardamon, casserole, chicken and rice, chicken things, cinnamon, cranberries, dinner, dried fruit, ghee, ginger, Greek yogurt, Indian, mango, pistachios, raita, red onion, walnuts
I served this elegant tart on Thanksgiving Eve this year. It was very well received! The classic combination of pears and almonds was absolutely delicious.
This recipe was adapted from Dolester Miles’ recipe in Frank Stitt’s Southern Table: Recipes and Traditions from Highlands Bar and Grill, via The Washington Post. The restaurant is located in Birmingham, Alabama. I used poaching liquid instead of rum in the filling and reduced the baking time. Wonderful!
Yield: 8 servings
For the Crust:
1 cup plus 3 T flour, plus more for the work surface
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 large egg, lightly beaten
For the Pears:
3 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water
half a vanilla bean, split
one 3-inch cinnamon stick
5 (large) to 6 almost-ripe, firm pears, such as Bartlett, Anjou or Bosc, peeled, halved lengthwise and cored
For the Filling:
8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup finely ground blanched almonds
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 T Calvados, dark rum, or poaching liquid
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/4 cup blanched/slivered or sliced almonds, toasted, for garnish
To Make the Crust:
- Use cooking oil spray to grease a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
- Place the flour in a food processor.
- Sprinkle the salt and cubes of butter into the flour. Pulse until the butter is pea-sized.
- Pour the egg over the mixture; pulse just until the dough begins to come together.
- Turn the dough out onto the counter, and then gather it into a disk.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to 1 day.
- Lightly flour a work surface. Unwrap and roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. (I roll the dough out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.)
- Transfer it to the tart pan, using your fingertips to line the pan with the dough. Trim the edges even with the rim of the pan.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.
To Poach the Pears:
- Combine the sugar, water, vanilla bean and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes.
- Add the pears; once the liquid begins to bubble at the edges, cook the pears for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are tender and the tip of a paring knife slips into them easily. Let them cool in their liquid. Discard the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean.
To Make the Filling and Finish the Tart:
- When ready to assemble, make the filling: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Toast the almonds in a small, dry skillet over medium-low heat for several minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned, shaking the pan occasionally to avoid scorching. Cool completely before using for the topping.
- Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer; beat on medium speed for several minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Reduce the speed to low; add the egg, ground almonds, flour, Calvados, rum, or poaching liquid and the almond extract. Beat for about 2 minutes, until smooth.
- Remove the tart shell from the refrigerator. Unwrap and pour in the filling, spreading it evenly.
- Remove the pears from the poaching liquid, placing them in a colander set over a bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the poaching liquid for this recipe; reserve and refrigerate the rest for poaching more fruit later.
- Place the pears cut sides down on the tart filling, side by side with the narrow ends facing in, until the entire surface of the tart is covered with pears. Cover the edge of the tart to prevent over-browning and bake (middle rack) for about 28 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, cook the reserved cup of poaching liquid in a small saucepan over high heat until it has reduced to a glaze – about 2 to 3 tablespoons total. Remove from the heat.
- Once the tart comes out of the oven, brush it with the glaze, then scatter the toasted almonds evenly over the top. Serve warm, or at room temperature.
Note: The dough needs to be refrigerated for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. The pears can be stored in their cooking liquid in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The poaching liquid can be reused.
Posted in Baking, Fruit Desserts, Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Holiday, Quiches & Tarts, Recipes, Thanksgiving
Tags: almond, Bartlett, Bartlett pears, calvados, cinnamon, dessert, French, pears, poached, rum, tart, Thanksgiving, vanilla bean
One of my mom’s best friends shared her recipe for this special pumpkin bread with me. I first tried it last year over the holidays and absolutely loved it. She recommended using olive oil and whole wheat flour. I used olive oil and half whole wheat pastry flour this time. 🙂 It was incredibly moist and delicious.
I made one loaf in a standard loaf pan and the other in my new Nordic Ware fluted loaf pan to make it that much more special. I froze the special loaf to serve over Thanksgiving weekend. I love recipes that make one batch to enjoy right away and another for later- or to share.
Yield: 2 standard loaves
- 4 extra large eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
- 2/3 cup water
- 15 to 16 oz can pumpkin purée (about 2 cups)
- 1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 3/4 cups sifted whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
- 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground cloves
- 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 2/3 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Butter two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pans. (I used cooking oil spray.)
- Beat the eggs lightly in a large bowl with a spout.
- Blend in the oil and water.
- Add and whisk in the pumpkin purée.
- In a separate large bowl, sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; whisk to combine.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the pumpkin-egg mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Fold in the nuts and raisins.
- Using a ladle, disperse the batter between the two loaf pans.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes or until the bread tests clean in the center. (I baked mine for 62 minutes on convection.)
- Cool on a rack in the pans; remove when cool.
Posted in Baking, Bread, Coffee Cake, Holiday, Muffins, Recipes, Thanksgiving, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast)
Tags: autumn, breakfast, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, olive oil, pumpkin, quick bread, raisins, snack, Thanksgiving, walnuts, whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour