May 15, 2017

Lemon-Yogurt Cupcakes {Ina Garten Recipe}

Citrus zest gives these delicious little cupcakes a refreshing, aromatic flavor. The recipe is also relatively light because yogurt and vegetable oil replace butter. If you're looking for a healthier way to prepare breakfast muffins or mini cupcakes (teacakes), this is it. The recipe is versatile enough to make blueberry muffins (simply add a cup of fresh berries to the batter). If serving with tea or coffee, the mini teacakes are an even more wonderful treat when finished with lemon glaze. Another option is to use a loaf pan to bake a classic lemon pound cake. 

March 31, 2017

Lavender Honey Madeleines {Simple Recipe}

Little shell-shaped cakes, madeleines are a classic French treat to serve with tea. Marcel Proust immortalized the madeleine in a famous passage of his novel Remembrance of Things Past: "squat, plump little cakes called 'petites madeleines,' which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted valve of a scallop shell.

But don't be intimidated by the literary pedigree. The elegant look and rich, buttery flavor belies a simple preparation.  Madeleines are so simple to prepare that even beginning bakers can produce perfect results.

February 26, 2017

Cult of the Cruffin {Review of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse}

Sign inside Mr. Holmes Bakehouse 

Normally I am suspicious of establishments that attract visitors with red lights. Casinos and houses of ill-repute come to mind. However I forgive Mr. Holmes Bakehouse for this offense because they make incredibly delicious French p√Ętisserie (including some innovative modern twists). The pastry chefs obviously had French training, and the pastries are as good as those you'd find in France. Delightfully fresh and made with the finest ingredients including plenty of butter, Mr. Holmes pastries are truly irresistible.