A Free From (Not Guilt) Festive Treat: Gluten-Free Piped Cookies

“Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.” Mae West There’s no shame in admitting the truth: gluten is what makes baked goods pillowy, chewy and elastic. Gluten is a protein, providing structure to baked goods so they don’t crumble apart. Gluten also creates little pockets of air in the batter to produce light, […]

Over The Hills of Snow: Honey Snowball Cookies and Orange Linzer Christmas Trees

“Christmas…that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance…a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” […]

A Loaf, Some Rolls… and Many Flavours – Ready for Parties

Rye is more than a flavorful ingredient in baking: it is the chameleon of the grain world.  The humble grain, apart from packing a serious nutritional punch, contributing to cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, and management of diabetes, rye is an important addition to the diet. Not only is this grain healthy, but it also has […]

A Mouthful of Treat to Eliminate Trouble: Elf Coins Mini Biscuit

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  Elf, the movie Elves are known to be tiny, dwarf-like creatures, either male or female, with pointed ears. They are youthful, immortal and have magical powers that can control what humans see and experience. Their live secretly underground, in forests, in springs […]

On the Second Day of Advent For My True Love Baked by Me: Swabian Gingerbread…No Partridge, No Peartree

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” Burton Hillis Baking traditional gingerbread is many families’ Christmas tradition, including mine. Books worth of texts exist about the origins of gingerbread. Historians say, an early form of gingerbread can be traced to the […]

A Child-friendly “Deposit” to Ease the Wait for the Christmas Cake: Snow-Covered Winter Berry Cupcakes

Children have true trouble with understanding the concept of time. For little ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, the days of December are measured as a countdown to the magic of Christmas morning. There are many ways to let the excitement build up, like reading a special holiday stories every night. Funny, sweet, beautiful, […]

Lemon Snowdrop Macarons for Saint Nicholas

“Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?” Jon Bon Jovi 6th of December is the day of St. Nicholas in Hungary. Although St Nicholas is usually well known as the ‘original Santa Claus’ or ‘Father Christmas’, historians […]

Preparing the Reindeers for a Night of Hard Work with Pecan-Chocolate Macarons

“The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave the lustre of midday to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.” Clement Moore, The Night Before Christmas  The story of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” originates  from Montgomery Ward, the Chicago-based retail and catalog company. Searching for […]

Potato Kamut Bread

“The sight and scent of a newly baked loaf has a romantic appeal that transcends all other culinary achievements.” Elisabeth Luard In my continuing research to make the ultimate bread loaf I have been trying many different flours throughout the last couple of years, including kamut flour. Some say this ancient grain was originally grown in […]