Bread and Better: Breakfast Brioche Bun

“A good food is mouthwatering when you see it and finger licking when you eat it.” Amit Kalantri Yeasted breads and pastries made with enriched dough can be found all over the world. In the bread world, the term “enriched” means that these doughs are made with all the good stuff: milk, butter, eggs and […]

Douffin or Mufnought? A Pan-baked Doughnut Muffin

“No matter our age, everyone in our household knows that cooking and eating together is where the fun is.” Corky Pollan I have traditional methods and techniques in my skillset to make perfectly cloud-like, airy and light yeasted dough, learnt from the army of gold-handed housewifes, my mother, my aunties and my grandmothers. They are […]

Bite my Bundt: Traditional Marbled Kugelhopf

“Let’s just say you may regret that second piece of cake.’Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.” Rachel Hawkins   As a part of her Austrian heritage, my maternal grandmother has left me a gorgeous earthenware Kugelhopf tin. Kugelhopf is said to have originated in Austria and was […]

Rising (to the Challenge): Homemade Danish Pastry

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen Danish pastry, called wienerbrød in Danish is a laminated yeast-leavened dough, with a texture similar to puff pastry. The origin of the Danish pastry is known to be related to the 1850 strike that forced the Danish bakery owners […]

My Unique Hungarian-Transylvanian Bequest: Kürtőskalács also known as Chimney Cake

“Young people need something stable to hang on to — a culture connection, a sense of their own past, a hope for their own future. Most of all, they need what grandparents can give them.”  Jay Kesler Chimney Cake, Horn Cake, Hungarian Twister, Cozonac Secuiescust all refer to the unique twisted pastry, that is a […]

A Baked Selection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: Stollen Bun and Fruit Cake Cupcake

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:  Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;  let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to […]

Chocolate and Hazelnut Battenburg Brioche-Muffin

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate. ”  Alan D. Wolfelt    There are many stories about the  popular English cake, which is composed of alternating coloured slabs of tasty sponge enclosed in a special dress of marzipan. When cut it looks like a drawing of a window, which is probably the reason […]

The Italian Job: Lemon Flavoured Polenta and Olive Cake

 This cake is an Italian influenced British-Hungarian mix. Or so…but it is certainly one thing: very good! The complex flavour reminds the consumer of the hard decision when facing patisserie windows in Italy; the sharp, but pleasant sogginess brings memories of the classic English tea time favourite, the lemon drizzle cake, and the borderline texture between cake and […]

Charming Chelsea Buns made with marmalade

  Chelsea buns are made by taking yeast-risen dough enriched with an egg; covering dough with melted butter; adding a filling of sugar, dried fruit, spice; and, finally, rolling and cutting the dough into rounds before being proving and baking. Biting in to these layered buns when they are still a bit warm after baking, […]