Bella’s Linzer Cookies

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Having family visiting this weekend inspired this new little treat. One of my favorite cookies at bakery shops (but not always the tastiest given neglectful baking), I decided to give this one a try. Linzer sablés (or Linzer "eyes") are the cookie-sized version of the Linzertorte, a short, crumbly Austrian torte with a lattice design on top. The dough  is traditionally made with hazelnuts (or almonds) and is covered with a filling of redcurrant, raspberry or apricot jam or preserves. Read more [...]

Giant Rugelach

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One of the first things I lay my eyes on when I walk into a NY deli are Rugelach - particularly the raspberry kind. I'm not even sure when I first became so obsessed with these Jewish pastries, but something tells me I was sold the first time I sunk my teeth into one. There are few things I can think of that are better than a rich, flaky cream cheese dough slathered with a tangy fruit filling. Add the nuts...and oh my goodness! This recipe in particular is all about abundance. The rolls are Read more [...]

Doughnut Duo!

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No better day than a Saturday afternoon to make one of the world's best fried foods - DOUGHNUTS! It's my first time baking these puppies so I enlisted one of my good friends (who's also a baker & pregnant) for some back-up reinforcement. Not exactly the most efficient way to bake - what with two ladies suffering from 'Pregnesia' (amnesia + pregnancy) - but we did good, despite the fact that we forgot to add the butter and the salt in the right order! I was originally going to make Read more [...]

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (family recipe)

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This is a family recipe I uncovered while digging through some of my favorite recipes and reminiscing about my childhood treats. I was on the phone with one of my sisters talking about the different desserts we baked and ate while growing up, and she reminded me of this amazing pineapple upside-down cake one of my older sisters used to make.  How could I have forgotten?! I immediately called her to get the recipe and made it the next dessert on my baking list. Thinking back now, Read more [...]