Category: Sweets

Ginger Jubilee Cookies

This was the surprise winner of this year’s Christmas baking: a dense cookie with a rich flavor, suitable for dunking in coffee or nibbling with your after-dinner adult beverage. Adapted from Joy of Cooking. In a double boiler, over simmering water, mix 2/3 c honey, 1 c sugar, and 2 oz butter. When combined, thoroughly

Shortbread

1 lb. butter 2 c. superfine sugar 2 c. rice flour 2 c. flour Cream butter & sugar together, mix in flours well. Turn dough out onto a baking sheet or press into a baking dish, 3/4” to 1/2” thick. Prick with fork. Chill at least 30 min. Bake in moderate oven (375ºF) for 5

Marlborough Pie (Apple Custard Pie)

Marlborough pie is found in an English cookbook from 1660, and was popular in New England through the mid-1800s. Make a pie crust. Prick the crust with a fork, and/or cover it with a circle of parchment paper and sprinkle it with pie weights, then blind-bake the crust until it just starts to brown (10-15 minutes).

Pumpkin Pie

Make a pie crust. Prick the crust with a fork, and/or cover it with a circle of parchment paper and sprinkle it with pie weights, then blind-bake the crust until it just starts to brown (10-15 minutes). Prepare 1 pound of pumpkin puree. You can purchase this in a can, or make it fresh by roasting a

Sour Cream Cake

Preheat your oven to 350°. Cake pan: 9″ round, 9″ square, 9×12″ rectangle, two loaf pans, or equivalent. Butter the inside of the cake pan. 1/2 cup butter (1 stick, at room temperature) 1 cup sugar Combine the butter and sugar and beat until creamy. (Use a stand mixer if you have one, or an

Poundcake

The Evans family poundcake receipt. 2 sticks butter (1/2 lb.) 2 cups sugar 5 eggs 2 cups flour (240 grams) Cream butter & sugar together. Separate eggs. Beat in the egg yolks. Mix in flour. Fold in the egg whites.  Do not over-beat. You should expect a sour-cream-like consistency to your batter.  Line a ring

Fruit compote

Chopped fruit, marinated in confectioner’s sugar and lime juice. Example: Fuji apple, chopped Bosc pear, chopped bing cherries, halved and pitted black seedless grapes banana, sliced confectioner’s sugar lime juice Eat right away, but also make enough to marinate  overnight. Spoon over ice cream.

Gale Gand’s giant’s thumbprint butter cookies

From butter sugar flour eggs, by Gale Gand, dessert goddess. 1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks) 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 vanilla bean scrapings 1/4 tsp. salt 260 g. flour jam of your preference Cream butter, sugar; vanilla, salt. Mix in flour, slowly. Roll dough into golf balls, place 2″ apart. Make a well, insert jam. Bake

Cherry pie

2 pints sour cherries 1/2 cup sugar 1.5 Tablespoons cornstarch a dash of Aberlour (or kirsch or light rum, etc.) Mix together, let set for half an hour. Pour into piecrust; butter the top; bake (375ºF) 45? min (until done). Re: buttering the top — if you make a lattice crust, put butter pats on

Speculaas cookie spices

Speculaas spice mix, which I use whenever sweet spices are called for. 3 parts by weight cinnamon, ground 1 part by weight blade mace, ground 1 part by weight cloves, ground 1 part by weight ginger, ground 1 part by weight coriander seeds, ground 1 part by weight black pepper, ground Taken from Kay Dekker’s