Flax Seed, Quinoa and Raisin Whole Wheat Bread

1/4 cup flax seeds 1/2 cup quinoa 1/2 cup raisins 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 3 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting 1 tablespoon sea salt 2 tablespoons honey Cooking spray, oil or softened butter Toast flax seeds for a few minutes in a dry skillet over...

Boca Negra, or Black Mouth

This, besides black forest cake, is my oldest child’s favorite cake. I’ve only made it twice because she’s actually allergic to eggs, so as you might understand, when I do make it, she savors every mouthful. And for good reason — it’s...

Holiday Baking: Stephanie Schrader’s Walnut Cups

Original recipe here. My adaptation: Makes about 60 cookies Crust: 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened 6 ounces cream cheese, softened 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt Filling: 4 large egg 4 tablespoons melted and cooled 3 cups firmly packed brown sugar...

Black Forest Cake / Schwarzwalder Kirsch Torte

A repost from my old baking blog… The finished product. Sorry for the grease spots on the lens. We were in a hurry to get to the party! Black Forest Cake / Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte Elements here, bottom to top: the turntable/cake stand The baking circles or...

Making Chocolate Curls

A repost from my old baking blog. One of the most exhilarating things about being a baker is working with chocolate. I haven’t even begun to explore all the myriad ways of playing with it, shaping it, cutting it, melting it, coating with it, etc. and I look...