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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

pancake party.

Short and sweet. 
Pancakes. Easy. Delicious. No frills. No sugar. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

let's get ready to crumble!

so, I often crave something sweet, but my cravings are never worthy of a full on baking session. However, today I embarked on a journey that should have and could have happened sooner in my baking career. For the first time ever, I made a crumble for one - a crumble cup, if you will. Super easy.  Super delicious. and super 'why didn't I do this before?'

you'll need: 

an apple (granny smith today)
almond slivers
a dash of brown sugar 
two spoonfuls of honey

a ramekin dish 

you'll do:

1. no need to peel the apple, we're all adults here, just dice it up and fill the ramekin to the top 

2. mix almonds, sugar, honey, cinnamon and oats and sprinkle on top of apples 

3. pop into oven at 350f, bake for 20 min

4. eat the entire thing because it's literally just for you

5. be happy

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

oats, totes.

simple, delicious, healthy

1 cup oats
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw almond slivers 
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup honey (mine was imported from a farm in Lithuania, whaaat?) 
1 tsp canola oil 

mix it all together, add more honey if necessary. 

pour onto lined baking sheet - bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. 

check at the 10 minute mark and shuffle granola around with a wooden spoon, ensuring even baking - - equality for all granola. 

remove  .  cool  .   serve with plain greek yogurt and fresh fruit and smile. 

rolling scones

1 1/2 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp orange zest
5 tbsp butter 
juice of one orange
2/3 cup pomegranate kefir 
1/2 cup pine nuts 

1. Blend together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and zest. 

2. Add the butter, in cubes. 

3. Add pine nuts. 

4. Add orange juice and kefir. 

5. Mix. 

6. You can either - roll onto a floured surface, form a circle and slice like a pizza, or make glorious blobs like I did.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes until beautifully golden. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I often revisit my favorite sugar cookie recipe. This time, I made cupcake cookies, or as I like to call them - cupookies. I made them for my 3rd graders . . . they were a hit ! 

Frosting . . . for detailed cookies I use royal icing, for simple cookies, I use a powder sugar/splash of water glaze.

Royal icing can be made two ways . . . 

way one: egg whites, powder sugar and cream of tartar 

or what I use: meringue powder, powder sugar and water 
( you can find meringue powder at Williams Sonoma or other specialty baking shops ) 

Happy baking ! 

matching my cupookie. 


For the longest time, I have intended to go to the Buchon Bakery in Beverly Hills. Coincidentally (or not. . .) I received a Buchon Bakery cookbook this past Christmas. The recipes are absolutely divine.  Only the finest ingredients, detailed descriptions, stunning photographs and the most decadent collection of crispy, flakey, buttery pastries, cookies and other baked treats. Needless to say, I made a point to visit the bakery, ASAP.

I ordered a TKO, which the lady behind the mystical counter of treats, said is "a million times better than an oreo". I'm not a big oreo fan, but I was so intrigued. 

. . . it . was . amazing . Two rich dark chocolate shortbread cookies filled with a white chocolate ganache. The cookie had fluted edges and the filling was piped to mirror the cookie. Adorable. 

As I followed the recipe in my cookbook, I learned that TKO stands for Thomas Keller Oreo.  T. K. is the founder of Buchon. Genius. 

The recipe suggests to use some classy, expensive, fancy chocolates and ingredients for the cookies . . . . . . but . . . Ralphs for some reason didn't carry the specific ingredients so I opted for Hershey's cocoa powder (oh, don't hiss at me - they still tasted amazing! ) and ghirardelli's white chocolate for the ganache.  

E n j o y ! 

Date drops.

These little guys are the best. 

What you'll need . . .

pitted dates (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup almond flour (ground almonds in a blender) 
a ripe banana
unsweetened shredded coconut 
unsweetened cocoa powder 

What you'll do . . . 

1. place dates in blender with a splash of water, blend until it becomes a paste
2. add 1/2 of the ripe banana, sprinkle cinnamon, blend again
3. place almond flour, shredded coconut and cocoa powder in separate shallow dishes
4. take a spoonful of the date/banana paste and roll into the almond flour, then roll into shredded coconut and or cocoa powder, forming balls
5. place in freezer for 1-2 hours 

E n j o y !