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Sfinge: Italian Doughnuts Filled with Ricotta

2022-12-21T14:02:24-05:00December 21st, 2022|Categories: Desserts, Doughnuts, Hanukkah|

These gorgeous pastries are zeppoles aka Italian doughnuts.  They are filled with chocolate chip ricotta cream.  Perfect Hanukkah fried dessert!  Happy Hanukkah! 1 cup water 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons butter 1 ½ cups flour 4 eggs ½ tablespoon baking powder canola oil confectioner’s sugar Filling 8 ounces ricotta cheese (preferably [...]

Baked Doughnuts in Record Time

2022-12-20T12:53:48-05:00December 20th, 2022|Categories: Desserts, Doughnuts, Hanukkah, Holidays|

For those who prefer baking to deep fat frying, you will love these doughnuts which use Pepperidge Farm prepared puff pastry.  The doughnuts bake up in 20 minutes.  You can then decorate them with various glazes and toppings.  They are beautiful, tasty, and fun to make with kids.  Happy Hanukkah! 1 package puff pastry [...]

1-2-3-4- Potato Latkes

2022-12-18T14:16:19-05:00December 18th, 2022|Categories: Hanukkah, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Vegetarian|

There are so many variations of potato latkes--zucchini, carrot, beet, sweet potato, celery root--just to name a few. But my favorite latkes are the classic potato latkes.  I call my recipe the 1-2-3-4 latke recipe. The numbers make it easy to remember the amounts of each ingredient. These are the BEST EVER LATKES--crisp on the [...]

Challah with Friends

2022-11-21T18:42:34-05:00November 21st, 2022|Categories: Challah|

Challah is a delicious egg-based bread similar to brioche.  If you've never never made a bread before, this is the recipe to start with.  The dough mixes up in the food processor in just a few minutes.  With just  a few other simple steps to follow, the recipe is practically foolproof.  Your house will [...]

Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake

2022-10-14T11:33:51-04:00October 14th, 2022|Categories: Cakes, Desserts, Sukkot|Tags: , , |

Here’s a great autumnal cake to serve on Sukkot. Pumpkin pecan cake is one of my favorite go-to autumn cakes. Moist and tender and infused with pumpkin, warm spices and studded with pecans, this cake is the quintessential autumnal dessert. Pumpkin pecan mini bundt cake is a great make ahead dessert that you can whip [...]

Polka Dot Cheesecake

2022-07-30T19:15:39-04:00July 30th, 2022|Categories: Cheesecakes, Dairy, Desserts, Desserts, Shavuot|

The recipe for this showstopper cheesecake comes from Maida Heatter, aka “Queen of Cake”. She passed away in 2019 at the age of 102.  A prodigiously gifted pastry chef and cookbook author, Maida Heatter wrote more than ten cookbooks, many of which are treasured baking resources that I refer to time and again.  Her recipes [...]

Vegetarian Lasagna

2022-07-29T09:17:36-04:00July 29th, 2022|Categories: Food Columns, Pasta, Rice, Grains, Vegetarian|

My recipe for lasagna is vegetarian. I use spinach and mushrooms and part skim ricotta and mozzarella to make a lighter, healthier dish. With a rather lengthy list of ingredients and several components to the instructions, this is not a quick and easy recipe. Yet, no intricate techniques are required, and there is nothing inherently [...]