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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 [...]

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 [...]

Sugar Cookies

2022-11-22T20:19:21-05:00September 21st, 2022|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Rosh Hashanah, Thanksgiving|Tags: , , , |

Cookie baking season is upon us!  If you’re a cookie baking aficionado, you will want to add these to your repertoire. This recipe produces a sugar cookie for all seasons. You can use just about any cookie cutter on the dough—autumn leaves and turkeys for fall, snowflakes and menorahs for winter, butterflies and flowers for [...]

Honey Cookies

2022-09-21T12:29:49-04:00September 21st, 2022|Categories: Cookies and Biscotti, Desserts, Rosh Hashanah|Tags: |

As always, I baked up a storm for the holidays—lots of round challahs; 3 cakes—Honey, Marble and Apple; two types of brownies—Honey and Dark Cocoa; two types of cookies—sugar and honey; 2 quick breads—banana and applesauce.  I can go on and on—but you get the drift—I like to bake—I probably bake too much—but, it’s a [...]

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 [...]

Patriotic Cheesecake

2022-07-03T10:26:55-04:00July 3rd, 2022|Categories: Cheesecakes, Dairy, Desserts, Fourth of July|

Velvety smooth, rich and creamy, this cheesecake is divine. Its decadent taste and texture belie the fact that it is relatively easy to make. Cream cheese, sugar, eggs and cream are beaten together and then poured into a cake pan lined with a traditional graham cracker crumb crust.  The cake is then baked in a [...]

Ice Cream Cake

2022-06-27T14:53:04-04:00June 27th, 2022|Categories: Cakes, Dairy, Desserts, Desserts, Ice Cream and Frozen Treats|

My all time favorite cake to make during sultry summer months is Ice Cream Cake. Its main ingredient—ice cream—is America’s most loved dessert.  An ice cream cake is no bake, easy to make, and you can prepare it weeks ahead of time and keep it in your freezer until ready to serve.  With the wide [...]