Sunday, May 8, 2016

Derby Cookies

As a child, I loved horses. Even took riding lessons and collected horse figurines. I wasn't a particular fan of horse races, but just to see the beautiful horses run the Kentucky Derby was a treat.

These are easy cookies to make. I was expecting them to come out more like actual balls, but they sort of flattened out on the bottom, while retaining the rounded top. No matter- delicious in any shape. 

The addition of bourbon to the demarra sugar for rolling, really kicks these cookies up a notch. That, with the 2 tablespoons of bourbon in the recipe- well, we're set for the day!

You can find the recipe here, at Baked Sunday Mornings. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2016


I love cake, and I love pie, but what I really love the most are COOKIES! All kinds and shapes.There are cookies that are the "usuals"- chocolate chip ( although there are some very "unusual" varieties), oatmeal, sugar.  There are cookies from different countries and cultures and cookies of all shapes and sizes. The fun part about cookies (besides eating them) is that you can play around with additions and easily make them your "own" cookie.  Pretty quick to put together,  a great gift when wrapped in an interesting package, and of course- always have that cookie tin filled with cookies for the kiddies when they visit!
These cookies fill all those categories for me. A simple, ton of butter cookie with walnuts (I substituted pecans), shaped into a delicate crescent shape and drowned in powdered sugar for that extra zing. Easy?- check. Pretty gift in a tin or jar?- check.  Kid ready?- check. Taste more than good?- check , check , check! Not a crunchy cookie, they just melt in your mouth as soon as you bite  pop a whole one onto your tongue. A bit addictive, yes, but what kind of cookie isn't?

Crescent cookies go onto my list of  "go-to's" for sure. You can find the recipe here, at Baked Sunday Mornings, as well as see the creations of other members from our baking group. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

ST. PATRICK’S DRUNK BUNDT CAKE- Chocolate -Stout cake with Whiskey-Bailey's Glaze

That title is quite a mouthful, but so is this cake! If you are looking for something very 
chocolatey with a hint of alchohol, then this is your baby. I don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day , but I certainly don't see that as a prerequisite for enjoying a combination of chocolate, stout, Bailey's Irish Cream and whiskey.
The cake is easy to make- NO MIXER to clean-yay! I acutally didn't have any whiskey on hand so I just upped the amount of Irish Cream. I'm sure that the whiskey would give it a nice,extra kick. (next time, which there definitley will be!)

The whole family willingly indulged at last night's Friday dinner. The youngest participant 
(age 3) enjoyed sitting next to the plate and scooping up the glaze with his finger. He said that was the part he liked the best!!

Give it a try! You can find the recipe at Baked Sunday Mornings, along with the other bakers reactions to this cake.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Conversation Heart Cakes( black velvet cake) Happy Valentine's Day!

I can't say I have ever been a big participant in the Valentine's Day celebrations. Maybe it's because of one outstanding memory I have of a Valentine's Day celebration from second grade. Coming from Upstate New York, Valentine's Day falls in the middle of winter- cold, snowy, windy and icy winter. In "those" days ( and I'm dating myself here) we walked, yes, actually walked to and from school!
It was traditional to exchange Valentine cards with classmates and get all kinds of little packets with candy hearts and other sweets. I remember having a large package of all my Valentine cards and candies in a plastic bag. I was all bundled up except for some reason I decided not to put my mittens on before leaving school. Walking home, I began to drop things, the bag ripped and I was struggling to hold on to everything with my "unmittened", freezing hands. I began to cry (as the tears froze on their way down my cheeks), somehow finally made it home to find that my hands had become slightly frostbitten. Ouch! Mom ran them under cold(yes!)water and slowly but surely the pain disappeared, but I was left with a not so nice memory of Valentine's Day.

This week's recipe for Baked Sunday Mornings, was a chocolate (what else for Valentine's Day?!) or actually , black velvet cake. They are decorated like the candy messages we all remember from our childhood- LUV U!, BE MINE! etc. etc. I followed the recipe exactly except for the fact that "black cocoa" is literally unobtainable in this neck of the woods so I used regular cocoa- the best I could get here.  
The frosting is a cream cheese base frosting, which I usually have no trouble with, but this  time something went wrong. Not sure if my amounts were off or if I over beat it, but it came out very runny- good but runny. Even after refrigeration, it didn't hold it's shape. Once in a while, it's good to have a bit of a failure, just to keep things real. 
I love to decorate cookies as well and this was a wonderful opportunity to get back into it after a long hiatus. I forgot how much I enjoy the cookie decorating!

I have a weakness for stores that sell all different kinds of cupcake liners, paper cake molds and well, all baking supplies, so when I see something I like, I buy it. Even if I don't need it right at the moment. Sometime, somewhere, some occasion may pop up and those little liners or molds will be perfect! So, on one of my rounds of those stores, I came across these heart shaped baking papers. Couldn't resist, bought them, and put them upon the shelf to wait patiently for their turn. And their turn came! Instead of making a flat cake and cutting out the heart shapes, I simply poured the batter directly into the molds. So, mine are one layer, quite thick, but a nice size for two to share. How appropriate for the occasion! 

Happy Valentine's Day! Get the recipe here.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Risks. Taking risks is an important part of life (in my opinion). Now, there are all levels of risk- some involve a life or death decision (tfu, tfu tfu), some have to do with a life change- career, moving to a new place etc., and then there are those type of risks that won't hurt you one way or the other... trying a new food, wearing a type of clothing you've never worn before, making friends with someone you wouldn't normally connect with; they are risks that can broaden your view of yourself and the world around you- good things!

This recipe is one of those "risk-taking" types for me. I've made scones before- chocolate, actually, so what could be bad about that? Scones were a totally foreign item to me and what I did know about them was that they were something the British ate. Wasn't particularly appealing to be honest. 

So when it came time to make these Chinese Five Spice Scones, I was very skeptical. First of all,  I knew that trying to find Chinese Five Spice mix here in Israel was going to take some searching and investigation. After checking out a few places with no luck, I decided to make my own. No lack of recipes for DIY spices! Bought the ingredients and was planning on grinding everything together, when at the last moment, (completely  by chance-isn't that the way it always works?!)I came across this.
Granted, it is from Thailand, but after reading the ingredients, it seemed like it would do the trick. It contains cinnamon, anise, coriander (which wasn't listed in any of the recipe I found , but whatever) Szechuan pepper and regular pepper.  I added some ground fennel and ground cloves as well. 
They were easy to put together- no mixer, all in one bowl- now don't we just love that part!?
The recipe calls for cutting it into eight pieces. I thought they were too large , so I cut them smaller. Topped with a glaze of buttermilk and demerara  sugar, they baked up quickly, brown and beautiful, not to mention the delicious aroma that permeated the house.
And..... they are delicious! I was definitely surprised. They have a flavor that is warming, with just a slight hint of the pepper, but super with a cup of good coffee.  

 Take a risk! Give them a try!
You can find the recipe at Baked Sunday Mornings. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dolly' s Doughnut - Coconut Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate /Coconut Fillling

Now that's a mouthful!
"Baked Occasions" dedicated this cake to Dolly Parton, whose birthday is January 19th.We'll leave out her age- you can Google that on your own if you so choose. Apparently she loves coconut and pink is her favorite color. Now I'm not a wild fan of Dolly's either one way or the other, but this cake certainly fits the bill for anyone who likes coconut, chocolate and pink.

A few steps involved but nothing terrible complicated. While baking, the smell of coconut permeated the house and this is a good thing! The chocolate coconut (cream cheese, I might add) filling is a dream (being one of my favorite combinations) and stayed creamy in  the middle of the cake.

The glaze is quite sweet- you could leave it off, but then it wouldn't be a Dolly Doughnut! This cake was worth any bit of effort involved. A nice alternative to a traditional birthday cake. 
You can see the recipe here at Baked Sunday Mornings. Have a piece!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Peanut Butter and Jelly Crumb Morning Muffins

Give me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and I'm a happy girl. Smooth, crunchy, whatever- but the jelly (or really, jam) HAS to be raspberry! No substitutions for me! It's not a PB&J if it has any other kind of jam.

So this edition of Baked Sunday Mornings was perfect for me. PB&J all rolled in to one delicious muffin with crumb topping filled with crushed, toasted peanuts. What could be bad?

The recipe calls for grape jam, but you can substitute your favorite( as I did). 

Breakfast, snack, dessert or just any time is fine with me! Eat them as you like- in one big bite (my preferred way) , a little nibble at a time or even with a spoon. Just savor that strong peanut flavor then rejoice when you hit that burst of jam in the middle!

You can find the recipe at Baked Sunday Mornings and see what the other bakers have done.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Orange Pancakes with Honey Butter

This is the only photo I got of these. Eaten too fast! A wonderful twist on pancakes and especially nice for a Rosh Hashanah breakfast, with that touch of honey butter.
You can get the recipe here at Baked Sunday Mornings, and see some of my baking partners' results as well, here.

Nice change and worth a go!

Shana Tova!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nonnie’s Blueberry ( or raspberry!) Buckle

No blueberries here- not now, almost not ever, and if there are- well let's just say they cost a gold mine! So we go with a lot of frozen fruit here. I know, I know, it's not the same, but it's the best substitute available and it does the trick. You work with whatchya got! And this is how Nonnie's Blueberry Buckle became Nonnie's (Yael's)Raspberry Buckle!

Whatever you call it and whether it's raspberry or blueberry.... it's yummy.

Great for breakfast or afternoon tea (or anytime for that matter!!)
Easy to make and that crumb topping is always my favorite.
Give it a try- you won't be disappointed.
Check out the recipe here, at Baked Sunday Mornings.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Everyone’s Favorite Birthday Cake-HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAZ!

  My baby is 25 tomorrow! My BABY- do you get that?  Ouch! 

This cake came at a perfect time. Easy to make, frosting that is (as others have said before me) worthy of just diving into  alone with a spoon or maybe a shovel?!

My work place

Topped with chocolate crispy things

Get the recipe here at Baked Sunday Mornings. It is definitely one of those "go to" cakes for a quick and yummy party solution or just "because you feel like cake"!

Happy, happy birthday little girl! (she's the one with the glasses! duh!?)