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  • Berry danish minis Berry danish minis

    Berry danish minis

Berry danish minis

  If you have frozen crescent rolls, cream cheese and jam lying around – and I usually have all three – these are a cinch to make. I had flagged this recipe on my Pinterest board “Drooling Foodie” as one to try, and I’m delighted I did. The recipe comes from the blog Inspired by Charm, and you can find it here. Now, I didn’t get these looking quite as perfect as the ones on the blog – perhaps practice makes perfect – but they were so indulgent it didn’t matter. Low-cal food, this is not. But consider making it for a special breakfast in bed, or impromptu brunch when you have suddenly have guests coming over. Sweetened cream cheese; warm, oozing jam; and a dash of powdered sugar. Divine. And they’re easy peasy. Heck, you can probably make these even if you’ve never baked a day in your life. […]

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  • Apple and white cheddar scones Apple and white cheddar scones

    Apple and white cheddar scones

Apple and white cheddar scones

  I love scones with clotted cream. With whipped butter. At afternoon tea in London. Heck, I even like the scones at my workplace cafeteria, but these scones took the cake. For years I stuck to the same scone recipe I learned at Dish Cooking Studio,  one that included dried fruit and was served with mango whipped butter. And indeed it’s a great recipe but this one is much more my style. I’m not a fan of chunks of fruit or raisins in my baked goods but the baked apple in this recipe would be missed if you were to leave it out. I whipped these up in no time at all and they were scrumptious. My only regret is not making them smaller so I had more than 6 scones to look forward to. Or maybe I should have doubled the recipe. It’s the perfect savoury-sweet combo, and not […]

  • Barefoot Contessa’s brioche loaves Barefoot Contessa’s brioche loaves

    Barefoot Contessa’s brioche loaves

Barefoot Contessa’s brioche loaves

I made this recipe out of laziness. I couldn’t find any brioche or challah to buy for one of Dorie Greenspan’s tartine recipes in either of my local grocery stores and I didn’t feel like driving to my favourite French bakery to buy any. So, I made some myself. Once again, Ina Garten’s “Barefoot in Paris” book came through with a fail-proof recipe. It sounds like a lot of trouble to make, but it’s nearly effortless. If you’re not familiar with brioche, it is a French bread verging on a sweet with a high egg and butter content that translates into a tender crumb and a dark, golden, flaky crust. It’s ideal to use when making French toast, bread pudding, or even to toast and spread with a thin layer of butter. I used to wonder what all the fuss was about when my mother would fall into raptures over brioche. Even […]