Ritual: buttermilk spice bread

Every year, my mom makes bread for the fall and winter.  It’s not bread-bread; I suppose it’s what you’d call quick bread, whose only likeness to actual bread is that it’s baked in a loaf pan.  Because quick breads are really just cakes.  But in loaf form.  So, you know, they’re at least quasi-acceptable as […]

Shortcake

On Friday, I made shortcakes.  It seemed like the only right thing to do, considering we were also in possession of some cream laced with Chinese five spice and vanilla, then whipped up fluffy, and some of the best berries I had had since last summer. The shortcakes occurred to me as I stood in […]

Chocolate cinnamon cake, take 2

So there’s something I haven’t told you. After that first foray into squidgy chocolate-spice rapture back in February, I made another attempt at that chocolate cinnamon cake.  I resolved to change two things:  I would not use a Bundt pan this time, opting for the classic (and recommended) loaf shape; I would also not double […]

Chocolate cinnamon cake

It’s not that my mother only made Bundt cakes when we were growing up.  There were also layer cakes, and a handful of my grandmother’s German chocolate cakes, but… there are a lot of Bundt cakes that live in my memory.  So, it was (surprisingly) without irony or hesitation that I registered for a Bundt […]

That cake

It’s the only one I (really) know how to make. Like in my sleep.  It’s a lemon olive-oil cake. It has five ingredients. Six if you count salt. It requires the use of power tools, which is always a good time. It takes 20 minutes to throw together. The longest part of the process is […]

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