Baked Gingerbread Doughnuts

Baked gingerbread doughnuts bring the flavors of old-world Europe in a present-day treat. One bite and you’ll be charmed by the taste and take glee in the magic of the experience. Gingerbread conjures up many childhood memories for me. The ones closest to my heart are gingerbread man cookies. The rich, deep-hued browns of the […]

Almond Kringle

The buttery pastry of this Almond Kringle, all flaky and golden encases a nutty fragrant filling and nicely finished with icing. Bake this tasty treat in your own home to the delight of family and friends! I had not heard of the pastry kringle until the day Mrs. W and my son brought one home […]

Autumn Petits Fours

For longer than a decade it has been a tradition in my house to bake a trilogy of pies for the feast of thanks. Apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie—individually delicious by virtue of merit, but a sliver of each together on a dessert plate is three times heavenly! It caters to the diner […]

Applying Petit Four Icing

  Poured fondant icing is the traditional confection used to coat baked goods such as petits fours. It is essentially a mixture of sugar and water cooked to the soft-ball stage, cooled somewhat and then stirred or beaten to an opaque, creamy consistency. In this state, the icing texture takes on color beautifully and the […]

Valentine Petits Fours

  Cherry. Cranberry. Amaretto. Jam.   Those four words brought my tweets to a screeching halt one day this past November. A Twitter conversation with my dear friend Jeanne at Inside Nanabread’s Head began a discussion which evolved into a delightful jelly swap over the holidays. The flavor profiles of the jam she mentioned were […]