A Passion for Baking,
Baking Our Favorite Things…Shortbread!
You take the high road and I’ll take the
shortcut to the best shortbread cookies possible. Yes, there are butter
cookies, and spice, drop cookies and spritz but nothing is as easy and
gourmet, nor versatile as shortbread. Hartstone Pottery
www.hartstonepottery.com, just newly launched, was renown (and will
be again) for the best shortbread molds. But you can sleuth them out on
Ebay, as well as find other shortbread molds from Brown Bag Cookie Art,
Sassafras and King Arthur Flour. Cast Iron molds are out there (you
gotta look) and there is the nonstick square pan from Nordicware. Crafts
and antique stores are another place to check out wonderful vintage and
heirloom molds for this wonderful cookie. Rycraft (who stocks amazing
Chanukah motifs) and House on the Hill are sources for beautiful cookie
molds and stamps. If you get baked out, there is always the incomparable
www.VermontShortbread.com. For gorgeous, nested, Star of David cutters
for Chanukah, head to Sweet Celebrations. For the best shortbread
recipes, just stay put! We got that covered.
Famous Carrot Cake Fruitcake ©
Hold the phone! Everything you love about carrot cake, re-configured in
a fruitcake texture and longevity. No candied fruits but just the right
balance of fruit, nuts and carrot cake flavor appeal. This recipe makes
one large or several gift cakes. It is good an hour after baking and
gets better each day, with or without its unique orange soaking syrup,
and special cream cheese fondant overcoat. One more new tradition.
Frankly, this is simply one of the most fabulous cakes to exit the test
kitchen in a full decade of baking.
Free!! Butter and Cream Shortbread Cookies
Indescribable and one of my favorite ‘mistakes’. There is no finer
tasting, more luxurious cookie to be had.
Fleur De Sel Shortbread Cookies
Why do we forget that simple things are simply the best? And we also
tend to forget that balancing sugar with salt, married with a bit of
butter, creates the most outstanding shortbread possible. These are
outrageous. Our testers made successive batches because they ate each
one to the last crumb. “Somebody stop me’ was the plea. Make these in a
mold, or shortbread fingers or use any holiday cut out you like.
Fleur de Sel Chocolate Shortbread
Nothing brings out the bittersweet lusciousness of a chocolate-butter
bouquet than fleur de sel. Here is a contender for 2006 Recipe of the
Shortbread Mix in a Jar
Vanilla kissed shortbread mixes up in a thrice. Pack it in a jar with
instructions and a shortbread mold. Hey, who’s your baker now?
Moravanian Butter Cookies
You know those Pringle-style tubes of Moravian sugar cookies? They come
in walnut, orange, chocolate, spice and plain butter? Wafer thin,
mouthwatering cookies? These are dem, those sweet, buttery taste of
ultra thin butter cookies. Stack them high!
Czech Butter and Jam Cookies
Another sort of shortbread you can’t resist. Crumbly, butter cookie bars
with a slick of jam. Bake them up by the panful.
Chanukah Recipe Collection
!!!Free!!! World’s Best Potato Latkes
10 Years online, over 5600 served. As a potato pancake goes, this one
still is climbing the charts. If you haven’t switched to the new way of
making these, what are you waiting for? Cue the Cola Brisket.
Chanukah’s Special Mock Cheese Danish
A rich, cream cheese scone dough makes mini cheese Danish that is
delicate, flaky but fuss free. You can add raisins and a touch of
cinnamon to these but the pastry and sweet cheese Danish filling is all
you really need.
Montreal Cheese Bagels
Just in time for Chanukah away from home. The unique Montreal specialty
is easy as 1,2,3.
Maccabee Brothers Layered Rugulah
A lazy baker triggers a brainstorm of an idea. An easy route to
incredible rugulah that spells success for eight nights. Instead of
rolling crescents, this ingenious, delicious recipe creates a rugulah
lasagna you bake up by the batch. Perfect for hosting a crowd but just
amazing in its own right. A new tradition is born.
Delicious Old-Fashioned Jelly Doughnuts
Big or small, hole doughnuts or soufganiot style, these are the main
event once the latkes are done.
More Festive Treats
White Chocolate Mousse Cake
Deck the halls and ring the bells, this cake is a triumph – a real
clip-and-save recipe you will enjoy for special occasions, holidays, or
when asked to ‘bring the dessert’. A creamy, rich white chocolate mousse
is anchored by layers of moist, golden, almond and vanilla scent layer
cake and finished with a white chocolate ganache glaze. Trim with a
white rose or store-bought marzipan flower and you’re good-to-go.
Cashmere Sticky Toffee Cheesecake
Chill out. Cashmere is in. what’s a hot trend in sweaters is an even
hotter trend in the kitchen. An amazing, unique sticky toffee brown
sugar crust, topped with a mellow vanilla batter, served with warm
lashings of special sticky toffee sauce.
Black Forest Biscotti
Deep chocolate, holiday biscotti with a ribbon of cherry preserves,
spiked with Cherry Herring or Kirsch, all coated in a special white
‘snow’ or set ‘whipped cream’ for the full Black Forest Cake effect…but
with a crunch.
Little Italy or La Motta Chocolate Cake
Perfect chocolate finale for the holidays or a New Year’s bash, my famed
La Motta, aka Little Italy’s Too Tall Chocolate Cake is now available.
Moist, dramatically high and chocolaty, this is scrumptious.
Nog Bundt Cake
A mellow, moist, spice cake that suits the season. You gotta have one
slicing cake on hand.
Zealand Gingernut Cookies
Hard, crunchy, powerful nuggets of ginger cookies that are totally
addictive. These are unbelievable –even if you think you hate ginger.
Adapted from a treasured recipe from our tester in New Zealand who warns
you dunk these or head for the dentist.
Golden Almond Stollen
European sweet bread, with a sweet almond core.
Fresh Apple Fritters with Vermont Maple Syrup
Touch of spice makes these golden, batter coated apples awesome. Serve
with warmed caramel sauce or pure maple syrup. Winter hospitality at its
Chevre Cheesecake with Sundried Tomatoes
Trend of the Year!!
Formidable, n’est pas? A
savory, sophisticated cheesecake to serve as an appetizer. All it needs
is hunks of sourdough bread and an assortment of olives. A
cheesecake statement. If you love this, you also
Californian Baked Brie in Filo with Cranberry Chutney
Add a touch of fresh, tangy cranberry sauce to this appetizer classic.
It just takes minutes to create a buttery bundle, filled with oozing,
warm Brie (or Camembert) cheese, with a scarlet dash of cranberries. You
could substitute Major Grey Chutney if you like or leave this classic:
Brie, filo, butter. Provide pear wedges or crusts of bread for dipping.
[rl:1939] Southern Style Sweet Potato Filo Bundles Perk up that holiday
meal with fussy sweet potatoes.