New Year’s Tea Part III: Ginger Cake with Lemon Glaze

New Year’s Tea Part III: Ginger Cake with Lemon Glaze

This ginger cake is one of my go to recipes because it’s very easy and extremely delicious. It’s exactly what I think of when I think of ‘gingerbread’ which always seemed like such a warm, comforting food when I read about it in children’s books. Actually, I can’t remember what book gave me that idea, but it stuck with me: gingerbread should be moist, spiced and extremely gingery, ideally eaten by a roaring fire in the dead of winter with some heavy yellow cream recently come from the local cow.

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New Year’s Tea Part I: Champagne Jelly with Fresh Raspberries

New Year’s Tea Part I: Champagne Jelly with Fresh Raspberries

I’m not really sure whether Champagne Jelly is a dessert or a drink, but it is the perfect thing to serve at New Year’s Day Tea: a bit of a light dessert, a bit of hair of the dog. It’s also incredibly easy and beautiful, which makes it especially good for any type of party. Use rosé champagne/prosecco for color: you will not regret it.

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Hanukkah Part II: Sufganiyot (Filled Doughnuts) with Passionfruit Curd and Mixed Berry Jam

Hanukkah Part II: Sufganiyot (Filled Doughnuts) with Passionfruit Curd and Mixed Berry Jam

Sufganiyot are a traditional Hanukkah food because they are fried in oil which makes us remember that that oil in the temple lasted for 8 days. And because they are delicious. Typically, they are filled with some sort of red jelly, but I decided to go wild and try something very different (and more in keeping with my non-traditional Jewishness).
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Black Sesame Marmalade Financiers

Black Sesame Marmalade Financiers

I had been wanting to make some special financiers ever since I received this fantastic silicone mold as a gift and I had had this recipe from The Bojon Gourmet saved for a while, so I just decided to make these black sesame marmalade financiers on a whim. They are definitely a bit of an unusual flavor, but they are sharp and satisfying, exactly what you want with a spot of tea.

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Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies with Mini Marshmallows

Hot chocolate is one of the best things in the world and especially when it’s dark, thick hot chocolate that’s basically like drinking chocolate ganache. After you’ve had that, ‘Swiss Miss’ will never really do the trick. One of the first places I ever had super thick, chocolate-y hot chocolate was at Mariebelle in SoHo, when I was little, maybe 7 or 8. It changed my whole hot chocolate experience. These cookies are basically about transforming that deliciousness into cookie form!

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No Churn Cannoli Ice Cream {Gluten Free}

No Churn Cannoli Ice Cream {Gluten Free}

I was inspired to make cannoli ice cream after spotting a recipe for ricotta no-churn ice cream that looked both extremely delicious and easy. Now, ricotta seemed like a nice enough flavor on its own, but once I thought about cannoli cream, I couldn’t get it out of my head. Not that I need an excuse to add mini chocolate chips to everything.

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Fresh Blueberry Cream Tartlets

Fresh Blueberry Cream Tartlets

These tarts are very nostalgic for me. I made them to remind me of the Blueberry Cream Pie we would sometimes pick up at Brieremere farms in Riverhead when I was a kid. It was extra special because they would only sell it at the height of blueberry season, so we could only get it if we were there at exactly the right time (because I am out of touch with the earth, I checked Google and apparently it’s blueberry season in New York RIGHT NOW so this is very appropriate). The pairing of fresh blueberries with cream cheese whipped cream, instead of the more traditional pastry cream, feels much more laid back and summery.

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Golden Peach Crumble, or How To Turn Lackluster Peaches into Pure Deliciousness

Golden Peach Crumble, or How To Turn Lackluster Peaches into Pure Deliciousness

This story starts in a very optimistic place: I went to a fancy grocery store, bought some fancy, organic, hand-picked peaches and got all excited about the absolutely delicious peaches I would be eating once they got just a little bit riper. Unfortunately, the next two days (in my warm apartment, in the sun) resulted in peaches that were softer, but also bland, tasteless and just that little bit mealy. Things were looking bleak.

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