Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Cookies

It's mid-December and the past few months have flown by.  I've made these Ginger Molasses Cookies about 20 times already before finally succumbing to the holiday spirit to make these Holiday Cookies.

Holiday cookies were never my favorite. They seemed dull and tasteless, sometimes totally terrible.  But with my trusty ATK baking book in hand, these cookies were a hit!  I usually take recipes and rework them, but this was the one time when I didn't dare.  

We also ran out of red food the cookies are blue and green. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rustic Apple Tart

On the way to hiking in New Hampshire, we spotted an apple orchard.  And after a few hours of hiking in the chilly mountain air, it was the perfect place to stop.  All hunger pains can be cured with mulled apple cider and cider doughnuts. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Blueberry Peach Hand Pies

As summer winds down and school starts again, final celebrations of summer freedom are in full swing. A perfect summer treat for a picnic or gathering is a hand pie: minimal mess but a lot of summer fruit and flavor!

The layers of pastry are light and crisp, with peaches that are sweet with just the right amount of tart. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lemon Layer Cake

Lesson #1: Don't try to finish a whole 2 layer cake with just 3 people. 

It is ambitious. 

Here is a delicious lemon cake that can induce multiple sugar comas, so bake away!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Recently, baking tends to come in spurts.  I bake in between work, after shelf exams, or before a marathon study period. If I'm running short on time, but have the urge to bake, I choose something simple and fast -usually one I've made before. 

But for special occasions? Although they are my favorite, plain old chocolate chip cookies don't always cut it. 

So I give you these Black Bottom Cupcakes.  They are both quick and easy, but also a step up from the basic cookie.  

Monday, May 6, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

There's been a bit of an absence, but life has a certain way of getting a little crazy. But I would like to dedicate this to my beloved city.

I've spent the past six years of my life in Boston. I've grown from a wide-eyed teenager to a seasoned Bostonian.  From roaming the miles of Commonwealth Avenue, to getting lost in Beacon Hill, to learning to become a physician in the heart of the South End, my friends and I owe a lot to this city. I am continually thankful to the spectators, runners, first responders, and medical personnel for their strength and bravery. 

Boston Strong. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

New York Style Crumb Cake

I have now officially made this twice in 2 weeks.  Both times, on awards ceremony nights. It might just be the official cake of awards nights!

I was deciding between making a chocolate chip cookie pie or this crumb cake again, and honestly, the crumb cake was just too good the first time. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Just kidding. There's no pie. 

This is really just a giant cookie baked in a pie dish. Like the cookie cakes at Wegmans we get every year for birthdays.  

We were craving something sweet and delicious, but limited on time (as always) and ingredients.  

The solution?  A giant 9.5 inch cookie!

Monday, March 4, 2013

PB&J Bars

Peanut butter and jelly might be one of the best combinations in the world.  

That is...unless if you're deathly allergic to nuts. Then...not so much. 

PB&J in bar form? Genius.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Baking is therapeutic.  The measuring, pouring, mixing, rising, and kneading all calm my brain's chaos and helps make sense of the craziness.  Almost every weekend, I feel the need to turn on the oven and bake some cookies or bars to relieve the stress of that week.  

Punching down dough can relieve the day's frustration. 

Scraping out batter remnants from the bowl gives me so much satisfaction. 

Plus, having a delicious and tangible final product makes you feel oh-so-much-better.  

These chocolate chip muffins are simple and classic.  They're perfect as a quick breakfast item to bring to a friend's, class, or work. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Congo Bars


Travel ban? Not that I really want to be outside during a snow storm, but now that I'm not allowed to... 

No worries. It's time to teach my Californian friends how to make snow men!! If you're stuck inside this weekend, bake away!

It's getting to be a rare occasion that Em&M are reunited... the hazards of growing up! But guaranteed we bake something when we are!

These Congo Bars were just one of a few baking projects we attempted over Christmas break.  They are deliciously soft and have the perfect amount of coconut and chocolate!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Classic Brownies

Brownie time!

Normally, I'm no stranger to brownies from a box. Actually, I usually prefer them from a box. They're super fast and easy and most perfectly fudgy. But it was a special occasion, so brownies from scratch!

These were deliciously fudgy, but it you like brownies more cake-like, bake or mix them for a tad longer.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Birthday Cakes: Marble Layer Cake and Coffee Buttercream Frosting

Birthdayyyyy cakeeee. 

Over the past couple of years, I've made cakes or birthday desserts for my friends. I love baking process and then celebrating with everybody... but I seriously dislike the frosting and decorating portion. 

le sigh. I'll never get it.

The latest in the birthday cake extravaganza? Marble cake with coffee frosting! 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Pumpkin Bread Re-Do

The last time I made pumpkin bread, I was less than impressed. Maybe the recipe wasn't the best, maybe my oven was on strike... whatever it was, I was disappointed.

But my love of pumpkin has been restarted, beginning with pumpkin ice cream and those pumpkin whoopie pies. Plus, I was inspired by my friend who legit buys whole pumpkins to make pumpkin bread. I, forever the lazy person, just got a can of pumpkin from the store. 

This bread is much better than the last and makes 2 loaves! It's the perfect pumpkin flavor and texture.

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