• Baking Recipes,  Bread-making,  Dearly Dreaming Dorie,  From the books,  Must-Makes from Martha,  Yeasted breads

    Cinnamon Swirl Breads in Two Ways

    It seems rather inappropriate to call this a face-off– two recipes, each from giants of cookery and baking- but for the purposes of pleasing my obsessive-compulsive tendency to categorize all my blog entries, I will label it as such. However this is more of a look back at my experiences in making both recipes, as well as my thoughts on the results, rather than anything else. There are no winner or loser recipes here, only bread. And lots of it. That both carry the descriptions “delicious” and “homey” do not even need to be mentioned. They both have their unique set of charms that make them worth a try. But…

  • Baking Recipes,  Doughnuts & Fried pastries,  My favourite things,  The Breakfast Bin,  Timeless Treats

    Un duelo de Churros

    I’ve tasted a fair number of churros that were crunchy on the outside but fairly hollow and oily on the inside. It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth, doesn’t it? Churros should be crunchy on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside. In the very rare occasions that I do get to eat churros, I like the giant ones filled with Bavarian cream. The traditional churros are normally dipped in hot chocolate though, and today I’ll be sharing two different churros recipes of this kind. I enjoy doing face-offs, and I fervently hope they are useful in helping you decide which recipe to make among the smorgasbord…

  • Baking Recipes,  Cupcakes & Muffins,  Lemon Obsession,  The Breakfast Bin,  Timeless Treats

    The Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin Face-Off

    I have made lemon poppy seed muffins twice before these. The first time, the muffins ended up like tiny and flat pale cakes. The second time, the muffins looked so perfectly gorgeous but were a bit tough, similar to the sentiments of other people who had made the recipe too. In both cases, the muffins weren’t lemony enough for my taste. And I do love anything lemony and tangy in general. The more I pucker up, the better. But why the obsession with making lemon poppy seed muffins? No particular reason. Although I do remember having this huge lemon poppy seed muffin before which was so very tangy and lemony, it…