Secret Cookies

by Heather Harris Brady These cookies are a little kooky for me, but I guess sometimes I’m as susceptible to the charms of decorations as anyone else! And, if you can’t go all out during the holidays – when can you? These cookies are really all about fun, fun on the outside, fun on the…

Alsatian Cinnamon Rolls (Chinois)

by Heather Harris Brady I got a beautiful cookbook for Christmas, The Art of French Pastry, and I’ve read it from cover to cover. However, because we’ve all taken turns with colds since then it’s only now that I’ve actually gotten down to cooking from it. It’s a lovely book, very easy to understand with…

Mixed Berry Pie (with Frozen Berries)

by Heather Harris Brady Since Saturday was PI day (3.14.15) and I live in a house with a bunch of math geeks/pie lovers pie there was no choice, pie had to manifest. The fresh fruit this time of year is somewhat expensive and questionable, so I thought it would be a good time to talk…

Cinnamon Bread

by Heather Harris Brady This is a great bread for toast and should any of it hang around long enough to get dry it also makes incredible bread pudding. It slices nicely thick or thin. I like to rub the hot crust with butter to keep it soft and add extra flavor. My grandmother used…

Icelandic Almond Rolls

by Heather Harris Brady All my fellow bakers out there probably understand what I’m talking about when I say I rarely make anything just to please myself. After all one of the greatest joys of baking is that you do it for other people, surprising them with the things they love. But there I was,…

Quick Peach Turnovers

by Heather Harris Brady I thought this would be a good recipe for the upcoming holiday weekend. If you are making the Wild Mushrooms Florentine from my last post you’ll have a half sheet of pastry leftover to use in this recipe. A can of peaches and you can have fresh turnovers on the table…

Cinnamon Scones

by Heather Harris Brady Whenever anyone asked my grandpa what he would prefer to be called (Alt, Alton, etc.) he always said the same thing, “Call me anything but don’t call me late for dinner”. These little rolls remind me of that because I don’t know what to call them (biscuit, scone, whatever) but no…

Dulce de Leche Banana Cake

by Heather Harris Brady I made this cake for a very compelling reason: I had two servings of my favorite salted caramel double pecan ice cream left and couple of blackish-brown bananas hiding in the fruit bowl. They all played very well together, but this cake is moist, delicious and you can whip it up…

Sweets for Your Sweet

by Heather Harris Brady If you like to bake like I do then you probably also love to spend time thinking about what to bake for your sweetie! I thought we’d have some fun today brainstorming Valentine’s baking. For the you’ve-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter: Marbled Peanut Butter Pie For the gourmet: Macarons For the hipster: Irish Hostess Cupcakes…

Easy Almond Coffeecake

by Heather Harris Brady You can throw this coffeecake together in about 10 minutes of hands-on time. It’s great for brunch or afternoon tea. I think it would be really yummy to knead some crumbled marzipan into the dough, to pump up the almond flavor, but I used all of mine at Christmas! This reminds…

Apple Crumb Buns

by Heather Harris Brady It’s a tossup around our house as to whether apples and cinnamon or chocolate make the best desserts. I imagine the answer depends on the day. More often than not though, it’s apples and cinnamon. Despite their buxom appearance, these rolls are light and tender, filled with just-cooked apples and of…

Fruitcake

by Heather Harris Brady In hopes of making fruitcake more than a punchline, I thought I would post this recipe. After all, it’s a baker’s problem not fruitcake’s problem. And the problem, specifically (in my opinion) is the typical candied fruit. Years from now archaeologists will probably dig up these bits of fruit thinking we…