Archive for March, 2017

The Classic Poppy Seed Butter Cake

Back when I was learning how to bake, around 1970 or so, I was always on the look out for good recipes. Especially cakes and quick loaves. I wanted cakes that garnered praise and not a crumb left on any plate. One of the most elusive cakes was poppy seed cake, the kind you could buy a slice in a Jewish deli, have on a Jewish holiday, or have at someone’s grandmothers’ house for brunch.

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The Baker: Hominy Tortillas

Any serious cook or baker eventually tackles making homemade tortillas. I was lucky as one of the staff in my bakery was from Mexico and was happy to show me how to make them. But even she had problems when the dough wasn’t just right.

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Gold Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I used to make a gold layer cake like this for my father’s birthday. It may not be fancy, but it is the quintessential layer cake. Really really good.


1 1/4 cups (176g) all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups (150g) cake flour

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The Denver Omelet

When I was still in college, my boyfriend and I spent every Sunday with his grandparents, Granny and Grampy Weick, after Grampy retired from working on the Union Pacific Railroad line. Their Saratoga, California, home was a suburban corner lot.…

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The Easiest Cranberry Lemon Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns show up every Easter in bakeries and have a long tradition in the British Isles since raisin buns and muffins are popular for both home, bakery, and tea room items. They are a beloved breakfast and tea…

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