April 8th, 2014 · Recipes
Around Easter, hot cross buns are piled high at bakeries and grocery stores, a seasonal staple recognizable by their criss cross of icing. Like so many holiday breads, the best ones are plump with dried fruit and warm baking spices. This recipe for hot cross buns with marzipan and lemon icing is bursting with fruit and with marzipan that gets folded into the dough after kneading. And the generous quantities of spices give them an addicting aroma.
Hot Cross Buns with Marzipan
March 31st, 2014 · Recipes
If you want an apple cake that is brimming with apples, this one is for you. We’ve taken an almond cake batter, filled it with sliced tart apples and topped it with a rich crumb topping to make this apple almond crumb cake. When baked, the cake has a crunchy top and almost pudding like rich interior. Serve it with a spoonful of sour cream or a dab of salted caramel sauce for added indulgence.
Apple Almond Crumb Cake
There is a video making the rounds on the Internet this week of a Dutch chef peeling apples using his cordless electric drill. We confess this was inspiration to post a yummy apple recipe. And although we have not yet tried the novel technique, it has gotten us thinking.
Macaron Day is TODAY in New York. At participating bakeries in Manhattan, you can get a free macaron to satisfy your sweet tooth. A portion of the purchase price for any macaron that you buy is donated to the anti hunger charity City Harvest.
Read more about Macaron Day here.
And if you cannot make it to NYC today, use our Macaronathan Map to plan your own petite pastry excursion.
February 19th, 2014 · Events
What looks like snow blanketing California’s Central Valley are almond blossoms. Yes, it is the time of the year when those 800,000 + acres of almond orchards burst into bloom. White blossoms cover the trees inviting bees to pollinate the blossoms to ensure a good crop. The bloom takes place from now through early March.
If you cannot get to see the orchards first hand, visit the Van Gogh Museum’s web site. Painter Vincent van Gogh adored almond trees in bloom and painted them memorably.