Dresden Stollen

Holiday Stollen

Dresdener Stollen is less than a plane ride away as bakeries across the country start selling them for the holiday season. And of course you can make your own from our Marzipan Stollen recipe here. But if you do happen to find yourself Germany this month, December 3rd marks the annual festival of the Dresden Stollen, said to be the progenitor of all the varieties we find available today.



Grand Central’s Great Northern Food Hall Tempts Us

Great Northern Food Hall

The Great Northern Food Hall now open in Manhattan’s Grand Central Station is a tempting place where you’ll find cinnamon buns, poppy seed pastries layered with almond paste, crunchy, nutty breads and Smørbrød (open-faced Danish sandwiches).

Pastries Great Northern Food Hall

We are always on the lookout for new ways with almonds and could not have been happier when we found so many delicious (and nutty) things to eat.  Claus Meyer, Danish chef and co-founder of Noma Restaurant in Copenhagen, created this food emporium this spring.

Open Faced Sandwiches at Great Northern Food Hall

There are kiosks where you can purchase pastries, sandwiches, flatbreads like pizzas and coffee to eat in or take home.  For those who bake, Meyers opened a small grocery that sells the kind of imported flours used to make their rye and other breads.

Flour at Great Northern Food Hall



Gluten-Free Whoopie Pies

What can we say about Whoopie pies that hasn’t already been said? There is something irresistible about the combination of the fudgy cocoa cake and the sweet fluffy filling. It may not be an everyday food but surely an occasional treat. We wanted to make a gluten-free version because we know how well almond flour works in gluten-free baking. This recipe bakes into a nicely risen cake with some heft and not too much sweetness. (That’s what the marshmallow fluff filling is for.)

Gluten-Free Whoopie Pies

After some experimenting with a recipe we found on the blog, GlutenFreeBaking101, we made two discoveries: a small amount of cider vinegar definitely helps the texture of the muffin as does letting the batter sit a short time before portioning and baking. (Gluten-free baking expert, Beth Hillson, wrote us that “cider vinegar is a friend to gluten-free baking, especially if baking soda is present.”) These cakes are not the size of hubcaps but just the right size for a satisfying snack.

Here’s the recipe for Gluten-Free Whoopie Pies.

Flourless Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing and Marzipan Carrots (Gluten Free)

Flourless Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing and Marzipan Carrots (Gluten Free)

Spongecakes made with almond flour are centuries old and especially common in Mediterranean countries. In fact, the inspiration for this flourless carrot cake is a traditional Spanish almond torte. Instead of coarsely ground blanched almonds, we’re using American Almond® Natural Almond flour to give a speckled color and delicate aroma to the batter. With the grated carrots and cinnamon, this cake tastes familiar. But it is much less rich than a typical carrot cake because there is no oil in the batter. And because this cake is not too sweet, it makes the perfect foil for a thick layer of cream cheese frosting and marzipan carrots.

This cake is both tender and moist. Once this cake cools, we recommend that you transfer it to a cake round cut from cardboard. This will make the cake easier to fill and frost.  We thank Ksegal and Faith Kramer of http://www.clickblogappetit.com/ for the Passover substitutions listed at the end of this recipe.

Flourless Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Icing and Marzipan Carrots (Gluten Free)