Making peace with smaller pans

I love to make quick breads like banana bread. They are an easy way to use up leftover ingredients and require minimal effort. The main downsides I’ve run into are the long baking times (often an hour or more) and the disagreements about the appropriate add ins. Nuts or no nuts? Chocolate chips? Berries? NoContinue reading “Making peace with smaller pans”

Richer pancakes

I recall in vivid detail my mother’s pancakes from childhood. My mother was extremely caring and made a great deal of effort in an attempt to enrich my childhood, but she was not particularly good at making pancakes. I craved the kind of light, fluffy pancakes I knew existed from my travels to IHOP andContinue reading “Richer pancakes”

In Search of the Ultimate Birthday Cake

There’s no birthday cake more classic than the golden cake with chocolate frosting. Everyone seems to like it, yet finding a good reliable recipe has been a challenge. I have had consistently good luck with King Arthur Flour’s Golden Vanilla Cake, topped with a chocolate ganache (either whipped or not), but I noticed a newContinue reading “In Search of the Ultimate Birthday Cake”