Morning Glory

One can rationalize from here until next Sunday brunch, but there is no denying that coffee cake is a not-so-sly excuse to have one’s dessert and breakfast too.

Sweet Tart

In this coffee cake, cranberries get to shine, their tart bite balanced by the crunchy streusel atop an almond-scented, moist butter cake.

Three Cubed: Don’t Try This at Home

I’m going to stop here, unwilling to further ponder the waste of butter, flour, sour cream, electricity and the dwindling minutes of my youth required to finish this project.

Turkish Delight

I made every attempt to eat my weight in pastries on a recent trip to Istanbul. Sadly, I did not get to try everything. But I left with a new, minor obsession for a tiny breakfast bread served at my hotel—three bites of soft dough rolled with a sweet tahini filling and covered with finely…

Riding the Storm Out

A weekend in D.C. for my birthday was in the plans; a hurricane was not. With event after event cancelled, including Kate’s planned entry in the D.C. State Fair pie contest, and threatened by the potential wrath of Irene, there were only two things to do: put the gumbo pot on and mix up the…

Roll with the Changes

My family makes cinnamon rolls like others make sandwiches. A couple dozen are the go-to breakfast treat for family gatherings, a standard request at church bake sales and a traditional offering for friends with a new baby or home.  We use no set recipe. I prefer a milk- or sour cream-based dough, which comes out buttery…

Cheesecake Under the Tree

Here’s an appetizer (or brunch alternative) that will confound and then delight your guests—a Savory Cheesecake made with asiago and cream cheese. Diners always seem to have a hard time wrapping their heads around the combination of cheesecake and savory.  Be prepared for the inevitable exclamations: “Oh. . . . it’s not sweet!” followed by “Wow, that’s fantastic….