Puff pastry is a delicious dough with a delightful name. Its French name, pâte feuilletée, is even more evocative. The word feuilles means “leaves,” which is what the baked dough resembles — a buttery tower of flaky pastry leaves.
By Beth Klosterboer
My family gathers together to celebrate someone’s birthday quite often — so often, in fact, that the parties were getting a bit mundane. To make these get-togethers a little more exciting, I began serving reveal cakes.
What’s a reveal cake, you ask? Well, when sliced, it exposes a surprise hiding inside, like the age or name of the birthday girl or boy. It’s really fun to have everyone gather around the dessert table eagerly awaiting the big reveal. The enthusiastic response to the cakes makes every party more fun.
Most people associate dessert with special occasions. But I’m a dessert-every-day kind of girl. And in my book, the best sweet treats are the ones that don’t require extra shopping. When you can whip up something special with ingredients that are already in your kitchen, the results taste even sweeter.
If fried rice is the savory king of leftovers, bread pudding is the dessert queen. The ends of a loaf never go quite as fast as the first few slices — enthusiasm for the stale bread waning as the days go on. I keep the last bits of a sad loaf of old bread in my freezer, right next to the overripe bananas, so that one day I might have just enough for a bread pudding.
A Bundt is the perfect cake to make when you want a beautiful showstopper without the fuss of frosting, layers or intricate decorations. It emerges from its namesake pan looking golden and gorgeous every time; a simple glaze makes the cake even more mouthwatering. But the key to a perfect Bundt is to make sure its interior is just as wonderful as the outside. With so little adornment, there are fewer ways to hide mistakes. Turns out, the secret to a light-textured, moist and flavorful cake is all in the mixing technique.
Well, to be specific, it’s all in the way you cream the butter and sugar. Sure, sweet butter, tangy buttermilk, fragrant orange zest and plenty of poppy seeds add deep flavor, but proper technique is the key to a fine, tender crumb.
Hey, if you’re going to go to the trouble of sifting, measuring, whisking, preheating, baking, layering, frosting and slicing (we’re exhausted just typing all of that) to get your cake fix, it better be worth it. So when it comes to picking just the right recipe, you better go for one that’s tried-and-true. The people have spoken, and these freshly baked beauties totally deserve their place on a pedestal. As of this moment, these cakes have a seriously stunning amount of shining reviews (and the numbers are only going up).
2,014 Reviews: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake
The numbers don’t lie. Thousands of fans agree that Ina Garten’s chocolatey dream of a cake (pictured above) is simply the best. It achieves a deeply decadent richness with a secret-weapon ingredient: a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter.
All cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.
Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)
Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.
One of the most-colorful symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I set out to make a cake that incorporated a little of both: the bright, bold colors of the rainbow as well as the mysterious gold at the end! This cake has a simple buttercream rainbow design complemented with gold sprinkles around the upper edge. But that is not where the fun ends — once you cut into the cake you will see three beautiful golden ombre layers!
Eating in season makes a lot of sense. Vegetables and fruits taste the best and are most nutritious and affordable when you enjoy them during the season in which they are grown and harvested. During winter and early spring, when it comes to savory preparations like dinner, the choices are clear: Root vegetables, onions and garlic are plentiful in the colder months. Stew, anyone? But while the air is cold and the days are short, what should we do about dessert?
Citrus is the delicious answer. In the winter months, when fresh berries and peaches are all but a distant memory, turn your attention to lemons, limes and oranges to make your desserts shine, as they do in this bright cheesecake tart.
It may sound funny, but yeasted dough takes my breath away. It always has. When I see it I want to touch it. I want smell it. About 30 years ago, I was watching a bakery segment on Sesame Street when a glimpse of hundreds of puffy round loaves rising on speed racks touched my heart. Even though I was just a kid, I can remember the moment clearly, along with the feelings of amazement and intrigue that washed over me. At that instant, I heard my calling. I saw that dough and I knew that we were meant to be together.
Bran muffin = healthy, right? But what makes a muffin a bran muffin? The bran, of course. But what exactly is bran — and why is it so good for you? Read more