L’Shana Tova! Happy Jewish New Year! Friday night is the start of Rosh Hashanah and what better way to celebrate than with some fresh challah! Round challahs are used to celebrate the Jewish New Year. The round bread represents the cyclical nature of the calendar year. Along with round challah, apples and honey are a staple of the holiday. The two represent a sweet new year to come. While there are no apples in this challah, there is a lot of honey. Often the round challahs are made with raisins to represent the “sweetness.” This challah recipe has been my mom’s go-to challah recipe since I can remember. Growing up I remember helping her braid the dough and putting the egg wash on right before it went in the oven. With the addition of the raisins, the bread is super sweet. It has a doughy, but light texture. It is great for the holiday and even better as french toast the next morning. Check out the recipe below and have a great new year! L’Shana …
Babka is always a good idea, especially when it is filled with cinnamon and apples. Whenever I make babka, I am always thinking of the different flavor combinations. S’mores, chocolate peanut butter, or even something savory. That’s when I got the idea for apple cinnamon babka. Rosh Hashanah seemed like the perfect occasion to try out this idea. Apples are always severed for the holiday with honey for a sweet new year. While this babka doesn’t have any honey, it is certainly VERY sweet. I made the cinnamon apple babka using my classic babka recipe. The dough is a standard yeasted dough and pretty simple to make. The hardest part is being patient while it is rising for a few hours. Let’s talk about the apples. I chose to use Granny Smith because they have a good balance of sweet and tart. They also bake very well and hold up great in desserts. In order to make sure the apple flavor was spread throughout the babka, I chopped them into very fine pieces and spread …
Let’s talk about fig season! One of the only silver linings of the weather cooling down is fig season! When I saw those fresh containers of figs lining the shelves of Whole Foods I was instantly excited. I was a little disappointed that it meant summer was winding down, but all the possibilities of different recipes with figs brought my mood back up! Figs are great because they are SO versatile. They can be sweet, savory, eaten raw, or cooked. You pretty much can’t go wrong with figs. The only downside to fresh figs is that they have a pretty short shelf life. Because of this, you’ve got to use them fast! Since I did not expect to see them in the store, they were definitely an impulse buy. I didn’t really think it through as to what I would put them in. All I knew is that I wanted to bake them into something. With some quick thinking and a quick scroll on Instagram for some inspiration, an idea was quickly reached. I decided …
First things first, nothing is wrong with classic babka, especially chocolate babka. However, every time I am eating chocolate babka I am brainstorming other possible flavor combinations. Finally this summer, I went ahead with the s’mores babka that has been brewing in my mind. I normally stick to the classics when making babka. Since it is a little bit of a process it always seems easier to keep it simple. Chocolate and cinnamon are also pretty crowd-pleasing, so they seem to be the go-to flavor.
It’s peak summer, which means popsicle season is in full swing. I’m not normally one to make homemade popsicles, specifically mango and raspberry swirl popsicles, but seeing them all over Instagram provided a bit of inspiration. They seemed pretty accessible and easy to make once a mold was in hand. How hard could it be to blend some fruit together and make a nice and refreshing frozen treat?
Cherries easily win the prize for being the best summer fruit. They are pretty great on their own and even better in summertime dessert. While the go-to for most stone fruit desserts is a cobbler or pie, I decided to switch it up a bit and add them into blondies.
It doesn’t get more classic than strawberry shortcake. Fresh strawberries, layered biscuits, and homemade whipped cream. Are you drooling yet?! Growing up strawberry shortcake was one of my brother’s favorite desserts. However, the version I remember at family celebrations or birthday parties included more of a sponge cake or angel food cake rather than a flakey biscuit.
You pretty much can’t go wrong with stone fruit in the summer. The only thing better than a simple piece of stone fruit in the summer? Stone fruit in a dessert, specifically this peach and thyme galette. I know what you’re thinking, thyme in a dessert? Hear me out on this one. Peaches and thyme are a great combination. The thyme brings out the sweetness of the peaches but also gives the entire galette a subtle flavor.
Homemade marshmallows are a game-changer. Once you make a batch for yourself, you will never want to go back to store-bought again. These homemade treats are super simple to make and require very little ingredients. The main factor when making them: a whole lot of patience.
‘Tis the season for ice cream! Ice cream sandwiches that is!! Remind me again why we don’t eat ice cream sandwiches all year long? They are such a simple and delicious dessert. I could easily eat three of them in one sitting.