Mountain Snow Puffs

This recipe for mountain snow puffs starts off with a choux base – meaning a cream puff. Next comes a filling of pineapple and coconut. The structure of the recipe is similar to our modern format, but the method reads a bit like your grandma is telling you over the phone what to do. Mountain … Continue reading

Cheese Rolls

This recipe for cheese rolls sounds yummy and has a lovely technique for attractive rolls at the end. But first, let’s talk yeast. We have learned previously that yeast was a byproduct of beer making, and has been around for hundreds of years. Prior to the use of yeast, most bread was either a sourdough … Continue reading

Stollen

Let’s put this one in the “holiday food” category, because stollen is made similarly to fruitcake and has some similar ingredients. However, that’s about all the similarities between stollen and fruitcake unless you consider “traditional” and “long history” to be similarities. Stollen is a yeast risen cake, and if you have watched even one season … Continue reading

Graham Muffins

Not to be confused with Graham Crackers, this recipe is for Graham Muffins. You might think it would involve crushing Graham Crackers, but in fact there is something called Graham Flour. I learned something new today! Graham flour was named for Reverend Sylvester Graham in the 19th century. He was an advocate for healthy eating … Continue reading

Beer Bread

I can remember beer bread becoming popular in my youth, probably part of that whole artisanal bread resurgence. In my reading about sour dough bread I learned that brewers and bakers were interrelated due to the yeast byproducts in brewing that could be used in baking. Interesting stuff, plus a reminder that cooking really is … Continue reading

Ritz Crackers Bar

I have heard tales about Ritz crackers becoming other things – apple pies and candy and cookies, among them, but I never actively tried to make any of them. It sounds so counter intuitive: a salty cracker tasting like an apple pie, for instance. Should you be interested in trying one of these legendary treats, … Continue reading