Hot Cross Buns With An English Accent

Hot cross buns are a traditional treat for Easter weekend that originated in England.  When I was researching them I found lots of interesting history and superstitions.  For instance, hot cross buns were said to last a year without spoiling if they were baked on Good Friday; they were thought to cure illness and protect from evil spirits; Continue reading “Hot Cross Buns With An English Accent”

Chocolate Malt Cake With Vanilla Malt Frosting

I was trying to choose what kind of layer cake to make for Easter this year, so I went back through my previous posts and considered  making a carrot cake, then I thought about a white cake, or maybe a coconut cake.  Still undecided, I ran across a recipe for a chocolate malt cake with vanilla malt frosting in  “All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes & Slab Pies” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, their new cookbook just released at the end of 2017.   I immediately decided that malt would be the flavor of our Easter cake this year! Continue reading “Chocolate Malt Cake With Vanilla Malt Frosting”

American-Style Irish Soda Bread For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday this year so I suspect that there’ll be more than the usual green apparel, green rivers, green beer, and shenanigans all over the country, but Joe and I will follow our long-standing tradition of celebrating at home with family and friends and enjoying our own version of corned beef and cabbage.  Last year I made 4-leaf clover rolls, but usually I make a traditional “everyday” kind of Irish soda bread to go with our dinner, so this year I decided to change it up and make an American-style soda bread.  Continue reading “American-Style Irish Soda Bread For St. Patrick’s Day”

A Pi Day Escape with Piña Colada Pie

You may be familiar with Pi Day which is celebrated on March 14th every year because, as you learned in high school math, π is 3.14   For Pi Day 2017 I did a post about a silky smooth chocolate pie and a previous post featured a crazy good citrusy beach pie, so either of those would be a good choice anytime you’re in the mood for an easy homemade pie.  But when I was trying to decide on a pie recipe to make this year, I happened to hear the catchy 1979  hit “Escape (the Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes Continue reading “A Pi Day Escape with Piña Colada Pie”