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”

Delicious Bite-Size German Christmas Stollen

Joe and I and our daughters have been enjoying a couple of Christmas traditions for over forty years.  The first tradition is that on the weekend following Thanksgiving we put up our Christmas tree and start to decorate our house inside and out, and the second tradition is that a week or so later I make German Christmas stollen.   Continue reading “Delicious Bite-Size German Christmas Stollen”