I took mini chocolate croissants out of the oven, let them cool briefly, and then dashed out the door with them to go pick up my kids at school. The smell of warm bittersweet chocolate was killing me as the aroma concentrated inside my car. I imagined how excited my kids would be when they were greeted by this bakery scent. Then I patted myself on the back and said to myself, “You rock.” I couldn’t think of anything more awesome than greeting them with pastries just out of oven.
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My seven-year-old daughter keeps asking me to tell her stories about my childhood. The story that intrigues her the most is the one about holiday baking with my grandma. Every December my sister and I would spend a day with our grandma and bake cookies all day. The highlight was making spritz butter cookies.
I just had to have the rugelach recipe. So I bugged my friend, and she called her grandma right on the spot. With baby in one hand, my friend wrote down the recipe with the other. What we got was a list of ingredients and cursory directions, basically a vague outline of what to do. Hum, I thought, how was I going to make that?
I have always wanted to have a great apple cake recipe to make for the Rosh Hashanah holiday and to bake during the Fall when apples are in peak season. For years I’ve tried different recipes, and they’re all pretty good, but not really great. Well, this year I finally hit the apple cake jackpot.
My kids and I fell in love with Michela’s “biscotti con gocce di cioccolato”– little round cookies with a crumbly texture speckled with bittersweet mini chocolate chips. These biscotti were not the hard, long cookies found at American coffee houses. This cookie recipe comes from Michela’s grandmother, and Michela was generous enough to give the recipe to me. She quickly scribbled a few simple ingredients in Italian on to the back of her business card.
These adorable chocolate lollipop centerpieces are quick and easy to make with the kids. The lollipops make such cute centerpieces for spring holidays like Passover and Easter.
I remember making homemade molded chocolate with my grandma Shirley when I was a kid. Making candy was always a fun project. As an adult, I inherited my grandma’s candy making molds and stored them for a long time. Recently, I came across the molds, and it’s been such a joy to share them with my kids. My grandma would have been thrilled to watch my little darlings make chocolate with her molds. I get a little “verklempt” (emotional) thinking about the tradition continuing.
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