New Coffee Cake

Cake ½ cup/113 grams unsalted butter at room temperature 1 ¼ cups/260 grams sugar 2 large eggs 1 ½ cups flour/188 grams 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¼ cups/300 grams sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla Streusel ½ cup packed dark brown sugar ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted ¾ […]

Panna Cotti

Makes 5 16 oz cream 50 g sugar 2.5 sheets of gelatin 1.75 oz 55% Valrhona Equatoriale chocolate 1.75 oz 70% Valrhona Guanaja chocolate Directions Bring sugar and heavy cream to simmer Meanwhile bloom the gelatin using ice water Melt chocolate into heavy cream mixture, remove from heat and stir in gelatin Pass entire mixture […]

Pie Dough

112g flour 7.5g sugar 2g salt 1 stick butter 1/4 cup water (cold from tap) Directions Whisk dry ingredients.  Add butter. Mush with fingers.  Add water.  Roll out dough; ideally it’s ~65 degrees. Roll, fold in 1/4ths.  In fridge for 2 hours.  Back 350 for 60 minutes. 

Apple Crisp

First Bowl 100 grams sugar + additional for sprinkling on fruit 34 grams flour Lemon juice Second Bowl 1 stick melted butter 150 grams of flour 100 grams sugar Directions Note: the actual recipe calls for less lemon and more butter (1.25 sticks). Via The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion


113 grams almonds roasted and chopped 1 tablespoon water 1/4 cup butter pinch of salt 110 grams white sugar 22 grams brown sugar 70 grams bittersweet chocolate vanilla extract (about a teaspoon) 1/8 teaspoon baking soda Directions Note: before you start, measure out the baking soda and vanilla, so that you can immediately put it […]


400 grams sugar 4 tablespoons butter pinch of salt 198 grams marshmallows 5 ounces of evaporated milk (it’s in a can; NOT condensed milk) Directions Heat this mixture to 234 degrees. Stir plenty. Flame should not be too hot or sugar will scorch. Keep stirring especially if you decide to increase the flame to get […]

Pistachio Cake

CAKE 1½ cups unsalted roasted pistachios 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ cup flour ½ cup ground almonds 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1½ cups sugar 4 large eggs Zest of ½ lemon ½ teaspoon almond extract GLAZE 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ cup powdered sugar Directions Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×4-inch loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. In a food processor, grind the pistachios to a fine crumb. Be careful not to […]

Shell’s Pasteis de Nata

via David Leite DOUGH:  2 cups minus 2 tablespoons flour, plus more for the work surface 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold water 2 sticks unsalted butter (8 oz), room temperature CUSTARD:  3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 1/4 cups milk, divided 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar 1 cinnamon stick 2/3 cup […]

Lemon Squares

beat 1 stick butter + 60 g powdered sugar add 128 g all-purpose flour, 72 g almond flour, and pinch salt  bake for 20 minutes at 350°F  4 large egg yolks (74 grams) 150 g sugar 94 g lemon juice (about 2 1/2 large lemons)  4 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened) (2 ounces = 57 grams) […]


3/4 cup milk (180 grams) 2 tablespoons lemon juice (30 grams) 1 cup flour (120 grams) 2 tablespoons sugar (32 grams) 1 tsp baking powder  1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt  1 egg  2 tablespoons butter Sprinkle of cinnamon  Directions Preparation: In a small bowl, stir together milk and vinegar. Allow to sit for […]


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Ben Ellman’s Guide to Sourcing Music

  The following is quoted verbatim for posterity, and easy linking. via publicradioNYC Here are a few suggestions: FreeMusicArchive – I have to admit, I was wary about FreeMusicArchive for really silly reasons. My opinion was colored by the countless evenings I spent in middle school searching the rough, honestly pretty crappy sound effects library websites […]


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How long can I freeze heavy cream?

According to OurEverydayLife, “Heavy cream is good for three to four months frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less.” Note: Once heavy cream has defrosted, you will not be able to make whipped cream from it because jagged crystals can develop during the freezing process that may pierce fat globules. If you intend to make […]