• American,  Dessert

    Classic Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce

    If summer is about berry and peach sangrias, then autumn is about pie and enjoying hot chai on the couch.  The warm days of summer were fleeting at best– (damn you San Francisco), but has brought a bounty of delicious fruits and vegetables. It’ll be another 9 months until I see get to eat another melon or nectarine. This always gets me feelin’ some type of way. Grilled corn and barbecues, you were great, but I am ready to bid the season adieu with a good ‘ol apple pie.  Every September I turn into a pie-making machine. I think I have a solid enough foundation this year to start expanding my pie-rizons, yeah? Before I get…

  • American,  Dessert

    Choosing the Best Apples for Pie-Baking

    I’ve only ever known three apples in my childhood: the Red Delicious in the school cafeteria, the Fuji as my parents’ chosen sweet snacking apple, and the Granny Smith for baking due to its overwhelming tartness. Throughout the years, Gala and Honeycrisp grew in popularity, and became available in most mainstream grocery stores. Now that I’ve moved to Berekey, I have 15-20 different varieties of apples to choose from at my local grocery store; Gingergold, Jonagold, Braeburn, Gravenstein, Newton/Cox Pippin, Russet and Famaeus just make my baker heart leap in excitement.  What makes a good pie?  First let’s discuss what we’re really looking for. In my years of baking, I have made numerous bad pies…

  • American,  Dessert,  Uncategorized

    Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake

    My only experience with pound cake as a kid was from the boxed Sara Lee stuff. My grandma would secretly buy a loaf from the Chinese supermarket and sneak some to me before dinner. Boy were they a treat! Thinking back, those rectangular prism cakes were actually kind of creepy. How did they manage to get it to a perfectly brown rectangle? It doesn’t have a single crack at the top! Life is full of mysteries.  This is easily my go-to cake to bring to work or picnics, and makes a great “just because” cake. It’s delicious, easily transportable, and the perfect sharing size! I seriously can’t think of one reason to dislike this.