Thumbnail image for Ice Cream Cake

Ice Cream Cake

June 14, 2013

For those who have been visiting me for a while on ZoeBakes, you may remember my first Ice Cream Cake post; a dedication to my two brothers. Well, almost 4 years later and I’m still making them ice cream cakes for their birthdays, some traditions are just worth repeating. This cake was done in exactly […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Citrus Angel Food Cake with Peaches

Citrus Angel Food Cake with Peaches

June 11, 2013

I have a child who doesn’t have a sweet tooth. He’s clearly missing one of my genes. He can walk past cookies, cakes, pastries, ice cream, even chocolate, especially chocolate. I don’t pretend to understand, but I try, and just hope he’ll grow out of it. The only type of desserts he will eat, without […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Onion Tarts

Onion Tarts

June 7, 2013

On FB a fellow food blogger commented that by 5pm she’s so exhausted by her day in the kitchen that she can barely come up with a single thing for dinner. Oh, the irony. Truth be told, at my house there are typically 3 (or more) desserts on the counter, along with several loaves of […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Rhubarb Pie – The Joy of Watching my Son Bake

Rhubarb Pie – The Joy of Watching my Son Bake

June 4, 2013

Today my oldest son graduated from 8th Grade. It struck me yesterday as no biggie, just another last day of school. Today, I find myself thinking about him in a new way. He’s not a small child anymore. This was made clear when I saw him accepting his 8th grade diploma and he was taller […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Homemade Fresh Strawberry Jello for Mother’s Day

Homemade Fresh Strawberry Jello for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2013

Jell-O always seemed a bit like magic to me. Add water to the brightly colored, sugary powder and in no time it’s solid and giggles like a good belly laugh. The problem is, the stuff in the box tastes like congealed, watered-down kool-aid. There is no actual fruit involved, just artificial color and flavor. Luckily […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Cherry Chocolate Cake

Cherry Chocolate Cake

May 1, 2013

This is a very tossed-together Black Forest Cake, or, as I like to say, when I am too lazy to bring out the piping bag and tips, it’s RUSTIC. All of the components of the classic German torte without the fuss. Layers of dark chocolate cake, fresh whipped cream and sweet cherries spiked with Kirschwasser […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen

April 22, 2013

Before I moved to Minnesota, my husband and I lived in Burlington, VT, which we considered a suburb of Montreal. When our small college town felt as if it would pop at the seams, we’d jump in the car and drive to Canada. We’d make the rounds of foods we couldn’t find in Vermont, like […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Pineapple Quesito (Puerto Rican Breakfast Pastry)

Pineapple Quesito (Puerto Rican Breakfast Pastry)

April 16, 2013

This is a Quesito (Ke-see-toe) and it is delicious. Seriously, it is so perfect in its simplicity; flaky puff pastry wrapped around sweetened cream cheese and buttery pineapple. And it’s beautiful, in a shabby chic kind of way, nothing fussy, just rustic goodness with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. The best thing is that […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lemon-Lavender Meringue Tarts  (The difference between French, Swiss and Italian Meringues)

Lemon-Lavender Meringue Tarts (The difference between French, Swiss and Italian Meringues)

April 10, 2013

These may seem a little upside down, we usually think of the meringue piled high above the lemon filling, not the other way around. This is a simpler twist on the classic, but all the same tangy-sweet allure. The best part is there is no crust to deal with, which makes them lighter and faster to make. […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Honey Madeleines

Honey Madeleines

March 27, 2013

Nearly twenty two years ago I got married, and as a gift I was given a copy of Patricia Wells’ book about the cuisine of Joël Robuchon. It was a heady book for a 23-year-old with Vermont commune roots. The book, and its recipes, stepped me directly into the intimidating world of French food. Patricia Wells […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for 7 Layer Cake for Passover (Matzo Sponge Cake with Poppyseed Buttercream)

7 Layer Cake for Passover (Matzo Sponge Cake with Poppyseed Buttercream)

March 21, 2013

Next week is the beginning of Passover. I love this holiday for the ritual, the gathering of wonderful people and the challenge to come up with new desserts worthy of the day. This cake was inspired by a conversation I had with Deb Perelman about Dobos Tortes, which is a cake made up of many […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Thin Mint Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Thin Mint Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

March 12, 2013

‘Tis the season of Girl Scout cookies and there is none more famous and beloved than the thin mint, at least in my house. I love Girl Scout cookies, both for the memories of being a scout and for what they represent; empowering kids is always a good thing. Sadly, the days of my 13-year-old metabolism are […]

Print Friendly
Read the full article →