Miso Nuts

Miso Nuts

A craving and some detective work lead to this recipe. Sweet, salty, bright with citrus and ginger, but with depth from miso and sesame oil. A moreish snack that feels healthy enough.

Mom’s sugar cookies

Mom’s sugar cookies

Easy to work with dough that yields crisp, crunchy cookies. This is my mom’s adaptation of McCall’s cook book’s “Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies”. They’re the Christmas cookies I grew up with.

Stained Glass Cookies

Stained Glass Cookies

This is a fun cookie decoration technique and makes you look pretty pro you can select candy flavours to complement the cookie or do this with a neutral flavoured dough.

Egg Yolk Paint

Egg Yolk Paint

This has become my top cookie decoration technique, it’s fun, the results are beautiful, it doesn’t add sugar to the cookies, the cookies stay crispy, and it’s done once the cookies are out of the oven.

Rose Water Glaze

Rose Water Glaze

Another variation on America’s Test Kitchen’s all purpose glaze, I like their use of cream cheese, it helps mellow the sugar. This variation is just right to go on a flavoured cookie without overpowering it. If the cookie is more of a neutral flavour, there’s room to intensify the glaze with more rosewater.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a great shortcut to pudding deserts, yogurt of any type with live cultures gives you a bonus point for health factor, but in the end, this is just tasty.

Curried Roasted Carrot Dip

Curried Roasted Carrot Dip

Roasting carrots before making the classic dip from Veganomicon. Two kinds of garlic – sweetly roasted, and spicy raw, light, good as a dip for veggies, a spread on crackers or sandwiches.

Peeps!

Peeps!

Peeps! To make this a more accessible activity for a 3 year old – I found this cookie cutter method for making peeps. I prepare the sheets of marshmallow the night before and she and I cut out shapes in the morning.

Banana Trail Mix Muffins

Banana Trail Mix Muffins

This is basically the America’s Test Kitchen recipe for banana bread muffiins with no added sugar, I added chocolate drizzle on top cos Mary Berry broke me for Banana bread without chocolate and it didn’t seem right to put a crunchy sugar topping on muffins that have no added sugar. I also split up the work over two cooking sessions.

Bunten Stuten (Raisin Bread)

Bunten Stuten (Raisin Bread)

A family recipe – Bunten Stuten appears to mean Colourful (sweet) Bread, similar recipes in English are called Fruit Bread. I don’t know how true this is to Bunten Stuten in Germany, instead of yeast, baking soda is used to leaven. This was a Christmas breakfast tradition growing up in our house. As I’m not a fan of raisins, I’ve swapped them for glace cherries and candied ginger.