Chocolate Pudding Cake

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Happy moving weekend! Ok, I didn’t move. But with one roommate moving out and another one coming in to take her place, there’s been a lot of excitement and heavy lifting. Now that the dust has settled, we’re watching the Jinx and eating pudding cake.

My mom used to make chocolate pudding cake a lot, and now I know why. It’s so easy! You make a simple cake batter and put it in an 8 x 8 pan. Then you sprinkle on a mixture of cocoa powder, white sugar, and brown sugar. Then you pour on cold water, don’t mix, and throw it in the oven. Something magical happens: the cake rises to the top while the water and cocoa sugar mixture forms a pudding on the bottom. Delicious chocolate magic! Top with faux ice cream (doesn’t that make soy ice cream sound exotic?). Continue reading

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Jacqui and Shira’s Epic Baked Apples

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IMG_0325-0.JPG A few weekends ago I went away with some friends. We just traveled a few hours from the city and rented a house for the weekend (I’m going through an Airbnb obsession right now). My favorite thing to do on a weekend away, which should come as no surprise, is to cook big fun meals and get everyone involved. All my friends were on board, but this group came with lots of baggage. I’m dairy-free, someone else is gluten-free, and someone else is vegetarian. Oof! Daunting, right? It’s a good thing we’re up for a challenge.

Gluten-free desserts are often a hit-or-miss game for me. I have a few go-to recipes (see chewy chocolate brownie cookies), but baked apples might be my favorite. These babies are so much better than what probably comes to mind when I say “baked apples.” My friends in college would sometimes make these for us on long nights of baking. They are cored, plugged with peanut butter, stuffed with oats and chocolate chips, and plugged back up with more peanut butter. Pro tip: they make an excellent breakfast. They are so easy and SO good. Thank you Jacqui and Shira for this deeeelish recipe! The only negative is that they take about an hour to bake and the smell can really try my patience. By the time they were done in the oven during our girls weekend, almost everyone was asleep! We ended up with baked apples for breakfast and no regrets. Continue reading

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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I’ve been thinking about these muffins all week, but two things were stopping me from making them: I didn’t have lemons and I didn’t have poppy seeds. I finally got to the supermarket yesterday, and here we are. Saturday morning muffins!

I have a particular fondness for lemon poppy seed muffins. I remember in middle school I used to get them all the time at the coffee shop in town while I waited for my hebrew school carpool. The coffee shop used to get some of their baked goods from a nondairy bakery, which was great for me. I’ve never tried making them myself before, but today seemed like a great day to try! Continue reading

Snickerdoodles!

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ImageI’ve been meaning to make these cookies since I started the blog.  They are my favorite cookie to bake, and have been since elementary school.  I have the well-worn cookbook to prove it.  I had to beg my mother to let me take it away from home because I couldn’t find it on the internet to buy for myself.  365 Great Cookies and Brownies was a staple of my childhood, and snickerdoodles was the most visited recipe.  Snickerdoodles are basically just sugar cookies with cinnamon.  There’s something about them that makes them extra special.  They’re a very easy recipe, and such a crowd pleaser.  Yum! Continue reading