Sour Cream Bundt Cake

The other day I had a hankering for Mom’s Sour Cream Bundt Cake.  I’m not exactly sure why; I haven’t tasted it in over probably over 20 years.  Maybe it’s because I am cooking dinner tonight for my dad who’s in town visiting and I always like to impress him by cooking from Mom’s culinary archives.  It’s both cathartic and sentimental for us. What I loved about Mom's cake were those first bites of supreme moistness followed by the sugary center layer of nuts and cinnamon.  We’d not only eat this cake after dinner but also alongside our … [Read more...]

Hazelnut Financier

My Baking Skills class at the Institute for Culinary Education definitely widened my baking aperture. Before attending the class, cutting up a pre-made log of Tollhouse cookie dough and sticking it in the oven was my definition of baking. I never would’ve thought I’d be baking cakes I can’t even pronounce in English. One of my favorite items on our hit list is the Hazelnut Financier cake (pronounced fee-nahng-syehr). These are lovely French tea cakes, that also go by the name Friands, which aptly means "dainty" or "tasty." After becoming … [Read more...]