Adventures in Cheesecake

I typically bake cake, cupcakes and cookies but sometimes I dabble in pie, buns and other delicious things. When my friend and customer asked about making a cheesecake for her daughter’s birthday, of course I said “sure thing!”

Our family usually bakes one cheesecake a year. Elizabeth adores cheesecake and the rest of us like this decadent treat as well. A couple of years ago after enjoying a cheesecake at home I asked my friend Nana, owner of Good to Go, if she’d like me to add cheesecake to the list of things I bake for them. She thought about it and decided that she wasn’t sure. I already have cake, several kind of cookies and brownies there and then she offers a lot of other options, too. I was so excited about my cheesecake and then I lost momentum. Our family wasn’t going to eat cheesecake all the time, so I didn’t practice much after that. Continue reading

Cookie Cutters!

Many years ago, my friend and customer Leslie reached out to ask me to include individually wrapped personalized cookie favors for her daughter’s birthday party. My only experience with sugar cookies at the time was the very distant memory of making Christmas cookies growing up. It was always the same: my Mom would make the dough and chill it and I would try to roll and cut. The dough was hard to roll, it would crack and I would give up. My Mom sweetly rolled out the dough for us and then my sister and I would take turns cutting out the shapes. Still, it had been years since then. I’d learned patience over time and Leslie was super excited about having cookies for Bailey. Sure, I’ll make cookies!  Continue reading

Amaretti Cookies

amaretti cookies right out of the oven!

Every time we go to New York City, my family goes to an Italian bakery in Little Italy to buy Amaretti cookies. Years ago I started to play with ingredients to make amaretti cookies, and each recipe failed. I determined that they must be really hard to make! One year we went to the city and the bakery was closed for its annual 2 week vacation. We went to every other bakery on the block and no one had the chewy-style Amaretti cookies. Some bakeries offered the crunchy ones but we had grown to love the chewy cookies. Continue reading