We’re bringing our last blog post of 2019 to you early, to cover those holiday baking needs. (And because we’re going on Christmas break!) Each year we pick some sort of theme for the blog, and 2019 saw a lot of traditional baking recipes, inspired by the Great British Bakeoff tv show. To properly wrap up the year, we are finishing with one of my favorite desserts: Sticky Toffee Pudding. This is not a pudding in the American sense. It’s a buttery, date-heavy cake with a toffee sauce poured over it while still hot to soak up all that deliciousness; and then served with extra sauce and a little whipped cream. It is heavenly!
Holiday baking is upon us, and to say that I am excited would be an understatement. Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies. Its buttery crumbly simplicity is the perfect backdrop for subbing some regular flour for stronger flavored flours such as buckwheat. Rich and nutty in taste, this gluten free flour is not a wheat at all, but a seed, and pairs quite nicely with a full-bodied spice blend like chai. We’ve even provided a fully gluten free variation with buckwheat flour, brown rice flour and oat flour. So let’s get that holiday baking on!
Figs, red wine, chocolate, cake…need I say more? Whether you need a last minute Thanksgiving dessert, just love all of the above, or would like a new baking project, this is one of my new favorite fall desserts. And while fresh figs are in season right now (yay!) and make a beautiful cake topping, the cake actually utilizes dried figs, so no need to worry about fig season, this can be made year round.