Buckwheat Chai Shortbread

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!

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Hummingbird Cake

If you didn’t grow up in the South or know someone from there, Hummingbird Cake might be something you’ve never heard of.  Well, thank goodness for you, that is about to change.  And no, there aren’t any hummingbirds involved.  This swoon-worthy Southern dessert consists of three layers of cake full of bananas, canned pineapple, sometimes nuts, and slathered together with cream cheese frosting.  How it got its name or where it actually originated from is a bit of a mystery.  But one thing is for sure, it is dang delicious!

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Goat Cheese and Fig Jam Buns with Balsamic Reduction

The condiment section of my fridge sometimes gets out of control.  Why do we have five different kinds of mustard?  (Ok, that’s all me, I love mustard.)  Or do we really need eight different types of jams/jellies/curds?  Although you can certainly use up your jams and jellies on toast, I like taking the dough that I use for cinnamon rolls and filling it with different flavors and using up sweet condiments at the same time.  This dough is quite easy to work with and can be doubled if you have a large crowd to feed.  You can also make the buns up to a certain point in the evening, and then refrigerate and bake off in the morning.  Perfect for all those holidays coming up, especially if you have houseguests.

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