Baked Goods Recipes

Bay Leaf Pound Cake
Bay Leaf Pound Cake - March 11, 2014

An incredibly moist and fragrant bay leaf pound cake from David Lebovitz's new cookbook. A perfect road trip cake.

Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake - April 18, 2013

A perfect, simple birthday cake. One that effortlessly handled the car ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Flourless and made primarily with almond paste and eggs, it's baked until golden, then flooded with a simple, smudge-proof buttermilk glaze.

Buttermilk Berry Muffins
Buttermilk Berry Muffins - March 12, 2013

Beautiful buttermilk muffins - berry-streaked with sugar-sparkled tops, big flavor, and buttermilk-tender texture.

Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies
Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies - December 14, 2012

One of the easiest cookies I know how to make - made from rolled oats, they're razor thin and lacy, golden, freckled with poppy seeds, with and anise accent from crushed fennel seeds.

Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones
Whole Wheat Blackberry Ricotta Scones - November 13, 2012

Whole Wheat Raspberry Ricotta Scones - golden-crusted, tender, moist, barely sweet, and streaked with violet swaths and chunks of blackberry. They're beautiful.



 
 
 
 
Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles
Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodles - September 19, 2012

The Saffron-Vanilla Snickerdoodle recipe from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes.

Sesame Banana Bread
Sesame Banana Bread - September 3, 2012

A banana bread absolutely packed with sesame seeds, made with a blend of whole wheat and white flour, yogurt, ripe bananas, and lemon zest.

Tomato Tarte Tatin
Tomato Tarte Tatin - August 15, 2012

A simple savory tomato tarte tatin made with ripe market tomatoes, plenty of caramelized onions, a wee splash of balsamic vinegar, and whatever pie dough you might have on hand (or in the freezer)...

Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies
Whole Bean Vanilla Cookies - July 18, 2012

Snappy, small, fragrant, vanilla wafer cookies made with a whole vanilla pod. The entire thing!

Rose Petal Granola
Rose Petal Granola - June 19, 2012

A variation on the granola from my last book - this time with rose petals, walnuts, currants, and black pepper.

Blueberry Lemon Verbena Pie
Blueberry Lemon Verbena Pie - June 1, 2012

A heads up about a recipe I've done for Nikole Herriott's new For the Love of Pie series. My contribution: Blueberry Lemon Verbena Pie.

Homemade Cheese Crackers
Homemade Cheese Crackers - April 21, 2012

Inspired by a recipe from Alana Chernila's The Homemade Pantry, these are the cheese crackers I made for my nephew (in owl shapes!) when he came to stay with us last week.

Chocolate Bundt Cake
Chocolate Bundt Cake - March 15, 2012

I took slices of this chocolate bundt cake on a road trip to Portland this week. Slathered with chocolate buttermilk icing, it's a great travel treat made with a blend of whole wheat and all-purpose flours, lots of yogurt, and the darkest brown sugar I can get my hands on.

Black Bread
Black Bread - January 12, 2012

A hearty black bread - caraway-crusted, and flecked with dashes of grated carrot. It's dark, dense with rye, and perfect when toasted then topped with a fat smear of dill butter.

Gougères
Gougères - December 17, 2011

Gougères - I have these little cheese puffs in my freezer, ready to bake, nearly always. This version, a favorite, is made with whole wheat flour, sharp white cheddar cheese, fennel, and ale.

Black Sticky Gingerbread
Black Sticky Gingerbread - December 11, 2011

This black sticky gingerbread recipe makes an outrageously dark, dense, flavorful and delicious cake. The burnt-caramel-esque crust that forms on the top of the cake is part of what makes this recipe a keeper.

Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread
Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread - November 2, 2011

Certain adventures call for the perfect banana bread, and this was one of them. A moist, ridiculously good banana bread recipe. A banana bread that is chocolate studded, lemon kissed, and made with whole wheat flour (and olive oil) - from Melissa Clark's new book.

Baked Quinoa Patties
Baked Quinoa Patties - October 11, 2011

A few London pics, a look at how I packed my lunch for the flight, and the baked quinoa patties I brought along with me - dill, feta, chives, cumin, and garlic.

Maple Buttermilk Pie
Maple Buttermilk Pie - September 30, 2011

A sweet little buttermilk pie I made. The filling is pure, creamy, maple-kissed tanginess, and simple to pull together.

Easy Little Bread
Easy Little Bread - August 3, 2011

The bread you should make right this minute - yeast-based, farm-style, made from rolled oats and a blend of all-purpose and whole wheat flours.

Oatmeal Muffins
Oatmeal Muffins - June 6, 2011

A crumble-topped muffin recipe made with an oatmeal and yogurt base. Craggy, golden-topped, the last thing I'll bake before moving on to a new oven.

Toasted Almond Sables
Toasted Almond Sables - March 31, 2011

Toasty, nutty sable cookies made with whole wheat flour, sliced almonds, currents and salted butter. And a peek at some of my favorite vintage cookie cutters.

Oatmeal Crackers
Oatmeal Crackers - March 14, 2011

Snappy, substantial, homemade oatmeal crackers - made with rolled oats and rye flour. Plus a little glimpse at some postcards I made.

Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler
Super Natural Every Day: Six Recipe Sampler - February 23, 2011

A six recipe PDF sampler from my new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day. It includes a few of my v. favorite recipes - Millet Muffins, Ravioli Salad, Avocado & Mustard Seeds, Black Sesame Otsu, Tinto de Verano, and a Tutti-Frutti Crumble. Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies - February 8, 2011

Made using 100% whole wheat flour and hand-chopped chocolate chips, this is a skillet-baked twist on Kim Boyce's celebrated Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Oat Soda Bread
Oat Soda Bread - January 11, 2011

A rustic oat soda bread you can make in less than an hour. Seriously. Made from a simple ingredient list of rolled oats, flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.

Pumpkin and Feta Muffins
Pumpkin and Feta Muffins - October 8, 2010

Savory muffins packed with spinach, feta and Parmesan cheeses, black pepper, mustard, and sunflower seeds. Adapted from a recipe in a lovely little self-published Australian cookbook, Martha Goes Green.

Olive Biscuit Cookies
Olive Biscuit Cookies - September 21, 2010

Adapted from a Susan Herrmann Loomis recipe - charming, snappy, salty-sweet olive-flecked shortbread deliciousness. Quirky yet sophisticated, they exist in some middle Earth realm between cracker and cookie.

Limoncello Macaroons
Limoncello Macaroons - September 2, 2010

A limoncello macaroon recipe along with a batch of photos from a cabin weekend in Mendocino. The cookies are golden-crusted, powder-coated, almond-citrus gems spiked with limoncello liqueur my sister made for me.

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - July 17, 2010

I'm posting this recipe not because these are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies ever of all time. They're good, but...I'm posting the recipe, because they make amazing ice cream sandwich cookies. And it's prime ice cream sandwich season.

Chocolate Loaf Cake
Chocolate Loaf Cake - June 27, 2010

Certainly not the most attractive cake I've ever baked - but right in so many other ways. Deep chocolate flavor, barely set center, indiscernible crumb, thin Muscovado crust...if you can get over how it looks, you'll love it.

Six-seed Soda Bread
Six-seed Soda Bread - May 31, 2010

Inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's soda bread recipe, this version is made with a blend of spelt flour and all-purpose flour. The dough is littered with seeds - sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flax seeds, and fennel seeds. It bakes into a perfect, rustic, crusty loaf of bread with relatively little effort.

Rosemary Olive Oil Cake
Rosemary Olive Oil Cake - May 23, 2010

A cake I made for the Kim Boyce potluck at 18 Reasons - Incredibly moist, golden-crumbed, flecked with rosemary, and dotted with big and small chocolate chunks, I'd make this again in a heartbeat.

Quinoa Cloud Cookies
Quinoa Cloud Cookies - May 14, 2010

Cookies made from toasted quinoa and wheat flours, flecked with chocolate shavings, rolled and stamped into cloud shapes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble - May 4, 2010

A simple spring crumble - rhubarb, strawberry, and a splash of port wine with a buttery black pepper, pine nut and oat crumble top. Sounds a bit fancy, but really, it couldn't be easier to make.

Quinoa Skillet Bread
Quinoa Skillet Bread - April 24, 2010

A rustic, minimally structured, custard-topped, crusty-edged, herb-scented corn-quinoa skillet bread.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies
Chocolate Cherry Brownies - April 10, 2010

Dense, gooey chocolate brownies packed with boozy, port-soaked dried cherries. Made with Muscovado sugar, chocolate chunks, and crème fraiche.

Lucia Muffins
Lucia Muffins - March 30, 2010

These muffins are saffron-smacked and riddled with golden raisins, buttermilk battered and barely sweet. Said another way, Lucia buns reinterpreted as muffins. If you love saffron give them a try.

Figgy Buckwheat Scones
Figgy Buckwheat Scones - March 10, 2010

These jammy, fig-swirled buckwheat scones are from Kim Boyce's inspiring new book, Good to the Grain, about baking with whole-grain flours.

Seeded Flatbread
Seeded Flatbread - December 9, 2009

This olive oil flatbread is made from white whole wheat flour along with pepitas, sunflower, poppy, and mustard seeds. You can pull the dough out paper thin or leave it a bit thicker, serve it straight or bake it with toppings. Whatever you like, really.

Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies
Sparkling Ginger Chip Cookies - December 4, 2009

I made these for Lottie & Doof's 12 DAYS OF COOKIES. They are tiny, bite-sized holiday cookies made with two kinds of ginger and lots of shaved chocolate. The turbinado sugar crust gives them a bit of crunch which is a nice contrast to the ooey-goey chocolate.

Orange and Oat Scones
Orange and Oat Scones - November 15, 2009

Rustic orange-scented oat scones peppered with currants inspired by a recipe in Romney Steele's new Big Sur-based My Nepenthe cookbook.

Apple and Carrot Shortbread
Apple and Carrot Shortbread - October 25, 2009

An apple and carrot-flecked shortbread recipe inspired by a recipe I came across in Good Tempered Food by Tamasin Day-Lewis.

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cake
Old-Fashioned Blueberry Cake - August 27, 2009

An old-fashioned blueberry cake sweetened with molasses adapted from a reader submitted recipe to the July 1974 issue of Gourmet Magazine - rustic, dark as chocolate, tender, and punctuated with lots of tiny pockets of oozy, magenta berry flesh.

Buckwheat Cheese Straws
Buckwheat Cheese Straws - August 22, 2009

These cheese straws look like wispy tree branches. Wayne calls them cheese twigs, and they never last very long around here. Crispy, cheddar-flecked, and rustic - it's the buckwheat flour that lends these slender creations their convincing shade of brownish gray.

Big Sur Bakery Hide Bread
Big Sur Bakery Hide Bread - July 6, 2009

From the Big Sur Bakery cookbook, a seed-packed pocket bread recipe contributed by a good friend of the bakery. Sesame, sunflower, flax and poppy seeds, millet, oat bran, and a bit of beer impressively cram themselves into these delicious, hearty rolls.

Breton Buckwheat Cake
Breton Buckwheat Cake - May 20, 2009

A deliciously dense, buckwheat flour cake that can be baked off in a tart or cake pan. From David Lebovitz's new book, The Sweet Life in Paris.

Yogurt Tartlets
Yogurt Tartlets - May 3, 2009

These charming little tartlets finish off a meal nicely. Oat-crusted with a creamy, ginger-spiked yogurt filling, they are delightful topped with any number of adornments - fresh berries, dried fruit, or crystallized ginger.

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake - April 26, 2009

An all-natural carrot cake recipe. It is dense, rich, rustic, walnut-studded and carrot-flecked. Sweetened with dates and ripe bananas, it doesn't need any added sugar beyond that. Topped with cream cheese frosting.

Basic Chocolate Cake
Basic Chocolate Cake - April 5, 2009

This is a rich, decadent, but basic chocolate cake recipe. It is chocolate-packed, moist, and not-too-complicated. Baked and served in one pan slathered with a layer of fresh chocolate whipped cream frosting.

Carrot Oatmeal Cookies
Carrot Oatmeal Cookies - March 26, 2009

One of my favorite cookies - a carrot oatmeal cookie sweetened with maple syrup. They are made with fragrant coconut oil, plenty of chopped walnuts, rolled oats, and a bit of fresh ginger. They also happen to be egg-free and vegan.

Honey-sweetened Thumbprint Cookies
Honey-sweetened Thumbprint Cookies - March 5, 2009

A simple thumbprint cookie recipe. Made with whole wheat pastry flour and oats, and sweetened with honey instead of granulated sugar.

Nut and Seed Biscotti
Nut and Seed Biscotti - March 2, 2009

Thin, biscotti-style crackers densely pebbled with all manner of nuts and seeds - green pistachios, rust-toned hazelnuts, and off-black poppy seeds.

Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies - February 4, 2009

The perfect bite-sized chocolate chip cookie. Tiny, thin, golden, crisp, a bit nutty with plenty of shaved chocolate.

Triple Ginger Cookies
Triple Ginger Cookies - January 14, 2009

This ginger cookie recipe is made special with three kinds of ginger and a hint of lemon zest. Cracked and sugar-crusted on the outside, dense and moist within.

Sante's Hermit Cookies
Sante's Hermit Cookies - December 17, 2008

My friend Sante shared his hermit recipe with me - a simple, drop-style, spice cookie loaded with tiny currants, chopped walnuts, and finished with a bit of icing.

Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie
Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie - November 23, 2008

Favorite, easy pumpkin pie recipe. Made from a rich, roasted pumpkin and coconut milk base, and baked in a hazelnut-lined crust - delicious!

Firecracker Cornbread
Firecracker Cornbread - November 19, 2008

A moist, tender buttermilk cornbread packed with corn kernels and flecked with red pepper flakes. Simple and delicious.

Unfussy Apple Cake
Unfussy Apple Cake - November 5, 2008

A deliciously unfussy and relatively healthy apple cake recipe. Red-skinned apples punctuate a buttermilk batter and a final sprinkling of sugar before baking lends a nice top crust.

Animal Cracker Cookies
Animal Cracker Cookies - October 2, 2008

Kids love these animal-shaped cookies. They bake up fragrant, golden and crisp and are made from whole wheat pastry flour, a dollop of coconut oil, shredded coconut, ground walnuts, a touch of salt, and as little sugar as I thought I could get away with.

Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake
Maple Huckleberry Coffee Cake - September 22, 2008

A wonderful coffee cake recipe made from fresh wild huckleberries using maple syrup as a sweetener instead of white sugar.

Nikki's Healthy Cookies
Nikki's Healthy Cookies - September 14, 2008

A remarkable healthy cookie recipe - banana-batter, shredded coconut, dark chocolate chunks, and oats. Butter-less, flour-less, egg-less, and potentially sugar-less cookies make great after school or after work treats.

Brown Sugar Sandwich Cookies
Brown Sugar Sandwich Cookies - August 28, 2008

Chocolate stuffed sandwich cookie recipe made with a poppy-flecked brown sugar dough.

My Special Zucchini Bread Recipe
My Special Zucchini Bread Recipe - July 26, 2008

A favorite zucchini bread recipe - green-lined strands of shredded zucchini, lemon zest, poppy seeds, and fragrant notes of coriander, cumin, and clove make this a very special zucchini bread recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies - July 23, 2008

Not your typical peanut butter cookie recipe - but just as good. Tastes pretty darn close to the classic bu without all that butter, and with maple syrup in place of the white sugar. Vegan, egg-free, and easily made wheat-free if you like.

Cherry Cobbler
Cherry Cobbler - July 16, 2008

A rustic, cherry cobbler recipe made from fresh cherries - though you can certainly try this recipe with other types of summer fruit and berries.

Banana Chip Cookies
Banana Chip Cookies - June 15, 2008

A riff on one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. This version features banana chips, chocolate chips, toasted walnuts, toasted wheat germ, and whole wheat pastry flour.

Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies
Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies - March 27, 2008

Alice Medrich's twist on a traditional butter cookie recipe from her latest book, Pure Dessert. She uses a knock-out blend of all-purpose and buckwheat flours.

Amazing Black Bean Brownies
Amazing Black Bean Brownies - March 17, 2008

This quirky, yet amazing black bean brownie recipe delivers deliciously dense, bite-sized squares of melt-in-your-mouth fudge-textured brownies.

Anzac Cookies
Anzac Cookies - March 10, 2008

Anzacs are made from oats, coconut, and flour coming together in a butter-kissed dough. You end up with a hearty, sturdy cookie, that isn't overly sweet, with little fuss.

Olive Oil Crackers
Olive Oil Crackers - January 24, 2008

This cracker recipe makes thin, snappy, rustic crackers - sturdy enough to stand up to a hearty dip. The technique is simple and straightforward (utilizing just a few ingredients) and the dough is a welcoming canvas to all manner of seeds, salts, cheeses, spices, or flavored oils that you might want to use as accents.

Raspberry Mega Scones
Raspberry Mega Scones - December 28, 2007

A fun twist on a traditional scone recipe. Instead of cutting dough into small pieces, a big piece of lemony scone dough is slathered with raspberry jam and folded in on itself.

Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread
Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread - December 16, 2007

A twist on the shortbread recipe I included in my book -perfectly golden pine nuts and just enough rosemary and lemon zest to infuse the buttery sweet dough with fragrance and flavor.

Yeast-raised Cornbread
Yeast-raised Cornbread - November 14, 2007

Yeast-leavened corn bread recipe, heavily flecked with kernels of bright yellow corn and generously spiked with chives. Perfect for stuffing and soup-dunking.

Grown-up Fig Cookies
Grown-up Fig Cookies - October 22, 2007

A grown-up twist on the figgy classic. This filling for this fig cookie recipe is dried figs that are marinated overnight in port and pomegranate juice and then pureed. They also happen to be gluten-free.

Cottage Cheese Muffins
Cottage Cheese Muffins - September 29, 2007

Golden, puffy, sun-dried tomato, and cottage cheese muffins. High in protein, low in carbs, they are a great, satisfying way to start the day.

Madeleines
Madeleines - August 21, 2007

Perfect, golden, scalloped madeleines. From a favorite recipe shared with me by a friend and long-time Madeleine baker.

Challah Bread
Challah Bread - August 12, 2007

Peter Reinhart's challah recipe creates a wonderful (and reasonably forgiving) dough that bakes into a tender, delicious version of the traditional Jewish celebration bread.

Baby Bran Muffins
Baby Bran Muffins - August 3, 2007

A delicious bran muffin recipe made from a yogurt and whole wheat base with minimal butter - they can certainly hold their own against their not-as-nutritious counterparts.

Plum and Peach Crisp
Plum and Peach Crisp - July 12, 2007

This rustic plum and peach crisp has a generous oat-flecked crumbly crust. Paired with a dollop of cold, creamy vanilla ice cream - heavenly.

Spicy Polenta-Cheese Crackers
Spicy Polenta-Cheese Crackers - April 22, 2007

Made from polenta, buttermilk, cayenne pepper, and Parmesan cheese, this is a perfect party cracker recipe.

Moosewood Fudge Brownies
Moosewood Fudge Brownies - April 17, 2007

A fudge brownie recipe packed with optional add-ins including freshly ground espresso beans, toasted walnuts, and mashed extra-ripe banana.

Baked Doughnuts
Baked Doughnuts - February 12, 2007

A fun and delicious alternative to deep-fried doughnuts. This cinnamon-sugar dusted baked doughnut recipe turns milk, flour, nutmeg, sugar, eggs, butter, and yeast into perfectly dunkable, delicious doughnuts.

Snow-topped Holiday Cupcakes
Snow-topped Holiday Cupcakes - December 15, 2006

Knee-deep coconut flecked frosting tops over a sour cream coconut cake batter base make these a quintessential holiday cupcake recipe.

Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain
Mexican Wedding Cookies - Whole Grain - June 22, 2006

A good Mexican wedding cookie recipe results in a tender nutty, butter-based cookie topped with an extravagant blizzard of powdered sugar.

Triple Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies
Triple Chocolate Espresso Bean Cookies - May 25, 2006

Dark chocolate cookie recipe, each cookie pumped full of lots of freshly ground espresso powder.

Homemade and All-natural Thin Mint Recipe
Homemade and All-natural Thin Mint Recipe - March 12, 2006

As promised, an all-natural Thin Mint recipe for you. No shortening, no trans-fats from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils - just good old-fashioned butter, cocoa, vanilla, sugar, chocolate, whole grain flour, and peppermint turned into delicious, thin minty goodness.

The Madame's Souffle
The Madame's Souffle - February 14, 2006

The most exhaustive, detailed instructions on how to make a souffle excerpted from La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E. Saint-Ange - there are few better teachers.

Lilikoi Passionfruit Curd Cake
Lilikoi Passionfruit Curd Cake - January 26, 2006

A lilikoi curd-swirled loaf cake. It moist in the middle, sliceable, and delicious. Change curds with the seasons or as you are inspired - any flavor will work.

Vintage Jam Tarts
Vintage Jam Tarts - January 3, 2006

This jam tart recipe makes the cutest tarts ever. Cornmeal biscuit dough is the base, and you can play around with different shapes and sizes - they are delicious and buttery straight from the oven or at room temperature hours later.

Cele's Old-Fashioned Pear Cake
Cele's Old-Fashioned Pear Cake - November 6, 2005

From Michael Ableman's book, Fields of Plenty, a rustic, homey, unfussy pear cake recipe that comes together in five minutes before baking.

Apple Coffee Cake
Apple Coffee Cake - October 4, 2005

Spicy apple coffee cake recipe punctuated with oozy, warm apples.

 Ginger Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
Ginger Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting - June 13, 2005

Julie Hasson's delicious ginger cupcake recipe. Little bursts of crystallized ginger speckle each moist and sophisticated little cake.

Great Chocolate Chip Cookies from David Lebovitz's Great Book of Chocolate
Great Chocolate Chip Cookies from David Lebovitz's Great Book of Chocolate - April 11, 2005

If you like a serious chocolate chip cookie, this is the recipe. A high chip to dough ratio guarantees lots of chocolate in every bite, and the walnuts add crunch, density, and a delicious flavor to the overall mix. They are that good.

Roast Banana-Pumpkin Breakfast Bread
Roast Banana-Pumpkin Breakfast Bread - October 11, 2004

Stephan Pyles' banana bread recipe includes rum-soaked golden raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, and oven-caramelized ripe bananas.