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Buckwheat Blini

Many savory toppings are a perfect accompaniment to blini, such as caviar or smoked fish. For simple elegance, look no further than drained yoghurt, salmon roe and smoked salmon (½ pound per batch of blini will suffice.) Ingredients 1 teaspoon active dry yeast ½ teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons lukewarm water 1 cup and an additional…

Peach Buttermilk Soup

Similar to the Indian milkshake-like drink lassi, I enjoy eating this delectable creamy soup for breakfast. Make sure that the peaches are juicy and ripe. Ingredients 3 pounds ripe peaches 2 to 3 tablespoons mild flavored honey (like acacia or clover) (to taste) 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed (to taste) 3 cups…

Corn Bread

You’ll often find cornbread in dressing on holidays, or alongside chile in other times of the year. Neither chese nor chilies are present in this recipe (although you could add some of both). A simple recipe, the use of a cast-iron pan gives it its iconic crunchy crust. Make sure this recipe is handy in…

Butternut Squash Blini

Pancakes are a fantastic vehicle for a variety of vegetables. This is a simple buckwheat/buttermilk blini, with a unique flavor twist of sage and puréed butternut squash whisked into the batter. When made small, they are ideal hors d’oeuvres. Vegetarian blini are simple to make – top with drained yoghurt, some sautéed winter squash, olives,…

Ginger Gingerbread

This gingerbread is a favorite at the gluten-free bakery founded by Karen Morgan, The Blackbird Bakery, in Austin, Texas. Lavishly laced with aromatic spices, you’ll find both candied & fresh ginger in this gingerbread. Ingredients ⅔ cup sorghum flour 1 cup cornstarch 1 cup tapioca flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda…

Pumpkin and Ginger Scones

This breakfast pastry is ideal the day after Thanksgiving, in case you’re still hankering more of that pumpkin pie flavor! Ingredients ¾ cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup all purpose flour ½teaspoon salt ¼teaspoon ginger ground 2teaspoons baking powder ½teaspoon baking soda 4tablespoons cold butter, unsalted (cut into ½ inch pieces) ½cup pumpkin purée, canned or…

Buttermilk-Biscuit Shortcakes

A mix of faith, magic, and technique is needed to make biscuits. After using your hands to pull together the dough, you fight through a stage where you feel like scrapping the entire mess, and before you know it, your dough becomes smooth and the oven makes them rise tall and gorgeous. Sweeter than most…

Winter Squash and Molasses Muffins

Reminiscent of pumpkin molasses bread, these muffins aren’t as sweet, although they can be sweetened with extra molasses or sugar. Ingredients 2 pounds kabocha squash (cut in large pieces) 1 cup (140 grams) whole-wheat pastry flour 1 cup (135 grams) flour, unbleached (all-purpose) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon (ground) ½ teaspoon nutmeg (ground)…

Buttermilk Marble Cake

Adapted from a version serve at the 76th birthday of legendary Southern chef Edna Lewis, this cake is delectably tender & moist. As far as cakes go, this is quite simple to put together, and the chocolate cream cheese frosting is a beautiful surprise. Ingredients For the cake: ¾ cup/170 grams butter, unsalted (1 1/2…

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