How to Make Flatbread

As a ratio baker, I use weights and ratios to bake, so you'll find weights listed for most of the ingredients instead of cups. The Story How to Make Flatbread The Recipe The Story My husband and I had a day wedding. We got married a block from the beach, so our reception site had … Continue reading How to Make Flatbread

Bookish Bakes: Creme Brulee

Bookish Bakes: Creme Brulee, inspired by The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Yesterday my review for the book that inspired my Bookish Bakes posts posted, The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant. I love reading about food because it gives me so many ideas. In this book, chef Sophie has traveled from NYC where her dreams went up in flames back to her family's chateau … Continue reading Bookish Bakes: Creme Brulee

Bookish Bakes: Lemon Meringue Cake

Lemon Meringue Cake - making a yellow cake, lemon custard, and Italian meringue frosting using ratios

On Monday I posted a picture of a slice of this cake accompanying my Kindle featuring my then current read The Baron of Magister Valley by Steven Brust, so I thought I'd share my ratio recipe for the lemon meringue pie. If you give me a choice between cake and pie, I'll almost always pick cake. … Continue reading Bookish Bakes: Lemon Meringue Cake

Berry Yogurt Tart (revisited)

Simple and easy summery tart using Graham crackers, thick yogurt, and fresh berries.

Wow, this one was from about 2 years ago, when my mom and I used to take my baby and toddler to the local farmer's market and buy up some French-style yogurt. Now I'm too paranoid to go to farmer's markets, but am really suddenly missing this yogurt, and the too good berry tarts I … Continue reading Berry Yogurt Tart (revisited)

Raisin Buns

Raisin Buns: a ratio recipe - how to make raisin buns using a basic bread dough and a ratio

When I was a kid, my mom did the weekly grocery shopping at a local market, and my dad would go to the Chinese market about a half hour away to get all sorts of Asian goodies for all of us. We loved the chocolate filled Koalas, the big containers of shredded pork, spicy cracker … Continue reading Raisin Buns

Toasted Coconut Custard

Ratio Recipe: Toasted Coconut Custard

A few weeks ago, I discovered a can of coconut milk sitting in the cabinet, about to expire. I hate wasting things, so my mind started whirling about what I could do with it. Coconut cake! It was nearly perfect. I'm still tweaking it, so, one day, in the next few months, I'll share that … Continue reading Toasted Coconut Custard

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake: A Ratio Recipe

My mom developed an autoimmune disorder called Myasthenia Gravis almost 20 years ago. It was difficult for her to manage for the first few years, but she eventually found out that a gluten-free diet helps her manage her symptoms almost as well as her medication. It was a little devastating at first as my mom … Continue reading Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Black Forest Inspired Cake

Ratio Recipe: Black Forest Inspired Cake

Ah, October. A fine fall month complete with Halloween. It's a time for pumpkins and apples, for sweaters and golden leaves ripe for crunching underfoot. So, uh, why have I chosen to post a ratio recipe for a Black Forest Cake? October is also the month for Oktoberfest. Since I grew up in Southern California, … Continue reading Black Forest Inspired Cake

Funfetti Cake

Funfetti cake - a ratio recipe

Why have a plain yellow cake if you can have a funfetti cake? That's the question my family asks. I don't know why, but sprinkles always make things better. Or maybe my kids just like dumping sprinkles into the cake batter. But I must admit, as a chocolate cake lover, even sprinkles will make me … Continue reading Funfetti Cake

Knock You Over the Head with Lemon Cupcakes

Knock You Over the Head with Lemon Cupcakes - a ratio recipe

The basic ingredients for a high ratio cake include flour, sugar, butter (fat), eggs, a liquid, and baking powder. Most of the time, I use milk as my liquid. A couple of times I've used some of the liquid that comes with maraschino cherries. One day I had a lemon, and wondered how lemony it … Continue reading Knock You Over the Head with Lemon Cupcakes