Sticky toffee pudding is a rich British dessert that’s basically an exceptionally moist date cake with caramel sauce poured over the top. Steaming in the slow cooker is an absolutely foolproof way to make it. The maple syrup in the easy caramel sauce is an unorthodox American addition—but maple goes so well with dates.
Ask most Americans to describe the perfect barbecue sauce and they’ll invoke a thick sweet red ketchup-based sauce with a zing of vinegar and a whiff of liquid smoke. In short, the sort of sauce Kansas City barbecue buffs have slathered on ribs and briskets for decades.
When you start with something really good, it doesn’t take much to make it better. And that’s the story of of Dorie Greenspan’s Christmas Spice Cookie. Dorie started with her Do-Almost-Anything Vanilla Cookie Dough, and then added the spices that evoke Christmas: cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice. The result is a cookie that’s perfect with coffee or tea, mulled cider, mulled wine or a late-night cognac.
My mother-in-law, aka the Sherpa, gave this recipe to me. It was the start of my real bonding with the man who was to become my husband. We were on very polite, early dating behavior when we both offered to help clear the table after this insane dessert had been served. Within 30 seconds, the […]
Butter is a misnomer, here. This is really a thick, warm-spiced apple sauce. While it’s cooking away in the slow cooker, the house will smell like autumn; we love that. Our region has so many wonderful pick-your-own apple farms. Grab some local honey while you’re there to pick a bushel (or two) of apples.