Star Home Cook Sally Searby of Greenport, NY, shared a lemon cake recipe so vibrant and lemony, we couldn’t keep the recipe to ourselves.
It was a gutsy move baking these for the best French chef around, but I learned to make them from chef Mark Ramsdell of L’ Academie de Cuisine. I was elated when Jacques pronounced them “terrific!” and his daughter (and TV costar), Claudine Pépin said they were the best she’s ever had.
Luckily, moonshine isn’t overpowering when you bake with it, and I wanted to offer up some kind of hooch cake as a Virginia treat. Its vanilla-like flavor pairs well with chocolate, and the orange zest and nutmeg complement both.
For this hearty breakfast pie, we start by crumbling up leftover Rise and Shine Biscuits and placing them in the bottom of a piecrust with big chunks of sausage and hearty bits of smoked bacon.
This crust is almost identical to our Classic Piecrust, which is featured in many of our sweet pies. However, this version swaps the sugar and citrus zests for dried sage (you can substitute fresh rosemary), which complements the fillings in our quiches and savory pies.
Black pepper and ginger add a kick of spicy heat, which intensifies the taste of the chocolate. If you want these even spicier, double the amount of pepper. The hazelnut extract amps up the hazelnut flavor of the nut meal. The end result is a chocolate chip cookie that’s irresistible.