Perfect French Toast

I have to be honest, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, this French toast could easily pass as dessert. This is our favorite recipe out there for French toast, although we rarely make it because it’s not a very healthy way to start the day! However, when we do make it, it…

French Baguettes

I’m not sure if I mentioned this before, but I (Leah) really enjoyed chemistry at school, so much that I took AP Chem. Well, Celine also took the class, but I quote directly from her, “after the happy honeymoon period of the first couple classes ended, I was done for the whole year.” Well, she…

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

The two of us and cinnamon swirl bread go way back. As we have mentioned before on multiple occasions, our mom didn’t really buy processed treats frequently when we were little. This was one of our few store bought “treats.” Toasted with a little butter, it was always perfect. The past few years neither of…

Poppy Seed Bagels

We don’t know of any person out there who doesn’t like a good bagel! They are chewy, flavorful, and suitable for nearly any topping.  We usually get them from a local place, or  Manhattan Bagels (an east coast chain that sells surprisingly delicious bagels). Bagels are one food that we have been planning to make…

Soft White Bread

Our mom used to be the quasi- health food junkie type (tuna melts with yogurt instead of mayonnaise, chocolate chip cookies with ground walnuts in them, whole wheat biscuits, etc.). She did- and still sometimes does, when we aren’t overtaking the kitchen- make really yummy homemade cakes, waffles, and muffins, and great soups and lasagna. …

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

When we were younger, we (especially Celine) loved Starbucks’ crumb cake. Who could blame us? It was a yellow cake topped with a thick layer of crumb topping and powdered sugar. While we don’t really eat baked goods from Starbucks too frequently anymore, we did want to make some coffee cake. This recipe isn’t really…

Pesto Focaccia

Focaccia is something we have always had mixed feelings about. A lot of the focaccia we have had is kind of salty and crispy, almost like a cracker but thicker and more chewy (and more often then not, bland or way too herby). But then again, we had never had it homemade before, and 95%…

Ultimate Banana Bread

I (Leah) am obsessed with banana bread- I could eat it every day. Plain, with nuts, with chocolate chips- as long as it’s banana bread, I like it. Celine doesn’t always love banana bread because she doesn’t really like bananas, but even she loves this banana bread. It is the perfect basic banana bread because…

Gougeres

Gougeres are a delightful type of pastry from the Burgundy region of France. Every bite is cheesy, rich, and airy with a hint of crispness. People are sometimes afraid of Pate a Choux, which is the type of dough used in cream puffs/eclairs and is also the base here, for fear that it’s complex or…

Cranberry Bread

Hurricane Sandy is finally here, and earned us a four-day weekend! As long as our power stays on, we’re not complaining (although we have it really lucky; some folks who are in the path of the storm more in NJ and NY are losing more than their electricity, which is so sad). What better time…