I’ve aired my predilection for oatmeal and granola many times here already, so it may surprise you to hear that one of my favorite morning meals has nary an oat in sight. This isn’t an everyday breakfast, rather a lazy day treat, brunch food if you will. There’s nothing overly complicated in its preparation, though it does take a bit longer than pouring a bowl of cereal, or making a pot of oatmeal. Luckily, your effort will be rewarded by a house perfumed by the scent of bacon and roasting apples, and if you’re like me, childlike glee at the anticipation of what’s to come.
I have literally hundreds (if not thousands) of recipe bookmarks spanning a handful of different formats, so it can occasionally be a bit overwhelming when making the decision of what next will grace my oven. Luckily, I am blessed with friends eager to eat the results of my baking experiments, and from time to time I get an email prodding me towards a new treat. So, when Ally sent me an email simply titled, “MAKE THIS” with nothing but a link to Look I Made That’s* take on crack pie and the words “MAKE IT, FEED ME, XO” (CAPS hers not mine) I knew she must have been on to something delicious, so I happily obliged, and plotted the creation of the famed crack pie from Momofuku Milk Bar.
*One of my favorite food blogs
I’ll take nearly any excuse to spend an afternoon baking for an appreciative audience, so when my dear friend Lashley invited Andrew and I to visit for Picnic Day in Davis a week and a half ago I knew that I needed a few tasty treats up my sleeve. The lineup: lemon bars, fudge, and a chocolate pretzel tart. Lemon bars and fudge are well-loved standbys that I’ve made countless times and knew wouldn’t fail me, so I decided to take a (minor) risk by baking my first tart. I had been eyeing this recipe for quite a while; the seductive combination of salty pretzels, creamy almond butter and dark chocolate brought it to the top of a ever-expanding queue of recipes to make ASAP*.