Posts Tagged ‘cinnamon’

Pan Dulce (Conchitas): Mexican Sweet Bread with a Shell-Shaped Topping

February 16, 2009

Pan dulce (conchas, or these are mini, conchitas)

Pan dulce (conchas, or since these are mini, conchitas)

Want one?



not a winning combination

January 13, 2009

I love food, and I love to talk about (and clearly, write!) about food, especially baked goods. That doesn’t mean everything works well for me the first time though. Ask my friend CVG, for example, who can tell you about the time I was supposed to cook dinner (homemade pizza, from scratch) and the yeasted dough had overrisen. We didn’t know (I didn’t realize it) until we discovered the dough – yeah, I’m going to call it “dough” because it never baked properly – tasted sour and slimy and gave off an alcoholic hooch. I’ve whipped up  banana bread in less than 10 minutes, only to remember halfway through the baking time that I completely forgot to add the sugar. I don’t need to remind you about my tiramisu efforts.

…but hey, that’s okay. If everything always worked out perfectly, how could you ever learn to recognize and remedy what would have ended up straight in the compost? 「失敗是成功之母」 Failure is the mother of success (you when you learn from your mistakes). Also get a good laugh and learn from the mistakes of others, which is why I’m going to share my sweet *and* savoury scones story with you.


Cinnamon Chip Monkey Bread

December 22, 2008

Cinnamon chip monkey bread

Cinnamon chip monkey bread

Here’s another fun, pull-apart bread that has a cute name too: monkey bread. There are many stories that explain the origins of this bread’s name, but my favourite one says it’s because you eat this by pulling the little puffs of bread apart… just like a monkey would?