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Crunchy Toffee Triangles

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Chewy and moist on the inside, these indulgent bars get crunch from toffee pieces mixed into the dough and a generous sprinkling of almonds on top. Great for dessert or afternoon tea, these treats also pack well in lunch boxes.

Crunchy Toffee Triangles

2 1/4 cups (11 1/2 oz./360 g.) all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1 cup (8 oz./250 g.) unsalted butter

1 cup (8 oz./250 g.) granulated sugar

1 cup (7 oz./220 g.) firmly packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

8 oz. (250 g.) toffee pieces

3/4 cup (3 oz./90 g.) whole almonds, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm.) baking pan. Line with parchment paper, letting the paper overhang the long sides by 1 inch (2.5 cm.).

 

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed until the eggs are completely incorporated. Beating on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients and continue to beat until almost incorporated. Add the toffee pieces and beat on low speed just until incorporated. Spread the dough evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with the almonds.

 

Bake until golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only moist crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, about 1 hour. Run a metal spatula around the edges of the pan and use the parchment paper to lift the dessert from the pan. Cut into 18 triangles and serve. Makes 18 cookies.

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Sage Popovers

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Let this recipe be your secret weapon for any last-minute needs. These popovers are crisp and puffy, and since they’re hollow inside they lend themselves to all kinds of savory jams and spreads. They can be made entirely of ingredients you’re likely to have on hand, and the batter can be prepared ahead and refrigerated. Happy Thanksgiving!

 Sage Popovers

2 cups (500 ml) milk

2 bay leaves

4 eggs

6 Tbs. (3/4 stick/90 g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

2 cups (315 g) all-purpose flour

2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 Tbs. chopped fresh sage, plus 10 whole leaves

 

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the milk and bay leaves until small bubbles appear around the edges. Off the heat, let stand for 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Refrigerate the milk until cool.

 

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 400ºF (200ºC). Place two 6-well popover pans in the oven for 5 minutes.

 

In a blender, combine the milk, eggs, butter, flour, salt, pepper and chopped sage. Blend on high speed until the batter is smooth.

 

Remove the pans from the oven and spray 10 wells with nonstick cooking spray. Fill each about three-fourths full with batter and top with a sage leaf.

 

Return the pans to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven to 325ºF (165ºC) and continue baking until the popovers are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes more. Remove the pans from the oven and, using the tip of a small knife, pierce the top of each popover to allow the steam to escape. Remove from the pans and serve warm. Makes 10 popovers.

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Grand Marnier

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A venerable French dessert, this dramatic souffle is always a showstopper. Rubbing a little sugar into the orange zest brings out its oils and enhances the deep citrus flavor of the finished souffle. Serve it at the end of a special dinner for an elegant finale.

Grand Marnier Souffle

1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) whole milk

1 1/2 Tbs. all-purpose flour

5 Tbs. (3 oz./90 g.) sugar

4 large eggs, separated

1 Tbs. unsalted butter

2 tsp. grated orange zest

1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml.) Grand Marnier

1/8 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

 

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 400°F (200°C) for individual souffles or 375°F (190°C) for a large souffle. Butter four 1-cup (8-fl. oz./250-ml.) ramekins or a 1-qt. (1-l.) souffle dish and dust the bottom and sides with sugar.

In a saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat until bubbles appear along the edge of the pan. Remove from the heat. In a bowl, stir together the flour and 3 tablespoons of the sugar. Slowly pour in the hot milk while whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the pan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1-2 minutes.

In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks until pale in color and thick. Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the yolks while whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the pan and cook over low heat, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. In a small bowl, using the back of a spoon, mash the orange zest with a pinch of the sugar, then whisk into the egg yolk mixture along with the Grand Marnier.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Slowly add the remaining sugar and beat until the whites hold stiff, glossy peaks.

Using a rubber spatula, fold one-fourth of the beaten egg whites in the egg yolk mixture to lighten it. Then, gently fold in the remaining whites just until no white streaks remain. Spoon into the prepared dish(es). Run your thumb around the rim of the dish(es) to form a shallow groove along the edge.

Bake until set and puffed, and the center still jiggles slightly when the dish is gently shaken, 8-10 minutes for the individual souffles, 25-30 minutes for the large souffle. Serve at once. Serves 4.

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Dark and Sticky Gingerbread

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This dark, spicy and ultramoist cake is never more delicious than it is during the holidays. Its warm flavors are perfect for a wintry day — and even better when paired with a frothy pint of Guinness.

Dark and Sticky Gingerbread

1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml.) brewed espresso or very strong coffee

3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g.) firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 cup (11 oz./345 g.) molasses

3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml.) canola oil

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbs. peeled and grated fresh ginger

2 cups (10 oz./315 g.) all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 Tbs. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Pinch of ground white pepper

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Heaping 1/4 cup (1 1/2 oz./45 g.) chopped crystallized ginger

Whipped cream for serving

 

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F (180°C). Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch (23-cm.) springform pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper and butter the parchment. Put the pan on a rimmed baking sheet.

In a bowl, whisk together the espresso, brown sugar, molasses, oil, eggs and fresh ginger. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Add the wet ingredients along with the crystallized ginger, and stir to combine. The batter will be quite loose.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then remove the pan sides and slide the gingerbread onto a serving plate. Serve warm with heaps of whipped cream. Makes one 9-inch (23-cm.) gingerbread.

Baker’s Note: Make the gingerbread into a dessert fit for company by serving slices topped with poached pears and cream whipped with a big pinch of ground ginger.

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Tres Leches Cake

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In this version of tres leches cake, a dessert that’s popular in many parts of Latin America, a simple white cake is soaked in a luscious sauce made from three milks and a hit of rum. For a colorful presentation, garnish the fluffy, glossy meringue frosting with tropical fruits like papaya, mango and pineapple.

Tres Leches Cake

For the cake:
1⁄2 cup (4 oz./125 g) vegetable shortening
1 1⁄2 cups (12 oz./375 g) sugar
2 large eggs
2 1⁄4 cups (9 oz./280 g) sifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) whole milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the tres leches sauce:
1 can (14 fl. oz./430 ml) sweetened condensed milk
1 can (12 fl. oz./375 ml) evaporated milk
1⁄2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) heavy cream
3 Tbs. dark rum
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the meringue frosting:
3⁄4 cup (6 oz./185 g) sugar
3 large egg whites
1⁄4 tsp. cream of tartar

Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) baking pan. Dust with flour and shake out the excess.

To make the cake, in a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the shortening on high speed until fluffy. Add the sugar a little at a time, beating until fluffy between additions. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated after each addition, about 2 minutes total. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and vanilla. Add one-third of the milk mixture to the egg mixture and beat until well mixed, then add one-third of the flour mixture. Repeat twice more, beating well after each addition. Scrape the batter into the pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then invert the cake onto a platter and let cool completely.

To make the tres leches sauce, in a bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream, rum and vanilla. Poke the cake all over with a fork, and spoon the sauce over the surface, a little at a time, allowing the cake to absorb the sauce before adding more. A little sauce may pool on the platter, but the cake should absorb almost all of it. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour.

To make the frosting, in a saucepan, bring the sugar and 1⁄2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) water to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat and simmer, washing down the sides of the pan as crystals form with a pastry brush dipped in cold water. While the sugar is cooking, in a clean metal bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on high speed until stiff peaks form. Cook the sugar syrup until a candy thermometer registers 230°F (110°C), 10 to 12 minutes. Slowly add the boiling syrup in a thin stream to the beating egg whites until all the syrup is incorporated. Continue beating until the meringue frosting is cooled and glossy. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Spread the meringue frosting on the cake, cover, and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours and up to 8 hours. Serve chilled, cut into squares. Serves 10 to 12.

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Recipe Roundup: Hearty Breakfasts

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Ward off the winter chill with these rib-sticking breakfast and brunch favorites. They’re perfect for a celebratory weekend with friends and family in town!

 

Poached Eggs with White Bean-Tomato RagoutPoached Eggs with White Bean-Tomato Ragout
White beans simmered with pancetta, rosemary and fire-roasted tomatoes make an enticing base for poached eggs. Serve with thick slices of broiled country bread.
Smoked Salmon Frittata with Goat Cheese and ChivesSmoked Salmon Frittata with Goat Cheese and Chives
Fold your favorite seasonal ingredients into fluffy eggs for a meal in a skillet. Here, delicate smoked fish is combined with tangy goat cheese and fresh, oniony chives.
Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Waffles with Homemade Pecan Maple ButterSpiced Pecan Pumpkin Waffles with Homemade Pecan Maple Butter

Nothing warms up a chilly autumn morning quite like these spiced pumpkin waffles, which are easy to make using our mix. Here we top them with homemade pecan-maple butter, but you can substitute regular unsalted butter instead.

 

Mushroom Omelette with Fontina and ThymeMushroom Omelette with Fontina and Thyme
The earthy flavors of mushroom, thyme and fontina cheese make a wonderful combination in an omelette. Serve with artisan bread, brushed with extra-virgin olive oil and toasted under the broiler.
Corn and Chili Strata with Mexican ChorizoCorn and Chili Strata with Mexican Chorizo
Strata, a casserole of eggs, bread, cheese and other ingredients, is a busy cook’s secret weapon: The dish can be assembled the night before, then baked the next morning to golden perfection. Use fresh Mexican-style chorizo, not smoked Spanish sausage links, for this Southwestern version, which is studded with mild green chilies and sweet corn.
Bacon-and-Cheddar-Cornmeal-JohnnycakesBacon-and-Cheddar Cornmeal Johnnycakes
The subtle crunch of cornmeal gives johnnycakes appealing texture and a bit of heft. This version, embellished with crisp bits of bacon and sharp cheddar cheese and served with honey or syrup, makes a delightful sweet-and-salty breakfast treat.
Breakfast Hash with Bell Pepper and Swiss ChardBreakfast Hash with Bell Pepper and Swiss Chard
Red peppers, sausage, potatoes and earthy chard combine to make this satisfying one-pot hash. Top with fried eggs, and serve fried bacon slices alongside.
Steel-Cut Oats with Honeyed Pears and Glazed PecansSteel-Cut Oats with Honeyed Pears and Glazed Pecans
Steel-cut oats result in a textured oatmeal, with a deliciously chewy yet tender bite. They do require longer simmering than regular oatmeal, but it’s worth the effort. Top with crunchy sugared pecans and cinnamon-coated pears, and you’ll be in oatmeal heaven.
Potato, Egg and Cheese Breakfast TacosPotato, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Tacos

There are so many variations on the theme of eggs and tortillas that it’s hard to pick a favorite. When you want something especially hearty, try this version, which includes panfried potatoes. The fresh salsa is essential.

 

Spiced Cider DoughnutsSpiced Cider Doughnuts
You may wonder if making your own doughnuts is worth the effort. Just one bite of these sugar-glazed deep-fried treats will prove it is. The spicy flavor is sure to bring back memories of crisp autumn mornings and relaxing breakfasts in flannel pajamas.
Broccoli Rabe, Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella StrataBroccoli Rabe, Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella Strata
Broccoli rabe has a slightly bitter taste with overtones of sweet mustard. Layer it with egg-soaked sourdough bread, pesto and Italian cheese in this gorgeous winter strata.
Pumpkin Quick BreadPumpkin Quick Bread
True to its name, this bread comes together in no time, thanks to our premium mix. And what could be more enticing than the aroma of spiced pumpkin bread studded with pecans emerging from the oven?
Pizzas with Eggs and BaconPizzas with Eggs and Bacon
A breakfast pizza is a delicious way to dress up bacon and eggs. To save time in the morning, make the dough the day before and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator.
Brussels Sprouts and Potato Hash with Fried EggsBrussels Sprouts and Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
An unexpected twist on a classic, brussels sprouts add a delicious crunch to traditional hash. Serve with a warm baguette for any meal. If you have leftover cooked brussels sprouts or potatoes, this recipe is a great way to use them up.
Cheese-and-Marmalade French Toast SandwichesCheese-and-Marmalade French Toast Sandwiches

If you grew up eating plain French toast made from generic white bread, this decadent stacked version filled with cream cheese and marmalade is a revelation. To ensure the sandwiches cook through, first brown them on the griddle and then pop them in the oven to finish.

 

Eggs Florentine with Savory Waffles and Herbed HollandaiseEggs Florentine with Savory Waffles and Herbed Hollandaise
In this delicious twist on eggs Florentine, we swap in savory waffles for the traditional English muffins. Fresh parsley lends color and flavor to the hollandaise sauce, and crispy hash browns make the perfect side.
Apple Oven PancakeApple Oven Pancake
This cross between a souffle and an omelet is oven-baked in a hot pan instead of on the stovetop. Here, we embellish it with crisp apples, but you can substitute Anjou or Red Bartlett pears, if you like.
Potato and Pepper FrittataPotato and Pepper Frittata
This hearty frittata stars potatoes and sweet bell peppers. Plump and golden, it shows how no more than a few eggs, a handful of vegetables and a sprinkling of cheese can become a simple yet hearty meal to start the day.