Hello out there! I realized recently that it had been a while since I made a stop on the NC Bakery Tour. Coincidentally, we had plans with our friends Sam and Ashley, the latter of whom loves desserts as much as I do.
I had never heard of Buttercream’s Bakeshop in Apex, but I was more than willing to give it a try. Side note: We went to Anna’s Pizzeria for lunch before dessert, and I’ve officially found my new favorite pizza place. Their ziti pizza was crazy good. (If you’ve never heard of ziti pizza, it’s exactly what it sounds like – carbs on carbs, aka heaven.)
This sticker belongs on my car, although it hasn’t made it there yet. But my friend Rachel got it for me as a perfect birthday present, being that I’m a born and raised New Yorker living in North Carolina. I love that I feel like I belong on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. (Although yes, I’m more at home in the North. That may never change!)
I am guilty of the sin of not having any pictures of these cookies. In my defense, my grandmother wouldn’t let anyone touch them.
I’ll back up a little. Recently, my mom and I went and spent a week with my grandmother (her mother) in Arizona. She has existed on no white flour, no sugar, no red meat and no dairy for at least a decade now. So of course, she wouldn’t touch most of what I make with a ten foot pole. So of course, I had to find a recipe that she would eat.
We spent a lot of our New York vacation eating. Since this is a dessert blog, I won’t go into too much detail on lunches and dinners, but some things are too good not to mention. But outside of the dessert tour, here are the other goodies we ate!
After an unintentional three-year hiatus from spending any significant time in NYC, husband and I had an adventurous Memorial Day weekend in which we spent one day in Orange County, half a day in Westchester County and 2.5 days in the city.
We ate such an incredible amount of food during that time that I have decided to split it into three separate blog posts, because otherwise it would be far too long. This is part one – the dessert tour.
Long time, no write! Not long time no bake, though. I was having some website issues but they have been solved (for now).
The first thing I made after the Passover cupcakes was a recipe partially of my own creation, but I have dubbed them Version 1, so I’m not sharing them yet. However, Version 1 did land me my second paying job! I’m going to make Version 2 before the for-pay cupcakes need to be done, so we’ll see if the payee likes my improvements.
I have a love/hate relationship with Passover. On the one hand, seders are fun and involve delicious food. On the other hand, all my favorite foods are taboo for a week!
In the olden times (like when I was a kid), there was no such thing as a good Passover dessert, besides macaroons. Passover cakes and cookies were always dry and tasted weird. But that is no longer true, and these cookies, snagged from The Shiksa in the Kitchen, prove it!
Ah, the snickerdoodle. Simple, yet so delicious. Who doesn’t love them? My sisters and I made them all the time as kids, but I hadn’t made them in years. Then I found this recipe.
The only thing that could make snickerdoodles better is to make them soft and chewy! Oh man, did this recipe deliver. The dough was super thick so I had a tiny bit at the bottom of the stand mixer that didn’t get incorporated, but I got about 2 dozen good-size cookies.
One of the secrets to these, of course, is under-baking. It took exactly 11 minutes for these babies to be perfect! I took them to my office today and they disappeared. I wonder how many batches of these I have to bring in to get a raise?