Friday Favorites: Berries

Every year, I look forward to all the berries that show up in the late spring and early summer. When I’m not eating them by the box, straight from the fridge, I’m tipping them into all sorts of baked goods and other warm-weather treats! There are loads of fresh berry-based recipes in my Recipe Index and there are at least a few more coming this summer, but I thought maybe you could use a little baking inspiration this weekend. Here are some of my “berry” favorites 🙂Friday Favorites: Berries
Blueberry Muffins

Is there any berry-based treat more iconic than Blueberry Muffins?! My version of this classic recipe stays super moist and tender thanks to a combination of both melted butter and oil, as well as a cup of buttermilk in the batter. And that’s to say nothing of all the soft, jammy, bursting blueberries ❤ Friday Favorites: Berries
Blueberry Kolaches

And speaking of blueberries, they are the stunning centerpiece of these soft, buttery homemade kolaches. I formulated the base recipe over the winter to go with a homemade grapefruit curd filling, but I am totally over-the-moon for this summery fresh berry version.Friday Favorites: Berries
Raspberry Fudgsicles

Now, one for the days that it’s too hot to bake. I am all too familiar—the kitchen is the only un-air conditioned room of my apartment. Luckily, there is no need to heat up your home to make these vegan, sugar-free ice pops! These frozen treats are made with super-nutritious ingredients like avocado, coconut milk, and medjool dates, and flavored with cocoa (I recommend dutch process) and fresh raspberries. If you want to jazz them up even further, you could give them a dip in my Homemade Chocolate Shell!Friday Favorites: Berries
Brown Butter Strawberry Shortcakes

As far as I am concerned, these are the best strawberry shortcakes on the planet. You may feel otherwise, but rich, flaky brown butter biscuits, whipped cream, and macerated fresh strawberries are pretty difficult to argue with!Friday Favorites: Berries
Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

There’s a brief window every year where rhubarb and strawberries are both in season at the same time—I highly recommend you take advantage of it and make yourself a galette! This freeform pie is simple to make and wrapped up in a Whole Wheat Pie Dough that plays beautifully off these seasonal flavors.Friday Favorites: Berries
Blackberry Pie

Another thing that goes well with Whole Wheat Pie Dough? Fresh blackberries! I picked every berry in the pictured pie while in Maine last summer, but if you haven’t scheduled a late summer vacation in coastal New England, grocery store blackberries will work just as well 🙂 Friday Favorites: Berries
Red, White & Blueberry Cake

The Fourth of July is coming up in a few weeks and this berry-centric is a perfect centerpiece! Thin layers of white cake, whipped cream frosting, sliced strawberries, and blueberries make for a delicious, festive dessert.Friday Favorites: Berries
Have you made any of these recipes? What do you like to make with fresh berries? Let me know on Instagram @e2bakesbrooklyn or in the comments!

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-Up

The Super Bowl is coming up in just over a week and…

Well, to be honest, football just isn’t my thing. But Justin Timberlake and game day food are definitely my things. If it’s salty, crunchy, cheesy, made with Frank’s Red Hot, or is basically just a giant cookie, I. am. in.

The archives are loaded with big game-worthy recipes, but I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up a few of my favorites to give you a little Super Bowl party inspiration!

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpGuacamole
I have never once brought guacamole to a party and gone home with leftovers. Not once. I make damn good guacamole, y’all. I don’t have some magical secret ingredient or any crazy methods—just buy good, ripe avocados and taste, taste, taste. Follow the recipe, adjust for salt and lime, and use sturdy chips. I promise you won’t have any leftovers.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpChorizo Cornbread {Gluten-Free}
Cornbread is pretty perfect all on its own, but I love this version. Slightly sweet and studded with salty chorizo, this cornbread makes an excellent soup side. And speaking of chorizo…

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBeef & Chorizo Chili
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Super Bowl party that didn’t have some sort of chili on the menu. This Beef & Chorizo version was a happy accident that became a favorite 🙂

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBuffalo Chicken Biscuits
Buffalo chicken is a game day classic! Instead of making traditional wings, shred it up and serve it on cream biscuits—everyone loves sliders! Don’t forget the bleu cheese and celery sticks 🙂

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpCaramelized Mushroom Tostadas
Who could say no to crispy tostadas loaded with sweet & earthy caramelized mushrooms, quick-pickled red onion, a swipe of guacamole, and salty cotija cheese?! This combination of textures and flavors is guaranteed to be a hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike 🙂 Need them to be vegan? Just skip the cheese.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpUltimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
If you’re into chocolate and peanut butter, this is the dessert for you! These cocoa brownies are topped with a layer of peanut butter cream and studded with miniature peanut butter cups, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, and peanuts—so freaking good.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpBrown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
As Julia Child once said “A party without cake is just a meeting.” I’m not sure that a Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is exactly what she had in mind, but it fits the bill on Super Bowl Sunday! This simple dessert is easier than making a batch of cookies and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Friday Favorites: Game Day Round-UpWill you be serving any of these dishes next Sunday? Let me know on Instagram!

Most Popular Recipes of 2017

This is a list of the ten most popular recipes on this site for this past year, but I know one short list can’t speak for all of you (or the other 200+ recipes in the archives). If you don’t see your favorite E2 Bakes recipe on this list, feel free to tell me about it in the comments or on social media—I love seeing what you bake up!

With just three days to go before we launch into 2018, let’s see which of my recipes y’all loved the most over the last year.

Most Popular Recipes of 201710) Overnight Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

This is easily my favorite recipe of 2017 and was featured on The Kitchn’s Instagram feed! These shop-quality doughnuts are made in three simple steps before being dipped in a chocolate glaze and showered with rainbow sprinkles. Oh, and they’re literally the best doughnuts I’ve ever had. Ever. Ever ever ever.

Most Popular Recipes of 20179) Sweet Cherry Shortbread Bars

These shortbread bars are a twist on classic sweet cherry pie, but waaaaaay easier than making pie. A quick shortbread dough serves as the base and topping for these bars, with a layer of nutmeg-scented sweet cherries in between—yum! Cherries are out of season in the winter of course, but you may use frozen or canned or go in a more seasonal direction and make these Apple Shortbread Bars.

Most Popular Recipes of 20178) Iced Sugar Cookies {Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies & Quick-Dry Royal Icing}

Everybody loves the look of Iced Sugar Cookies, but the flavor can be hit-or-miss. After years of tinkering and messing with piping bags, I’m happy to report that these cookies are even more delicious than they are beautiful.

Most Popular Recipes of 20177) Cashew Butter Snickerdoodles {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

These little cookies were a happy accident. Their formula is based on the popular three-ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe, but uses cashew butter instead. This take on classic Snickerdoodles is a favorite among my vegan and gluten-free friends, but I am neither of those things and I’m crazy about ‘em, too.

Most Popular Recipes of 20176) No-Churn Banana Pudding Ice Cream

This was last year’s #1 recipe and I’m so happy it made the list again in 2017! If you love banana pudding, ice cream, and easy recipes, this one’s for you. Maybe wait til it’s not 18 degrees outside to make it though.

Most Popular Recipes of 20175) Chipotle-Sweet Potato Hummus & Homemade Pita Chips

Smoky, spicy, sweet, savory, hearty, and nutritious—all these words describe my Chipotle-Sweet Potato Hummus! It’s made with roasted sweet potato and chickpeas and, paired with my easy baked pita chips, makes a great mid-afternoon snack. You could also stretch it into a light lunch with a side salad.

Most Popular Recipes of 20174) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Cookies

This slightly lower calorie alternative to traditional Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies was an instant hit when I posted it last year. It makes perfect sense, of course—who doesn’t love soft, chewy, chocolaty cookies?!

Most Popular Recipes of 20173) Marzipan Bundt Cake

Marzipan is one of my favorite candies, and this bundt cake showcases its sweet almond flavor in a totally irresistible way! This recipe is a Pinterest favorite, and with its beautiful texture and stunning appearance, it’s easy to see why.

Most Popular Recipes of 20172) Cashew Butter Ginger Cookies {Vegan & Gluten-Free}

Y’all seem to love cashew butter cookies. This recipe, made with molasses and ginger and given a roll in sugar, is a new holiday favorite of mine. I especially love that I can share these cookies with my gluten-free vegan friends—I love inclusive treats.

Most Popular Recipes of 20171) Cornmeal Pancakes {Vegan & Gluten-Free} with Blackberry Compote

I love that a recipe I created while in my favorite place is the current most-popular recipe on this site. These soft, not-too-sweet Cornmeal Pancakes were a hit with my friends this past summer (despite their unusual egg swap), and it seems like y’all love them too.

How many times have I said “love” in this post? It feels like a lot. But I do love baking, running this site, and you all for reading it, and I hope you have a wonderful start to 2018. See you next year!

Most Popular Recipes of 2017

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Happy Friday! I’m headed up north to Cambridge, MA, to celebrate my sister’s birthday–keep an eye out next week for her cake!

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin EditionHeading up to New England in the fall has me daydreaming about–what else–pumpkin! While I am not one of those people who needs everything I eat this time of year to be bright orange and pumpkin-flavored (still baffled by the pumpkin spice almond milk at Trader Joe’s…), I do enjoy my fair share of the seasonal favorite.

I don’t have a new pumpkin recipe for you today, but I have lots in my archives. Here are some of my favorites 😍Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Make Your Own Pumpkin Purée

Buying canned pumpkin purée is certainly the easiest way to get it into your baked goods, but every once in a while, it’s fun to make your own! This tutorial starts with helping you find the right pumpkin, and then gives you a full-photo step-by-step look into the whole process.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Pie Spice

By itself, pumpkin doesn’t have a very strong flavor–Pumpkin Pie Spice is actually what we’re all so in love with 😍 It’s all over store shelves this time of year, but I suggest making your own; it’s much more economical than buying those tiny jars, and you can control the flavor. My favorite blend is souped up with cardamom and black pepper. It sounds weird, but don’t knock it ’till you try it!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Pie

We may be two months away from Thanksgiving, but it’s never too early to get your Pumpkin Pie fix! My recipe is lighter than most, thanks to the addition of whipped egg whites.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Scones

Start your day with pumpkin spice! These soft-in-the-center, nubbly-at-the-edges Pumpkin Scones are a great weekend breakfast option.Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

As far as weekday breakfasts go, these Pumpkin Oat Muffins can’t be beat! They’re super soft, full of flavor, and an easy grab-and-go option. Did I mention they have chocolate in them?!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies

I posted a recipe for classic Oatmeal Creme Pies a few weeks ago, but these pumpkin-spiced Little Debbie knock-offs were one of my first posts ever 😮 They’ve got the soft cookies and marshmallow filling you love, and plenty of pumpkin flavor!Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Have you made this cake yet? I know I only posted it last week, but I love it and can’t wait to hear what you think! It’s super flavorful, stays soft for days, and beyond that, it just looks pretty.

Are you into pumpkin? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great weekend.

Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Edition

Friday Favorites: No-Bake Recipes

I have not forgotten you, I promise.

My oven died an untimely death last Wednesday, so I have not baked a thing in over a week. The stove still works, but the one day I was planning to make a batch of doughnuts for this blog, we had an electrical surge and were left without power for fourteen hours. The universe just did not want me to bake this week. Ah, well.

It’s odd not being able to do something I’ve done nearly everyday for four years, but I’d be lying if I said I haven’t enjoyed having a little forced break from baking. I have gone to bed earlier, washed fewer dishes, and spent a little more time outside (but also watched most of Girls). I also bought myself a bunch of new clothes and went a little nuts and booked a trip to Maine with my little sister. I clearly need my oven back so I can do more than browse AirBNB to fill my time.

As I sit here waiting for a technician to arrive and replace the oven’s heating element, I’m ready to get back to work. He’s been here twice already, so let’s hope the third time’s the charm. In the meantime, here are a few recipes from my archives that don’t require a functioning oven!

Oreo Peanut Butter

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesOreos and peanut butter are a match made in heaven! Here the chocolatey cookies and salty peanuts are blitzed together in the bowl of a food processor until nice and creamy. This stuff is excellent by itself on toast, but I highly recommend pairing it with marshmallow fluff for the best Fluffernutter sandwich of your life.

Funfetti Cookie Dough Truffles

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesYou can’t bake cookies without an oven, but when you have truffles filled with sprinkle-studded cookie dough, who cares? These easy no-bake treats are made with an edible, eggless cookie dough that is formulated specifically to be eaten raw!

No-Churn Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesWhile we’re on the subject of edible, eggless cookie dough, let me introduce you to your new favorite ice cream. As you might have guessed, it’s a combination of mint chocolate chip and chocolate chip cookie dough, and it doesn’t require an ice cream machine–the best of all worlds.

Ultimate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Snack Mix

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesThis stuff gets me into trouble. There’s chocolate, peanut butter, cereal, candy, a delectable confectioner’s sugar coating…let’s just say that when I start, I can’t stop.

Brownie Mix

Friday Favorites: No-Bake RecipesJust because you can’t actually bake my Cocoa Brownies yourself doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give them to someone else! Just layer the dry ingredients in a jar, attach a card with instructions, and give it to someone you love. If you’re lucky, they’ll invite you over to share 😊

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram @e2bakesbrooklyn.

Cross your fingers for my oven!