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Most Popular Recipes of 2018

Hello! How was your Christmas (or your Tuesday, if you don’t do Christmas)? I had a ball eating and laughing and gallivanting around Austin with my family. We cooked like crazy and spent most of the rest of the time loving on these three sweet pups. Don’t you love their matching jammies?Most Popular Recipes of 2018It’s hard to believe that 2018 is ending—how was Maine four months ago? how am I now closer to 34 than to 33?—but here we are.

My year-end blog tradition is to do a rundown of the ten most popular recipes on this site over the last 365-ish days, so…well, let’s get to it, shall we?
Most Popular Recipes of 2018Most Popular Recipes of 201810. Caramel Pudding/Wedding Cake. July feels so long ago now that I almost forgot I spent half that month making my biggest single baked good to date: a three-tiered eighteen-layer wedding cake with alternating layers of chocolate and caramel pudding! Every recipe that went into the finished cake is on this site (and explained in further detail in my Let’s Make a Wedding Cake series), but this caramel pudding is the surprise hit of them all! It’s made completely from scratch and is just as good by itself as it is layered with vanilla cake.
Most Popular Recipes of 20189. Blueberry Kolaches. If you’ve never heard of a kolache before, you must never have driven from Dallas/Fort Worth to Austin! For the uninitiated, they’re a pillowy-soft filled Czech pastry. This version is made with blueberries, but if you’re looking for something a little more seasonal, check out my recipe for kolaches filled with fresh grapefruit curd.Most Popular Recipes of 20188. Buttermilk Biscuits & Chocolate Gravy. I was raised with Texan grandmothers, so you know I love a fluffy, flaky biscuit. This is my second go-round with this southern staple (the first is here), and while they’re pretty great by themselves, they’re even better with rich, silky chocolate gravy.
Most Popular Recipes of 20187. Banana Pudding Cookies. Y’all sure do love banana pudding! There’s been a twist on that classic on every top 10 list so far. Maybe I’ll make the real deal in 2019, but until then, I’ll get my fix with these cookies. They don’t contain any pudding mix, but they taste *exactly* like banana pudding. The best.
Most Popular Recipes of 20186. Rosemary-Parmesan Cheese Straws. Who doesn’t love a cheese straw? Crispy, flaky, cheesy—perfect with a cocktail or mocktail, or just on their own. These Rosemary-Parmesan Cheese Straws have been a favorite this holiday season and were even featured on Buzzfeed a few weeks ago! #isthisreallife
Most Popular Recipes of 20185. Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Pecan Crust. We’re all familiar Pumpkin Pie—it’s spiced and wonderful and it’s simply not Thanksgiving without it. But did you know that you can make it without eggs, granulated sugar, and pastry crust? And that this vegan, gluten-free, pecan-crusted version might actually be better than the original? Give it a try and you may agree.Most Popular Recipes of 20184. Maple Layer Cake. Wedding Cake aside, this might be my favorite layer cake of the year. It’s stunning, simple, and bursting with maple flavor!
Most Popular Recipes of 20183. Toasted Oat Graham Crackers. These crispy, crunchy, non-traditional graham crackers were created for the express purpose of eating vegan gluten-free s’mores while on my annual trip to Maine. They’re super easy to make (the dough comes together in a food processor!) and they’re so much more than just a vehicle for melty chocolate and toasted marshmallow…although they’re reeeeeeally good at that. If you’re into making things with gluten-free oats, check out these Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies, too. So dang good.Most Popular Recipes of 20182. Silky Smooth Sweet Potato Pie. I was surprised to see this pie in the top 10, but I shouldn’t be. I mean, what’s not to love about sweet potato pie?! This version is made with a twice-sieved filling, so it’s rich, dense, and not at all fibrous.Most Popular Recipes of 20181. Chocolate Mousse Cake. This cake was originally published in 2017, and I’m so glad to see it getting its due now. This triple decker grain-free beauty is made with my favorite flourless chocolate cake, an easy chocolate mousse, and a thick layer of whipped cream—need I say more? Make one for your New Year’s Eve celebration; it’s the perfect way to move into 2019.Most Popular Recipes of 2018
Did your favorite E2 Bakes recipe make the cut? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Happy New Year ❤

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Friday Favorites: Pie

I have a few questions for you.

  1. Have you watched Salt Fat Acid Heat yet? If not, get on it. Samin Nosrat is a freaking queen—a great chef, a delight to watch, and a woman who eats unapologetically and asks for seconds. If you are into food and feminism (and I hope you are!), you’re going to love this show.
  2. Do you love or hate Chris Kimball? I’ve been listening to the Milk Street podcast all week and I can’t decide how I feel about him. I mean, it’s not going to keep me from watching his show or making his recipes. He seems a little too…let’s say persnickety…these days.
  3. Have you started planning your Thanksgiving menu yet? The big day is only 27 days away! I’ve got a few new recipes coming your way (appetizers and sides included!), but aside from the turkey, we all know pie is the most important part 🙂 Here are a few holiday favorites from my archives to get you inspired before the biggest food holiday of the year.Friday Favorites: Pie

Cream Cheese Pie Dough

I started making this Cream Cheese Pie Dough in the spring of 2015 and haven’t looked back since. It’s made with two cold fats, cream cheese and butter, and has a little buttermilk for tenderness. This combination makes for an extra flaky crust—I’ve had friends compare this crust to having a pie wrapped in croissant dough. YUM.Friday Favorites: Pie
Pumpkin Pie

It’s just not Thanksgiving without Pumpkin Pie! My spin on this warmly-spiced classic involves folding whipped egg whites into the usual pumpkin custard. The resulting pie is lighter than most, but every bit as delicious.Friday Favorites: Pie
Chocolate Buttermilk Pie

If you are into soft, rich, dense chocolate things (and who isn’t?!), this is the pie for you. It’s super easy to put together and bakes up like a dream, and it’s so damn chocolaty it’s ridiculous. Put this one on the menu for sure. And vanilla ice cream. You’re going to want vanilla ice cream.Friday Favorites: Pie
Silky Smooth Sweet Potato Pie

This is a pie I didn’t know I wanted. I’ve always been pretty strict about only eating sweet potatoes in savory applications, but I am here to tell you that I was wrong. So, so wrong.

This pie, made with fresh sweet potatoes and just a hint of spice, is a new favorite of mine. I can’t wait to make it again this year.Friday Favorites: Pie
Black Bottom Pear & Almond Pie

This is one of my very favorite recipes on this site 🙂 Made by layering poached pears and homemade almond pastry cream over a puddle of dark chocolate ganache (AKA a “black bottom”), it’s absolutely delicious. This pie takes a little more work than the others on this list, but it is a guaranteed Thanksgiving Day showstopper.

Have you made any of these or any of my other Thanksgiving recipes? Let me know in the comments or on social media! And don’t forget to check back for a few new pies before November 22nd 🙂
Friday Favorites: Pie

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