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Friday Favorites: 2019

Hello! Happy 2020! I’ve started this new year (decade?!) out by putting myself on a self-imposed kitchen break. I messed up four cakes in a row, so I figured I might be…dare I say…tired. Just a little worn out.

It makes sense—I cranked out about 100 new recipes last year, plus many celebration cakes and family dinners. I deserve a little break. Rest assured, I’ll be back in action next week, but it’s been nice to watch quality television and catch a couple of shows I’ve been meaning to see for months. And, of course, to reflect on some of my favorite things I made last year. Put simply, these are the recipes I had the most fun making, eating and sharing in 2019.Friday Favorites: 2019Neapolitan Cake

This certainly wasn’t the easiest thing I made this year, but sometimes the intricate things are the most fun to make. One batter, three kinds of cake and corresponding buttercreams organized in a checkerboard pattern and piped to a ridiculous degree…it’s not for everyone. But every once in a while, it’s fun to give in to a big project, especially when it’s time to slice it up.Friday Favorites: 2019Flourless Italian Rainbow Cookies

And speaking of “project” baking, these Flourless Italian Rainbow Cookies were one of my favorite mysteries to figure out last year. Nailing down the right ratio of almond paste to eggs to almond flour was challenging and tedious, yes, but it was also really fun. In retrospect, it’s probably why my brain is so deeply fried right now. #worthitFriday Favorites: 2019Pretzel Shortbread

This is a simple recipe, but it took a few tries to get it just right. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Lost Bread Co., these crisp, salty-sweet cookies are made with ground pretzels and then “pretzeled” themselves!Friday Favorites: 2019Lazy Lemon Curd + Lemon Meringue S’mores

This three ingredient lemon curd is hardly a recipe, but smear it on a graham cracker and squish it together with a toasted marshmallow and…well, it’s love. Lemon meringue love.Friday Favorites: 2019Buttermilk Pie with Oatmeal Crust

Once a reader said she used my Toasted Oat Graham Cracker dough as her pie crust, I knew I had to try it for myself. I made a few tweaks (couldn’t help myself!), but I love this chewy, cookie-esque crust almost as much as the vanilla-scented buttermilk custard baked into it.Friday Favorites: 2019Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

I am not the best cookie decorator in the world, but tell me these aren’t adorable. Add to them that the cookies below the icing are rich, chocolaty and simple to make, and you’ve got your Valentine’s Day treat sorted. Not bad for the third day of the new year.Friday Favorites: 2019Frarej {Lebanese Lemon Chicken}

This is my family’s take on a hometown favorite. Lemony and garlicky as all get out, Frarej will become one of your family’s favorites, too!Friday Favorites: 2019Hot Fudge

I look forward to making ice cream toppings every summer. They’re fun to tinker with and always better than what you find at the grocery store. That goes double for this Hot Fudge, which is less sweet than you’d expect, but no less irresistible.Friday Favorites: 2019Carrot Cake Petit Fours

I won’t lie, these almost killed me—poured fondant is not for the faint of heart—but were they ever worth the effort.Friday Favorites: 2019Peanut Butter Marble Cake

I made this for my birthday and my six-year sobriety anniversary last year, and if I had it in me to bake right now, it’s the cake I’d choose to ring in the new decade. Chocolaty, peanut buttery, festive and fun—who could ask for anything more?

Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments or on social media!Friday Favorites: 2019

Most Popular Recipes of 2019

Another year has come and gone! Time to round up the most clicked and baked recipes of 2019 😊

As with previous year-in-review posts, a few of 2018’s most popular recipes have crept onto 2019’s list, including the top spot. There are some new “faces” too, of course, and each one has earned its spot in the, um…pantheon?…of your favorite E2 Bakes recipes because—make no mistake—this list has been curated by you. I’ll be posting a list of *my* favorite recipes of the past year later this week before returning to regular blogging next Wednesday.

Whether you’re new to my little blog or you’ve been with me from the beginning, thanks for being a part of this community. I wish you all a happy, healthy, joyful 2020 with lots of sweets and treats!Most Popular Recipes of 201910. Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats

These easy, food processor-friendly dog treats have been a hit with every canine who has tried them! Made with good and good-for-pups ingredients like oats, pumpkin purée, natural peanut butter and coconut oil, these are a fun way to let your dog friends know you love them.Most Popular Recipes of 20199. Toasted Oat Graham Crackers

I made these vegan gluten-free oat grahams to accommodate a friend on a trip to Maine a couple of years ago, and I’m so happy they’ve become popular with so many of you! I know at least one reader has used this dough as a crust for her pumpkin pie. I haven’t tried that specifically, but used her idea as inspiration for this year’s Oatmeal Pie Crust.Most Popular Recipes of 20198. Cornmeal Biscuits

Cornmeal Biscuits are the best of two worlds. If you can’t decide between cornbread and buttermilk biscuits, don’t fret—you can have them both! And if you’re feeling kicky, you can add pimento cheese flavors and make the best BLT of your life.Most Popular Recipes of 20197. Maple Layer Cake

This cake made an appearance on last year’s list, and I’m so happy to see it again. It’s got four tender layers, three doses of pure maple syrup, and a crunchy sugar topping you’ll love. Maple is most popular in the fall, but it’s actually a spring flavor, so I hope you’ll make this sooner than later.Most Popular Recipes of 20196. Pumpkin Pie with Toasted Pecan Crust

Another favorite from last year, I actually prefer this vegan gluten-free take on Pumpkin Pie to the butter-crusted custard-based original.Most Popular Recipes of 20195. French Apple Cake

There are a million French Apple Cake recipes out there, but this one is mine. It’s got tons of apples, buttery batter and a golden top that you won’t be able to resist!Most Popular Recipes of 20194. Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I am crazy for this delicious and deliciously-easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! It’s made with plenty of brown sugar and pineapple juice, and has that beautiful caramel mosaic upside-down topping that we all know and love.Most Popular Recipes of 20193. Coconut Custard Pie

Coconut Custard Pie is the wintry sister of Coconut Cream Pie. They’re both made with a lot of the same ingredients, but this one’s filling is baked until toasty instead of cooked on the stovetop.Most Popular Recipes of 20192. Chocolate Macaroon Tart

This was one of the big surprises of the year. I had no plans to make this tart until I was actively making it, and it’s now a favorite of yours and mine! I can see why—how often do you find a dessert that’s five ingredients, grain- and egg-free, is basically a giant coconut macaroon filled with chocolate, and is dead easy?!Most Popular Recipes of 20191. Silky Smooth Sweet Potato Pie

The pie that was #2 last year has taken the top spot! Super smooth, beautiful and loaded with two pounds of sweet potatoes, I hope this recipe will find its way onto your tables for years to come.

Have you made any of these recipes? What was your favorite E2 Bakes recipe this year? Let me know in the comments or on social media!Most Popular Recipes of 2019

Friday Favorites: Maple Syrup

Hello from San Francisco! I’m visiting to celebrate my best friend, Tad’s 35th birthday (it’s today!) and do whatever people do in San Francisco. I’ve never been here before, so I’m excited to find out what that is. So far, it’s seeing Hamilton (again!) on tour and going to Sausalito.

What all this has to do with maple syrup and baking, I don’t know. What I do know is that I love to cook and bake with maple syrup, especially this time of year. It’s so delicate, but has incredible depth and versatility. I love it on pancakes and waffles, of course, but I’ve used it in everything from cookies to cake to nut butter to popcorn to pie! I’ve even got a new maple-centric recipe coming at you next week. But first, here are five of my favorite maple recipes from the archives.

Friday Favorites: Maple SyrupMaple Creme Sandwich Cookies

This is the first maple-based recipe ever to appear on this blog, and one of the first recipes to appear on this blog, period. I hated the photos, and so have sort of buried it in the archives…but no more! I re-baked the recipe this week, so now the photos reflect how delicious these chewy, creme-filled sandwich cookies actually are. Oh, they are goooood. I’ve had more than a few people claim these are the best cookies they’ve ever eaten. I don’t know about that, but I mean…they’re not not the best cookies I’ve ever eaten.

Friday Favorites: Maple SyrupMaple Layer Cake

I made this cake on a whim last fall and it’s still one of my favorite recipes on this site! It’s easy to see why. There’s plenty of pure maple syrup baked into and brushed onto the cake layers, and plenty more whipped into buttercream! This would make a great fall birthday cake or non-pie Thanksgiving dessert.

Friday Favorites: Maple SyrupMaple Pecan Pie

I made this pie nearly three years ago when this blog turned one! It’s got all the sweet, sticky, gooey nuttiness you want in a pecan pie, but it’s made with pure maple syrup instead of the usual dark corn syrup.

Friday Favorites: Maple SyrupMaple-Roasted Pecan Butter

If you’ve never made homemade pecan butter, go do it right now. Don’t forget to add a little maple syrup and spice and to spread it on every piece of bread and fruit in your house.

Friday Favorites: Maple SyrupSalty Maple Caramel Corn

Y’all, storebought caramel corn has nothing on this salty, maple-spiked homemade version. Not. A. Thing. Sweet & salty with a crisp, glass-like exterior—good luck not eating the entire batch yourself!Friday Favorites: Maple Syrup

Have you made these or any of my other maple treats? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Friday Favorites: Summer Weeknight Meals

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely Fourth of July. Thanks to some rare impulsive behavior, my parents are in town for the long weekend, so I’m spending time going to shows and museums instead of baking. Love a staycation!

Following yesterday’s festivities, I figure you might be set on dessert for a few days, but you still have to eat, right?! If you’re anything like me, you’d prefer to do so in a timely fashion, without heating up your kitchen too much, and with guaranteed delicious results! Summer is too short for boring food, y’all.

Here are some of my favorite summery weeknight meals from the archives!Friday Favorites: Summer Weeknight Meals Steak Fajitas

Tex-Mex is my comfort food of choice and, this time of year, nothing sounds more comforting to me than medium-rare steak fajitas wrapped up in flour tortillas and topped with plenty of salsa and guacamole.Friday Favorites: Summer Weeknight MealsBuffalo Chicken Biscuits

These biscuit sandwiches are perfect for game day, but since weeknight baking is rarely convenient, the quick & easy buffalo chicken filling and homemade blue cheese dressing work equally well on hamburger buns.Friday Favorites: Summer Weeknight MealsShrimp, Corn & Zucchini Sauté

This is easily my favorite summer meal. What’s not to love about a simple meal of corn, summer vegetables and shrimp?! In addition to slapping this together on weeknights, I find that this makes a great dinner party main. Just add a crusty baguette. And maybe a Raspberry Rhubarb Crisp.Friday Favorites: Summer Weeknight Meals15 Minute Stovetop Mac & Cheese

I’ve been making this recipe for more than a decade and I’m still in love with it. Quick, easy and, since it doesn’t involve an oven, ideal for a summer mac & cheese craving.Friday Favorites: Summer Weeknight MealsOlive Oil Marinated Broccoli

Every meal needs to be rounded out with a vegetable, and Olive Oil Marinated Broccoli is one that everyone loves. This easy recipe has only five ingredients, can be served cold or room temp, and gets more and more delicious as time goes on! I highly recommend making extra—you’re going to be excited to eat your vegetables.Friday Favorites: Summer Weeknight Meals
Have you made these or any of my other weeknight meals? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

Friday Favorites: Doughnuts

It’s National Doughnut Day! If you’ve been around here a while, you know I love doughnuts, especially the homemade variety. You won’t find any baked doughnuts in my archives because when I want a doughnut, I want it to be fried until golden and dipped in a drippy glaze. Baked doughnuts are just muffins in disguise, am I right?!

If you’re intimidated by the idea of frying doughnuts at home, know that there’s nothing to fear! As with all the recipes on this site, if you read carefully and work one step at a time, you’ll be rewarded with doughnuts that rival anything you can get at your local shop!

These are some of my favorite doughnut recipes on this site 🙂 Look out for a new one coming your way next week!

Friday Favorites: Doughnuts

Overnight Yeast-Raised Doughnuts

The secret to my favorite yeast-raised doughnuts—if there is one—is that the dough is made twelve or so hours before it’s time to make the doughnuts. This allows for good gluten formation and leads to a more flavorful final product. An overnight rise also means that you can have fresh doughnuts earlier rather than later. These doughnuts are soft with slightly crispy edges, and the chocolate dip and sprinkles make them totally Insta-worthy 🍩🍩🍩

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Glazed Doughnut Twists

Twists were one of my favorites growing up! They’re made with my Overnight Yeast-Raised Doughnut dough, but instead of being punched into rings, it’s sliced into strips and twisted up before frying. The doughnuts are finished off with a dip in a classic sugar glaze that shatters when you bite in—a perfect contrast to their fluffy interiors.

Friday Favorites: Doughnuts

Blueberry Doughnuts

These are my take on a doughnut shop staple, but they’re made with real blueberries instead of whatever sketchy goop commercial Blueberry Doughnuts are studded with. These cake doughnuts are raised with baking powder and come together very quickly in comparison to their yeast-raised counterparts. That means you can have fresh doughnuts in less than a couple of hours! Oh, and you can have these anytime of year because they work best with frozen blueberries! Thank me in February 🙂

Friday Favorites: Doughnuts

Funfetti Cake Doughnuts

Funfetti Cake Doughnuts are made with the same base recipe as my Blueberry Doughnuts, but the fruit is swapped for sprinkles inside and out 😍

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French Crullers

French Crullers are neither yeast-raised nor cake doughnuts—in fact, they’re made completely without leaveners! Instead, they’re made with pate a choux (pronounced “pat a shoe,” the same dough used for cream puffs) which relies on eggs and trapped steam to create airy centers. The classic French dough may sound scary (or maybe it’s the ridgy piped rings), but as with all the recipes on this list, this Cruller recipe is simpler than it looks!Friday Favorites: DoughnutsHave you made these or any of my other doughnuts? Let me know in the comments or on social media!