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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