Rye Bread (Bouchon)

In the middle of the week, we ran out of bread for making toast at breakfast, so this quick sourdough loaf was something I could do on a weeknight. Despite using instant yeast, this bread couldn’t escape the fate of a lot of other whole-grain breads: a dense, and somewhat coarse texture.

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Tahini and Halva Brownies

Seeing combinations of flavours that I haven’t tried before gets me really excited. This chocolate-sesame brownie certainly made my tastebuds tingle, and was exactly the kind of dessert I knew I could expect from the new dessert book from Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Banana, Date and Nut Bread

I’ve been anticipating the release of Sweet, a baking and dessert cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, for months now. When I got it a few weeks ago, we flipped through it, leaving Post-It stickies for recipes we wanted to try at some point. Oddly enough, there wasn’t anything that jumped out at me as a “must-try” right now. For a weeknight project, this quick bread was easy, and proved to be a stellar snack.

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Raspberry Charlotte

Our son returned from Montreal bearing a lot of fruit, literally. The car he was travelling in contained a huge basket of Quebec groundcherries, tomatoes of all sizes and colours, and a flat of fall raspberries. The latter had me thinking about a mousse cake I had seen in a magazine from a few years ago. The dessert turned out to be one of the best things I’ve made all year.

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Cranberry Pecan Tart

Fresh cranberries paired with pecans in a sweet gooey filling, made this fall tart an instant hit at Sunday dinner. It wasn’t difficult to make and everything came together quite quickly. Of course, discovering a disc of frozen tart dough in the freezer certainly helped.

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