Category Archives: Tasty treats

Buchteln, Sweet Buns, for Easter Brunch

Europe and Eastern Europe are home to a pretty delectable array of yeast-raised sweet cakes and buns. Ruth Thurston in Machias sent in this recipe for Buchteln, famous in Vienna, saying that her family enjoyed them and she thought I might, too. How we wouldn’t like them, I cannot fathom: tender dough with eggs, butter, […]

Irish Pound Cake

A proudly Irish Islesboro matriarch gave me this recipe. Eileen Shea Boardman sent this recipe along years ago, and as I do with practically all the recipes anyone sends me, I tucked it away for a time when I needed an idea or inspiration. I ended up making it to take as my contribution to […]

Melting Little Snowballs

The species of holiday cookie known as snowballs really do melt–in your mouth. At a holiday party this weekend I attended, I saw that the hostess had manufactured a gorgeous pile of them, and when I tried one, I thought—umm, pecans. Butter. Sugar. Oddly, though, I have never made this kind of cookie in all […]

A Fruitcake for People Who Hate Fruitcake

Fruitcake has ended up the butt of jokes and ridicule. Truthfully, some of it is deserved. Too much of the fruitcake found in stores is made with that awful dyed citrus peel and goodness know what else. Homemade fruitcakes with raisins, nuts, genuine citron, and preserved lemon and orange peels, then drenched in brandy and […]