Brownies! Need I say more?
By far, brownies are my favorite dessert. They are simple to bake, and they always satisfy a chocolate craving. Of course, I love to make them from scratch, but sometimes using a mix is so much more convenient. When I do have to turn to Betty Crocker, I always toss in a few extra ingredients to make my boxed brownies taste more like homemade.
I want to say it with Jazz Hands: Face cake! I had one this weekend, although regrettably the face was mine: a school photo from the first grade, where I was looking adorably irritated. Whose face will you put on your face cake? Which photo would you select for your brother's or sister's birthday? What about your best friend's birthday? How about - ew - for a baby shower?
You know what food is really hot these days? Cupcakes. Whether it’s the fault of Duff Goodman, “Cupcake Wars,” or the Food Network in general, gourmet cupcake stores are popping up all over the nation. I myself have never had a “gourmet” cupcake, but I’ve had fancy ones that we’ve decorated ourselves, which is even more fun.
Why not have a cupcake decorating party for your next club or group event? You can either make the cupcakes ahead of time—from scratch or from a box, your choice!—or bake them together, and then put out a bunch of different decorations for the kids to use to customize their own cupcake creations.
A favorite for my family is definitely animals. My daughter is six and animals are her favorite things on earth, so you can bet that they’re our favorite artistic activity as well. You can make all kinds of animals out of cupcakes, including farm animals. Here are just a few ways you can do that.
Halvah is one of those foods that has generally escaped the attention of America at large. This kosher treat is popular in Jewish communities, of course, and its Middle Eastern heritage also makes it a favorite staple of international grocery stores. It is also something I consider fondly as a childhood treat, because for whatever thought process was involved, my mother often used to buy it at the grocery store. I doubt there were many other kids in Alaska in the 1980s who ate a lot of halvah, but I certainly did.
Every apple pie recipe is lying to you. It is lying by virtue of being a recipe, of pretending to tell you that the same amount and combination of ingredients will work without fail. This is untrue. Apples vary; they vary from species to species, and from one batch to the next.