- Carrot cake is one of those dishes that can either be very good or very bad. The bad ones tens to go overboard with ingredients
and put everything and the kitchen sink onto a cake. Eating SF took a simpler approach and emphasized the spices in a Carrot and Cardamom Cake. Cardamom is a great match for carrot because it’s citrusy, spicy flavor brings out the natural sweetness of the carrot.
- Noodle kugel is basically a casserole type of dish with noodles baked in a sweet or savory sauce. It’s a traditional dish – with many families I know – around the Jewish holidays, and it tastes better than it sounds. The sweet kugels are often made with cream cheese and have a very cheesecake-like texture. The Food Librarian‘s Apple Raisin Noodle Kugel is a fairly typical example of the surprisingly simple and tasty dish.
- Baking Obsession‘s Cornmeal Walnut Focaccia with Concord Grapes and Gorgonzola has a great mix of textures and flavors. The cornmeal gives it a slightly more rustic feel than similar breads, and the grapes and strong cheese give it a nice balance of sweet and savory. This type of focaccia can go well with a variety of dishes, but it hearty enough to be served with a salad and turn it into a really satisfying meal. You can also cut it up into smaller pieces and serve it as an appetizer.
- If you’re a fan of lemon desserts, the Lemon Cream Cake that What’s Cooking, Chicago? baked recently is rich, creamy and has loads of lemon flavor. The cake starts with a lemon-flavored chiffon cake, which is split in half is both filled and topped with a mixture of whipped cream and lemon curd. The cake is fluffy and moist, and will have the same general flavor of a lemon meringue pie with a completely different set of textures to accompany it.
- German Chocolate Cake is a layer cake made with German’s Sweet Chocolate (an actual type of chocolate produced by Baker’s that is similar to semisweet chocolate) and filled with a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, coconut and pecans. It’s decadent and has a great flavor profile, not to mention that the stick caramel filling has a nice chew from the coconut and crunch from the pecans. Wallflower Wonderland made some German Chocolate Cake Ice Cream recently. This version doesn’t use the sweetened condensed milk that is usually featured in the filling, but the smooth chocolate ice cream provides a nice base in the frozen variant. Now, if you serve this with a brownie or a slice of chocolate cake, you’ll really take it over the top.