Vanilla Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis

I consider myself very lucky to have tasted my very first panna cotta in Italy. I chose a vanilla panna cotta with a thick caramel sauce on top. Since that day, I’ve been obsessed with panna cotta in any and all forms. Perhaps you recall these two: Mango Panna Cotta and Nutella & Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta. If…

Portuguese Orange Cake

When added to desserts, orange offers such a nice balance between tang and sweet. It’s also less tart than lemon, and isn’t bitter like lime or grapefruit. And it’s bright color is so cheery. If you agree, take a look at my other favorite orange bakes: Orange Brioche and Glazed Citrus Cream Cheese Cookies. This simple Portuguese cake…

Cookies & Cream Cookies

These cookies and cream cookies have been a long time in the making. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term “cookies and cream” it refers to crushing an Oreo cookie into whatever you’re making, whether it be a cake, ice cream, or in today’s case, another cookie. I’ve essentially created a…

Peach Cake with Vanilla Glaze

After using 4 pounds of the fresh peaches that my friend Rosa recently brought over for the delicious Peach & Bourbon Pecan Crumble, I had 4 final peaches left. And so, in true Abby fashion, I looked at my baking options, instead of eating them fresh. And this cake was the answer. The softest crumb, as…

Guava & Cream Cheese Pastelitos

  Recently I went on a self-guided “Bakery Crawl” in San Francisco, primarily taste-testing whatever tempted me most behind the counter’s in various bakeries I follow on Instagram. Clearly, this is my favorite part about the baking process. 😉 Field research. Neighbor Bakehouse was the last bakery on the list, and upon arrival, I was…

Blini

Thank you for participating in the @abeebakes poll on Instagram! My 24 hour story on Instagram asked if you’ve ever eaten a blini…and the results were fascinating. Every American follower voted “no” and every French follower voted “yes.” Every single one (of those who voted)! I had expected to have an almost 100% “yes” response,…

Nectarine Frangipane Tart

This picture is from ages ago when I made this tart for the very first time. I photographed it not for this blog, as it didn’t exist, but out of pure pride. It’s simple beauty at it’s finest. Frangipane is the name for almond cream filling and it’s absolutely delicious. If you’ve had a Galette de…

Coconut Oil Brown Sugar Cookies

These super soft cookies are entirely free of butter and white sugar. And you don’t even know they’re missing, let alone miss them. Despite having neither of these, they’re packed with flavor and absolutely delicious. Their richness comes from the combination of brown sugar and molasses, which also works with the coconut oil to create…

Pan-crêpe

Something I didn’t anticipate when becoming a baker was the difficulty in choosing names for things. I’m often stuck at my computer, trying to think up a descriptive, yet efficient, title for the bakes being pulled from the oven. There are so many hybrids, variations, and new creations. It took me forever, for example, to…

Blueberry Buckle

A blueberry buckle, is a type of coffee cake. The cake part is rich, soft and delicious, and made with fresh fruit, most commonly blueberries like the one here, and then topped with streusel. The word “buckle,” while a bit of a stretch perhaps, refers to the process during baking in which the fruit sinks…