My happy place is definitely light, fruity creations that pair well with bottomless coffee. I found myself in the ER this week with a severe case of strep throat, and now I’m trying to inject citrus and Vitamin C into my routine more than ever. A little orange juice probably wouldn’t have prevented my scary doctor visit, but it wouldn’t have hurt! When you’re sick, it’s essential to surround yourself with bright, happy things, and this recipe does the trick. Just be sure to have your friend bake it for you!
I made this mimosa bread last month, perfect for hot summer days when you just want to hide inside and crank the AC. Who knew that it would come in handy now? Indulge in thick slices of tangy citrus bread baked with real champagne. Lavish with glaze, and you’re sure to be back on your feet in no time. Even if you’re feeling better than ever, this bread makes a great addition to any gathering with your girlfriends or breakfast in bed with your SO.
In addition to this week’s health hoopla, I managed to move to Bushwick, and boy am I glad to be closer to Manhattan. The hour plus train ride to work can really take its toll on even the hardiest of souls. Now I’m surrounded by beautiful flashes of street art, and I can’t seem to go on a walk in the evening without stumbling onto a spirited block party. There’s a cafe/bar next door called Sunrise/Sunset that I’m pretty sure will turn into my second home. Time will tell if the mimosa on their brunch menu comes close to matching this bread!
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- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup champagne
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon champagne
- orange zest
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the beaten egg, champagne, sour cream, orange juice, vegetable oil, and orange zest.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry flour mixture until just combined.
- Fill a greased baking pan (8x4x2 inch) with the batter. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
- Combine all glaze ingredients and mix well. Pour on bread immediately after removal from the oven.
Recovering from a two day dessert festival and reveling in its sugar coma aftermath, I feel like I didn’t do as much baking as usual this week.
To keep track of my pastry progress, my friend thinks that I should include a butter count on my blog… some sort of widget that shows the number of butter sticks that I use during the week. What do you think? The count this week would be rather low, but I managed to throw together some of these alluring vanilla almond orange cloud cookies from a Joy the Baker recipe.
After fighting through the smog of your daily grind, it’s possible to recognize that you’ve actually been on cloud nine the whole time. Busyness can distract you from the fact that you are actually achieving your goals and (somehow) managing to squeeze in some fun! This week, between phone meetings and scrambling to feel like I accomplished everything on my March to-do list, I was able to see Samantha Bee live in the studio, indulge in a vegan rainbow latte from the ultra adorable Chinatown nook The Good Sort, and hunt down an art opening featuring Yoshitomo Nara, probably my favorite artist of all time. I’ve even gotten closer to a tattoo decision that I’ve been deliberating on (sorry, mom). Next week is looking pretty snazzy as well, with the opening of Eggslut (assemble, brunch gang!) and a film screening at the Japan Society.
Make a batch of these cloud cookies and celebrate the fact that your life is slowly but surely drifting in the right direction. Each mouthful is like taking a bite of a flawless fluffy cumulus cloud that is catching the spring sunlight in just the right way… You know the clouds; the perfect ones that hover over your picnic blanket in Bryant Park.
If you like chewy cookies, this is THE cookie for you. The almond paste gives the cookies a marzipan-y level of chewiness, and the orange zest brightens up the almond flavor. It was invigorating to work with oranges instead of the typical lemon for a change.
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Vanilla Almond Orange Cloud Cookies
This is Joy The Baker’s recipe, with a few slight alterations! (makes 18 to 21 cookies)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 ounces almond paste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- powdered sugar (for dusting)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare two non-stick baking sheets and set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together granulated sugar, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
- Place sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, using a paddle attachment. Add the almond paste and salt. Beat on medium speed creating a crumbly sugar and almond mixture.
- While almond mixture is combining in the mixer, place two egg whites in a small bowl. Whisk with a fork until loose and frothy. This will help in pouring the egg whites into the mixer. If the eggs are unbeaten, the eggs won’t pour smoothly.
- With the mixer on medium speed, gradually pour the egg whites in to the crumbly almond and sugar mixture. Beat until a smooth paste is formed. Add the almond extract and beat to combine.
- Scoop batter by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheet (it will be too sticky to roll). Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Bake cookies for 25 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on top (mine took a little longer). Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack.