Moroccan Bastilla Sweet Savory Pie

Moroccan Bastilla sweet savory pie

Moroccan bastilla (variously known as pastilla, b’stila, bestila and bisteeya) is a flaky pie usually filled with pigeon cooked in sweet and salty flavors and spices. In Morocco, bastilla is actually an appetizer, and given that the season of overindulgence is nearly upon us, we think it’s only appropriate to add this hefty poultry pie … Read more

Goulabjamoun Zambian Sweet Potato Dessert Fritters

Goulabjamoun zambian sweet potato dessert fritters

Goulabjamoun is a sweet potato fritter enjoyed in Zambia. But this exotic sounding recipe was first created hundreds of years ago in a land far from Zambia. The history of goulabjamoun can be traced across the Indian Ocean to India. From there, the origin story of this sweet potato treat leads us to medieval Baghdad. This doughy delight is a descendant … Read more

Pie Crust Perfect Flaky Golden Butter Brown

Pie crust with perfect flaky golden butter brown

Whether it’s the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving or apple pie for the 4th of July, pies are an iconic part of the American baking tradition. And while the fillings may vary, there’s one must-have for any divine pie: a flaky pie crust full of buttery shards in every bite. A well-done, tender homemade pie crust … Read more

Saint Lucia Buns Swedish Saffron

Saint Lucia Buns Swedish Saffron

Saint Lucia buns are Sweden’s answer to the mid-winter blues. Spiced with saffron and curled into a distinctively feline S-shape, consumption of lussekatter (literally, Lucy’s cats) peaks around 13th December, which is the day of the festival of Saint Lucia and the start of the run-up to Christmas. The poet John Donne might have said … Read more

Speculaas Spicy Seasonal Dutch Cookies

Speculaas spicy seasonal dutch cookies

December 6th is Saint Nicholas’ day, in the run up to which kitchens all over the Netherlands will be humming with the smell of baking speculaas cookies. Speculaas – known as speculoos in France and Belgium and spekulatius in Germany – are a kind of softer gingerbread biscuit bursting with spices and topped with almonds … Read more