Tag: sugar

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Summer is almost gone, and good riddance. I hate bugs, humidity, and having to wear SPF 110. The one thing I will miss is all the great produce. Remind me how much I hate summer when I’m sobbing into a box of tiny, sour strawberries […]

Honey Cake-Kuwait

Honey Cake-Kuwait

Look, it doesn’t get much better than this. A light, fluffy, spongy cake, soaked in syrup and topped with honey and nuts.  INGREDIENTS Cake: 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons greek yogurt 1/4 cup flour Syrup: 2 tablespoons honey 1 […]

Mandazith- Kenya

Mandazith- Kenya

It took me 5 minutes to type out “Mandazith”. It kept correcting to mandatory. See, autocorrect can turn Mandazithto mandatory, but can’t turn ronnirw into tomorrow? Really? Do better, autocorrect, or I’ll have to learn how to spell (if anyone who works at Yale is reading this, I definitely know how to spell tomorrow. And antidisestablishmentarianism. I can also use antidisestablishmentarianism in a sentence, if you’d like). Anyway. Mandazith are doughnuts, and really good ones. Have you ever had an apple cider doughnut, in the fall? These are pretty similar, except without the apple cider. I’ve made doughnuts before, but I always baked them instead of deep frying them. That might have something to do with why these are so much better. Hmmmm.

INGREDIENTS (why do I always capitalize this?)

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg

2 teaspoons sugar

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup buttermilk

Optional, for dusting on:

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


Start by mixing up the dry ingredients (except the sugar),

then cutting the butter in. I won’t tell you how, because I want you to do what makes you happy. Not because I have no idea how to cut butter in. Definitely not.

Whisk up the buttermilk (if you don’t have any, just add a splash of vinegar to the milk. I’ve bought buttermilk two (2) times from the store, and both times never used the whole thing) and egg,

then pour it in and stir it up.

Add the sugar, too. Use a whisk to make sure there are no lumps. It’s ok if there’s still a few. It’s too hot for this.

Speaking of which, heat up some oil.

Plop in a drop of batter to see if it’s ready- if it rises to the top and starts sizzling, it’s ready. Pour in the batter, about 1/3 cup at a time. Flip it when it takes a solid shape, and remove it when it’s golden brown on both sides. When they’re ready, you can do just about anything you’d like with them- dust them with powdered sugar, or dip them in chocolate sauce, a glaze, or just your coffee. Or you could dust them with spiced sugar, my favorite. Just mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and dust it on as soon as they come out of the oil, so the sugar sticks. Serve these hot or cold!

Meatball-Ravioli Soup

Meatball-Ravioli Soup

This soup is just plain ornery. You want soup? You want a light, refreshing soup? You think soup is broth-y and elegant? This soup isn’t. This soup is glorified tomato sauce. This soup has meatballs. This soup has ravioli. Ravioli! Make this soup. And you […]