Baking is a synergy of art and science, so a little organization of the elements goes a long way. Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients, the third cookbook by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, uses the principles of the periodic table to present recipes sorted by essential ingredient. Bananas, cinnamon, pumpkin, chocolate and even cheese are all featured elements, and each one is given a chapter around which recipes are built.
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Never been to Red Hook? It's a neighborhood that feels like it's made for lazy summers. Part home to small industry, part seaside town, all tightly knit community, it's home to some pretty special bites and incredible views. We paid a visit recently to hit up some of our favorite bites and make some new finds. Follow along on our crawl.
Certain times call for restraint, but other times you just want all-out decadence. In the form of chocolate, of course. From the famous triple layered chocolate cake at The Chocolate Room to fudgy dark chocolate sweet and salty brownies by the guys at Baked, there's no shortage of places in the city to satisfy that craving.
To kick off Serious Eats New York Bakery Week, here are our Top 10 "American" bakeries in New York—where we return again and again for brownies and peanut butter cookies and chocolate cakes. Check out our favorite treats at each!
It's no secret that we at Serious Eats love Baked in Red Hook (they won our search for the best cupcake in NYC in 2011). Since Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito opened Baked in 2005, the duo has been churning out baked goods tasty enough for the trek out to Red Hook.
What we've learned this week is that bakeries that make great pies might not make great pumpkin pies. Which is why we tasted a few dozen all over New York to find you the best for your Thanksgiving table.
For easier slicing, wrap the completely cooled bread in foil and let it sit overnight. This bread also freezes very well, if you're not going to eat it all soon....
Did you know that August is National Brownies at Brunch Month? Don't waste time asking follow-up questions like why this month-long holiday exists. Instead, bake up a batch of brunch-friendly Mimosa Brownies.
We know, we know—it's been years since cupcakes first hit New York. And Serious Eats is not the sort of blog that breathlessly covers every new cupcakery in the city. But at some point, we came to the realization that, when asked where sold the best cupcakes in New York City, we didn't have an answer. And that just wouldn't do. So we tracked down New York's best.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] It's not often that I make it out to Baked in Red Hook, but on the rare occasion I do, I always make sure to include a brownie with my order. A Sweet and Salty...
Magic Cookie Bars are, as their name might imply, no ordinary treat. Starting with layer upon layer of unrelentingly rich layers of buttery graham cracker crumbs, toasted coconut, chocolate and butterscotch chips, and nuts, they get even better from a rich smothering in sweetened condensed milk. With all that awesome, some might argue that a small serving is best. But I disagree, and to prove it, I've created it in a deliciously thick pie form.
Macaroni and cheese is great to make for dinner parties that include kids. I like to make two batches: one with a simple and classic cheese sauce, and the other with big, bold flavors. Today's recipe is for a Southwestern version packed with three kinds of peppers (roasted poblano, Hatch, and red bell) and topped with cornbread crumbs instead of the standard breadcrumbs.
After six formal blind taste-tests, hundreds of cookies behind us, and a final half-dozen follow-up taste-offs to ensure consistency—we're ready to declare a winner. The Top 11 Countdown, listed after the jump and in the slideshow above.
Whether you live in the city and you're sending a loved one New York's best, or you're bringing an expat New Yorker memories of home, there are all sorts of quintessential NYC eats.
[Photographs: Robyn Lee] Usually when I think about whoopie pies, my thought process isn't too complicated. I want to eat that. Preferably now. But making pumpkin whoopie pies for the first time, I started analyzing the white, fluffy innards. Amish...
[Photographs: Robyn Lee] The 2009 SWEET fest at the New York Wine and Food Festival was full of surprises. The things we expected to be best were not, and accordingly, other unanticipated sweets blew us away. Peanut butter with...
Rice Krispie treats are good, homemade ones are even better, and homemade ones topped with smooth layers of chocolate and peanut butter—wow, um, swoon. Robyn and I were on a 12 Days of Hot Chocolate mission at Baked in...
This gift guide is for the New York food lover. Recipients can be New York expats or those who've never actually lived in the city but have come to appreciate quintessential Gotham foods. This year we've added a Brooklyn element, since there are so many skilled bakers, picklers, and cheesemakers opening shops and popping up at neighborhood farmers' markets, contributing to the budding artisan food scene in the borough.