• Sourdough Sesame Bagels

    This dough is a semi-sourdough, meaning it contains a very small amount of commercial yeast alongside the starter to boost its leavening power. You’ll notice that the mixed dough is very stiff, hence giving it a dense chewy texture that bagels typically have. The poaching step right before baking them in the oven also makes

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  • Sesame Oatmeal Cookies

    Tahini is constantly on rotation in my kitchen. I love to use it in salad dressings, drizzle it on roasted vegetables, or mix it in carob molasses for a quick dessert. I’ve also been experimenting with it in pastries and found that the sesame taste overpowers neutral-ish ingredients like a carrot or zucchini. However, it

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  • Coconut Mastic Macaroons

    I tried a variety of coconut macaroon recipes in the last couple of months but none of them made me want to make them again until I saw this recipe for irresistibly golden coconut macaroons. I was so intrigued but the technique that requires cooking the coconut batter on the stovetop before shaping into balls

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  • Pistachio Baklava

    The intense smell of melted butter began to swirl in my tiny apartment. I peeked into the oven to assure that the little diamond-shaped baklava pieces were nicely bronzed and crisp. I knew it was time to take them out. Placing the pan on the stove, I quickly reached for the cold rose flower and

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  • No-Bake Granola Bars

    These no-bake healthy and energizing granola bars have my favorite ratio of oats, nuts, and dried fruits. You can get really creative with the recipe by adding more oats or a mashed banana, omitting the nuts, mixing in chocolate chips, drizzling melted chocolate on top, or adding more honey for a sweeter taste. You basically have

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