30-Minute Soft Pretzels

THIS IS VOILA’S 400TH POST! I was as skeptical as you are about pretzels that only take (about) 30 minutes from start to finish. I’ve made pretzels before. They are a labor of love! They take time! You have to use lots of flour and then they rise and then you boil water and baking…

Pear Cake

The great thing about grocery stores is the abundance and availability of produce year round — even if it’s not technically in season. However, there are two sides to every coin and with this availability also brings with it a level of disappointment. Case in point: it’s August and there are at least two types…

Blueberry Yogurt Cookies

A friend of mine sent this recipe to me months ago and I don’t know why I waited so long to make it. These “cookies” are more like fluffy muffin tops. I’ve only made these once and I used fresh berries. The blueberries would burst with freshness and sweetness when you bit into one of…

Citrus Pound Cake

April is a busy month at work. There are teen art competitions to jury, pop up exhibitions to hang and events to organize. Plus the usual deadlines and meetings. This all usually happens within a two week period. We’ve all been there. We all have busy lives, busy workdays and, ideally, relaxing weekends. But sometimes…

Three Types of of Hamantaschen

I like hamantaschen when they are free formed and overflowing. One of my pet peeves is biting into a dry, under-filled hamantaschen. As you can see, I took “free formed” quite literally. Buzzfeed recently posted a list of 32 crazy hamantaschen flavors. Up to a couple weeks ago, the only flavors I knew could go…

Hot Chocolate Pudding

I got this recipe from David Lebovitz who got this recipe from a cookbook called Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts. That book does not lie. This hot chocolate pudding was A.) Easy and B.) Delicious. The best part was drizzling it with caramel sauce, hazelnuts and a scoop of ice cream. I don’t know what I…

Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cranberry Cake

Oh holiday season, why do you offer so many irresistible desserts? This indulgence tops the charts with a cake that has a layered, depth of flavor I haven’t found in other flourless chocolate cakes. The cranberries and hazelnuts are folded into the chocolate mixture so when you take a bite, you get a synergy of…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

You might be thinking: Really? Another chocolate chip cookie recipe from another food blogger? Can’t she be a little more original? And I respond: yes,  yes and no.Yes: it’s another chocolate chip cookie but they’re not fancy with coconut or nuts, butterscotch or peanut butter. They are simple, reliable and delicious every time. Yes: I…

Pumpkin Blondies

If the photo looks like a pile of gooey pumpkin chocolatey goodness that’s because IT IS a gooey pile of pumpkin chocolatey goodness. This is the not-so-glamorous-sitting-on-a-paper-plate food photo that I’m sure is every food photographer’s worst nightmare. No matter! I tried to take these blondies out of the pan and it sort of worked,…

Hummingbird Cake

Oh my glaze! This cake is delicious. Between the bananas, yogurt and pineapple you are sure to have a moist cake. Hummingbird cakes can also be topped with a thicker frosting instead of a glaze – that’s up to you. Whatever you put on top, know that the cake is a winner! It’s amazing what…

Thumbprint Cookies

It was a long weekend. I had the afternoon to bake and I wanted something sweet but on the lighter side. These jam cookies hit the spot! There were a.) super easy to make and b.) super satisfying. The orange zest elevates the cookie from a simple sugar cookie with a dollop of jam to…

Hamantaschen

It’s almost a month past Purim and I’m finally getting around to posting these cookies! Better late than never. Who needs Purim to make delicious jam filled cookies? Hamantaschen cookies can be dry with the only burst of moisture or flavor coming from the filling. This recipe adds brightness and moisture to the cookie itself…