One slow Saturday morning, I decided I wanted to make a citrus chocolate something. Orange and chocolate has always been one of my favorite chocolate combinations. Something about the combination of the citrusy acidity and the creamy cocoa tastes so complex and rich. I googled a bunch of recipes and this simple one from My Baking Addiction caught my eye.
The ingredients are basic, which is always the first thing about a recipe that attracts me. I don’t bake nearly enough to own all these weird baking-specific ingredients.
- 1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (I actually skipped this because, like I said, I don’t own baking things)
- 1 cup of milk
- zest of 1 orange (I would probably do zest of 2 oranges next time)
- 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chunks
My first time zesting an orange! Made the kitchen smell glorious. It was pretty cool to see the citrus oils spray into the air. Continue reading Shi’s Kitchen: Orange Chocolate Chunk Loaf
It’s strawberry season and if you didn’t know it, all you need to do is take a walk through the Union Square farmer’s market to know. You could be blind and still realize because the smell of all the crates of strawberries just lingers in the air around Union Square. I picked up some for LAW’s midnight birthday surprise (just berries and whipped cream, a new favorite of his after having schlag) but of course had a bunch leftover. Strawberries unfortunately do not last for very long so I needed a way to “get rid” of them quickly. Continue reading Strawberry Bread for Strawberry Season
Ninth Street Espresso
341 E 10th St
(between Avenue B & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009
This cookie is an explosion of textures and flavors; not the NYC scary bomb kind of explosion, but rather, a wondrous explosion of complementary flavors (remember how Ratatouille – the cooking rat – escaped into an explosive abyss of deliciousness when he combined tasty ingredients? Nevermind.)
THIS COOKIE IS AMAZING. It is technically a shortbread (aka. buttery heaven) but unlike typical shortbreads, it is very chewy. Each bite of this chewy buttery treat is also interrupted by the crunchiness of tiny pieces of almond. The center is filled with a sweet raspberry jam that has become divinely gooey from the baking process. The Jane Street Jam is really an interpretation of the classic Pepperidge Farm Verona cookie. I always love a good remix.
Ninth Street Espresso actually doesn’t make these cookies on site. They get their cookies from Downtown Baking Co. Check out more of Downtown Baking Co.’s delicious cookies here. The oatmeal chocolate chip one looks amazing…