Hi everyone – I’m heading to Maine on Wednesday for a week with the kids, which is exciting. In the meantime I got a fig perfume in the mail that is … not very interesting, so let’s talk about another topic dear to my heart, which is sweet treats (or, if that’s not your thing, savory treats).
The plan is to dial back the holiday sugar consumption this year, given that half my kids aren’t supposed to eat a load of sugar. So I’m not making toffee, one of my fondest memories from their childhood — a friend had a toffee-making extravaganza at her house one year and I made it on my own every year after that. We also won’t be buying one of these incredible kringles made by O&H in Racine, Wisconsin which are stocked seasonally at Trader Joe’s, almond is my favorite.
Instead I’ve allowed myself to pre-game on sugar whenever it’s offered to me. I went to a church bake sale (photo above). There’s been a coffee mousse parfait and slices of cake. I went to a gathering of friends on Sunday and the spread was fabulous, and I got sent home with various treats including pumpkin roll, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and a hilariously large biscochito the width of a drinks coaster (generally they’re more the size of an Oreo.) I love biscochitos with their anise-forward flavor, especially this time of year. There have also been a couple of amazing baked cinnamon-roll-type treats from local bakeries. So, don’t feel bad for me, I’ve probably had enough sugar.
Is there any special cooking or baking (or buying and consuming) of treats at your house these days, related to whichever holiday(s) you celebrate, or just because?
Photos: mine (clearly I don’t have a future as a food photographer)