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November 2017 Recipes and More!



Dear Bakers and Friends,

This is just a little newsy-cum-business update (and a recipe or two) along with a recipe or two for your November weekend.
Two neat recipes follow this missive.

Current BB and New Website News!

I’m trying my best to get the December newsletter published from both my new website and this current one, which will remain in operation indefinitely! As December is the last issue of 2017 and also marks the end of’s anniversary year it seems like a noble goal. The new site is pretty but the recipe index on this current site is far more familiar (in operational terms).  So for now, please bear with the transition to a new site in that, you probably will receive two newsletters (one from the new site, one from the current/regular site) until things are smooth as pumpkin pie. You can always unsubscribe automatically from the new site which has all the bells and whistles you expect from a new site. It just will take awhile for it to feel like home to me (and you).

Marcy Goldman Cookbooks Holiday Gifts!
I also take this time to remind you that my books are all for sale in print (except Holiday Cookies) and ebooks at Amazon, Chapters Indigo and orderable from your favorite independent bookstore. Remember you get 4 months free of BB with any book you purchase (just send me the electronic receipt). In the new year, any new cookbooks of mine will only come with ONE- one-month free of BB Recipe Archive access so if you want to get the 4-month deal, now is a good time to purchase any of these books. All my books are available in print or e-book except for Best Holiday Cookies which is an e-book only.

My cookbooks are available at Amazon, Kindle, Indigo, Barnes and Noble or via your favorite, local, independent bookstore (all they have to do is order it for you). The baking style in each book is quite different and each is jammed packed of baking advice I can't possibly share on the website so if you are considering a holiday gift, any of these books would be a treasure to give or receive.

Seven Great Cookbooks to Choose!

Marcy Goldman publishes on - More writing for bakers who read:

I’ve also published some new stories on

 Must Love Tango (or be willing to learn)

I Love You (even though I don’t need you)

And some recipes!
A blue-ribbon Thanksgiving side and a Banana Bread that will knock your socks off.

Free!!! Ancho Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

These are delectable, deeply braised sweet potatoes. Ancho is a smoky, sweet chilli powder. Together with the maple syrup, the ancho infuses a remarkable flavor to these sweet potatoes. A perfect side anytime but especially welcome at Thanksgiving. If you don’t have ancho spice, you can use smoked paprika. (Ancho powder is not hot so beware of unauthentic ancho powder- it is probably more likely smoked chilli powder). This recipe is one of those sides that upstages the turkey. Trust me.

Blue Ribbon Banana Bread (alas not free but you can purchase by-the-recipe option of sign up for unlimited access)

I know what you’re thinking: the world does not need another banana bread recipe. Yes, it does, especially when it’s a total hunk of a cake, that slices like velvet and goes down like silk.  This recipe is easy, quick, and yields a hefty loaf that is amazingly moist and fragrant, especially when cut thick and generous. It’s been perfected to have everything you love about banana bread: brown sugar for some extra caramelization, some this, some that – it’s insanely delicious.   You can add chocolate chips or walnuts but it is crazy delicious as it is. If you find yourself renting a coffee kiosk in New York City, make this the first cake you put out for sale. Back in the day, they called this beauty “a good keeper”. It sure is.

About BB
Each month I find some treasured recipes in my recipe achives to share with you and create yet more new treats. My own favorites of each month are constantly being added to new books in progress so each new cookbook I do is filled with new things.
This is also a reminder that BB is a unique site. Begun in 1997, is not like anything else online. This is not a blog with one free recipe a month or a commerical or corporate site such as Epicurious, Food Network et al. BB is quite unique (I guess unique is never 'quite' -it's just: unique). This site is home of one author/pastry chef's (me) original recipes, now over 2700 of them. I always intended BB to be a resource in that if you need information or baking help, all you have to do is (for free!) email me. If you need a recipe (baking or cooking), it's here in the most definitive, tested form whether it be a classic or something very special I've created for my readers. This said, for those who purchase a recipe here or there or my loyal BB members who subscribe, I am sending you my warmest thanks for your belief in this curious site that now celebrates 20 years and acres and acres of wheat, put into good service.

Be in touch for December, happy Thanksgiving all,

Enjoy and happy weekend,

Marcy Goldman

Master Baker, Author
Est. 1997





Dear Bakers and Friends,


I trust November finds you all well. Like April, June and September, November has but a scant thirty days to enchant you. Given that it’s a short and chilly month that regrettably features the much reviled daylight’s saving clock change, that’s a far harder chore than its warmer siblings of the 30-days-hath quartet. Sure, we loved September (who doesn’t?) and we fell in love with October’s Indian summer-honey days but poor eleventh month November? Meh.

November does its best with pretty frosts cast upon dimly-lit, reluctant dawns that inspire the poets but the basic fact is, the beginning of November is not even the holidays; it’s a seasonal diaspora with little to recommend it unless you like days that end at 3 pm. November cues winter: the leaves are gone, rotting pumpkins sit on the curb and the trees don’t even have their pretty snowy gowns yet. It’s also nippy in a particular damp way reminding you of what you haven’t yet got done: the winter tires aren’t installed, you haven’t swapped out the warmer quilt and those leaves that still need raking. (When do they come to collect the leaves in the recycled bags? Which day? Did I miss it again?)

But November does have something special going for it. Despite the muted ambience and tension of first snow to fall, it has that burgeoning feeling of holidays-on-the-way.  There’s a quiet pulsing energy of our kitchens as they rev up for soup and bread making and a marathon of hunkering down. Binge watch Outlander or This Is Us, feast on special issue holiday food magazines and go wild in your local bulk food stores, sniffing out new flours, spices and nuts. Oh sure, it’s darker but that’s what (soy-based, essential-oil fragranced) candles and Vitamin D  are for. Sure it’s cooler, but that’s why cashmere, flannel and fleece were invented. And yeah – it’s damp – which is why we make soup, muffins, bread, and big, fat casseroles of mac and cheese.  November also offers you permission to stay still and be cozy, and read the inspiring The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo), The Pho Cookbook (extraordinary book by author Andrea Nygyen) or nestle into The Hygge Life, by Gislason and Eddy, two books that will make you clean, pare down and then roll yourself in a blanket with toddy after your efforts. What is ‘hygge’ by the way? It’s the Nordic tradition of cosiness through recipes, entertaining, decorating, simple rituals and family traditions. In short, every day at is dedicated to the hygge life!

 Beautiful Shredded Dough Apple Tart

This month has been especially busy. I’ve been beyond inspired to bake and cook up a storm (and also dance: three tango classes per week is the best tonic for food testing). Much like November, I also feel (for no apparent reason) like I’m in a beginning phase of things and feel that inner potential.

Don’t you love beginnings? I’ll take a wonky beginning over a Hallmark ending every time – because beginnings are so full of that same November potential, i.e. anything can happen; anything is possible. Something new and unexpected is always around the corner. So learn to expect it; be prepared to greet it. Happy, new and enchanting is possible at every step of the way. Open a bag flour and you’ve decanted a bag of fairy dust just waiting to make mischief with yeast or baking powder. When you touch any ingredient, who knows what impossible enchantment awaits? Halloween 2017 might be a memory now (a mere eight hours later) but the magic is just beginning.  If you need more incentive, check out the multitude of food holidays featured in November, everything from National Donut Day, National Quacamole Day, National Clean Out Your Fridge Day and more:

On this fresh day of a new month, I invite you to come bake and cook with me. Pretend we’re neighbours with a day off just do what we love. Stop saying you’re tired and pretending to be prematurely old. Maybe resist heading to Facebook after work or your errands only to stare mindlessly into sound and video bytes of other people’s lives. Instead, I challenge you to live your own, vital life: bake, taste, eat, share, talk and connect ion real time.  Sound good? Meet you in the kitchen.

Warm wishes to all of you from me, on this brisk November morning in Montreal where the fallen maple leaves have turned to gold, glisten with rain and sun and are scattered in harvest abundance somehow reminding me of caramel and butter and all the good things I have yet to bake.

Happy Hygge and Happy Thanksgiving,

Marcy Goldman
Author, Master Baker

Classic Pumpkin Pie Free !!
Shredded Dough Apple Tart Free!!'s Classic Pie Dough Free!!

 Homemade Butter Crescent Rolls Over 2100 Downloads!

Nothing beats these easy rolls which whip up in minutes and taste like croissants! The same dough can be used for Parker House Rolls. Never underestimate the appeal of a warm, side roll to a big meal!

 Pendelton Chocolate Pecan Pie

What an amazing pie! Make it with the special chocolate shortbread crust or use a regular butter pie crust.
Instead is a just-sticky enough filling of chocolate, pecans and more. Nothing beats this pie!

Gooey Pumpkin Cake New!!!

Gooey cakes are a wonderful self-layering cake concept that usually take cake mix and a few other pantry ingredients.  The original gooey cake is called St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake. Gooey cakes, no matter what flavor they are, all such cakes bake up into a gooey, delicious cake that no one can resist.  Often times you see recipes calling for cake mix. There’s no need to resort to commercial cake mix when scratch cake, from start to finish, is easy enough. This is a quick cake that is utterly luscious and rife with holiday flair. You can make it in a 9 by 13 inch pan or a 10 inch spring-form or large quiche pan for a prettier, more festive presentation.

Banana Buttermilk Streusel Muffins

These muffins are extraordinary no matter how you bake them but making them using Melitta coffee filter papers put them over the top (or get those new bigger muffin baking cups). Taste? Smooth bananas, with caramel, pecans, brown sugar and vanilla –a pure bouquet of autumnal sweetness. 

  Dark Rye,Cranberry 'n Currant Rolls Over 900 Downloads

Nothing is more rustic than these amazing buns. Tuck in somes turkey leftovers!

White Pumpkin Latte Cheesecake New !!!

What could be better than to take our favorite pumpkin flavor and mix it up with the Pumpkin Latte trend? This is a beautiful and gently spiced cheesecake, a touch of espresso, a kiss of spice and some other goodies combined to make a sell-out cheesecake for your holiday table.

Chocolate Bread Pudding Muffins New!!!

What is more comforting than bread pudding? Then put it in a muffin shape, respin it with some chocolate and you have a bite of heaven. This is one of those recipes you think is good and then the results vanish! It's a winner.

Pumpkin Eruption Cheesecake

Over 3200 Downloads
Just one bite of my legendary cheesecake will make you appreciate why it’s been downloaded over 3200 times (and it’s also in my cookbook The  Baker’s Four Seasons). It is an elegant showstopper for Thanksgiving or any autumn occasion  featuring a special cheesecake batter, chunks of butterscotch and hunks of fresh pumpkin bread for a visual and textural event.

Double White Cheddar Mac ‘n Cheese New!!!

Why not white cheddar instead of the familiar orange cheddar? This blue-ribbon winner of a recipe is comfort food in its finest hour and white cheddar plus some other unexpected ingredients make it totally delectable. It also features some chef’s tricks that keep this dish creamy and smooth for a meal-worthy casserole. A great Thanksgiving side or post-holiday main – comfort food at its best.


Macaroni & Cheese Muffins with Soda Cracker Crumb Topping

Baked in muffin cups, this creamy, irresistibly cheesy Mac and Cheese bakes up into a perfect snack food, that is great for kids or dining for one. I make about a dozen Mac and Cheese muffins with this recipe and put the rest in a small casserole (that serves 1-2 people) Mac and Cheese which I freeze and heat up another time. Swop panko crumbs instead of soda cracker crumbs – either way, you’ll have a crisp, buttery top.

Swirled Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pumpkin Bread
Yum, and then some. A lofty, pretty yeasted bread with treats tucked into the center.For those who resist new things, don’t tell them it's pumpkin bread. Just say it is a special cinnamon bread. This is not a tea loaf or typical pumpkin quick bread - this is heavenly. This remains one of the most downloaded recipes on BB.

Pumpkin Bread for Turkey Sandwiches

Need some vitamin A? It’s all here in a fragrant, lofty bread that is just a tinge sweet and has a light kiss of spice. But it’s really a great toasting bread foremost, and just the thing for leftover turkeys when thinking sandwich time! Use canned pumpkin or your own roasted, pureed pumpkin.

Carrot Millet Muffins



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