Okay, so this post and link is a bit of a victory lap for us at Lágrima and Nonna (and every Nonna everywhere). Jesseca from One Sweet Appetite adapted our biscotti recipe and gave it glowing reviews. Her adorable and quite gushing post required us to read it out loud - twice. Favorite quotes:
"I love, love, loved this biscotti'" - notice the past-tense on that last love(d) = gone!
This one is about the biscotti + pumpkin spice coffee: "A-MAZ-ING! Really… there are no words."
So, pop on over to Jesseca's biscotti post and go ahead, smile a little. We certainly did.
Well, here is a work of art that you can eat. Jennifer Farley of Savory Simple has combined two of our favorite flavors (her's too) into this masterful layer cake. Her photography is delightful; her use of vanilla is generous (tablespoons!) plus she uses the vanilla beans themselves. We can't do the recipe or the imagery justice here - click on over to Savory Simple and see for yourself.
It was such a wonderful surprise to see a recipe from Allie's Baking A Moment blog include Lágrima vanilla. Allie picked up a sample bottle of Lágrima at the 2013 International Food Blogger Conference - IFBC 2013 - held in Seattle this September.
We are thrilled with her enthusiastic feedback and even more thrilled with this Simply Perfect Salted Carmel Sauce.
Her attention to detail, including step by step instructions with accompanying photos, make this recipe (and her entire site) an absolute pleasure. Please visit Baking A Moment -- her photography and recipes made us instant fans -- we expect you'll feel the same.
Grandmama Epstein's Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting is submitted from the kitchen of Catherine Lenox - Texas, 2013
Catherine and Rebekah met at Clark Animal Hospital in St. Louis when they were both kennel attendants -- this is one of those jobs you take so you can apply to veterinary school and have at least one mention of 'experience' on your resume. Fast forward 10 years and a passion for food and animals still thrives. Catherine is now a veterinary nutritionist living in Houston, TX and operates Lenox Veterinary Nutrition Consulting.
Thank you Catherine -- we love your cookies!
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Lágrima Pure Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon cream or milk
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
How to make these cookies:
2 options from there:
- You can roll the dough into a log and chill thoroughly, then cut a piece of dough off the log and roll out on a well-floured cutting board. Cut into shapes desired with cookie cutters. Keep the dough refrigerated until you are ready to roll it out - the dough will roll out better if it stays chilled.
- Roll dough into balls and press onto cookie sheet - this will make thicker cookies.
Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting*
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Lágrima Pure Vanilla Extract
3-4 tablespoons milk or cream
Mix ingredients in a mixer or by hand. If it is too thick, add more milk. If too runny, add more sifted powdered sugar.
This is an incredible biscotti recipe!! The flavor and texture are superb, and the biscotti gets raving reviews from everyone who tries it - even from those who don't claim to be biscotti fans. It's designated as an Italian recipe, but it is virtually identical to the mandelbrot (camische bread) recipe handed down through generations of Jewish women as well! Enjoy!
How to make this biscotti
2 Parts Bourbon
1 Part Lágrima Vanilla Syrup
1 Part Lemon Juice
1 Whole Maraschino Cherry