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Mrs. Lefferts’ New Year’s cakes

Peter Rose Serves about 12 dozen, depending on size Ingredients 1 pound light brown sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg, lightly beaten with a fork

Lemon-Lavender Pound Cake

Agnes Devareaux, Village Tea Room Yields one loaf Ingredients 1/2 pound sweet cream butter 1 tablespoon dried lavender (organic) 5 large farm eggs 1 cup sugar 1-1/2 cups plus 2

Individual Pear Upside-Down Cake

Hudson House of Nyack Serves 8 Ingredients 1/3 stick unsalted butter (plus additional butter to grease the ramekins) 1/2 cup light brown sugar 3 medium-sized pears, ripe but firm (Bartletts

Hazelnut Biscotti

Vicki Zeph, Zeph’s Ingredients 2 whole eggs 1 egg yolk 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 2 cups

Graham Thumbprint Cookies

Nava Atlas Yields about two dozen Ingredients 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine 1/2 cup light brown sugar or Sucanat 1 egg, beaten 4 graham crackers (regular, cinnamon or honey-flavored) 1-1/3 cups


(A cross between a sugar and a butter cookie) Peter Rose Ingredients 3/4 pound (3 sticks) butter 1-1/4 cups sugar 1 egg 3 cups flour 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Frozen Lemon Souffle

Chef Leonard Mott, Le Chambord Ingredients 5 egg whites 1 cup granulated sugar 1 1/2 cup almonds, lightly toasted, finely chopped 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup water 10 egg

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Jocelyn Beverly Yields one 8-inch cake. Ingredients 7 ounces semi- or bittersweet chocolate (good quality, such as Callebaut or Bakers) 13 tablespoons butter 7 large eggs (at room temperature, separated)

English Shortbread

Janet Crawshaw, Valley Table Yields two dozen wedges Ingredients 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sweet butter, softened 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder 1/4 teaspoon

Danish Apple Cake

Peter Rose Ingredients 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick) 2 cups plain roasted (commercial) bread crumbs 1 cup sugar 1 16-ounce jar applesauce (or an equivalent amount of homemade applesauce) heavy

Crunchy Apple Garlic Cake

Pat Reppert, Mad for Garlic (Quixote Press, 1997) (Reprinted with permission) Ingredients 3 tablespoons softened butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2

Cranberry-Pecan Bread

Nava Atlas Yields 1 loaf (doubles easily for 2) Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 1/2 cup unbleached white flour 1/2 cup amaranth or quinoa flour (if unavailable, substitute

Cornmeal Currant Cookies

Craig Stafford, Flatiron Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients 3 1/2 ounces dry currants 1/4 cup dark rum 7 ounces sugar 7 ounces unsalted butter, room temp. 1 large egg yolk,

Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

Kathy Balis, Babette’s Kitchen Serves 8 Ingredients 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons for the pan 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 cup plus

Caraway Cookies

Peter Rose Yields about four dozen Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon caraway seed, lightly crushed Method Cream the butter with the

Bubbie’s Poppyseed Cookies

Linda Pack Butler Yields about four dozen 2-inch cookies Ingredients 3 eggs 1/2 cups canola oil 1/2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 cup unsoaked poppy seeds 1 teaspoon salt

Molasses Cookies (Brunkager)

Peter Rose Yields about 10 dozen Ingredients 1 pound butter 1 cup dark brown sugar 1-1/4 cup white sugar 1 cup molasses 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 3 to 4