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  • Excerpted from our Making Dough cookbook by Russell van Kraayenburg. 

    YIELD: 6 shortcakes  |  PREP TIME: 1 hour  |  BAKE TIME: 12 minutes


    1 pound prepared Biscuit Dough

    1 cup heavy cream

    5 sprigs fresh mint

    4 ounces granulated sugar, divided

    12 ounces blackberries, pureed, plus 12 ounces whole berries

    1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

    ½ teaspoon lemon juice

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Excerpted from our Making Dough Cookbook by Russell van Kraayenburg.

    YIELD: 1 pound  |  PREP TIME: 20 minutes  |  BAKE TIME: 12 minutes


    6 ounces cake flour

    2 ounces bread flour

    1 teaspoon salt

    4 teaspoons baking powder

    3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold

    ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons milk


    Mixing the Dough

    There are two ways to mix biscuit dough: by hand or using a food processor.

  • Excerpted from our Making Dough cookbook by Russell van Kraayenburg.

    YIELD: 6 biscuits  |  PREP TIME: 30 minutes  |  BAKE TIME: 12 minutes


    1 pound Biscuit Dough, prepared as at left

    3 ounces cold, chopped duck fat

    2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter

    ½  small white onion, sliced

    1 ounce all-purpose flour

    2 cups whole milk

    2 teaspoons salt

    1 teaspoon ground black pepper

    2 teaspoons fresh tarragon, diced

  • I’m fairly certain, in a completely un-scientific way, that if you asked anyone worth asking what the two best things are in the world (bar oxygen and anything that merits an NC-17) they would agree: books and food. As made obvious by the mere existence of banned book week, one way books have been made increasingly compelling over the years is (ironically) when groups of moral decide to ban them.

    So now here’s another to make those banned books even better: pair them with cupcakes, or a tart! Following is a carefully curated list of some truly delicious baked goods with literary aspirations.

    The Fahrenheit 451: Red Hot Cinnamon Cupcakes (The Domestic Rebel): Maybe not quite hot enough to burn books, but certainly spicier than the typical frosted dessert.

    The Great Gatsby: Pink Champagne Cupcakes (Cupcakes by Tattooed MarthaSabayon by A Food Centric Life): Because if Gatsby and Daisy didn’t teach us about the perils of overindulgence, they certainly showed how fun it can be while it lasts. Plus, you know, champagne is delicious. To get the most out of the flavors, I swapped out the champagne frosting included in the cupcake recipe for a champagne sabayon as a slightly less pink topper.

    The Huckleberry Fiin: Huckleberry Cupcakes (Martha Stewart): Huckleberries are a surprisingly underutilized fruit, but with a book like this classic there really isn’t a choice.

    The Things Fall Apart: Coffee Cake Crumble Muffins (Table for Two): Fall apart. Crumble. It’s a dreadful pun, sorry. I embellished on these a bit by topping them with a simple fruit sauce (recipe below), using fruits native to Nigeria. The tang also balances out the sweetness of the crumble.

  • Excerpted from our Making Dough cookbook by Russell van Kraayenburg.

    YIELD: 4 (6-inch) mini pies  |  PREP TIME: 3 hours  |  BAKE TIME: None


    1½  pounds Orange Cookie Crumb Crust, mixed as on page 66, baked in 4 (6-inch) pie dishes, and completely cooled

    2 cups orange peels (from about

    6 oranges)

    1½ quarts whole milk

    1 vanilla bean

    3 ounces (¾ cup) cornstarch

    12 ounces granulated sugar

    1 teaspoon salt

  • Photo via Gimme Some Oven
    Monkey bread! You’d be bananas not to love it—oh yes, I went there. 
    If you have opposable thumbs, you can make monkey bread. So why not make an extra-special batch (or three) and dedicate it to your favorite literary primate?
    All you need are the basic 4 ingredients (biscuit dough, butter, sugar, and plastic bags), plus a couple add-ins to make your Bookish Monkey Bread.


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