Frankenstorm Baking Projects


[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

This is a special edition of Weekend Baking Project for those of you who will be staying home while the Frankenstorm threatens the East coast. These recipes can be made with pantry and fridge staples, so no need to run to the store.

Shortbread Sandwiches

These Shortbread Sandwiches are about as easy as cookies come. The base is shortbread—that's just butter, flour, sugar, and a hint of salt—and the filling can be anything you have lying in your fridge. Half a jar of preserves? Great. Some Nutella? Even better. Use whatever you have and won't mind replacing when the storm is over.

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Shortbread Sandwiches

Bread Pudding

Classic Challah Bread Pudding

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Your stock of bread is going stale but you don't want to throw it out because what if the storm is going to last a biblical number of days? Re-purpose it into extra sustenance in the form of bread pudding with some milk, butter, eggs, sugar, and heavy cream.

What say you? You're hording your bread but you have the rest of those ingredients and some lemons? Try this easy Lemon Mousse.

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Classic Bread Pudding
Lemon Mousse

Rice Pudding

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

So maybe you turned all your eggs into an omelet because you have a day off from work and storm or not, that requires a big ole breakfast in bed. No problem. Try this simple rice pudding that requires nothing more than rice, sugar, and milk. Have some chocolate on hand? Try a warm chocolate version.

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Mark Bittman's Rice Pudding In The Oven
Warm Chocolate Risotto

But most of all, stay safe!