Strawberry Shortcake for the New Year

New years cake

I’m about 5 days late but hey, that doesn’t change it being a new year packed with new resolutions, new blog posts, and new everything! I thought it would be perfect to start off the year with a clock themed cake & I tried to make it semi-healthy, hence the strawberries. A New Year sounds great to most as it is a physical reminder for a fresh start and a good chance for one to tackle their dreams and goals. It’s interesting, because only about 8% of people actually follow through with their New Year’s resolutions. Make sure you are one of those 8%. Who ever said you can’t be? It’s important to have attainable goals that you can slowly work towards so that you do follow through with results.

For the cake above, I followed the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated. Full recipe can be found here on Pittsburgh Eats Needed blog.

Recipe Tip:

  • To get the strawberries straight along the sides, use a 9 inch springform pan and line parchment paper around the inner circle. Once you release the springform pan and remove the parchment paper, the strawberries will remain in place.
  • Use cake flour as indicated in the recipe for a fluffier, and lighter cake. If you prefer it more dense, then use all-purpose flour although it may turn out drier than expected and you can try moistening it by spraying the cake with a 1 part sugar 2 parts water mix that has been boiled and cooled.

2015 will see a lot more of my Ultimate Food Bucket List being completed and more restaurant reviews as I explore the food scene. Keep posted for more exciting posts and news every week!

New years cake

Any recipes or cooking techniques you would like me to cover for 2015? Feel free to share :)


A Brief Breakfast and the Finest Desserts

So basically New Years was simply amazing. I got to experience this really cool tradition to celebrate the coming of the new year where my aunt baked this Greek New Year’s Bread aka Vasilopita. The ritual is that the bread is cut on New Year’s Day, oh and there’s a twist. A foil-covered coin is hidden in this bread. Where? Well, no one knows until it’s cut, and whoever gets it is said to have good luck for the whole year. A piece of cake is sliced for each member of the family starting from eldest to youngest and depending on tradition, a slice is given to something symbolic such as the household etc. Everyone stared in anticipation as each slice was passed around the table. Half of the sweet bread was served and yet no sight of the silver coin?! Before redoing the whole process, my relatives decided to give a slice for the house. Aha! There it was, slightly tilted in the thin slice of bread. Although no one at the table got the coin, we nevertheless had a great breakfast and enjoyed our time!

The Traditional New Year’s Greek Bread

A quick and easy yet delicious dish made with eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, and other spices

Lebanese yogurt called Labne ( the bread goes great with this! )

My aunt’s Kourambiedes (Greek buttery shortbread cookies)

These literally melt in your mouth and are the BEST cookies ever!

Fresh Apple Pie from Oberweis

I was able to taste the freshness of this apple pie in one bite! A warm piece of this with some ice cream was just heavenly. After discovering how great apple pie can taste, I will never eat another store-bought apple pie again.

Beautiful sunset in Chicago