10 Best Recipes of 2018: Dishes I’ll Keep Making in the New Year

It’s the last week of the year–a time for resolutions, plans and, why not, thinking through your best recipes of 2018. So here’s my list. As the new year dawns, these are the favorite dishes sticking around with me. (What recipes have you loved this year? I’d love to hear your recommendations, too!)

Long-fermented sourdough bread, based on Min Kim's recipe #sourdough #fermentedfood #wapf
pictured here is a bread bake from last week, based on Min’s recipe

The last Wednesday of the year is the perfect time to take stock and regroup. A fresh start is upon us! But, at least part of planning and dreaming for what comes next for you, kitchen wise, in 2019, includes looking back to see what’s already working. For me, that includes a few go-to recipes I can wholeheartedly recommend. So here are my 10 best recipes from 2018, from this site and around the Web!

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Date-Paste Shortbread Cookies

All you need is four ingredients to make these tasty date-paste shortbread cookies. Buttery, crumbly, delicate and kissed with sweetness, they’re a perfect vehicle for showcasing the beauty of homemade date paste.

date-paste shortbread cookies / go eat your bread with joy

It’s one thing to say date paste is great in baked goods (the Internet repeatedly tells us to swap it one to one for refined sugar, maple syrup or honey). But it’s another to test it in a recipe and see what happens. Does it actually work? What changes when you swap it in? Armed with a fresh batch of date paste, I decide to experiment for myself and find out. 

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How to Make Date Paste

If you aren’t already familiar with how to make date paste, here’s what you need to know: It’s essentially a four-step process. Trying it gives you a new valuable player in your unrefined-sweetener game. It doesn’t take much time, and it offers all kinds of uses. Here’s how!

how to make date paste

To anyone who’s used unrefined sweeteners, tried a sugar-free diet or blended raw ingredients to make desserts, Medjool dates are nothing new. Plump and meaty, they’re sweet enough to flavor the crust of raw brownies and beneficial enough to be recommended to pregnant women in their third trimesters. Use them to make date paste, and they become even more versatile.

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10 Most Popular Posts This Year

This past weekend, the Go Eat Your Bread with Joy blog completed its first year, hooray! To celebrate, here’s a look at our 10 most visited posts between December 8, 2017 and today.

long-fermented sourdough, naturally leavened bread
Pictured: long-fermented sourdough bread, as mentioned in below roundup

Happy first birthday, Go Eat Your Bread with Joy! What started with a look at The Pepperidge Farm cookbook and a crazy day of pie-making┬áhas now grown into a full year of posts, featuring everything from recipe roundups to how-to guides. To mark this milestone, here’s a quick overview about the site, as well as a roundup of its 10 most visited posts this first year.

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How to Make Bone Broth Taste Better

There’s nothing complicated about making bone broth (aka stock), essentially just bones and water cooked long on the stove. But when it comes to how to make bone broth taste better, there are a few tips and tricks that can help. Whether you’re new to the idea or have been frustrated with your efforts, here’s what you’ll want to know.

how to make bone broth taste better

1. Start with roasted bones.

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Simple, No-Chill Sugar Cookies for Baking with Kids

When you’re looking for a fun, kid-friendly project this month, say hello to simple, no-chill sugar cookies. You can blend them in a food processor (and let kids press “pulse”), roll out the dough without chilling it (and let kids cut out shapes) and be enjoying fresh-baked treats within an hour.┬áThe ingredients are unrefined, the process is doable and, even better, the recipe is so short, you can memorize it.

simple no-chill sugar cookies for baking with kids

When it comes to baking with kids–in December or any time of year–the process is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Or, to put it more accurately, 2, 1, 1/2.Read More