The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


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pistachio & rosewater cookies.

We’re three months into the year and a week into Spring, and I think it’s safe to say I’m finally past the post-holiday season slump that haunts me for apparently an entire quarter of the year. New year’s day has long passed (along with every resolution I’ve never once followed through on), but the Persian new year has just begun. The Persian new year, Nowruz, marks the vernal equinox, aka the first day of Spring. My Pakistani side of the family originates from Afghanistan, so this has been a holiday celebrated for many generations, bringing an onslaught of ancestral dishes and traditions.

Here in the states, there isn’t as much excitement and fervor surrounding Nowruz as there is with my family back in Pakistan, so I thought I could at least partially make up for it by bringing in some Afghan influences into my kitchen.

Pistachio, rosewater, and cardamom are classic and thoroughly loved flavors in Afghan and other central/south asian cuisines, so I experimented around and ended up with these buttery, shortbread-like pistachio & rosewater cookies. They came out to be wonderful tea cookies, carrying hints of cardamom and nostalgia from my trips to Pakistan as a child.

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Garden Themed 1st Birthday Cake

So it’s been a looong time since I’ve posted a decorated cake (almost 5 months!!), and I’m so glad to be able to share this super cute garden themed cake that I made for a little girl’s 1st birthday.

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Peppermint Marshmallows

What’s soft, fluffy, festive, and basically the best thing ever?? Peppermint marshmallows of course! 

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Homemade marshmallows are officially my favorite thing in the world. They taste so much better than regular store bought marshmallows and they have none of those nasty chemicals and preservatives either.

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Chocolate Ganache

It’s time I show you how to make chocolate ganache! Chocolate ganache is one of my absolute favorites. This is partly because of how easy it is to make and partly because it’s delicious.

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You only need a couple of ingredients. Chocolate, heavy cream, and optionally vanilla extract. That’s it.

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Halloween Sugar Cookies

Happy Halloween everyone! I don’t know about you, but Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays ever. Not just because of all the candy, but also because of the fun and festive desserts that I can make. I love making Halloween everything- cupcakes, rice krispy treats, cookies, and SO much more.

I’ll admit that I wanted to do so much more for Halloween this year, but unfortunately between school and family visiting, I didn’t have enough time to do that. But, I did manage to make these adorable sugar cookies!

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Espresso Marshmallows (Picture Tutorial)

I’ve always been a sucker for anything espresso/coffee flavored. Whether it be muffins, cookies, or ice cream.

And, I also love anything that has marshmallows in it (who doesn’t :)). I love them in my rice krispy treats, in hot chocolate, or in any of my s’mores themed treats.

So I thought, why not put the two of them together?

And that’s just what I did!

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Chocolate Fudge Popsicles (refined sugar free!)

It’s summer, and here in California it can get pretty hot. In fact, some days are even too hot to use the oven. But that’s okay, cause I have a no bake summer treat that’s frozen, refined sugar free, and chocolatey! Did I mention the chocolatey part? It’s basically everything you could want in a popsicle.

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Father’s Day Strawberry & Coconut Whipped Cream Tart

Last weekend happened to be Father’s Day, so I had to of course make something for my wonderful dad.

As some of you know, my dad is gluten free, sugar free, and mostly vegan. Given these circumstances, coming up with something that he would really enjoy was a bit challenging. While searching for ideas on Pinterest, I came across a picture of a beautiful strawberry tart that came from a wonderful blogger- What Jessica Baked Next. This inspired me to make a tart like dessert.

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