Some may try to give women and baking a negative connotation, but baking is way more than a simple chore. It’s always been more than that. It’s been an act of honor, a portrayal of strength, and a gateway to artistry. That is why baked goods satisfy more than people’s sweet tooth; they provide insight on the power behind their preparation with each bite.
This March 8th, celebrate International Women’s Day with four recipes that carry incredible histories.
BUTTER AND SUGAR PULL APART BREAD
This one would have been Marie Curie’s go-to. Turns out the physics and chemistry pioneer who conducted groundbreaking research on radioactivity “lived on butter and bread and tea.” In 1891, Curie moved to Paris to get an education, so this was the perfect meal for a student on a budget who also had limited time for anything other than study. Here is the recipe for you!
Cajeta is a spectacular Mexican caramel-like sauce to go with your (baked) churros. While dulce de leche is the most commonly known name for it, arequipe, cajeta, and fanguito are a few others with varying differences. Although its origin is unknown, Argentinians have a legend that claims dulce de leche was invented by a woman cook who worked for Buenos Aires governor Juan Manuel de Rosas in 1829. Legend says that, as Rosas discussed the Cañuelas Pact with his opponent, the cook “got distracted, left the milk on the stove, and dulce de leche formed.” Here is the recipe!
A holiday staple, buñuelos are one of the oldest Mexican traditions. And even though they are typically fried, here’s a healthier, baked version of this recipe. One of the interesting things about buñuelos is that they were found in a recipe book transcribed by feminist poet, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. It is well known that the kitchen served as another one of her creative and experimental spaces. We can definitely learn a thing or two from de la Cruz’s life journey. Here is the recipe for you.
Inspired by Emily Dickinson, we thought of making this delicious Colombian black cake to celebrate. It is no secret that Dickinson is considered one of the leading 19th century U.S.-American poets. However, she is also recognized as a wonderful baker, and black cake happened to be one of her family’s favorites. So, here’s a recipe that will bring us closer to that history –– with a Latinx twist, of course. Get the recipe here.