Stumped on what to make for a bake sale? Martha’s got you covered with a trio of kid- and adult-friendly recipes from her latest baking bible, "A New Way to Bake": super-moist lemon cupcakes with sweet-tart raspberry frosting, addictive pecan-studded sticky buns, and a rich, tangy orange pound cake. Each treat relies on a healthy swap or two: The cupcakes are made with white whole-wheat flour and switch out a lot of the usual butter for yogurt; the buns call for whole-wheat flour and wheat germ; and the pound cake throws barley flour into the mix. The result is three absolutely irresistible baked goods that just happen to be made with better-for-you ingredients.
Whole-Wheat Brown-Sugar Sticky Buns
Who says these treats are only for breakfast? Take it from us, they'll be just as popular at a bake sale. The buns boast a rich, caramel-like flavor, thanks to the combination of whole-wheat flour and brown sugar, and get a fiber boost from the wheat germ.
Orange-Barley Pound Cake
Using barley flour yields an especially tender crumb here, while cream cheese and orange are responsible for the pound cake's out-of-this-world flavor. While the loaf is formidable on its own, a sugar glaze amped up with three types of orange -- juice, zest, and liqueur -- takes it over the top.
These delicate lemony cupcakes take their cue from the classic French yogurt cake -- and they're just as moist and delicious. White whole-wheat flour ups the health factor, while fresh raspberries give the frosting its lovely pink hue (no food coloring here!).
Alongside this week’s guest Homa Dashtaki, Martha also delves into the wonders of another healthy ingredient: whey, the byproduct of making yogurt. Dashtaki is the founder of New York’s White Moustache, which is known for its small-batch Persian- and Greek-style yogurts and labneh. She recently expanded into selling whey -- plain, mixed into probiotic drinks, and frozen into ice pops -- and shares her tips for baking with the golden elixir. Tune in for all this and more on “Martha Bakes” this weekend.
"Martha Bakes" season 8 airs on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).