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Rice pudding

May 25, 2017

Rice pudding is one dessert I can never refuse. I can say “no” to chocolate cake, fruit crisps, and even apple desserts (that’s more difficult), but if I am offered a rice pudding it’s an automatic “I’ll have it”. It’s the sweet, creamy, slightly chewy and totally satisfying dessert that takes me back to my childhood and brings me the comfort of home. Of course, my Mom, with her discerning palate, used to make the... View Article

Cream puffs with lemon cream filling, caramel glaze and a surprise vanilla sauce

May 17, 2017

I have been experimenting with eclairs lately and although they are good enough (delicious, really) to eat they are not good enough to photograph and post quite yet. I am trying to bake them so they are perfectly smooth on the on top with no cracks, and decorate them with a glaze in a smooth symmetrical fashion. So far, no cigar. However, with every batch of eclairs I make a few small cream puffs that... View Article

Saffron poached pears

April 14, 2017

The small Honey Belle pears are ideal for poaching and serving as a stylish little dessert that is easy to execute. I thought I’d use saffron threads in the poaching liquid to give them a pretty golden colour and a delicate saffron flavour and also add a warm tone to the sauce. You can poach the pears whole or cut in half. They cook quickly so be careful not to over cook them. Last time... View Article

Cupcake party: Vanilla cupcakes with pink vanilla frosting

April 8, 2017

I was looking at my cookbook collection to get inspired and saw a cupcake book by Martha Stewart that was hiding among many books in the dessert section. I pulled it out to take a look and immediately wanted to go into the kitchen and bake. The thing with cupcakes is that they need to look attractive. Piping nice and uniform designs with a piping bag is not my forte. I have taken cake decorating... View Article

Baked apple chips

November 19, 2016

Of course I love potato chips, who doesn’t, but trying to get away from the salt and fat is sometimes a good idea. For those occasions, you may want to make apple chips, especially now that apples are in season. These are very easy to make, especially of you have a mandolin to slice the apples with. You are aiming for uniformly thin slices and it’s easiest with a mandolin. You can if you wish... View Article

Chocolate buttermilk bundt cake with chocolate sauce

November 15, 2016

This is a light and moist cake that keeps well although I doubt it will last long. You can fancy it up with a chocolate glaze or serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce (recipe below) as a casual dessert. Cake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 1/4 cup buttermilk 1 cup... View Article

Slow baked apple stacks

October 29, 2016

It’s apple season and I am making apples desserts. One of my favourites is this thinly sliced honeycrisp apple, stacked in a ramekin dish and baked until soft and caramelized. I serve it with vanilla ice cream that I have melted (basically a creme anglaise) or with caramel or butterscotch sauce. The spun sugar is an extra that can looks impressive but it’s not a must. If you want to try it check my spun... View Article

Vin Santo stone fruit compote

September 19, 2016

How fun at the end of the summer to gather the best ripe stone fruits and a few others, shower them with a bottle of Vin Santo and simmer them together to a sweet perfection that you can then serve chilled in glass bowls. This to me is one of end of summer best treats. It is a dish I grew up with (minus the Vin Santo) where it was called a fruit soup. It... View Article

PLUM “ROSE” TARTS

September 7, 2016

I am not going to wax poetic about the change of season. Or am I? We bloggers tend to do that. I will say however that summer seems to be retreating and fall is in the air. The mornings are cool, the sun sets early, the days are shorter. A trip to the farmers market makes you wonder where the green beans and summer berries go. Apples and pear are piled on the stands now... View Article

Let them eat (strawberry) cake

August 23, 2016

What cake did Marie Antoinette have in mind when she said “Let them eat cake”? What she supposedly said was “Qu’il mange de la brioche”, not exactly translated to “let them eat cake” but close enough in the sentiment. Perhaps she never said that at all and the phrase was unfairly attributed to her, but in any event, had she been alive still she’d be “eating her words” as that phrase is seen as the... View Article

Chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and raspberries

July 20, 2016

I haven’t publicized this much but in the last several weeks I have been immersed in cakes. Why, I’ll never know. It’s not even that I like to eat cakes so much, but I love making them. Cakes are so beautiful and require a certain level of skill in making them and then making them look beautiful. I don’t always decorate the cakes, often all you need with a slice of cake is a good... View Article

Apple roses tart with thyme

July 9, 2016

If I have to choose between chocolate cake or apple tart, it will be apple tart (almost) every time. I apologize to all you chocolate lovers out there especially because I know all too well that sometimes only a chocolate will do, but the tart and sweet flavours of apple desserts win me over, especially when combined with a buttery, flakey pastry. I jumped on the apple roses bandwagon a while back, but it doesn’t... View Article