Tag Archive: Dessert

Apple and Thyme cake with hazelnut crumb

November 5, 2018

    Apples are in season and other than sinking your teeth into a crisp, cold apple  it’s nice to incorporate them into a dessert. This is a French style simple cake that French women may cook at home. As you know, at least when it comes to Parisian women, they never cook desserts at home. I hear that they buy it at a pastry shop and show their expertise by finding the best possible... View Article

Hanukkah Sufganiyot (jam filled doughnuts)

December 13, 2017

I believe today is the first night of Hanukkah where tradition dictates that you serve foods fried in oil. We are away at our first winter destination and I am not frying anything here, but before we left I had craving for jam filled sufganiyot that are traditional for Hanukkah celebration so I made a batch and shared with family before we left. Hannukah is a festival of lights taking place around Christmas based on the... View Article

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

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

Fresh berries with Okanagan dessert wine

June 3, 2016

Not every dessert has to be complicated. Sometime what is best after a meal is a bowl of beautiful fresh berries drizzled with luscious local dessert wine. If you want to indulge, whip up some cream to go with it. If you want to make it vegan make a cashew cream with this recipe. Serves 4 Ingredients:   1 container Strawberries 1 container Blueberries 1 container Raspberries 1 container Blackberries Okanagan dessert wine of your... View Article

Plum galette

September 7, 2015

A galette is a French style open-face freeform tart with the edges of the pastry folded casually up part way to contain the fruits. A crostata is an Italian version usually made with jam filling but also with fruits. This is one of my no-fuss go to desserts when there are nice fresh fruits that need a little pastry to become dessert. Because it’s free form you don’t need to worry too much about the... View Article

Tarte Tatin – caramelized upside down apple tart

April 30, 2015

Foodies tend to divide into two groups: those who love to bake and those who love to cook. I often wonder what category I fit in because I kinda like doing both. I do more cooking than baking though. I love to bake and make desserts but, you know, it’s more a special occasion thing. We don’t have desserts every day. Today I was in the mood to bake something with apples. Tarte Tatin is... View Article

Floating Island (Ile Flottante)

June 6, 2014

This is a classic French dessert that I try to never miss when I am in France. You find it anywhere, high end, casual, family restaurants, it’s part of the French culinary vocabulary. It looks complicated but in fact is quite easy to prepare and the nice thing is that you can prepare it in advance and assemble at serving time. This dessert is made with a meringue that you cook in barely simmering water... View Article

Lemon Sablés (French lemon butter cookies)

May 6, 2014

I have been cooking my way through Laura Calder’s latest book Paris Express, Simple Food from the City of Style. I love Laura’s cooking and was very disappointed when her James Beard award winning cooking show French Food at Home ended on the Cooking Channel. It was informative, educational and fun to watch. Laura is beautiful, sophisticated, funny and an experienced and knowledgeable chef . She left a corporate career to pursue culinary education in Vancouver... View Article

French Crepes with Sugar and Lemon

November 23, 2013

I am starting to “psych” myself for travel in preparation for our long stay in Europe this winter. I love to travel and finally the time has come and we can go on extended stays in destinations that interest us. This time it’s a month in Paris and two months in Spain, how is that for a for a trip to Europe? Can you believe it? Going to the Garnier opera in Paris, Christmas on... View Article

Early Fall Stone Fruit Compote

October 16, 2013

Fall desserts are usually more elaborate than summer desserts. I barely bake anything in the summer, relying more on fresh fruits and light sauces for dessert. Now I find myself in the mood for heartier desserts, pastries, cooked sauces and heartier foods. Baked apples, poached pears cooked figs are but few of the things I am making these days. But I am not quite ready for a lot of baking and like to use up... View Article

Whipped Chocolate Mousse with Ice Wine

October 6, 2013

Chocolate is always a good idea. Chocolate mousse is a classic, isn’t it? Everyone knows what it is and everyone probably tried it. Classic chocolate mousse is usually made with egg yolks and cream and maybe even espresso. It involves cooking the egg yolks over simmering water, beating the egg whites and combining everything with the melted chocolate. Too much work? Don’t want raw eggs in your mousse? Then his recipe is for you. It... View Article