Tag Archive: desserts

Grilled chocolate sandwiches

November 15, 2019

    Who said it always has to be cheese? Crusty on the outside, warm and melty inside and beautifully bitter-sweet, these chocolate creations are easy to make and so good you will not stop at one. I make them on sourdough bread or baguette, not on a regular sandwich bread. The crispy, crusty grilled exterior is too delicious with the melted gooey chocolate inside. No recipe is needed as this much like making a grilled cheese... View Article

Espresso panna cotta

November 14, 2019

      Panna Cotta in Italian means cooked cream, which essentially, it is. It is a rather loose “pudding’, not set so hard that it is stiff, and should have a slight jiggle on the plate. Normally you would serve panna cotta un-moulded. This often requires dipping the molds in hot water to loosen it up and inverting it onto individual dessert plate. It takes some coordination and “hold your breath” moments, hoping that... View Article

Chocolate Ganache Truffles

November 5, 2019

  I had leftover ganache from something I made the other day so I indulged in a few truffles. I tripple rolled them first in honeycomb I had also made the other day, then in cocoa powder, and last in ground candied hazelnuts, one of my favouriote things to have on hand in the kitchen. My leftovers only made a few but her is a recipe to make more. You should keep them in the... View Article

Fritters with Haskal Berry Sauce

October 30, 2019

Once autumn descends on our little town it puts me in the mood to fry things and one of the easiest things in this category is fritters. But there is a story to go with the recipe. Our local co-op One Big Table issued a challenge to submit recipes using two or more ingredients from the store. OBT is unique co-op dedicated to offering local produce and artisanal products from the Okanagan and surrounding area... View Article

Raspberry flaked Tuille with matcha-lime curd, roasted white chocolate and more

December 4, 2018

    Well, we are off to Australia and New Zealand to spend the winter (their summer) “down under”. It’s a daunting trip as Australia is a continent, not just a country, and it took some learning, planning and advice from an ex-Aussie friend to make it all happen. Travel is an education and this is how I approach it. This continent does not have the familiar European western history and few of us are... View Article

Plum cake

October 5, 2018

You know that saying that a balanced life is a life without passion? well, it tends to describe my life pretty well. I have never had a “balanced” life. I am usually “all in” on one thing or another and it tends to throw everything else off balance. Is balance really that important? I’d say it’s over rated. Right now I am all into baking bread and developing sourdough starters. Considering it’s just the two... View Article

Peach pie

September 3, 2018

I don’t make too many pies here, mostly tarts or free-form galettes for me, but now and then I crave a peach pie and when my friend B can’t make one for me I have to resort to making one myself (how is that for guilt-inducing?). When I made this pie the first time the bottom crust dissolved from the juice of the peaches. It was still good with a flaky, buttery top crust, but not really a... View Article

Chocolate cherry Cake with cherry Sauce

August 3, 2018

    Ingredients: Cake: 5 oz dark chocolate, chopped 6 tablespoons butter 5 tablespoons brown sugar 3 egg yolks 1/2 cup walnut pieces 3 tablespoons all purpose flour 3 egg whites 2 cups pitted cherries for cake Cherry sauce: 2 cups pitted cherries for sauce 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice Kirch cream: 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon kirsch Directions: Butter and flour an 8 inch cake pan with removable bottom and... View Article

Bread Pudding

May 12, 2018

If it has bread in it I love it. Here is an easy and very rich bread pudding recipe that you can also make into a French toast. I made it with challah bread I bought at the market and didn’t get to use   until a few days later, so I thought it would make a good a bread pudding, and it did. Challah bread is a little like a brioche, rich, eggy and sweet.... View Article

Pavlova under a meringue cloche

November 18, 2017

The idea for this meringue came from my all-time favourite cooking show: Masterchef Australia. I have watched two seasons (more than 60 episodes per season) and to my great frustration instead of continuing with the following season they are replaying the last one. How annoying can they be? I feel like writing to complain (can’t watch it online). I love the Australian show for many reasons and learned a lot watching these amazing young contestants... View Article

Torta di Mele (Italian apple cake)

November 10, 2017

I would probably choose an apple dessert over chocolate. Did I lose you already? Hang in there. I love the contrast of sweet and tangy and the freshness that apples add to a dessert. When I have a chocolate dessert, I prefer it with a raspberry sauce, a cherry or some other fruity relief to provide contrast and context. Not that I can’t gorge on pure dark chocolate alone, I can do that well, but... View Article

Apple Tart Tatin

November 9, 2017

I have been baking up a storm lately, some of the creations have made to the blog and the rest hopefully will if I get to photograph them. Today I focused on beautiful apples from a local orchard that originally were  intended for an Italian apple cake but ended up in a classic French tart tatin. I made this same desserts last week but it was gone before I had a chance to photograph it... View Article