To be more precise: candied yams, dates & walnuts with yogurt & brandied figs. A happy accident that became dessert and is now a winter favourite. Throughout my 20's and 30's I hosted an Orphan's Dinner on both Thanksgiving and Christmas; a gathering of disenfranchised souls…
A light dessert, artfully finished, Tarte a l'Alsacienne (Apple Custard Pie) is a French classic. Once you know the basic recipe you can substitute the apples for raspberries, cranberries, cherries or blueberries for an elegant finish to any meal.
Making the perfect Pate Brisse (pie crust) has been one of those things that has been hit or miss for me, I love to bake, but pie crust has proved my nemesis. That is, until a few classes at Le Cordon Bleu where my then instructor (now finacé), Chef Benoit taught me the art of the perfect pie crust every time.
A little twist on an old favorite, Rhubarb Ginger Crisp takes my Grandmother's recipe and adds a layer of Asian flavour; the tartness of rhubarb and the heat of ginger against a brown sugar crumble.
The Devil's Food Salted Caramel Cupcakes we whipped up a week ago for a certain three year old's birthday. So good we had offers of indentured servitude in exchange for more, here's the recipe!
Cookies for breakfast? Relax Mom, they're vegan, wheat-free, low sugar, low fat, Granola Breakfast Cookies. But nobody needs to know they're healthy!
An overwhelming desire for the taste of orange and chocolate lead me down the slippery slope of recipe development creating a deep, dark and delicious Chocolate Orange Chiffon Cake that thrilled neighbors and crushed that craving. (The neighbors love it when I bake!)
A little something interesting for Valentine's Day with our Up Your Skirt Dessert; a reconstructed creme brulee, strawberry carpaccio, a dash of chocolate and a pair of edible gams. What? You were expecting cupcakes?!
Literally translated, Crème Brûlée means Burnt Cream, but the way the French say it is much more romantic. A rich, creamy vanilla custard topped with a layer of hard caramel, that is literally, scorched sugar. What better way to bring romance to the table than to break out the blow torch and burn a little sugar?!
In Thailand Black Rice Pudding is often served for breakfast, afternoon tea and dessert. A rice and coconut custard, baked in the oven and served plain or with coconut ice cream, it's nutty, smooth and creamy and delicious warm or cold.
Smooth, dark and super rich, this Chocolate Espresso Truffle Cake is a slab of pure chocolate heaven. It's also flourless so there's no pesky carbohydrates, and it's gluten free. Just a few simple ingredients you probably already have: butter, sugar, chocolate, espresso and eggs, it's temptation in it's purest form. You've been warned.
Two recipes adapt in dramatic contrast to create a new personal best. A far east twist on a holiday favorite, Asian Gingerbread Pear Cake is slightly sweet, moist and intense with the bright addition of poached pears for a show-stopping, simple cake; the prefect fit for holiday entertaining.