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…
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.
This time of year I love a warm scone, fresh from the oven. Perfect with a nice hot cup of tea on a late fall day. Lemon scones are among my favorites; adding cranberry and white chocolate. Light, fragrant, not too sweet; perfect for the girls on a Sunday afternoon or as a hostess gift during the holidays.
The Chef in my life, was my first soufflé. He makes it look so easy. So we're tasking Food Gypsy Technical Advisor, Chef Benoit Gelinotte, to give us his best tips so you can soufflé like you've never souffléd before this holiday season. Starting with a little sugar and spice - the Chipotle Chocolate Soufflé.
If you’re going to commandeer Halloween candy, there should be some kind of plan for later usage that the whole family can enjoy. Like making cookies! Caramel Mars Bar Cookies are popular with kids of all ages especially when we super-size then and make COLOSSAL COOKIES; cookies that eat like a meal.
Somehow apple pie has become a symbol of appreciation. The simple act of being grateful for what you DO have brings forward more to be grateful for, thus the attitude of gratitude Apple Gogi Berry Pie.
One last kick at summer, a simple, elegant execution for the last of the season’s peaches with this Peach Basil Goat Cheese Galette. The beauty of a gallette is it's rustic, rough appeal. Even those ‘pasty-challenged’ can manage a gallete and do it well.
Our resident French Girl and Food Gypsy Editor, Astrid Deslandes, takes one for the team, testing a recipe from David Lebovitz – Gluten-Free Brownies. It’s a tough assignment, bound to add inches to the thighs.
This is a cake that takes time, patience and effort. Therefore I only make my Double Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake for those who will not just appreciate, but worship it. It is only fitting for one of nature's most perfect foods.
Strawberry season. Ripe for Canada Day festivities, warm evenings and summer barbecues. This cool, seasonal White Chocolate Strawberry Kiwi Soup is a make ahead dessert that is at once, simple, elegant and sure to impress.
This could very well entice a leprechaun into exchanging his pot of gold for a slice of chocolate sin. Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake; rich, dark chocolate cake - moist, not too sweet, with a bite of good, clean whiskey and a hint of walnut. A very 'grown up' brownie.