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Flourless Whiskey-Chocolate Cake & Sunflower Meringue

In cake, chocolate, nuts on January 25, 2011 at 19:57

Week 48 | January 24, 2011

Whiskey + milk chocolate. A surprisingly nice pairing. How about in the form of a flourless chocolate cake? I like that idea, with a crisp meringue top to cut through the richness of uninterrupted chocolate. But wait, there’s more. The other day I came across “suncups” in the chocolate aisle of Berkeley Bowl. Treenut-free Recess cups, how novel. And now presenting, Flourless Whiskey-Chocolate Cake & Sunflower Meringue.

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Pithiviers for the Epiphany

In cake, nuts, pastry, Uncategorized on January 10, 2011 at 13:29

Week 45 | January 3, 2011

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Happy New Year! Welcome back!

It’s good to be back in the kitchen at the start of a new year. Scrolling back through the archive of treats I realize it has almost been a full year since I started Bakery Bites. What a year it has been, and more to come!

It is the perfect week to introduce pithiviers. I made a version of these way back in March using chocolate pastry and pistachio cream filling. This time I’ll stick with tradition and pair it with the backstory.

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Upside-down Persimmon Sour Cream Cake

In breakfast, cake, fruit on December 1, 2010 at 00:37

Week 40 | 12.1.2010

December 1st. Welcome back from a festive break! I’m re-energized to test out a “stack” of new recipes after a couple of weeks off.

I’ve been eating persimmons nonstop since they first popped-up in the market a few weeks back. I can’t seem to get enough of the pumpkin-apple, caramel-sweetness of this gorgeous fruit. The Fuyu kind mind you. Hachiya’s are delicious but almost too¬† *gasp*, too sweet for me. I also like the clean crunch of Fuyu’s A proper fall fruit.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake

In cake, cheese, custard on November 10, 2010 at 08:14

Week 37 | 11.10.2010


I have a great giant Cinderella pumpkin taking over one of my few wooden stools, remnants of Halloween festivities. I don’t have the heart to cut into it just yet, but it did get me in a mindframe of baked pumpkin possibilities – teacake, muffin, pie, cheesecake

Is sweetened pumpkin only an American tradition? Only last week a french baker said to me, “I don’t like my vegetables sweetened!” when I asked why he never ate the delightful mini pumpkin pies he turned out for the holidays. Well I have a certain fondness for pumpkin, spice, and brown sugar crusts!

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Mango, White Chocolate & Pistachio Cake

In cake, chocolate, fruit, nuts on November 3, 2010 at 11:24

Week 37 | 11.3.2010

I’m in a mood for pistachios. Last night my friend came over and we whipped up these delicious pistachio-caramel eclairs (only after a minor mishap with doubling the water for the choux batter). A few days before I tested out this pistachio biscotti ball recipe with a hint of lemon zest and now, staring into my freezer, I realize I have enough mango curd leftover to fashion something delicate but delicious to fit into my pistachio-themed week.

Monday

Clove genoise (sponge cake)

Tuesday

Pistachio-almond dacquoise, a nutty meringue base layer.

Wednesday

Assemble dacquoise, feuillete, genoise, and mango curd cream.

Almond Poppyseed Teacake

In breakfast, cake, fruit, nuts on October 12, 2010 at 12:48

Week 34 | 10.12.2010
It WAS cold, a few days ago when I thought of this treat. Cold enough to dream about a cup of tea warming my hands at any hour of the day. Tea with a teacake… at least that was the plan. Today it’s hot hot hot. I had the fan rumbling at 6:30 this morning, not a baking mood. But maybe you can persuade me.

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Sable Breton & Ganache Mini Cake

In cake, chocolate, pastry, recipe, Uncategorized on September 20, 2010 at 08:23

Week 32 | 9.22.2010


I’ve been spending much too much time thinking about homemade graham crackers in the past few days. My dear friend, who can apparently read my mind & mood, invited me to come along to a fire-pit s’more eating event last night. A delicious, toasty & bright evening of meeting new friends and smelling of campfire (and making my pillow smell of campfire…). All this to say I’ve been inspired by meringue, chocolate and a sticky-sweet child’s dessert.

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Walnut Teacakes

In breakfast, cake, nuts on September 8, 2010 at 11:48

Week 30 | 9.8.2010

Truly, I am back – after a nice long weekend, during which I took a beautiful hike with friends, enjoyed delicious cheeses made in our very own neighborhoods, and discovered a new gem in an ice cream shop. I wish we had more occasions for these adventures.

But for now, I must remember that I have a post to write and teacakes to bake! Walnuts in their shell is one of my favorite snacks, and activity. There is some sort of great satisfaction in banging away at some nut shells for an afternoon pick-me-up – tastier than shelled nuts to be sure. I just finished making another ice cream batch (finished eating it as well, sadly), which means that I have eggwhites aplenty.

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Hot Chocolate Cakes & Caramelized Cinnamon Cream

In cake, chocolate on August 16, 2010 at 14:37

Week 27 | 8.16.2010


It’s been a cold summer, the coldest it’s been in 50 years?! I’ll have none of that, or perhaps I’ll simply soothe my disappointment with a lovely chocolate cake, piped with a fresh dollop of sweet, caramelized cinnamon cream. I’m already warmed and comforted.

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Upside-down Plum Cake & Chocolate Crust

In breakfast, cake, chocolate, fruit on July 27, 2010 at 07:45

Week 24 | 7.26.2010

For the past week on the way to the kitchen I’ve been walking past a basket of small plums that my mother brought over from a neighbor’s garden. I’ve been steadily turning the small mountain into a hill but there are still enough left for a moist plum & buttermilk cake. With a small disk of cocoa pastry crust held on with a dab of homemade caramel, this is a worthy breakfast, afternoon bite, or after-dinner treat.

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