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Rich Chocolate Pudding & Citrus Cream

In chocolate, custard, fruit on February 15, 2011 at 08:20

Week 50 | February 15, 2011


Happy Valentine’s Day. What does that even mean? The best excuse to play with chocolate.

I love custards and puddings – tapioca or rice pudding, eclairs with custard filling, I recently mentioned to a friend that pot de cremes might be one of my favorite sweets. I grew up eating a lighter variation of a steamed gingery custard my mom would make during the cold season. However I tend to like custards that are lightly flavored, fragrant or fruity.

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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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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.

Lemon & White Chocolate Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, fruit, nuts on October 4, 2010 at 10:52

Week 33 | 10.4.2010


Another week for macarons. Why? Because they’re all the rage, and fun to make. I’ll be trying a different flavor (no surprises here) with some lemon zest ground in the almonds and lemon curd folded with white chocolate ganache for the innards – at least that’s the plan. Stay tuned!

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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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Inside-Out Chocolate Chunk Cookies

In chocolate, cookie on September 15, 2010 at 09:49

Week 31 | 9.15.2010


I get pretty excited every time I have a new bottle of fresh milk in the fridge, waiting to be opened. Before taking on funky smells and fridge flavors, before getting crusty at the carton lip, milk…the VERY first sip is perfectly sweet and delicious.

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Oven Out-of-Service – a Trio of Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, nuts, Uncategorized on August 25, 2010 at 14:19

Week 28 | 8.25.2010
Oh oven, we were getting along so well. I made a batch of macarons for a dinner party, then another, and then another. We were having such a good time together that I decided to make a chocolate granola snack to round out our day-long companionship. But somewhere in between macaron batch #3 and rotating the granola at the halfway point, you gave up on me and turned cold…

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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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Hazelnut, Chocolate & Espresso Biscotti

In breakfast, chocolate, coffee, cookie, nuts on August 3, 2010 at 06:35

Week 25 | 8.2.2010

A few weeks ago I woke up to a muffin and coffee breakfast that my friend had generously brought over to me. Sweet I know! The muffin was wonderfully memorable, chock full of hazelnut bits, small chunks of dark chocolate, and a smattering of coffee grounds. It was fragrant, hearty and sensational with every bite.

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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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