April 3, 2020

The Perfect Seasonal Dessert: Strawberry Tart {3-Step Recipe}


Despite its elegant presentation, the tarte aux fraises is considered a "basic" recipe in the French p√Ętisserie repertoire. In fact, this was one of the first recipes taught at the Cordon Bleu p√Ętisserie diploma course in Paris. Yet sometimes the simplest of preparations are the very best. 

April 1, 2020

In Celebration of Baking Mistakes!

Selfie channeling Groucho Marx and Julia Child on April Fool's Day!

Whoever said that baking is a precise art had it all wrong. If there were a Pastry Hall of Fame, an entire section would be devoted to the best baking disasters of all time. Three of the world's most beloved desserts were actually created by mistake—the result of a preparation error, a wrong ingredient or an oversight of one step in the process. These accidental recipes produced more scrumptious desserts than ever imagined.

February 2, 2020

The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe


Pastry chef David Lebovitz included this recipe in his memoir The Sweet Life in Paris, all about his fabulous experience living and baking in the City of Light. I love the way Lebovitz shares a witty insight related to each recipe. In his description of this chocolate cake recipe, he claims that every Parisian woman knows a chocolate cake recipe by heart. 

I've recently been making this recipe on a regular basis. Even though it's so simple, the result is an incredibly decadent and delicious chocolate cake. I'm sure you'll agree that the recipe is worthy of memorization!