December 22, 2017

Bûche de Noël {Recipe for Mocha Layer Cake}

Bûche de Noël featuring chocolate "hedgehog" truffles

Every December in Paris, something magical occurs. On the elegant boulevards and quaint cobblestone streets, the daintiest of pâtisserie shops transform their boutique windows into marvelous showcases of "bûches de Noël" (Yuletide logs). Considered the essential dessert to celebrate Christmas, these exquisite oblong-shaped cakes come in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, chestnut, coffee or vanilla. But the decor always features a forest theme, with details ranging from marzipan leaves to meringue mushrooms. 

November 21, 2017

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie {Martha Stewart Recipe}

Old-fashioned pumpkin pie made the traditional way (from fresh pumpkin) is quite time-consuming to prepare so you won't find it at a bakery or grocery store, but it's definitely worth the effort. Once you get past the pesky task of cutting up, steaming and puréeing the fresh pumpkin, it's really not that difficult to bake pumpkin pie from scratch. 

July 30, 2017

Summer Berries with Buttery Biscuits {Chez Panisse Recipe}

I found the most beautiful wild strawberries at the farmers' market the other day, which inspired me to prepare the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits from "Chez Panisse Fruit" by Alice Waters. The biscuits are light, flaky, buttery and just slightly sweet, and wonderful served warm with whipped cream. It's amazing how something totally simple can be so delicious!