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 describing the Gateau Therese, he claims that every Parisian woman knows a chocolate cake recipe by heart. 

I've recently been making the Gateau Therese on a regular basis because it's so simple and so delicious. It's my new favorite chocolate cake recipe, definitely worthy of memorization!

December 24, 2019

Christmas Cupcakes

Artistic credit: Snowflake background created by a friend's daughter!

These mini-sized Christmas cupcakes are made with a touch of almond extract and a buttery glaze, which gives them a distinctive holiday flair. I found the recipe in a vintage cookbook: Christmas with Martha Stewart Living, Volume 4 which was published in 2000 yet still seems in style. The book is full of wonderful and inspiring ideas.

December 14, 2019

Deep, Dark Secrets of Gingerbread

The ultimate in seduction... They're cute, charming and they smell good! 
If you think that gingerbread is simply a sweet Christmastime treat, don't be fooled! There is so much more to this classic cookie than meets the eye. A fascinating history lies beneath the sugar coating. Gingerbread has a storied past, and its sultry tales will surprise you!