Desserts

Chocolate Lava Cake

There are so many versions of this cake, and many places that claim to have invented it. This variation happens to be my personal favorite: the proportions are just right. I have to admit, I’m not a chocoholic. I’m a pastry chef who happens to prefer vanilla, or lemon, or fruit. It’s controversial. But I’ll […]

Financiers, French Almond Cakes

From our recent Facebook Live video series! Here’s how to make these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cakes. Easily works with all-purpose flour or a gluten-free flour blend (we use Bob’s Red Mill 1-for-1). Feel free to substitute for another nut; we love them with ground pecans, pistachios, or walnuts, too! A great way to use up extra […]

Cream Cheese Mousse “Cheesecake”

And voila!  Here it is, the most-requested recipe of the summer, our unbaked, creamy cheesecake.  This recipe is so versatile; we enjoyed making it with vanilla bean this summer, serving it with fresh berries, sour cherry compote, and lemon curd sauce.  It would be fabulous, however, with a gingersnap crust and pumpkin pie spices folded […]

Really Excellent Rugelach

From a baker whose first words were “cookie good,” here is a recipe for one of my first favorite cookies.  A beautiful one for the holidays, a must, actually.  If you’ve never made Rugelach before this is the recipe to start with.  My “jelly roll” technique is much quicker and easier than the way many […]

Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme

I have written before about how much I need and love my pastry gurus, and Joanne Chang of Flour bakery is certainly one of them. Right now I’m getting inspired by her newest book, Baking with Less Sugar, but her first cookbook, Flour, is one that I have used for so many delicious desserts here […]

Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse Torte

Photos by Greg Nesbit Photography I have what I like to refer to as my “pastry gurus. ”  These are the recipe-writers who not only care enough to only publish recipes for things that are yummy, but also to write their recipes and edit them so that they WORK. Many people tell me that they […]

Tuscan Lemon Almond Torte

Photos by Greg Nesbit Photography Everyone knows how I feel about secret recipes: they’re against my religion!  Enjoying a dish and then requesting the recipe is just the highest compliment you can give.  And some things are just so wonderful, they have to be shared.  I received this incredible recipe from an extremely talented pastry […]

Dark Chocolate Praline Crunch Torte

Photos by Greg Nesbit Photography If they say that music tames the savage beast, my research reveals that Dark Chocolate Praline Crunch Torte tames the savage restaurant guest.  Imagine one of those normally-really-quiet Berkshire winter evenings: I have my knitting ready to keep me occupied, one server on, Franck and maybe one helper in the […]

How to bake delicious desserts with gluten-free flours: the ultimate brownies!

If someone said even just 3 years ago that I would be baking with gluten-free flours now, I would have been completely incredulous.  King Arthur and I have been intimate friends for a long, long time (I always loved getting to ask for “Sir Galahad” and “Sir Lancelot” when placing my orders!).  I can’t even […]

Orange Almond Cake

Orange Almond Cake (GF) Photos by Greg Nesbit Photography This moist, flavorful, and versatile cake has been one of my favorites since my sous-pastry chef shared it with me many years ago at Lespinasse.  I’ve used it in countless wedding cakes, as a stand-alone tea cake, and as a component in mousse tortes or as […]