Luscious Fruit Curds

portrait of citrus courtesy of bon appetit
Lemon Curd is a thick, soft and velvety creamy custard made from fresh fruit juice that has a wonderful tart yet sweet citrus flavor and thick smooth texture. It is almost like the…

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Fruit Crisps A to Z (Apple to Zucchini)-Spring

A glass, porcelain, or ceramic baking dish will bake the best, slow and steady, and make a nice presentation at the table.  I stay away from metal pans for fruit desserts since the fruit is acid and they don’t look very…

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Gold Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


I used to make a gold layer cake like this for my father’s birthday. It may not be fancy, but it is the quintessential layer cake. Really really good.

Ingredients

Cake
1 1/4 cups (176g) all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups (150g) cake flour
1…

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The Easiest Cranberry Lemon Hot Cross Buns


Hot Cross Buns show up every Easter in bakeries and have a long tradition in the British Isles since raisin buns and muffins are popular for both home, bakery, and tea room items. They are a beloved breakfast and tea…

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Mocha Oatmeal Cake


A favorite cake from one of my local restaurants, Peasant Chef and owner Joan Franck. When it closed, I was really happy I had taken the time to get this recipe.

Ingredients

2 cups strong hot coffee
3 cups quick-cooking oats…

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Fruit Crisps A to Z (Apple to Zucchini)-Winter

Fruit by the Seasons

Food that tastes good and looks appealing will never be out of style and choosing seasonal produce is one of the essential ingredients that make it so.
Since beginning my culinary career, I have been examining the…

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Gingerbread Stories

The flavors of gingerbread are a veritable artist’s palate of tastes with white and dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, coconut, all manner of stone fruits (especially pears, apricots, and apples), lemon, orange, dairy, raisins, dried fruit, winter squash, berries (especially raspberries, which make a smashing side sauce to drizzle over gingerbread), and warm spirits such as rum and sherry. Its almost infinite in culinary terms.

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English Pudding with Cranberries and Walnuts and English Custard Sauce

This is one of my favorite steamed puddings and it couldn’t be easier. The cranberry and molasses combination is a great flavor. This is an Americanized version of the very traditional, very beloved English pudding called Spotted Dick, which originally…

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Steamed Persimmon Pudding with Brandy Sauce

The apple of the Orient is our orange globe of fall to harken the holidays here in California.  The neighborhoods are dotted with trees outfitted with the fetching pointed ovals.  I can beg a few because most trees are so…

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Little Ricky’s Sachertorte

a beautiful box designed for shipping and easy carry on
Invented by Austrian Franz Sacher, a boy working in the royal kitchen on a day when the pastry chef was absent and a special dessert was needed in the palace,…

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