Weighing out ingredients with JosephJoseph Shell Scale and Cardamom, candied orange, vanilla bean, pistachio financiers
I, by no means, am allergic or adverse to gluten or wheat. Heaven forbid, one day I cannot eat my beloved loaves of bread, croissants, and the plethora of cakes and pastries that are based on wheat [...]
Photo of the winner’s showpiece (Chef Benjamin Shelton) and the two judges’ tables for pastry and bonbons
This morning I was invited to attend the 24th Annual US Pastry Competition sponsored by Paris Gourmet that took place within The International Restaurant Show in Jacob Javits Center. This year’s theme was about the [...]
Blood orange poppy seed cake
I’ve always been a fan of Dominique Ansel Bakery ever since it been opened about two years ago. I adore his French pastries like the DKA and especially the cannele. Even his quasi recent release of the über, intensely decadent, fudgy chocolate flourless cookie that is the [...]
Recently, I was fortunate to receive a shipment of Kerrygold butter to work with.
Kerry Gold butter is a premium butter brand that uses milk from Ireland’s grass-fed cows that are free of artificial growth hormones. Kerrygold supports and utilizes cream from Ireland’s small dairy farmer co-ops and co-op creameries.
During the month or so before Thanksgiving rolled by I thought of experimenting with healthier fat alternatives than my beloved standby, butter. I remembered hearing about coconut oil being the next best thing that is vegan/vegetarian friendly and most of the time, it tends to be organic.
Lo and behold, I’ve [...]
Exterior & Macaron towers by the window
To those of you who are native New Yorkers like myself or lived here for almost a decade, you would be aware of Payard Patisserie & Bistro, an Upper East Side institution that closed on June 2009 because his landlord raised the rent by a [...]
Slice of homemade Carrément Chocolat Cake
It shouldn’t be a surprise to most of you that I adore am obsessed with Pierre Hermé’s desserts and pastries. (I actually bought the same cake (different shape and styling) from Paris a few years ago.) I was craving the most indulgent chocolate cake (and I had [...]
During the heatwave that we had in NYC, I was craving cake and booze. Even though I know how to bake cakes and have some liquor to spare, the heat made me feel miserable and lethargic to do anything. After scouring the Internet for a company that does make this kind of product, I [...]
Lady M’s signs and looking down the display case
I decided to head up to the affluent neighborhood of the Upper East Side and indulge myself with edible jewels from Lady M Confections. It’s certainly not the first time I ever been to this Cartier-like cake display, Japanese-owned patisserie/café, except they didn’t [...]