dessert

rainbow connection – strawberry matcha ‘rainbow’ cookies

May 29, 2015
Strawberry Matcha Rainbow Cookies

  Rainbow Cookies, also known as neapolitan or seven layer cookies, are a riddle sandwiched between a puzzle and a teaser. To be accurate, these are neither cookies nor do they resemble a rainbow. They are composed of pink, green and yellow layers of almond sponge cake with apricot jam in between and a coating […]

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bananarama – banana cream cake

May 21, 2015
Banana Cream Cake

  Originally found in South East Asia, mainly India, bananas were brought west by Arab conquerors around 327 B.C., first to Asia Minor, then Africa. Explorers and missionaries eventually carried them to the Caribbean. Mass production of bananas began in 1834 and it wasn’t until the late 1880s before they became popular.

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re-fashioned – chocolate chocolate crunch cake

May 14, 2015
Chocolate Crunch Cake

  Last week, I mentioned my envy for other’s heirloom recipes, and the desserts of Americana I didn’t know growing up in Asia.

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home sweet homework – silky matcha blackberry pie

May 7, 2015
Silky Matcha Blackberry Pie

  If you like to bake pies, you probably have a go-to recipe for the crust. Maybe it’s an all-butter one or a combination of butter and shortening. Perhaps, there’s sour cream or vinegar in it. Whatever your favorite, a well-baked piecrust is the perfect vessel for a plethora of fillings that speaks the language […]

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inside out – chocolate ‘eclair’ cake

April 30, 2015
Chocolate Eclair Cake

  Combine four basic ingredients—water, butter, flour and eggs—in the right way, and you can create a great fluffy-looking pastry. I’m talking about the classic pâte à choux, also known as choux pastry. It’s the basis for profiteroles (cream puffs), éclairs, croquembouche, beignets, St Honoré cakes, and more.

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spring break – mango coconut chiffon cake

April 23, 2015
Mango Coconut Chiffon Cake

  Chiffon—a lightweight, sheer fabric with gossamer quality. When used in clothing, it gives an elegant, floating appearance. Chiffon cake, much like the fabric, is airy. It also has the richest of pound cake with the lightness of angel food.

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spring awakening – matcha strawberry charlotte royale

April 13, 2015
Matcha Strawberry Charlotte Royale

  After a long winter, I feel like a daffodil—no longer dormant and ready to bloom again.

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frozen – yuzu cream cake

February 27, 2015
Yuzu Cream Cake

  It’s been a really tough February for all of us along the eastern seaboard. Days of snow, sub-zero wind chills, and constant shivering have turned me into a hermit.

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oat couture – blueberry almond granola cake

February 20, 2015
Blueberry Almond Granola Cake

  A few weeks ago, one of my gym buddies gave me a jar of her homemade granola. She makes a large batch periodically and shares it with our circle of friends. Her granola has been the snack of choice amongst us.

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hello friend – cara cara chocolate cake

February 6, 2015
Cara Cara Chocolate Cake

I’d forgotten about chocolate. It sat in the back of a pantry shelf out of sight, as I chose other prime flavors for recipes.  It became out of mind, too, in the search of the new, fun, and exotic.

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ghost town – chestnut ‘montblanc’ tart

January 30, 2015
Chestnut 'Montblanc' Tart

  The biggest blizzard ever . . . didn’t land in NYC on Monday. In stead, we got a ghost town with just enough snow to briefly cover sidewalks and streets. People tried to get home before subways and busses stopped running. Stores and restaurants closed in the early evening.

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