Just the Recipe: Pound Cake

Just the Recipe: Pound Cake

The hallmark of a pound cake is its compact, firm texture produced by vigorous beating of butter and sugar, then eggs, to create millions of tiny air cells that expand in the oven’s heat causing the cake to rise magnificently

Just the Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Meringues

Just the Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Meringues

The original posting of this recipe has a funny baking story from Greg’s childhood. But, if you are looking for just the recipe, here it is! (The original is linked on the page.)

Improvisation. An adventure in cooking.

Improvisation. An adventure in cooking.

I have often said that a recipe is a guide. It’s a road map to success just so long as you follow the described path. When baking, sticking to amounts and methods, especially if it’s the first time you’re making a recipe, is essential. But…

What Is Passion Fruit (Lilikoi)?

What Is Passion Fruit (Lilikoi)?

The first time anyone tastes something new, the moment can become etched in memory. This is true, of course, if it’s a “Wow, I want more of that” event or possibly quite the opposite. My Wow Moment happened in Hawaii when I bit into a…

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie is certainly not a pie but instead is a tender two-layered cake, with a luscious pastry cream filling topped with a dreamy chocolate glaze.

Chocolate Party Layer Cake

Chocolate Party Layer Cake

Chocolate Party Layer Cake adds a festive presence to any party. The quick-mix cocoa batter takes 4 minutes of beating with an electric mixer and the cocoa cream frosting is ready in half that time.

California Passion Fruit Bars

California Passion Fruit Bars

The first time anyone tastes something new, the moment can become etched in memory. This is true, of course, if it’s a “Wow, I want more of that” event or possibly quite the opposite. My Wow Moment happened in Hawaii when I bit into a…

Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake

Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake

Here’s a special dessert for Valentine’s Day. It’s a special kind of soufflé — a flourless gluten-free cake, actually — that is meant to fall before serving. How much fun is that? It’s similar to a classic soufflé batter but contains a goodly amount of…

Chocolate Almond Macaroons

Chocolate Almond Macaroons

I’m a macaroon lover from way back.  I’m not talking about macarons, the French sandwich cookies made with beaten egg whites. Macaroons do contain egg whites, but they’re simply stirred into the other ingredients. Coconut macaroons are among my favorites—chewy and sweet and altogether a…

Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Brownies

Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Brownies

Sometimes I want a sweet baked treat but I don’t know what it is specifically. A cookie? Cake maybe?  Often a flavor or texture or both might pop into my mind and soon clarity sets in. A few days ago I found myself in this…