Just the Recipe: New York Style Crumb Cake

Just the Recipe: New York Style Crumb Cake

The main difference between a New York Style crumb cake and any other kind is the size of the crumbs.

Pulla: Finnish Cardamom Raisin Yeast Bread

Pulla: Finnish Cardamom Raisin Yeast Bread

Pulla Cardamom Bread, a national bread of Finland, is popular year-round in Finland. Hits the spot any time of day. For beast results grind the cardamom seeds with a mortar and pestle.

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

Peachy Topsy-Turvy Cake

Peachy Topsy-Turvy Cake

There’s really nothing like an absolutely ripe peach. When I bite into one—peeled or not, the taste I get as the juices run into my mouth make me moan with delight. Does this happen to you, too? Peaches are at their peak right now, and…

Strawberry Cream Cake

Strawberry Cream Cake

Here’s  a wonderful dessert to make now, during local strawberry season, where you’ll find farmers markets to be gold mines of succulent and perfectly ripe strawberries. Local berries are so tender and sweet and red all the way through with no crunchy cores. They also…

Spicy Cheese Cornbread

Spicy Cheese Cornbread

Years ago, when I was young, Carl and Shirley Sontheimer, then owners of Cuisinarts, Inc., hired me to travel all over the country to teach people how to use the food processor. One of the many recipes I created was, “Yogurt and Jalapeño Corn Bread.”…

Maida Heatter’s Queen Mother’s Cake

Maida Heatter’s Queen Mother’s Cake

So here’s Maida Heatter’s most popular recipe, according to Saveur magazine: Queen Mother’s Cake. It’s a moist, light-textured, flourless chocolate cake made with finely ground almonds, butter, sugar, eggs, and semi- or bittersweet chocolate and glazed with a bittersweet chocolate ganache.  Maida published the recipe…

The Egg Conundrum and Chocolate Mousse Torte

The Egg Conundrum and Chocolate Mousse Torte

Sizes of egg yolks and egg whites can vary widely. Too large a difference may cause recipes to fail. For best results weigh whites and yolks and multiply by the number called for in the recipe.

Fresh Strawberry Soufflé

Fresh Strawberry Soufflé

A soufflé is pure drama.  And it’s one of the proudest achievements of any baker.  The oohs and ahs you’ll get alone will make your spirits soar.  Not to mention the joy of eating your creation. So please believe me when I tell you that…

Clafoutis, French Sweet Cherry Dessert

Clafoutis, French Sweet Cherry Dessert

Clafoutis, sometimes spelled clafouti, and pronounced cla-foo-tee, is a French dessert of sweet cherries baked in a custardy batter.  It is served warm dusted with powdered sugar and is very easy to make.  You don’t even have to pit the cherries!  At least that’s what…