with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

Chocolate

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 […]

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 […]

Chocolate Olive Oil Fudge Cake

Chocolate Olive Oil Fudge Cake

On a recent trip to Italy, courtesy of the Italian Trade Agency, I was introduced to the wonderful world of Italian olive oils and their many uses in cooking and eating. The point of the trip was to learn how to taste and evaluate extra-virgin […]

Chocolate Doughnuts

Chocolate Doughnuts

These are very chocolaty doughnuts, and the recipe comes from my book, Baking in America. I received an email from two avid bakers who had baked several yeast breads from the book with great success and then moved on to this recipe.  They said that […]

Update: Gluten-free Chocolate Crunch Cookies

Update: Gluten-free Chocolate Crunch Cookies

In my Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie post, I made the comment that, good as these cookies are, they left a powdery feeling in my mouth.  I decided to see if baking the dough until the cookies were crunchy—the original Toll-House method—would correct this problem. After […]

Food Processor Chocolate Cake

Food Processor Chocolate Cake

Most food processor owners don’t know how versatile their machines really are.  Making cakes is something the food processor does extremely well and extremely fast.  In the 1980s, Abby Mandel developed a technique by thinking out of the box.  And an entirely new method of  […]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am very new to gluten-free baking, and it’s not because I’ve developed a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten.  I am a baker, and I have been asked to teach a class on gluten-free baking at Rancho La Puerta next month (April, 2012).  So in […]

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

These crowd-pleasing cupcakes are as delicious as they look. The startling contrast between the crimson-colored cake and the white frosting just draws people in. The advantage of a cupcake over a slice of cake is that there’s more frosting to cake ratio.  Maybe that’s why […]

Chocolate Pecan Meringues: A Special Kiss

Chocolate Pecan Meringues: A Special Kiss

Meringues have always fascinated me.  What a stunning notion that you can beat air and sugar into a viscous mass of gloppy egg whites and transform it into a billowy white stiffness that bakes into something crunchy yet chewy.  I was twelve years old the […]