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.

Gateau Basque

Gateau Basque

Gateau Basque is one of the most famous desserts from French Basque country. And with good reason. A tender, sweet, cookie-like dough encloses a thick pastry cream flavored with vanilla and orange zest. A special cherry jam is often spread over the pastry cream before the top crust goes on. It is exquisite. I learned how to make Gateau Basque from Bernadette Irribarren, a native of the area, who has been baking the cake regularly for decades. At the time I was collecting recipes from immigrant bakers for my cookbook, “A Baker’s Odyssey.” Bernadette invited me to her home so that I could learn first-hand how she makes this special dessert.

Vanilla Bean Cream

Vanilla Bean Cream

Sometimes a little luscious creamy dessert does the trick, especially if one is trying to cut back on carbs.  This week my wife and I decided to try a low carb diet for a week: no bread, pasta, fresh corn.  But we did allow ourselves…

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…

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

What’s in a name?  How unfortunate that lemon curd is saddled with its. Curd suggests a texture of cottage cheese, doesn’t it? But lemon curd, made from lemons, sugar, butter, and sugar, is silky smooth and creamy and completely non-curdy.  It’s an ideal mate for…