with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

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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 […]