with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

Fruit

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 […]

Granny’s Passover Sponge Cake

Granny’s Passover Sponge Cake

Substituting fine cake matzoh meal, potato and tapioca starch for cake flour will make an airy, light Passover sponge cake. Turning on the oven after the cake is placed in it insures it will rise evenly.

The Great Plum Torte Story

The Great Plum Torte Story

This classic plum torte recipe, the most requested New York Times recipe, is superb. It’s everything a European fruit torte should be: Tender, buttery, sweet, and packed with fruit.

Huckleberry Tart

Huckleberry Tart

The food processor makes great pastry. The speed of processing insures ice water and butter maintain their chill. The fat stays solid and the dough rolls out like a dream. For the filling, beaten egg whites coat the huckleberries with a protein film to keep them from oozing during baking.

Maida Heatter and the Half-Blood Prince

Maida Heatter and the Half-Blood Prince

In the sixth Harry Potter book, the boy wizard uses a notebook in his potions class inscribed as being the property of someone called the half-blood prince. The formula instructions have been altered with hand-written notes, and Harry decides to follow them instead of the […]

Italian Prune Galette

Italian Prune Galette

Last week I was thrilled to find Italian prunes at our farmers’ market, and I thought I’d repost my recipe for baking them in a galette. I’d always called these succulent fall fruits Italian Prune Plums. But I now have learned, thanks to my friend, John Keegan, that I have been wrong. Here’s what he wrote when I made my original post on October 14, 2013.

Classic American Apple Pie

Classic American Apple Pie

I like lots of apples in my pie, about 5 pounds worth, and I’ve found that by partially cooking the apples first in butter with sugar and spices, the apple flavor becomes concentrated, the apples reduce in volume, allowing me to pack a huge amount of flavor into a pie–and I don’t need to use any flour or cornstarch as a thickener. Another bonus, the apples will be tender. No crunchy apples for me, please.

Fresh Peach Torte

Fresh Peach Torte

Peach season is at its peak where I live, so make sure to bake this scrumptious torte now. About thirty years ago I made a recipe for Plum Torte, a New York Times classic that became that paper’s most popular recipe ever. Ive baked it […]

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Cheesecake

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Cheesecake

It’s no secret that I love passion fruit, or to use its melodious Hawaiian name, lilikoi. When I’m in Hawaii I always buy fresh passion fruit and extract the juice myself. If I have a lot, I freeze it, pack it in my checked luggage, and bring it home to Montana. This year, a friend of mine who has lots of lilikoi growing on his property, gave me a quart of fresh juice. With this much lilikoi I had more than enough to make a cheesecake and a gorgeous tangy 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.