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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 […]

Cooking and Baking at Rancho La Puerta

Cooking and Baking at Rancho La Puerta

Rancho La Puerta, in Tecate, Mexico, about 40 miles east of San Diego, is recognized as one of the world’s best spas.  The photo shows the dining hall in the background with people eating outside on this sunny, warm day.  Lush, colorful  vegetation greets us […]

Greek Greens Pie

Greek Greens Pie

In the summer, I cook up all sorts of greens and freeze them to use in the winter.  After a quick cleaning, I plunge the greens into a large pot of boiling water for a few minutes to set their color and to cook them.  […]

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 […]

Whipping Egg Whites with a Flat Wire Whip

Whipping Egg Whites with a Flat Wire Whip

When whipping whites you can do the job by hand with a wire whip or with an electric mixer. For angel food cake, which uses about 14 egg whites, either elbow grease or electricity accomplish the task in minutes.  When I posted my recipe and […]

Flaky Parmesan Cheese Twists

Flaky Parmesan Cheese Twists

Once upon a time I came across a prize-winning recipe from the 8th Pillsbury Bake-Off called Starlight Sugar Crisps. The yeasted dough, rich with butter and sour cream, is rolled in vanilla sugar and makes an irresistible pastry. I decided to try turning the dough […]

New York Style Crumb Cake

New York Style Crumb Cake

There’s crumb cake and there’s coffee cake, and in New York never the twain shall meet. Crumb cakes get their name from their special topping—buttery pea-sized crumbs resting atop a fine-textured butter cake.  You can drink coffee with crumb cake, of course, but don’t call […]

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

If you want to create pure baking magic, and have an air-raising experience, make an angel food cake.  Air, and air alone raises it to cloud-like puffiness. How to manage that?  Read on to find out! My granny’s magic with egg whites hooked me on […]

Quick Puff Pastry

Quick Puff Pastry

  Here’s the easiest way to make puff pastry I know. It goes against all belief systems about building layers of air between sheets of buttery dough to produce a crisp and flaky result. Classic puff pastry requires multiple rolling and folding of the dough. […]