Results tagged cake from David Lebovitz

An American pal said to me the other day, “The French like carrot cake. You just can’t tell them what’s in it first.” Indeed, I remember making an all-American dinner for some friends and when I’d mentioned “carrot” cake coming afterward, the look on their faces was like, “WTF?” One mouthful, and of course, they loved it. But then again, you could slather cream cheese…

Continue reading...

If I had to name my top three desserts, in that too-brief list would be Black & White Cookies. I can’t visit New York without having at least one per day, although it’s getting tougher and tougher to find a decent one there. On my last trip I found a lot of shrink-wrapped cookies, but there’s nothing like biting into a jumbo-sized fluffy disk of…

Continue reading...

This is the post I never thought I’d write. I never wanted to tackle madeleines. I thought they were something that…darn it…you just needed to eat in France. Like hamburgers and bagels, some things just don’t translate cross-culturally. If you wanted a madeleine, darn it, you came to France to have one. I mean, did you ever have a bagel in Banff? Do you even…

Continue reading...

‘Tis the beginning of the season for holiday baking. Years ago I gave the much-maligned fruitcake a makeover, dressing it up with plumped-up sour cherries, an overload of chocolate, and a boozy bath of liquor added at the end. You may remember my fruitcake disaster, so I’m not about to give anyone advice on preservation techniques. And you’ll notice my cake dipped a bit in…

Continue reading...

I’ve never quite understood the difference between Banana Bread and Banana Cake. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to come up with an explanation but just can’t think of one. But no matter. Every loves banana bread – or whatever you call it! Since I was on the subject of using up leftover egg whites a bit back, I was thinking about this Banana Cake, or Banana Bread,…

Continue reading...

Served with a cool, tangy scoop of Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, from The Perfect Scoop This is one of my favorite types of ways to serve chocolate in a cake: strong, bittersweet, and creamy-smooth with a soft, luscious melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s so tender it practically evaporates seconds after you take a bite. But the intense chocolate flavors lingers on and on and on. Bliss.

Continue reading...

Maybe this happens to you. Maybe it doesn’t. You’re invited to a party and as a nice gesture, you bring something along. Being a baker you decide, naturally, to bake something. So you get to the party, you’re wining and dining, loosening up and enjoying yourself. But when people find out you’ve brought a dessert, they all of the sudden get very interested in you,…

Continue reading...

The word ‘consulting’ always sounds like a dream job when you’re working in a restaurant kitchen, slaving over a hot stove as a line or prep cook. As a consultant, it sounds like you sweep into a kitchen whenever you feel like it, and bake something up with the staff. But it’s rather challenging work. Restaurants call in consultants when the kitchen is in dire…

Continue reading...

Did you know that when a chocolate cake recipe says to “Grease a cake pan and dust it with flour”, you can substitute unsweetened cocoa powder for the flour? Here’s a favorite chocolate cake recipe tip: Simply butter the cake pan then spoon in a heaping spoonful of cocoa powder, then shake the pan to distribute the cocoa over the bottom and sides of the…

Continue reading...