Desserts

Chocolate Spiced Pear Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

October 23, 2016
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This is not the most beautiful cake I’ve ever made. It may not be Pinterest-worthy or inspire a thousand “likes”. It’s no tart dressed up for the prom (see what I did there…tart…get it…oh never mind…). The cake is rich with dark chocolate, and fragrant with spices and sweet pears that remind me of a cool […]

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Pears Poached in Red Wine with Orange Cardamom Sabayon

October 2, 2015
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It doesn’t feel like autumn yet here in Southern California, but pears are in the markets and pumpkin spice is everywhere (gah!). In a previous post I wrote about cooking with wine and liquor and this elegant dessert doubles your fun with wine; the pears are poached in it and the sweet custard sauce is made […]

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Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel

December 12, 2013
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Sweet and salty. That combination gets me every time. Chocolate covered pretzels? You bet! Salted caramel ice cream? My favorite. Even peanut M&Ms have me reaching into the office candy jar. But chocolate and salted caramel? That’s a long time favorite and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might recognize the […]

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Lemon Curd and Chocolate Ganache Tart

April 22, 2013
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Curd. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue does it? How can something with a name so funky, taste so luscious? It’s the magic of chemistry that turns basic ingredients like sugar, eggs, butter and lemon, with a little heat, into a silky, sweet, and tangy spread that you would swear should not have a name like […]

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Ginger Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

January 21, 2013
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Has everyone just about given up on their New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy yet? It’s about that time now when people start making exceptions in their new diet and take “just a day off” from going to the gym, isn’t it? Well, here’s one more thing to tempt you (she said with a devilish […]

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Chocolate Budino With Espresso Cream

October 22, 2012
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Budino. It’s like pudding, only better. Why? Because it’s richer, denser and well, Italian, which automatically makes it better, right? This is no ordinary pudding. There is no comparison with anything J-E-L-L-O. The stuff that comes out of those little boxes is like comparing salmon eggs to Beluga caviar, like chopped liver to foie gras, […]

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