I discovered this recipe for coconut pie way back when I lived in Chicago. One of my very first cookbooks was Rick Bayless’ Mexican Kitchen, circa 1996. It’s practically falling apart from use, exactly what should happen to a good cookbook. Some of my favorite recipes from Rick (we’re on first name basis after all these … Continue Reading

Canelés are French pastries made from eggs, milk, flour, butter, and sugar, and flavored with rum and vanilla. They have a soft, eggy, custardy center with a dark, thick, caramelized crust. Canelés originated in Bourdeax, France, and are traditionally made in copper molds brushed with a combination of melted butter and beeswax. There’s a baker … Continue Reading

I’m not a big dessert person and don’t necessarily love baking (unless we’re talking bread, now that’s my ‘bread and butter’). Sweets are simply not something I crave. Give me a square (or two) of dark chocolate (75% or higher cacao content, please) and I’m a very happy girl. That’s all I need. The thing that I … Continue Reading

As a born and bred New Yorker (Queens), I’ve eaten (and baked) a few babkas in my life. They were all reasonably good, some definitely better than others. But really, what’s  not to like about the humble babka? I’m talking chocolate babka here. Is there any other? Basically, a sweet brioche-like pastry filled with chocolate (dark … Continue Reading

Within the past few days, I’ve cleaned out my local grocer of their supply of blood oranges. I can’t get enough of them. Wasn’t planning on doing anything in particular with them, save for enjoying them. Not everything needs to be blogged about, right? Well, that was a short-lived notion. When I sliced open the … Continue Reading