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Hazelnut Gateau with Praliné Buttercream and Fleur de Sel Brittle

Hazelnut gateau by Carol Walter was this month Daring Bakers’ challenge. I have to admit I changed it quite a bit preserving the whole idea in general. I used a different method for making the nut génoise – the one… Continue reading →

Raspberry Tiramisu with Cinnamon Cream

I’ve made a berry variation of this Italian dessert before. Usually I used berry puree with an addition of a matching liqueur for dipping the ladyfingers. But this tiramisu is different from what I used to make. Last weekend we… Continue reading →

Rice Pudding Cake

Here’s a cross between a rice pudding and flan. Don’t make it if you don’t like either from the aforementioned above. But if you are a fan of both, you might find this cake interesting. I served it with very… Continue reading →

Chocolate Zabaione Torta with Grappa-Soaked Cherries

This torta is an adaptation of Lidia Bastianich’s recipe. Although, the only thing almost unchanged was the filling. It seemed like a shame to use canned cherries when the fresh ones are in season. I soaked the fresh cherries in… Continue reading →

Hedgehog’s Cake for Daddy

I’m a week late with this post (a busy schedule was the reason). This cake was my son’s present to his daddy on the Father’s day. About a year ago Tim brought a book from his kindergarten. He had just… Continue reading →

Fig and Almond “Cake” with Rosemary, Anise and Sesame Seeds

Well, I wouldn’t call it a “cake”. But the author is the one who decides. I found the recipe in Nancy Silverton’s “Pastries from the La Brea Bakery”. It sounded like a perfect accompaniment for a cheese platter and I… Continue reading →

Frozen Rhubarb and Strawberry Meringue Torte

I should have mentioned in my previous post that the rhubarb I used came from my dear and very generous friend Olya. She presented me with a huge bag stuffed with beautiful, bright red organic rhubarb stalks fresh from her… Continue reading →

Rhubarb and Anise Upside Down Cake

There’s something very comforting about upside down cakes. Maybe it’s their rustic appearance, homey simplicity, or a possibility to eat them warm, almost right from the oven. There’s probably a thousand of variations on this theme. And I find most… Continue reading →

White Chocolate and Brie Cheesecake with Fleur de Sel and Hazelnut Brittle

Following the French and white chocolate idea introduced earlier I’m offering this cheesecake. No, this cake is not as sweet as the previous one. The white chocolate here doesn’t dominate, it leaves you wonder and beg for more. The cake… Continue reading →

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