French Baguettes

I started making baguettes a few years ago, but really worked on the recipe in earnest once Nico and I started dating. He loves baguette, and would probably just eat baguette with a side of orange juice everyday if I didn’t make something else for dinner. Over the past couple of years, my baguettes have…

Earl Grey Macaron with Lemon or Lavender Buttercream Filling

The French Macaron has a cult following now-a-days! It didn’t when I first fell in love with them in New York 12 years ago, but for some reason, people still call them Macaroons. Go figure! Due to the famed difficulty of properly preparing these cookies, French pastry chefs would (and still do!) display them in…

Almond Pithiviers with Rum-Infused Prunes – with Puff Pastry Recipe

I have had a decade and a half long obsession with Almond Croissants. When I lived in New York, I ran from one French bakery to another surveying the croissants. La Bergamote in Chelsea have the best twice baked beauties! They have always been this mythical pastry that I could never quite make myself. I have…

Smoked Salmon, Caper, and Cream Cheese Soufflé

You know, sometimes, I become obsessed with foods because of their famed difficulty to make. First it was the Macaron, then it was Cannelés Bordelais… finally, I worked my way up to the Soufflé. I love desserts, so my first attempts were in the sweet category. I will share my chocolate soufflé recipe one of…

Cannelés Bordelais

These delightful little pastries seem so simple! There is no filling, no topping, no glaze. However, they manage to have a deliciously chewy and crispy outside with a creamy center. How do you achieve that without a filling? Cannelés are Nico’s favorite treat so I spent a solid few weeks and 3-4 gallons of milk trying…