Gingerbread Brownie Bars

If you’ve been following my baking journey long enough you’ll know about my relationship with Gingerbread cookies. It’s  one of the things, along with macarons that just don’t bake well with me. I’m blaming it on the humidity and temperature of where I currently live. Every year, I attempt to make them and I end…

Hazelnut Praline Financier

What are they? Presumably, the rich little cake was named for the rich financiers who frequented Lasne’s bakery on the Rue St.-Denis which was near the Bourse, the financial center of Paris. The cake’s rectangular shapes resembling golden bars also kind of supports that theory. The financier is a light and moist almond sponge cake…

Hazelnut Praliné Paste

It was 1910 when pastry chef Louis Durand created upon request one of the most famous French desserts of all time, the Paris-Brest. The request came from the organizer of a popular “Paris-Brest-Paris” bicycle race (which still exists today but is only open to amateurs) who wanted a dessert to be served at the arrival. I attempted to recreate it in October 2017…

Homemade Spiced Chai

This post is for the chai lovers. Wafts of black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg come together to create a warming and comforting hot beverage that is guaranteed to please. And to accompany this warming drink is no other than John Legend’s comforting vocals. Tea is one of those popular beverages that you can…

Christmas Baking 2017: Mocha Biscotti

Crunchy mocha Biscotti speckled with chocolate chips, flavored with a robust kick of coffee and sweetened with brown sugar. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack on the go.  Welcome to the first official Recipe of This year’s Christmas Baking! With exactly one month to go, this year’s series will be packed with some traditional…

The “12 Days of Baking” of 2016

‘Twas the night before Christmas… And the “12 Days of Baking” series that is yearly awaited for has come to an end. For some reason, this year’s series was much different that the two before it. This year I end it with a heavy heart. I’m not going to get all emotional now. But since…

Day 9 of “12 Days of Baking”: Pomegranate Rosemary Punch

I keep seeing cranberry cocktails popping up for the holidays, and I can’t help but wonder why are pomegranates so underrated around the holidays. Since I need a break from butter and sugar and frosting, I thought I’d bring you something to sip on while you sit around that tree. I’m not much of a…

Day 8 of “12 Days of Baking”: Foolproof Holiday Fudge

To me, nothing says “Christmas” like a good piece of chocolate fudge. A melt-in-your mouth treat that almost no other piece of candy can beat. However, making them hasn’t always been the most pleasant of experiences. For the past two years, I’ve attempted a bunch of recipes, all failing miserably. I didn’t have a candy…

Day 7 of 12 Days of Baking: Florentines

These are one of those cookies that test your patience. They’re not your usual “pretty and festive” cookies. You might even skip over them when reaching out to that cookie tray, and reaching for those cute cookies with all the frosting and sprinkles. However, what these cookies lack in “cute factor”, they make up for…