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…

Deep Dish Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone loves a good old chocolate chip cookie. Now take that cookie, roll it into one giant dough, stuff it with Nutella, and you’ll get the mother or all cookies. Deep Dish Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie. Who could resist a warm chocolate chip cookie served in a dish with warm chocolate oozing out of…

Day 11 of “12 Days of Baking”: Edible Gifts

I know that edible gifts in jars aren’t really a new concept, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite versions. These gifts are so fun and so easy, and everyone always appreciates a homemade gift that can simply be prepared and eaten. Like you really can’t go wrong with these. For that chocolate lover…

No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake Mousse.

[Historical Flashback] It was the year 1946, a few months after the end of the World War II, a young confectioner had a vision; an affordable luxury made of a small amount of cocoa and lots of hazelnuts. He created Giandujot, or Pasta Gianduja. Produced as loaves wrapped in aluminium foil, giving the opportunity for both the…