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I try to keep my finger on the pulse of a range of food magazines/outlets in the US, UK and Australia, as I find they have the best overall presentation and easy food preparation. (Note: I’m always open to new sources of inspiration!) Our recipe this week for an Almond and Yogurt Cake with Blood Orange Curd comes from Rachel Manley , one of the editors at the BBC Food website .
This cardamom-kissed, brown sugar crusted, squash-battered spice cake nearly didn't happen. My oven has been on a slow, temperamental decline for months. It has always been a bit slow out of the gate, taking it's time to heat up, but generally I didn't think much of it.
Tiramisu en verrines
In a few days, it will be Christmas.
It's been a week of catching up here since New Year.
I just realized, with a little shudder of excitement, that in the next 10 days, I’ll see 40 people I love and don’t get to see often.
Let’s take a sweet turn on the simple recipe subject : a delicious and tender cake, that goes wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee – making it could not be easier: you just throw all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix well; no elbow grease needed – the electric mixer will take care of that for you. The icing here is completely optional – you can go for a dust of icing sugar – but I wanted the cake to look exactly like the ones my grandmother used to make when I was a kid.
It’s definitely time for another installation of Food Blog Friday and this week I’m featuring a gorgeous Caramel Apple and Pear Cake recipe from the wonderful baking blog Zoë Bakes , written by pastry chef and cookbook author Zoë François. Even if you aren’t familiar with her blog, you might recognize Zoë as co-author of the popular bread baking books Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day .
A few years ago, I was extremely fortunate to meet Gina DePalma , the pastry chef at Babbo in New York City, thanks to the matchmaking efforts of Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg .
I had approximately one million blueberries in my refrigerator yesterday. They were left over from the Fourth of July and after making blueberry pancakes and blueberry muffins over the weekend, I’d barely made a dent in the stash.
If I had to name one food that I couldn’t live without, chocolate would be right up there.
As a kid my favorite dessert was strawberry tart – it was similar to the banana tart I made for my dad a while ago: same crust and filling, with the strawberries beautifully arranged on top of the velvety cream – mom brushed the berries with jam so they’d be shiny and pretty. :)
As you can see, I’m still on comfort food mode on . :) I remember seeing these apples on the magazine and thinking “wow, they look so good!”, but did not feel as enthusiastic about the porridge; don’t get me wrong, I love oats, but those golden, beautiful apple slices deserved more – so I decided to pair them with rice pudding.
This cake came out of the oven and I immediately thought to myself, "this cake is so unattractive, no one is going to want to eat it."
No-one has ever accused me of being balanced.