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Flourless Chocolate Meringue Cake from Sugar Rush

Yesterday I did a cookbook review for Sugar Rush, a dessert book to teach you the foundation of pastry, from creams to cakes to frostings. It’s an alternative path to becoming a faux pastry chef without leaving home. Or spending three years in school in New York! There’s an extensive discussion of meringues: French, Swiss,…

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Banana Nut Bread from Secrets of a Jewish Baker

  There are thousands of recipes for banana bread. This one, from Secrets of Jewish Baker, reflects the tuning and refining of a master baker. With thousands of customer to please, George Greenstein’s recipe here had to acquire a distinctive style while not become “too” different. Both brown and granulated sugar are used. Cake flour,…

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Chocolate Cake from A La Mere De Famille

  On a recent trip to Paris, Suzi and I tried an Airbnb. And I have to say it was a great experience. Our apartment was lovely, a tad tiny, but came at a third of the price of a hotel. We spent the saved money on food and Uber. Uber in Paris is a…

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Strawberry and White Chocolate Buttermilk Cake from Sherry Yard for 4th of July

For the upcoming 4th of July weekend, at some point you may require a spectacular dessert. Spectacular. It’s this one. This Strawberry and White Chocolate Buttermilk Cake is from the extraordinary pastry chef Sherry Yard. When she wrote her monumental tome Desserts by the Yard, she was working for Wolfgang puck. Now she’s about to…

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