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Holiday Idea: White Chocolate Coconut Cake from Sweet by Valerie Gordon

Would you like a White Christmas? You can have one. You can bake one up. All you need is some white chocolate, some coconut, and some happy time in your kitchen. This magnificent cake is from Sweet by Valerie Gordon. On the outside, there is a white chocolate buttercream frosting. On the inside, there is…

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National Pie Day and the Coconut Cream Pie Made by My Parisian Cousin Zachary

  Today is March 14 or 3/14 or 3.14. Ah, 3.14 is the start of the mathematical constant Pi, a number that has been entertaining, mystifying, and satisfying us for thousands of years. The pursuit of mathematical Pi has been a complicated and ultimately productive journey. We depend on Pi everyday. If don't inflate our…

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Strawberry Fool with Cardamom and Coconut Chocolate Ganache

A fool is an English dessert of distinction. There is no entomological agreement about how “fool” came to mean dessert. Originally, in the late 1500’s, the dessert was specifically a sweet custard into which one folded pureed stewed fruit, in particular gooseberries, which actually need some cooking to be enjoyable. Over time, other fruits have…

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Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel or Dolce de Leche

Good food is edible. Great food is edible art. Such is the story of this cookie which could double as a gem in Madison Avenue storefront. If you have a sweet tooth, if you love coconut, then this cookie is for you. Small coconut balls are given a thumbprint impression, then baked. The indent is…

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