Tiny Packages and Big Things: Mini Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Sugarpaste

“Sometimes, little things make a big difference…” Nino Varsimashvili Something does not need to be large to be good….size is not everything…It is certainly true about people as well, the physical appearance should really be the last thing defining a person, determining the way others look at them or influencing their friendships. Friendship is the emotions […]

Bite my Bundt: Traditional Marbled Kugelhopf

“Let’s just say you may regret that second piece of cake.’Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.” Rachel Hawkins   As a part of her Austrian heritage, my maternal grandmother has left me a gorgeous earthenware Kugelhopf tin. Kugelhopf is said to have originated in Austria and was […]

Chocolate, Cinnamon and Honey Macarons, the Italian Way

“If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating.” Leigh Hunt Macarons can be made following the French, the Swiss and the Italian Meringue method. Some bakers swear to one, some to the other. Originally fancied in boulangerie of Paris, it has now gained so much popularity all […]

A Baked Selection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: Stollen Bun and Fruit Cake Cupcake

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:  Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;  let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to […]

Preparing the Reindeers for a Night of Hard Work with Pecan-Chocolate Macarons

“The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, Gave the lustre of midday to objects below, When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.” Clement Moore, The Night Before Christmas  The story of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” originates  from Montgomery Ward, the Chicago-based retail and catalog company. Searching for […]

Walnut Macarons with Dairy-Free Mocha Filling

“I still feel that French cooking is the most important in the world, one of the few that has rules. If you follow the rules, you can do pretty well.” Julia Child I, however feel, that the truly good professional (in all other disciplines as well as baking) is the one who learns all the basics, […]

Toffee Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

“Everybody’s got their poison, and mine is sugar.” Derrick Rose The origin of caramel is neither romantic, nor truly ancient. Hard candies flourished as early as the 17th century, where economical, easily transportable products with a long shelf life were mostly preferred, but candy makers discovered only in the 19th century that by adding milk and […]