Gluten-free Chocolate Lava Cake (Recipe)

Fondant au chocolat is one of my favorite French desserts to both make and enjoy in restaurants. It’s extremely popular here and they even made an avocado-filled one on “Top Chef” the other night. This intense dessert has a solid cakey outside and a melting (usually chocolate) center. I’ve been meaning to share this recipe […]

Spelt Brownies (Recipe)

I’ve finally discovered the secret to amazingly good brownies: vigorous beating. Many recipes mention it, but in the past I’ve been lazy and skimped on any extended batter beating. I recently decided to be wild and spend an extra 8 minutes making brownies. That (and using spelt flour) is the key to light, fluffy, gooey […]

Doughnut Plant: Best in New York

I could never live in New York City. Why? Because of the Doughnut Plant. This is an evilly addictive bakery that specializes in natural ingredient doughnuts and is so delicious that we went a total of five times during our two-week stay in Manhattan (we would have gone even more had we discovered it the […]

Buckwheat Galettes and Dessert Crepes (Recipes)

First, I’d like to say it’s cold in Paris right now. Very cold. This weekend we went to have a look at the green booksellers’ stands along the Seine. “Bouquinistes” have been selling old books, magazines, posters, etc. along the riverbanks for centuries and since 1991 the “boxes” have been classed as a UNESCO World […]

Chocolate Almond Cake (Recipe)

Before I get to the chocolate cake part, let me talk about the BEST MACARONS IN PARIS. Promise you they’re linked… Last year for my sister’s 25th birthday, my mom and I trekked all over the city collecting macarons. The first part of our goal was to surprise the birthday girl with 25 (yes, an […]

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (Recipe)

It’s amusing, the number of random, yet special little finds, I come across in even the most ordinary grocery stores around here. Take, for example, the tin of chocolate powder I found just the other day. Inside, there’s nothing complicated – just 100% pure chocolate, ready for concocting goodies like hot chocolate or buttercream frosting. […]