Although most people are familiar with the classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu, most have not attempted to make one completely from scratch. Tiramisu is a fantastic dessert that combines some of the best components of the pastry kitchen.
Russian Winter Spice Snowflakes
Most Russian children are very familiar with Pryaniki, a “cakey” cookie traditionally made with sourcream and honey. Most American children are well acquainted with molasses or gingerbread cookies which are both butter based and heavy on the spices. Growing up in America in a Russian home gave me the opportunity to be familiarized with both…
Vanilla New York Cheesecake
Mastering a classic New York Cheesecake is an irreplaceable skill. Cheesecake is a very popular dessert that shows up on just about every dessert menu in the country. It’s no mystery what makes it so appealing to folks.
A dear friend shared this recipe with my family many years ago and it has changed the way I prefer my Baklava. This recipe has been the center of attention at many family and friend gatherings as well as a requested banquet and bakery pastry item at the hotel I worked for.
Whole Wheat Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread
One of the very few things I like about cooler weather is the urge to bake up something warm and delicious. For those who know me well, there are few things that I despise, and cold is one of them. Thankfully, a cozy chocolate banana bread will fulfill my craving for comfort on dreary cold…
Milano Copycat Cookies
Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat consisting of a delicately crunchy wafer cookie that sandwiches indulgent dark chocolate or raspberry filling? Kids and adults alike favor the “Milano Cookie” made by Pepperidge Farms for its satisfying rich butter taste and delicate flavors.
Russian Mocha Honey Cake (Белочка)
Белочка, which literally translates “Squirrel” from Russian, is a quicker and easier version of the Russian Honey Cake. My first encounter with this cake was the day before my wedding. To solve the problem of running out of dessert, (which would be catastrophic for a Russian wedding) my quick-witted bridesmaid aptly whipped up a dozen…
Making pies is such a fun process, providing plenty of room for artistic expression and incorporating layers of flavors. Best of all, the reward of digging your fork into a perfectly flaky pie crust and hurriedly slurping up a juicy fruit or berry filling makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Summer Strawberry Topping
Strawberries are one of those foods that just breathe summer. Whether you prefer them fresh, or preserved, its important to retain that refreshing flavor. Strawberries may seem very plain and ordinary but underneath that juicy goodness is a healthy dose of antioxidants and folic acid. This versatile recipe can easily be used for other berries…
European Crepes aka Blinchiki (GF version also)
The whole house gets filled with a warm sweet-bread-like aroma as fresh crepes are cooked, thin round sheets of goodness slathered with butter. Crepes are heavenly just with a healthy brushing of butter but the most simplest way we enjoyed them growing up was folded into triangles and dipped into homemade jam or preserves.