Cookbook Giveaway and a Vegan Chocolate Orange Cake

It's only fair to share…It is Advent and Coptic Christians, of whom I am a poor example of late, are fasting for 43 days leading up to the Nativity feast on January 7th (per the Gregorian calendar).  During the fast of the Holy Nativity we should abstain from dairy and meat.  Thus vegan cakes are…

Updated Recipe and Technique for Dios Beigli

It's only fair to share…The first time I can remember having this traditional Hungarian pastry was when my husband’s cousin, Judith, sent us a loaf for our first Christmas  as a married couple.  I knew right away that I must have had something like this before because it is one of those classic combinations of…

Rough Puff Pastry Part Trois: How to Assemble a Banana Tarte Tatin

It's only fair to share…This post is the third part in a series about rough puff pastry highlighting the versatility of this marvelous pastry dough.  You can make a large quantity of puff pastry and keep it in your fridge for about one week (or the freezer for two months) and pull out small quantities…

How to Form Brioche Suisse 

It's only fair to share…Brioche Suisse seems so foreboding at first glance but it has become my go-to weekend breakfast treat.  My current pastry bible, Edd Kimber’s “Patisserie Made Simple,” gives perfect instruction for making them from start to finish.  But I have found a little cheat for those times when I just can’t babysit…

Angry Birds Cake

It's only fair to share…I made this cake in April of this year for a little boy whose father bid on an auction at our church fundraiser.  (I just had a vision of Sister Margaret, my 7th grade English teacher, chiding me for using too many prepositional phrases in that sentence.  Actually, she was the…

Spiderman Cake

It's only fair to share…It’s been a long time since I posted… maternity leave ended in March and I was back to the real world with two kids in school and the new baby.  My cake decorating has slowed down considerably this year and its not exactly like riding a bike.  Some of my skills…

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