Chocolate Truffle Torte

This chocolate cake never fails to please – like chocolate truffles they are deeply satisfying without being too sweet. I have seen this now in a Swedish cooking magazine but in reality it was originally from “Delia Smiths Christmas” 1990 – BBC Books, one of the best holiday cookbooks I have ever seen.

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Easy Chocolate Cake

Be assured that this is a great cake and super easy. The whole thing can be done in one bowl or in your food processor. I have been using it for the past couple of years because I can make it so quickly and everyone loves it.

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Creme Patissiere / Vanilla Pastry Cream

Creme Patissiere – Vanilla Pastry Cream – This type of pastry cream is rarely used as it is. It is normally folded in with whipped cream and then used under strawberries or banana’s in an open fruit tart. It is also used for many traditional French recipes such at Paris-brest, Cream Puffs, what Americans call Napoleons and the Britt’s call Vanilla Slices.

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Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Homemade or handmade gifts are always appreciated, a gift of rich luxurious sinfully delicious handmade truffles is a treasure. If you can’t afford to give a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne these will definitely impress almost as much!

This is one recipe that can make 4 or 5 different truffles.

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Crumb Pie Crust

Crumb Pie Crust

This will make a sweet good all purpose crumb crust for pies. You can flavor this by adding vanilla, cacao powder, nuts or spices for sweet or savory fillings.

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Cheese Cake – The NYC Original!

New York’s Original Cheese Cake Recipe

Not my recipe, this is from Juniors in Brooklyn. Considered the home of the original NYC Cheese Cake. The main difference is the base of the cake. The original calls for a sponge layer while most others use a crumb base. Which ever one you choose to use,

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French Open Apple Tart

On our recent trip to Paris I spent my time ordering apple tarts after every meal. Sorry to say but this one here was far better than almost all the restaurants we hit. There are several types of open French open Apple Tart. This classic French Apple Tart is my favorite. It is always a hit. Serve with whipped cream, vanilla sauce or ice cream.

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Pate Brisée 1

If you want to impress, nothing is a beautiful as a French open fruit tart. there are so many to choose from. Master the art of Pate Brisée, which isn’t really as difficult as you might think will be one of your greatest kitchen accomplishments and will allow you to make hundreds of deserts, pies and quiches. Its quick, easy and you have everything already in the fridge to get crack-in.

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Pumpkin Pie

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a good old fashion Pumpkin Pie. It is one of the most traditional deserts Americans have for the autumn holidays. It’s not such a mystery, it’s basically a pumpkin flavored custard. This is a reliable recipe for a great basic pie.

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A Quick Note

I wanted to take a minute to say that I do try and weigh as many of the ingredients as I can. I think it helps make recipe results more consistent. Of course professional bakers even measure liquids by weight. I don't mind pulling out my little digital scale when I need to.


I don't have a many canapes here. The ones I share are super quick, very tasty and most of all tasty. Your guests will appreciate the effort.


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