Dessert recipes

Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie

Striped Citrus Pie, The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell. Photography by Mark Weinberg.

Look no further than The Book on Pie for the only book on pie you’ll ever want or need.

Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times contributing baker extraordinaire and top food stylist, wrote the book on pie, a comprehensive handbook that distills all you’ll ever need to know for making perfect pies.

The Book on Pie starts with the basics, including ways to mix pie dough for extra flaky crusts, storage and freezing, recipe size conversions, and expert tips for decorating and styling, before diving into the recipes for all the different kinds of pies: fruit, custard, cream, chiffon, cold set, savoury, and mini. Find everything from classics like Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie to more inspired recipes like Birthday-Cake Pie and Caramel Pork Pie with Chile and Scallions.

Erin also suggests recommended pie doughs and toppings with each recipe for infinitely customizable pies: Mix and match Pumpkin Spice Pie Dough and Dark Chocolate Drippy Glaze with the Pumpkin Pie, or sub in the Chive Compound-Butter Crust for the Croque Madame Pielets . . . the possibilities are endless. With helpful tips, photographic guides, and inspirations—pie-deas—it’s almost like having Erin in the kitchen baking pies with you. (more…)

Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge, excerpted from The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Deborah Jones.

The French Laundry, Per Se by Thomas Keller Bound by a common philosophy, linked by live video, staffed by a cadre of inventive and skilled chefs, the kitchens of Thomas Keller’s celebrated restaurants—The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Per Se, in New York City—are in a relationship unique in the world of fine dining.

Ideas bounce back and forth in a dance of creativity, knowledge, innovation, and excellence. It’s a relationship that’s the very embodiment of collaboration, and of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. And all of it is captured in The French Laundry, Per Se, with meticulously detailed recipes for 70 beloved dishes, including Smoked Sturgeon Rillettes on an Everything Bagel, “The Whole Bird,” Tomato Consommé, Celery Root Pastrami, Steak and Potatoes, Peaches ’n’ Cream and Victoria Sponge Cake.

Just reading these recipes is a master class in the state of the art of cooking today. We learn to use a dehydrator to intensify the flavour and texture of fruits and vegetables. To make the crunchiest coating with a cornstarch–egg white paste and potato flakes. To limit waste in the kitchen by fermenting vegetable trimmings for sauces with an unexpected depth of flavour. And that essential Keller trait, to take a classic and reinvent it: like the French onion soup, with a mushroom essence stock and garnish of braised beef cheeks and Comté mousse, or a classic crème brûlée reimagined as rich, creamy ice cream with a crispy sugar tuile to mimic the caramelized coating.

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Flourless Almond & Orange Cake

Flourless Almond & Orange Cake

Flourless Almond & Orange Cake, Rustica: Delicious Recipes for Village-style Mediterranean food by Theo A. Michaels. Photography by Mowie Kay.

Rustica: Delicious Recipes for Village-style Mediterranean food by Theo A. Michaels

The Mediterranean diet has long been famed for the proven lifetime benefits of eating simply prepared, seasonal foods. There are pockets of people in the Mediterranean countries (and further afield) who are living longer than most; these communities are most often found in rural villages where they grow their own produce and keep livestock.

Chef Theo Michaels explores this concept of “eating like a villager” and this new collection of recipes was born from conversations he has had with his family about life in Cyprus 60 years ago when growing produce and keeping a few animals was the norm.

He celebrates a way of eating based on these principles through his delicious yet simple food. It’s a modern, mindful, and relaxed way to eat well with no need to adhere to a prescribed diet—no strict regimes, just sensible portion sizes, no processed foods, and a few treats—simple, frugal and honest. In practice, it means cooking with what is in season, enjoying a good intake of vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes; eating fish and seafood in moderation and reducing meat consumption.

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Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie

Louisiana Browned Butter–Pecan Pie, excerpted from Pie Academy © by Ken Haedrich, photography © by Emulsion Studio.

Excerpted from Pie Academy © by Ken Haedrich, photography © by Emulsion Studio.

Trusted cookbook author and pie expert Ken Haedrich delivers the only pie cookbook you’ll ever need: Pie Academy. Novice and experienced bakers will discover the secrets to baking a pie from scratch, with recipes, crust savvy, tips and tutorials, advice about tools and ingredients, and more.

Foolproof step-by-step photos give you the confidence you need to choose and prepare the best crust for different types of fillings. Learn how to make pie dough using butter, lard, or both; how to work with all-purpose, whole-wheat, or gluten-free flour; how to roll out dough; which pie pan to use; and how to add flawless finishing details like fluting and lattice tops.

Next are 255 recipes for every kind and style of pie, from classic apple pie and pumpkin pie to summer berryfruit, nut, custard, chiffon, and cream pies, freezer pies, slab pies, hand pies, turnovers, and much more.

This beast of a collection, with gorgeous colour photos throughout, weighs in at nearly four pounds and serves up forty years of pie wisdom in a single, satisfying package.

Pie Academy: Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More; Expert Techniques for Making Fabulous Pies from Scratch is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake

Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake

Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake, excerpted from Always Add Lemon: Recipes You Want to Cook–Food You Want to Eat by Danielle Alvarez © 2020 Reproduced by permission of Hardie Grant Books. All rights reserved. Photography by Benito Martin.

Always Add Lemon: Recipes You Want to Cook—Food You Want to Eat by Danielle Alvarez © 2020

Nourishing recipes and inspiring kitchen projects destined for the aspirational home cook’s repertoire.

Always Add Lemon is the highly anticipated first book from American-born Danielle Alvarez—one of the most exciting young chefs cooking in Australia today. Taking the lessons, skills and tastes acquired working alongside some of the best chefs in America, Danielle translates formidable kitchen smarts into an inspiring collection of recipes and projects for nourishing, vegetable-forward, seasonal food.

With more than 100 recipes across six chapters (salads; fruits and vegetables; pasta, grains, and legumes; seafood; poultry and meat; and dessert) paired with creative projects for the more adventurous (pastry from scratch, bread, dairy, meat and pickles), Always Add Lemon will inspire anyone with a smidgen of kitchen ambition and a free afternoon.

Always Add Lemon: Recipes You Want to Cook – Food You Want to Eat is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca


Pineapple and ginger upside-down cake

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Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart, excerpted from Baking at the 20th Century Cafe by Michelle Polzine (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2020. Photographs by Aya Brackett.

 Baking at the 20th Century Cafe by Michelle Polzine (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2020. A glorious confection of ten airy layers, flavoured with burnt honey and topped with a light dulce de leche cream frost­ing. It’s an impressive cake, but there’s so much more. Wait until you try the Dobos Torta or Plum Kuchen or Vanilla Cheesecake.

Throughout her baking career, Michelle Polzine of San Francisco’s celebrated 20th Cen­tury Cafe has been obsessed with the tortes, strudels, Kipferl, rugelach, pierogi, blini, and other famous delicacies you might find in a grand cafe of Vienna or Prague.

Now she shares her passion in a book that doubles as a master class, with over 75 no-fail recipes, dozens of innovative techniques that bakers of every skill level will find indispensable (no more cold but­ter for a perfect tart shell), and a revelation of in­gredients, from lemon verbena to peach leaves.

Many recipes are lightened for contem­porary tastes, and are presented through a California lens—think Nectarine Strudel or Date-Pistachio Torte. A surprising num­ber are gluten-free. And all are written with the author’s enthusiastic and singular voice, describing a cake as so good it “will knock your socks off, and wash and fold them too.”

Baking at the 20th Century Cafe: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.   (more…)

Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse

Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse

Salted Butter Caramel Chocolate Mousse. Excerpted from THE MILK STREET COOKBOOK by Christopher Kimball with writing and editing by J. M. Hirsch and Michelle Locke. Recipes by Matthew Card, Diane Unger and the Cooks at Milk Street. Copyright © 2019 by CPK Media, LLC. Photographs by Connie Miller.

The Milk Street Cookbook 2017 to 2021

Christopher Kimball’s James Beard and Emmy Award-winning Milk Street TV show and cookbooks give home cooks a simpler, bolder, healthier way to eat and cook.

Now featuring nearly 400 tried-and-true recipes, including every recipe from every episode of the TV show, this book is the ultimate guide to high-quality, low effort cooking and the perfect kitchen companion for cooks of all skill levels.

At Milk Street, there are no long lists of hard-to-find ingredients, strange cookware, or all-day methods. Instead, every recipe has been adapted and tested for home cooks like you. You’ll find simple recipes that deliver big flavours and textures fast, such as Stir-Fried Chicken with Snap Peas and Basil, Cacio e Pepe, No-Sear Lamb or Beef and Chickpea Stew, Somali Chicken Soup, Roasted Cauliflower with Miso Glaze, French Apple Cake, and Central Mexican Guacamole and Israeli Hummus—classics with a twist!

Organized by type of dish—from salads, soups, grains, and vegetable sides to simple dinners and extraordinary desserts—this book is an indispensable reference that will introduce you to extraordinary new flavours and ingenious techniques.

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Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Crust and Ganache

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Crust and Ganache

Raspberry Tart with Chocolate Crust and Ganache, The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm by Kelsey Siemens. Photography by Kelsey Siemens.

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm

Bake along with Kelsey Siemens, creator of The Farmer’s Daughter blog and full-time apple farmer at her family’s orchard. In this inspiring collection, she shares the ins and outs of a year on the farm, along with new and heirloom recipes, plus gorgeous photography.

Layered with crumbles, fillings, creams and curds, these impressive treats bring out the best in every fruit. Whether you want to take your pies to the next level with a braided lattice crust and creative flavour pairings, or just need clever ways to use your farmers’ market haul or garden harvest, you’ll find a bounty of delicious ideas and easy techniques.

Welcome spring with Great-Grandma Enid’s Rhubarb-Pistachio Coffee Cake and capture the sweet taste of summer in Blueberry–Earl Grey Cream Roll Cake. Celebrate autumn’s return with favourite flavours in Apple Crisp Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and warm up your winter with preserves and spices in a festive Gingerbread Loaf with Chai-Spiced Poached Pears.

Straight from Kelsey’s cozy farmhouse kitchen, these recipes turn everyday produce into irresistible creations that will have you looking forward to every season.

The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes: Cakes, Pies, Crisps and More for Every Fruit on the Farm is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Strawberry Layer Cake

Strawberry Layer Cake

Strawberry Layer Cake, The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking from the Beloved West Village Restaurant by Jonathan Waxman. Photography by © 2020 Ken Goodman.

The Barbuto Cookbook: California-Italian Cooking from the Beloved West Village Restaurant by Jonathan Waxman.

There are very few New York City restaurants that have maintained their currency, quality, and charm for as long as Jonathan Waxman’s Barbuto.

For the first time ever, The Barbuto Cookbook invites home cooks into the history, culture, and cuisine of the Greenwich Village dining spot that became both a neighbourhood favourite and a New York culinary destination.

Jonathan and his team provide the necessary tools for re-creating Barbuto classics, including the famous JW roast chicken, the otherworldly kale salad, specialty pizzas, gnocchi, spectacular desserts, and much more.

Every recipe is a flavorful restaurant showstopper adapted for straightforward preparation at home.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Waxman has held the position of chef and owner at Barbuto in Manhattan’s West Village and Jams in 1 Hotel Central Park. He has appeared on two seasons of Top Chef Masters. Waxman is the author of two previous cookbooks and lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.

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Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts

Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts

Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts, The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book by Sabine Venier. Photography by Sabine Venier.

The Chocolate Addict's Baking Book by Sabine Venier

Calling all chocoholics— to come satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in your all-time favourites and discover new ways to get your fix with 75 diverse chocolate-based desserts from Sabine Venier, the founder of Also The Crumbs Please.

Sabine shares standout takes on classic fudgy desserts as well as creative, interesting twists on treats that readers know and love, including Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate-Covered Tiramisu Truffles, Mind-Blowing Chocolate Fudge Birthday Layer Cake, Chile Chocolate Lava Cakes, Glazed Bacon Chocolate Donuts, The Ultimate Mississippi Chocolate Mud Pie, No-Bake White Chocolate– Mango Cheesecake, Earl Grey Chai–Poached Pears Dark Chocolate Cake, and Ultraflaky Chocolate Croissants (Pain au Chocolat).

Perfect for bakers looking for that next great chocolaty recipe or as a gift for the chocolate addict in your life, this book will satisfy every craving.

The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book: Crave-worthy Cakes, Cookies, Brownies and Other Baked Goods for Chocolate Lovers Everywhere is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)