Dessert recipes

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…)

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Peanut Slice

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Peanut Slice

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Peanut Slice, Surf-side Eating: Relaxed recipes inspired by coastal living. Photography copyright © Ryland Peters & Small 2020.

Surf-side Eating

From the reward of a nourishing post-surf brunch to the simple pleasure of sipping a sundowner by the shore, this collection of relaxed recipes will evoke memories of the salty air and the soothing effect of time spent by the ocean.

There’s food here to enjoy from sunrise to sunset. Recipes include perfect ways to start each day from smoothie bowls to Baked Egg Hopper Pancakes with Avocado.

Enjoy vibrant salads or zesty noodle bowls for lunch and then gather around the barbecue at dusk to cook delicious food to share, including Chile Lime Chicken Kebabs, fish fresh from the day’s catch such as Branzini in a Salt Crust, and desserts that celebrate fresh, ripe produce including a crowd-pleasing Grilled Rum-infused Pineapple with Coconut Ice Cream.

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Cornelius’s Fudge

Cornelius’s Fudge

Cornelius’s Fudge, The Unofficial Harry Potter College Cookbook: A Magical Collection of Simple and Spellbinding Recipes to Conjure in the Common Room or the Great Hall. Photography by Aline Shaw.

A love of food has always been part of the Harry Potter universe, from the fabulous feasts served in the Great Hall to the sweets exchanged in the common room. Whether you’re running to catch a bus or train, an eternal latecomer, or a hardworking student, you will find something in these pages to make you happy, rain or shine! Every one of these recipes has been concocted with love for occasions large and small, to be enjoyed alone or with friends, at home or on the go. Included are dozens of recipes from across the Wizarding World such as: Goblet of Fire Soup Great Hall Shepherd's Pie Umbridge's Pink Mug Cake Cornelius's Fudge Elf Wine Ron's Usual Sandwich Authentic Cold and Warm Butterbeer And many, many more! Easy, step-by-step recipes are perfect for any young witch or wizard and will have you prepping feasts worthy of the Hogwarts Great Hall. So spread your wings and get cooking with The Unofficial Harry Potter College Cookbook. And whatever you do, don’t forget your snack!A love of food has always been part of the Harry Potter universe, from the fabulous feasts served in the Great Hall to the sweets exchanged in the common room.

Whether you’re running to catch a bus or train, an eternal latecomer, or a hardworking student, you will find something in these pages to make you happy, rain or shine!

Every one of these recipes has been concocted with love for occasions large and small, to be enjoyed alone or with friends, at home or on the go. Included are dozens of recipes from across the Wizarding World such as: Goblet of Fire Soup, Great Hall Shepherd’s Pie, Umbridge’s Pink Mug Cake, Cornelius’s Fudge, Elf Wine, Ron’s Usual Sandwich, Authentic Cold and Warm Butterbeer, and many, many more!

Easy, step-by-step recipes are perfect for any young witch or wizard and will have you prepping feasts worthy of the Hogwarts Great Hall. So spread your wings and get cooking with The Unofficial Harry Potter College Cookbook. And whatever you do, don’t forget your snack!

The Unofficial Harry Potter College Cookbook: A Magical Collection of Simple and Spellbinding Recipes to Conjure in the Common Room or the Great Hall is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Bars, Bakerita by Rachel Conners with Mary Goodbody.

Bakerita

Rachel Conners began her blog as a hobby to share baking recipes with friends, but when she started to focus more on gluten-free, paleo, and vegan recipes to make things she could share with her sister, who was following a strict diet due to health concerns, Rachel quickly realized she was onto something. Bakerita surged in popularity as fans flocked to it for delicious and beautifully photographed recipes.

Interest in gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar–free foods continues to grow in popularity, yet there are remarkably few books available focused just on desserts, and even fewer with recipes that even beginner bakers can make at home.

That’s where Bakerita comes in, offering recipes for everything from breakfast treats like Lavender-Lemon Raspberry Scones, pies and tarts such as Chocolate Mousse Pie, cakes including Mocha Chip Cheesecake, and updated all-time favourites like chocolate chip cookies and strawberry shortcake bars, all made without any hard-to-find ingredients.

Bakerita: 100+ No-Fuss Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free Recipes for the Modern Baker is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines

Baked Rosemary & Nutmeg Nectarines, At the Kitchen Table by Megan Davies. Photography by Clare Winfield.

At the Kitchen Table by Megan Davies

Influenced by nostalgic meals and cooking for loved ones, Megan Davies has written this book for the eco-minded home cook.

She includes invaluable tips on how to make ingredients stretch; from potato peel chips to pickled cucumber and beets. Megan also features ways to turn leftovers into a new meal, such as a Roasted Fennel, Chive, and Dill Pasta Bake or Frittata, both from a leftover Raw Fennel, Chive, and Dill Salad. Multi-tasking recipes include brunch and late-night dishes such as Bircher Pancakes and Sweet Potato Baked Eggs.

Suppers for Sharing that can be scaled up to feed a crowd or down for a more intimate occasion range from Roasted Squash with Almonds and Tarragon to the best Roast Chicken recipe with Pan Pastry Croutons (plus, of course, ways to use up any uneaten chicken!)

From On the Side accompaniments and stunning Sweet Things such as Pot Luck Tarte Tatin this collection of ingenious recipes will give you all the inspiration you need to help run a more sustainable home kitchen, reduce your carbon footprint, and make the sort of small changes at home that can make a big difference to our world. (more…)

Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange

Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange

Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange, Simple Spice Vegetarian by Cyrus Todiwala. Photography by Matt Russell.

Simple Spice Vegetarian: Easy Indian Vegetarian Recipes From Just 10 Spices

Cyrus Todiwala shows you how to master vegetarian and vegan Indian recipes using just 10 spices—chilli, cumin, cilantro, turmeric, cardamom, cloves, saffron, cinnamon, mace and mustard seeds. All of the recipes in the book draw only on these core spices, making Indian cookery achievable for everyone, without impossibly long ingredient lists.

Cyrus shares his trademark combinations of Indian techniques with more familiar western ingredients, and vice versa, with imaginative new takes on vegetarian and vegan recipes such as Zucchini Koftas in Tomato Sauce, Black Rice Pudding with Plums & Orange, Masala Scrambled Eggs with Paneer, Quinoa and Mushroom Tadka and Baked Tandoori-style Caulifower.

Simple Spice Vegetarian: Easy Indian Vegetarian Recipes From Just 10 Spices is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.

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