Archive of posts from February 2015

    Carrot Muffins (Bouchon)


    It’s rare that I come across a muffin that really impresses me, but these carrot muffins from Bouchon Bakery were outstanding.

    Chocolate Raspberry Torte


    Chocolate and raspberry is perhaps my favourite dessert combination. I particularly like the two in cake or ice cream. For a seven-person dinner we hosted on Saturday, I decided to make a chocolate raspberry torte, something that I could do ahead of time, and that looked elega...



    Brioche isn’t good for you. With a flour-butter ratio of 2:1 or even closer, and a healthy amount of eggs, it’s an enriched bread that could easily pass as a pastry. That didn’t stop me from trying Bouchon Bakery’s recipe for craquelins, a brioche made with orange and sugar.

    Bran Muffins (Bouchon)


    Muffins are often criticized as being little cakes, rather than a healthy choice at breakfast. Many whole grain muffins indeed are loaded with sugar or topped with icings to compensate for their coarseness. Thomas Keller’s take on bran muffins falls somewhere in the middle, ...

    Creamy Mexican Pudding


    Mexican chocolate pudding, that is. The Cook’s Illustrated website offered this complex, “adult” variation with flavourings like vanilla, cinnamon, espresso and chili. I love these things in chocolate chili ice cream so I was excited to try it in a pudding.