'Carole Bloom' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Salted Caramel-Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

When I was 16 years old I had a giant crush on this guy who was a few years older than me and pretty much perfect in my young punk rock-obsessed mind. When Valentine's Day rolled around I decided that the best way for me to let him know how I felt was to make him a batch of chocolate truffles—I was confident that these truffles would turn out so delicious that he wouldn't be able to resist me. Despite my lack of candy making experience, the truffles turned out pretty well. I lovingly wrapped them and went to meet my crush. More

Cook the Book: 'Bite-Size Desserts'

Here's a familiar scenario: You are sitting at a restaurant with a group of friends just finishing a satisfying meal. Your entrees have all been cleared and the waiter approaches with dessert menus. Panic strikes, eyes dart around the table, everyone is full but dessert is appealing. It's no longer a matter of hunger—it's purely dessert curiosity. Clearly everyone at the table is dying to read the dessert menu but nobody wants to ask. Then the inevitable conversation starts: "I don't know, I'm pretty full...I really shouldn't." But then, hopefully, someone chirps up, "Well, I guess we'll take a look." As waiter and a diner, I've realized that once the menu exchanges hands, dessert is always ordered. Pastry chef Carole... More

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