I created a strudel that doesn't get a traditional strudel dough wrapping, instead getting rolled in a very thin brown butter pie crust. It's considerably less intimidating than an actual strudel dough, and tastes great.
Sage and chestnut flour provide much of the perceived sweetness in these muffins. They'd be great for any winter holiday breakfast, with cranberry jam or orange marmalade, or even a sweetened cream cheese.
Serving tiny wedges of this cheesecake is an elegant and very grown up way to end a dinner party or holiday meal.
The seasoning for these quince pies was inspired by a tea blend made of rooibos and African chai spices. The resulting hand pies are delicate but satisfying despite their daintiness.
People will think these are traditional cider doughnut holes, but they never actually see a fryer, instead getting a quick bath in melted butter and a toss in cinnamon sugar while still warm from the oven. They're super cute, super delicious, and even better, super easy and super FAST.
The great thing about this particular shrub is that it's ready to consume immediately, as a lot of the vinegar's intensity is cooked out. It's a lot more mild and sweeter than most shrubs, and doesn't require anything but a splash of soda or a shot of your choice of booze to make a tasty beverage.
These steamed pumpkin cakes with a rich hard cider caramel sauce are a unique way to celebrate fall and would make a lovely Halloween dinner party dessert.
Raisins are soaked in dark rum for up to 2 days and are churned into a base that seems fairly bland, with faint accents of brown sugar and cinnamon. After setting up for a full 24 hours, though, the rum flavor leaches into the ice cream itself and the bite of pure rum in the raisins mellows out considerably.
There are a lot of steps involved in this recipe for sweet potato French toast with homemade sweet potato brioche, but none of them are hard, and if you've never made brioche be reassured that it's among the easiest of bread doughs. If you can make cake, you can make brioche!
Cooking apples in a rich buttery caramel and adding a scattering of toasted pepitas ensures this dessert really screams out "autumn" on the plate.
Though Concord grapes are lovely with spices, I wanted to showcase their perfectly purple flavor with a fairly plain base, and I love the flavor and color combination of grape and lemon.
Though many pudding recipes do not include eggs, I like yolks in my vanilla pudding for a little extra richness and color, and for that "French vanilla" flavor.
The natural pectin in blueberries helps keep this pickled blueberry smooth, and the vinegar helps balance the sweetness of both the berries and the maple syrup. The combination of spices adds a complex punch to the senses.
I meant to make caramel ice cream. I did one thing right, though, adding a split vanilla bean to the sugar before setting it on the stove. Turns out, sugary toasted vanilla bean smells a lot like toasted marshmallow. And luckily for me, toasted vanilla goes just as well with roasted plums as caramel does.
What I love about this recipe is its extreme cocoa flavor. It's not too sweet with a texture that's dense and fudgy yet light, with wickedly delicious crunchy edges.
These bars taste not unlike pie, from both the toasty oats and almonds and the jammy currants. Delicious with a cup of coffee or tea, they make a unique on-the-go breakfast but would not be out of place as part of an afternoon tea.
Even those who claim to hate white chocolate will like these cakes. The white chocolate flavor comes through and the edges become slightly toasted, and the cakes are not too sweet or greasy. Balance out the rich sweetness with a gastrique of Cabernet vinegar and blackberries.
This particular flan gets its flavor from summery sweet corn, infused and then blended into the milk. And what better way to garnish a caramelly, corny custard than with crunchy, gently spiced kettle corn and fresh berries?
Shrubs have been gaining in popularity lately. An old-timey way of preserving, they generally involve fruit, sugar, and vinegar, and make quite a refreshing beverage. I've paired it with a mint simple syrup, pickled watermelon rind, and watermelon spoom (you know, that sorbet with the meringue in it). Watermelon three ways? Rejoice!
Summer can be both a wonderful and frustrating time for New York City's pastry chef population. On the one hand, we've finally got a whole rainbow of beautiful fruit to work with. On the other, prime growing seasons for summer fruit can be short, and much of the City's population isn't around to enjoy the results, anyway.
As the temperature outside soars, everyone is desperately trying to stay cool. But what about those of us in the kitchen? What's it like for us in the summer? As you can imagine, standing over six to twelve open burners, a flat top, a grill, and a fryer is a sweaty endeavor even in the cooler months. That's where refreshing frozen popsicles come in.
Wild mulberries are currently at their peak in Brooklyn, and I have a gold mine of them in my new backyard. Sweet and inky, they're perfect to eat out of hand, but are also wonderful in ice cream. Buttermilk balances their pure sweetness, making a not-too-sweet frozen treat.
Peaches—peeled, sliced and macerated in a mixture of dark brown sugar, ground ginger and bourbon—are crammed into ramekins and topped with golf ball-sized chunks of sugar-and-spice crusted snickerdoodle dough. And of course a little vanilla ice cream goes a long way.
I'm not usually a big fan of pancakes, but I am a big fan of whole grains. Whole wheat flour with a little roughly ground oats thrown in makes fluffy, tasty pancakes. Tart roasted rhubarb compote is a lovely alternative to pure maple syrup.
If you don't have an ice cream machine, you can still make wonderfully creamy semifreddo that is soft enough to scoop straight from the freezer. This recipe utilizes that technique to pair together semifreddo with cherries and a Coca Cola and Lambrusco sabayon.
Come warm weather, we're all up for cold noodles: cool, nutty soba; Korean nang myeun in ice broth; tongue-tingling Chinese noodles laced with chili oil—we'll take 'em all. What will we be eating when the thermometer rises to three digits? These are a good start.
Cigar aficionados, take note: this recipe makes serious use of your favorite indulgence. Smoke & Pickles flavors soft sugar cookie dough with chopped leaves, and the topping is a boiled down mix of molasses, coconut, and tobacco water.
Laura Cronin, the dessert chef at San Francisco's lauded Italian mainstay Perbacco, relishes in finding the balance between savory and sweet and fruity and herbaceous. Her new spring dessert menu emphasizes these carefully tuned contrasts, while showcasing the best of the Ferry Building farmers' market's seasonal produce.
When creating a new dessert, Greg Mosko can be inspired by anything from a pear to a BLT. For the past three years, Greg has been getting inspired as the pastry chef at North Pond, where his Cranberry, Ginger dessert is currently on the menu through the end of the month.
Scott Ketchum and Steve Gonzalez were trying to raise money to open a pasta restaurant and market when they realized that few New York-based companies were making dried pasta for the retail market. So they started one.
This is not your typical coconut cake and ice cream at The General.
Until pie replaces pancakes, I'll have to make do with this jam. Filled with tart Granny Smith apples, juicy raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and a healthy shot of dark rum, it tastes exactly like my favorite holiday apple pie. It's insanely good on cornbread and pretty darn delicious on plain old toast, too.
Even though they are readily available year round, for some reason I think of carrots as a spring vegetable. Maybe it's that their lively orange hue makes me think of regrowth and rejuvenation, or maybe it's just because they remind me of the Easter bunny. For whatever reason, every year when the warm weather finally hits, I find myself craving carrot cake.
Fresh-from-the-orchard apple cider is the base for this easy jelly recipe. Drawing inspiration from my favorite apple desserts, I threw a few warming spices into the pot and swapped some of the white sugar for dark brown. The results taste exactly like caramel apples.
The dark green leaves of the Republic of Tea's Milk Oolong tea are grown in the Fujian mountains of China. True to their name, the large, fragrant buds smell like condensed milk and even vanilla ice cream.
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After my Thanksgiving excesses, I needed to atone. I also needed to shake my head clear of the pumpkin-spiced everything clouding my culinary imagination. This sorbet was as easy to make as a pitcher of iced tea, but much more refreshing.
A friend who tasted an earlier batch of this ice cream compared its flavor (very happily) to cigarettes. Needless to say, the recipe has been adjusted. Post adjustments, it's sweet and smoky with a slight black pepper kick, and deep spice aroma—but if you're looking to make cigarette-flavored ice cream, simply double the amount of black cardamom. Delish.
The beauty of using starter for waffles is that the starter doesn't have to be completely active to still make a nice waffle. It's used for flavor more than anything else, so a sleepy starter from the fridge or a fiercely bubbling starter on the counter, or a new starter that's not quite ready—they're all just as good.
This is the kind of chicken noodle soup I can get into. It's warming and comforting, with hunks of chicken meat and slinky noodles suspended in a rich stock. But this isn't some bland rendition. No, this soup is imbued with the haunting aroma of star anise and cinnamon, and tickled by the numbing sensation of Sichuan pepper. A sprinkling of chopped chile completes this assertive bowl of soup, which comes together surprisingly fast.
[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] In the chaos of Midtown, Radiance Tea House on 55th Street is something of a second-floor oasis, a place of calm that houses a restaurant, tea shop, and bookstore all in one room. The tea...
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