desserts recipes

extra-aromatic rolled baklava cigars
extra-aromatic rolled baklava cigars

The “NEW & IMPROVED” 2.0 VERSION … or just a better and more intense version of my rolled baklava fingers (renamed as “cigars” here) ! Why ? Because I realized that regular baklava that is usually prepared as a flat & multi-layered dish, and then sliced in squares and served was almost always more...

23.03.2019
chestnut cream-glazed & chestnut flour cakes
chestnut cream-glazed & chestnut flour cakes

That CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ? How can we re-kindle that ? Sometimes that ‘holiday thought’ is just hanging around (or hiding) in the back of your mind and maybe in your heart, (because you still have one, you know, even when you’re too busy to remember). If you’re like most people, the holiday spirit is most often directly...

14.12.2018
chocolate-coated cookie & peanut butter cup candy bites
chocolate-coated cookie & peanut butter cup candy bites

Need a new idea for HALLOWEEN ? Who doesn’t ? Here’s a home-made chilled treat for everyone, young and/or old or just not so young. This year it’s gonna be a  combination mini “reese’s peanut butter cup” and “ice-cream sandwich” all-in-one number because I’m all...

20.10.2018
greek yogurt & dark chocolate mousse
greek yogurt & dark chocolate mousse

THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT . . . because even though I do not claim to have imagined nor invented this yogurt-version of a traditional well-known dessert, it seemed like an “intervention” was necessary (even when on my vacation) because all the existing versions that were brought to my attention by my friends were wrong ! Why ? Because one...

08.09.2018
cantaloupe melon & apple cider sorbet
cantaloupe melon & apple cider sorbet

I was in AIX-EN-PROVENCE where they make the original CALISSONS d’AIX. It’s a candy made of a thick layer of candied melon paste (and some candied citrus) and almond paste, flavored with some orange blossom water and then shaped like an oval eye or almond or a ‘weaving shuttle’ (but it actually represents the...

22.06.2018
creamy & soft-centered chocolate cakes
creamy & soft-centered chocolate cakes

Are they chocolate MI-CUIT (which means half-baked) cakes ? Chocolate LAVA or MOLTEN cakes (as we like to say in North America) ? Or GATEAUX AU COEUR COULANT (which means cakes with a runny & flowing center) ? Chocolate MOELLEUX  (which means soft & tender) cakes ? But they’re not really chocolate FONDANT (which means quite...

09.03.2019
sweetened chestnut cream : chunky, coarse or smooth
sweetened chestnut cream : chunky, coarse or smooth

It’s as easy as 1-2-3, or to be more precise 3-2-1. It’s all MATH, 3 PARTS prepared (boiled & peeled) CHESTNUTS (from a jar or a can) + 2 PARTS SUGAR + 1 PART WATER or 1 PART CHESTNUTS + 1 PART CHESTNUT SYRUP (instead of the sugar & water) … I’ve decided to take it easier this year by using canned or jarred...

24.11.2018
sweet & spicy rustic pumpkin pie
sweet & spicy rustic pumpkin pie

A.K.A. the "SPY-PIE". . . but please let me explain ! I'm sure you're all familiar with the 1977 British fictional Bond movie called "THE SPY WHO LOVED ME", right ? But are you familiar with the 2009 French movie and non-fictional spy story called “FAREWELL” or "THE FAREWELL AFFAIR"...

14.10.2018
apricot & almond breakfast-cake squares
apricot & almond breakfast-cake squares

APRICOTS are my SUMMER SYMBOLS, wherever I may be (or dream of being) especially while enjoying glorious summer holiday mornings, if possible, close to the Mediterranean Sea (or at least close enough to feel and smell a salty sea breeze). That freshness, crispness, clarity and transparency in the air as you’re having breakfast, ideally...

28.07.2018
walnut & spice ‘paximadia’ biscuits
walnut & spice ‘paximadia’ biscuits

PA-XI-MÀ-DIA is just the word that designates the Greek version of BISCUITS or BISCOTTI and this is a ‘staple product’ in my parent’s home (I mean the sweeter version and not the neutral ones resembling rusks). This is my adaptation of my mom’s version that just about everybody that I know and their friends have...

01.06.2018
rose & pomegranate candy-coated love strawberries
rose & pomegranate candy-coated love strawberries

TICK-TOCK because I’m running late ! TICK-TOCK because the beauty of these strawberries (pretending to be roses) is fleeting and with a very short lifespan, before just re-melting and disappearing ! I love their “ephemeral” aspect, almost like real roses fading (but at super fast-forward) … but I hope your...

14.02.2019
spiced cookie-crusted & dried fruits & nuts-stuffed oven-baked apples
spiced cookie-crusted & dried fruits & nuts-stuffed oven-baked apples

It’s nevery easy trying to describe a new kind of autumnal THANKSGIVING celebratory recipe or any newer kind of thing, for that matter. The title could have actually been longer like “butter, sugar and apple juice poached apples, stuffed with dried fruits and nuts and then crusted (or coated) in crushed spiced cookies and then...

16.11.2018
‘figs in syrup’ preserves
‘figs in syrup’ preserves

LAST CHANCE to save those LAST FIGS ! You began by eating them whole and fresh in August, then a few weeks later you probably sliced them in half and added them to salads or to accompany sweet and savory preparations, then you went a step further and baked them in different preparations and maybe you made some jams too at the beginning of...

29.09.2018
chocolate & coffee & wafers ice cream (easy & no-churn & with kit kat)
chocolate & coffee & wafers ice cream (easy & no-churn & with kit kat)

The days are longer (especially for those furthest away from that imaginary and yet ever so present dividing line called the «equator») and even though cocktails may begin earlier than usual and suppers and dinners inevitably end later than usual too, you probably won’t be having that ESPRESSO at the end of your summer meal . . ....

14.07.2018
hot milk & vanilla cakes with mascarpone & cream filling
hot milk & vanilla cakes with mascarpone & cream filling

WHEN YOU NEED A TREAT ... like these little cakes for kids, after a long day at school. Nothing fancy, nor exotic. Two layers of of cake that are soft & dense & sweet and in the middle, one layer of pure creaminess. Just VANILLA flavors. Just SOFTNESS. Just INNOCENCE. A treat for “recess-time” for kids or an afternoon snack...

04.05.2018