Poached Pear Pistachio Tart

Poached Pear Pistachio Tart

Earlier this month, we invited some friends over for dinner at the Cape, and I wanted to make a dessert that was somewhat virtuous but with a hint of decadence. (The nearly universal donning of the January culinary hair-shirt gets a bit depressing). I thought about...
Winter White Cupcake Wreath

Winter White Cupcake Wreath

Ever since I laid my hands on “Hello, Cupcake!”, Irresistibly playful creations anyone can make, by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, I’ve been dying to make the White Wreath. The project really is as easy as the blandishments in the book claim....
Sticky Toffee Trifle

Sticky Toffee Trifle

I’ve always been a fan of Sticky Toffee Pudding with its dense cake and luscious caramel sauce, so I was eager to try this lighter, caramel-custard version with its drool-worthy trifle presentation. I took it to a friend’s house recently as a contribution...
Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

When I was planning the table setting Monkeying Around, I discovered Monkey Bread. Where has it been all my life? It’s absolutely delicious and a really fun thing to make with small kids. Those sticky little hands can be put to such good use! The little sugar...
Deconstructed Black Forest Cake

Deconstructed Black Forest Cake

Birthday cakes don’t always have to be in cake form. Our son, Adam, has a great fondness for Black Forest cake which is greeted with only tepid interest by most of the other family members. I thought that doing a deconstructed version for Adam’s birthday...