Passion Fruit, Mango and Chocolate Cake

Passion Fruit, Mango and Chocolate Cake

January 29th, 2010  | Category: Cakes, Chocolate, Friends


This cake was inspired by so many things, I don't know where to start. Actually, I do. Paris. Denise Acabo's shop, A l'Etoile d'Or. Mr Genin's caramels lined up on the white marble counter top. Mango and passion fruit caramels, to be specific. New Year's Eve dinner party at my friends' house has been a tradition for over 10 years and I've been baking cakes for the occasion for ...

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Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies

Caramel Beurre Sale Sandwich Cookies

January 07th, 2010  | Category: Chocolate, Cookies


The only downside - and I assure you, there is only one downside - of buying a jar of Henri Le Roux's famous caramel spread "Le Caramelier" is the fast-approaching expiration date. The jar I brought back from Denise Acabo's shop A l'Etoile d'Or had an expiration date of 19/12/09 written on it, which meant that I only had two weeks to finish it. And believe me, that's ...

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Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

May 28th, 2009  | Category: Cakes, Chocolate


Double Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache Glaze. This is how I make up for lost time. I've neglected my blog for quite a while. It has been a month since I last came here and shared a recipe (and some amazing news), but it really feels like yesterday. Time flies. Actually, I haven't been baking for a month and I am too ashamed to tell you how ...

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Ice Cream Bombe Cake

Ice Cream Bombe Cake

January 11th, 2009  | Category: Brownies, Cakes, Chocolate, Ice Cream & Sorbet


New Year's Eve dinner parties at the mansion last for two days. The first night is a joyful gathering between close friends. Everyone is on their best behavior. 12 grown-ups and few kids dining like royalty. Come next afternoon, things get ugly. The vultures are back at the table for a leftover lunch party. No plates, no silverware, no rules, no mercy. The first pair of claws ...

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Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

December 12th, 2008  | Category: Cheesecake, Chocolate


Isn't it outrageous that a food blogger who is a shameless chocoholic and a die hard Golden Girls fan does not have a chocolate cheesecake in his repertoire? As far as I'm concerned, he should have written the book on chocolate cheesecakes by now. Shame on me. The truth of the matter is, I lack one very important ingredient here in Istanbul: cream cheese. Actually, cream cheese in ...

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