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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Hazelnut Brownies

Hazelnut Brownies

October 29th, 2008  | Category: Brownies, Chocolate


Here's the second recipe I developed for BRAVACASA: Hazelnut Brownies. These brownies fall into the "fudgy" category, with a moist and intensely chocolaty interior. It is almost as if you're biting into a bar of dark chocolate with hazelnuts. Doesn't it sound good? And wait (if you can) until the next day and taste them right after a good night's sleep in the refrigerator. It is almost as ...

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Chocolate and Hazelnut Granola

Chocolate and Hazelnut Granola

October 14th, 2008  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Chocolate


My first paid job as a food stylist and photographer! Can you believe it? I remember the first time a food magazine approached me. It was nearly two years ago, a couple of months after I launched my blog. The editor liked what she saw and offered me to put together 14 pages of sweet and savory cookies - in two days I must add. When ...

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Chocolate Gelato

Chocolate Gelato

August 14th, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Ice Cream & Sorbet


I have to admit that I didn't have high hopes when I first spotted this Chocolate Gelato recipe at Saveur online. One of their weekly newsletters had this photo of Pistachio and Chocolate Gelato combo that was out of this world. Then I read the recipe and said to myself: "Milk and cocoa only? And cornstarch? Really? No "real" chocolate? No cream?" Furious, I did what every adventurous ...

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Korova Cookies

Korova Cookies

March 31st, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Cookies


Today, Cafe Fernando turns two years old and I would just die if I don't mark this occasion with my most favorite cookies of all time: Korova Cookies. These cookies made their debut in "Paris Sweets: Great Desserts from the City's Best Pastry Shops" by Dorie Greenspan. There is another very impressive person behind the recipe - the man Vogue magazine once called "The Picasso of Pastry." No, ...

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