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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Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Pudding

Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Pudding

March 13th, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Puddings and Custards


Last week, we feasted on a selection of delicious cheeses Mahir and Vera brought back from their trip to Amsterdam. These two generous friends not only shared their cheese but also fed me with incredible side dishes and cocktails. While Mahir was busy preparing us Mojitos, Vera was arranging the side dishes on her grand collection of antique plates - handpicked from flea markets around the world. Brie ...

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Chocolate and Chestnut Buche de Noel

Chocolate and Chestnut Buche de Noel

January 08th, 2008  | Category: Cakes, Chocolate


Here's the Chocolate and Chestnut Buche de Noel with Marzipan Mushrooms and Acorns we enjoyed at the New Year's Eve dinner party. Come December, there would be a debate at the Mansion on what to prepare for the dinner party. For dessert, a few would always insist on a chocolate and raspberry cake, just because nothing can top that. Some wouldn't even participate in the debate, since ...

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The Brioche Tart That Made Julia Child Cry

The Brioche Tart That Made Julia Child Cry

January 04th, 2008  | Category: Chocolate, Friends, Tarts and Pies


As I am writing this post, first snow of the year is hitting the streets of İstanbul. It was the only thing missing at our New Year's Eve dinner party. I baked two desserts for the occasion: "Chocolate and Chestnut Buche de Noel" and "The Brioche Tart that made Julia Child Cry" (recipe below). Can you believe that name? I didn't watch that specific episode, but apparently in ...

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