Cafe Fernando Turns 4

Cafe Fernando Turns 4

April 02nd, 2010  | Category: Chocolate, Memoir/Meme/Misc., Pastry


Today, Cafe Fernando turns four. I remember the day I decided on a name, bought a hosting plan, found a simple Wordpress theme and published my first post, titled "Hello World!" like yesterday. So many great things have happened since then. Things that I couldn't have ever imagined four years ago today. One day I receive an e-mail from a food writer in San Francisco asking for travel advice, ...

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The Croissant Challenge

The Croissant Challenge

September 09th, 2008  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry


A couple of weeks ago, when Vera and I were planning the brunch menu, the last thing I needed was a baking challenge. The menu was already ambitious and required two full days of proofing dough and baking, but I just couldn't resist... Flaky, buttery croissants that crackle as you bite into them... Even more butter on top with homemade plum jam... Chocolate dripping from half of ...

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Parmesan Poppy Seed Straws

Parmesan Poppy Seed Straws

June 28th, 2007  | Category: Pastry


Crispy strips of salty Parmesan, buttery dough and playful poppy seeds. I must warn you. These are highly addictive. Once you start eating, there is no going back.

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Dried Apricot and Pistachio Scone

Dried Apricot and Pistachio Scone

May 07th, 2007  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry


Tender, sweet, rich and buttery. These four words describe these scones perfectly. Preparation is a breeze. Can not think of a better accompaniment to an afternoon tea.

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Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

Feta Cheese & Mint Börek

April 29th, 2007  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


Börek is a traditional Turkish layered dough dish, generally filled with cheese, ground meat or vegetables. The most popular fillings are feta cheese, spinach, potatoes and ground meat flavored with a variety of herbs and spices. The dough, called yufka in Turkish, is quite labor-intensive. Not many Turkish households attempt to prepare it themselves. They are sold in 3-5 sheet packs in supermarkets here. Yufka is essential for ...

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