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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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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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Chocolate and Caramelized Banana Cake

Chocolate and Caramelized Banana Cake

November 14th, 2007  | Category: Cakes, Chocolate, Fruit


Blog themes certainly don't get developed on an empty stomach. Here is one of the sweet concoctions that kept me company while I struggled with margins and paddings.

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Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart

June 11th, 2007  | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies


I had a bit of a tart craze this weekend. Here is the first one: Strawberry Tart with vanilla pastry cream and chocolate curls.

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Swan Raspberry Eclairs

Swan Raspberry Eclairs

December 07th, 2006  | Category: Chocolate, Dessert


Lately, I have developed a huge interest on all things Julia Child. I have ordered many of her books and her DVDs from Amazon. It is no surprise that a lot of people are obsessed with her. It is much more obvious after reading "My Life in France". As the title suggests, it is a memoir of her life and culinary adventures during her years in Paris. ...

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