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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Sour Cherry Frangipane Tart

Sour Cherry Frangipane Tart

August 01st, 2007  | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies


Another fruit I am trying to eat as much as possible these days is sour cherries. The frozen stuff that I use throughout winter never comes close to these delicate berries. In addition to preserving some of them to enjoy for a couple more months and the occasional sour cherry sherbet, another recipe I am quite fond of is an adaptation of the Cherry Frangipane Galette from ...

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Peach Tart with Almonds and Maple Syrup

Peach Tart with Almonds and Maple Syrup

July 27th, 2007  | Category: Fruit, Tarts and Pies


I baked this tart while on vacation at The White Mansion. This is a remake tough. I thought of adding almonds and maple syrup on top after I tasted it. I prefer not to bake the peaches with the tart dough, especially since they are in season and full of sweet juices. You don't want that juice to evaporate, right? But with only the fruit on top, the ...

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Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

Weekend at the Mansion – Summer Tarts

July 02nd, 2007  | Category: Friends, Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian


We could finally breathe after the heat wave that slapped İstanbul on the face last week. With the humidity and the temperature over 100 F outside, I vegetated at my air-conditioned habitat. The weather cooled down a bit on the weekend. We laid our beach towels, prepared ice-cold lemonades and started cooking. There were quite a lot of people at my friends' house (which we call The Mansion), so ...

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Nutella Tart

Nutella Tart

June 25th, 2007  | Category: Chocolate, Tarts and Pies


No need to think twice. My most-craved dessert of all time is the super-creamy, too-good-to-be-true Nutella Tart. Jennifer of The Domestic Goddess, creator of the scrumptious Sugar High Friday food event, is hosting this month's SHF. Nutella Tart is a variation of the Chocolate Ganache Tart I bake quite frequently. It is my favorite tart as well as my friends' and sold like crazy at Harvey Nichols. Since I bake ...

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