The best Scottish shortbread handed down through my family. Crumbly, sweet and buttery.Read More
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Concord grapes make a distinctive tart, but any good, juicy grape can be substituted. We tested this with blue-black coronation grapes. Squeezing seeds out can be tedious, but it makes a great filling. (Seedless grapes were deadly dull.)Read More
The quintessential Canadian dessert, butter tarts are the perfect summertime indulgence, although bakers tend to charge a fortune for them and there’s always competition over whose is the best. This long weekend, blow them all out of the water with these easy, decadent bars that put a spin on the classic. For a more traditional homage, omit the caramel drizzle.Read More
The seasonally available blood oranges provide a delicious contrast to the rich filling. Serve with lightly whipped cream if desired. Although the tart serves more than six, it keeps for up to a week of decadent eating.
When I dined at the French critical favourite Le Chateaubriand in Paris, one of Restaurant magazine’s 50 best restaurants in the world, I had a phenomenal dessert that looked like a fried egg but was, in fact, a caramelized egg yolk sitting on a bed of crushed-nut meringue.Read More
Sue Devor – Gail’s honorary aunt – is an extraordinary baker. During Gail’s childhood, Sue would make her favourite decadent chocolate meringue cookies every Passover. Today, no Passover is complete in Gail’s home without them. These addictive cookies are a little crispy on the outside with a gooey, chewy chocolate centre.Read More
If you like, yogurt can be substituted for the whipping cream. To contrast with the richness of the cream, I have added peppery apricots to the mix. Use plump dried apricots for the best flavour.Read More
This mouth-watering cake is made like a sponge cake, but the addition of yeast as a leavener gives it a more solid texture. The spices in the glaze give it a hint of the Ottoman empire. Substitute about 2 pounds (1 kilogram) chopped blue plums for the blueberries during plum season.
A deeply satisfying chocolate cake without butter, eggs or milk. Use the best bittersweet chocolate you can find and read the ingredient list carefully to make sure it doesn't contain any milk solids.
This cake would be delicious at any time of the year, but I like to serve it instead of Christmas cake because it's so light and moist. Spring form cake pans come in odd sizes, but any size from 9 to 10 inches will work. Store the cake at room temperature in a cake tin.
Ginger lemon meringue tart is a festive twist on the classic pie. The big challenge when it comes to making a meringue tart is the meringue's tendency to separate from the filling and ooze liquid. To ensure that this won't happen, avoid making the topping too far in advance. The way of making a non-weeping meringue by cooking cornstarch and water together comes from The Baker's Dozen Cookbook . You will need most of a 350-gram package of ginger cookies or can use pre-baked short-crust pastry if you wish.Read More
Surround the brownies on this platter, which can be used to serve four or 44, with fruit and sauces in separate bowls. I like dulce de leche, chocolate sauce (recipe below) and a fruit purée (recipe below), usually strawberry. Choose three different types of ice cream and place them in chilled containers. Use berries too if they're available.Read More
This is a traditional dessert at Rosh Hashanah, symbolizing sweetness in the coming year. If you have never made a honey cake before or if you are used to dry, disappointing honey cakes, this moist and flavourful version should appeal.Read More
This is not only a good example of a drop cookie, but it is also the definitive chocolate cookie - with chocolate in the dough and chocolate chunks distributed throughout the cookie. It is always first to go on a tray of mixed cookies.Read More