Category Archives: Desserts

Plum crumble courtesy of Ina Garten

Ina Garten plum crumble

With winter fast approaching, I’m finally getting around to blogging about the tangy-sweet plum crumble I made during the height of summer. The neighbor’s tree was showering the ground with plums, so we helped ourselves to several dozen juicy fruits …

Tartine’s soft glazed gingerbread

Tartine soft glazed gingerbread

Two dear friends were coming to dinner, and I decided to go the distance and not only cook the main meal, but finish off with a tasty dessert. So I turned to my Tartine cookbook and found just the thing: …

Chocolate babka from Epicurious

Epicurious chocolate babka

The first time I tried chocolate babka was in grad school … a long time ago. I filed away its wonderful goodness so deep in my memory banks that I didn’t try it again for a really long time. Yep, …

Peach and raspberry crostata from Locanda Verde

Peach and raspberry crostata

A recent expedition through past issues of Bon Appetit magazine resulted in a gold mine of recipes including one for a rhubarb and raspberry crostata (aka a rustic fruit pie) from award-winning pastry chef Karen DeMasco of Locanda Verde (which …

I love pain

Au Petrin Moissagais bakery

And I’m not talking about the bad kind of pain, but the really good French stuff—that is, bread along with all of its wonderful carb brethren. The French really know how to do it. In fact, I became painfully (pun …

Cook’s Illustrated rum raisin bread pudding

Rum raisin bread pudding

Bread pudding, with all its creamy custardy goodness, screams comfort food. I was having dear friends J&J over and decided Cook’s Illustrated Rum Raisin Bread Pudding recipe deserved a place in the Sunday supper line-up. What may have once been …

Sweet beginnings at Bar Tartine

Angel Wings at Bar Tartine

What better way to start one of those rare hot summer days in SF than with brunch in the light and breezy interior of Bar Tartine. Better yet, why not kick it off with a sweet crispy pastry twist (aka …