Month: April 2011

Open Letter to Dianne Jacob, Coach, Writer, and Editor

A Winner is Born Dear Dianne, I enjoyed working with you; (Oops, I know you hate these semicolons) and still do. You are a highly tolerant critic, a good driver (from time-to-time we may get lost but what is the GPS for?), have a great sense of humor (I trust by now you have accepted…


Earl Grey tea, Ginger root, and Sour cherry chocolate truffles recipes

Ginger root, earl grey tea and sour cherries chocolate truffles   First, allow me to apologize for the delay in the continuance of the dessert creations for Passover, but unfortunately I ran into some health problems over the weekend that I will need to address. I am still not on my best behavior, but I…


The Best Passover Desserts are Chocolate Confections

Strawberries dipped into dark and white chocolate – Why not create these as part of Passover’s dessert?It just suddenly hit me at about 10:00 PM on Thursday night that Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the “Exodus” of Jewish people from Egypt and marks the birth of Jewish people as a nation over 3000 years…


How Alice Medrich’s Tiger Cake Changes When Baked in Different Bakewares

Tiger Cake By Alice Medrich with a little twist by Georgette Plese Note: There was an error in the recipe. The eggs were left out. It is corrected now. Sorry about the mishap. This last weekend I needed to have a fast dessert for a birthday party, so based on my experience (meaning something that…


Ten Tips to Become a Better Baker

Rigo Jancsi: The cake is named after Rigo Jancsi, a Hungarian gypsy violinist, who helped create it for the woman he loved! There are so many books about baking, bakers, cakes, desserts, chocolates, etc., that it made me wonder how all these books are doing so well in a crowded market? How a publisher can…


The Ten Most Important Rules to Follow for Succesful Baking, Part Deux

6. Ovens The new ovens available for purchase today are just fantastic (I am still dreaming about getting a Viking or a Wolf). However, not every oven works the same way, or made from the same material and there are still plenty of old ovens in our kitchens. For us bakers, what is important in…


The Ten Most Important Rules to Follow for Successful Baking

Here is the first five: I am going to embark on an expedition of analyzing the good, the bad, the ugly (no such thing) and the beauty in baking and sharing every step of the way with you. Actually, I am hoping for more than that; I would like you to actively participate in the…


A NOSTALGIC CAKE – SACHER TORTE

Thank you for visiting. This is my anniversary (do not ask me how many years, because when I arrived to 25 years, I stopped counting) and I always like to bake something nostalgic; so it was way over due to bake a Sacher Torta (Hungarian spelling). For those of you, not familiar with the Sacher…