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Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate “Caramel” Tart

Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate “Caramel” Tart

This chocolate “caramel” tart was born of a desire to redeem myself after a baking fail. It was Passover, but I had found some lovely pink rhubarb at the market and couldn’t get the idea of a rhubarb tart out of my head. I decided […]

Mini Pavlovas with Rhubarb, Kaffir Lime, and Coconut Cream

Mini Pavlovas with Rhubarb, Kaffir Lime, and Coconut Cream

These mini pavlovas with rhubarb, kaffir lime, and coconut cream were created with a Passover Seder in mind. There are actually a lot of Passover-friendly desserts. Last year, for instance, for an unfortunately Passover-timed going away party, I made some Ottolenghi chocolate almond tea cakes […]

Peanut Butter-Banana Brownies

Peanut Butter-Banana Brownies

To be honest, I’m not sure what put the idea for these peanut butter-banana brownies into my head. A couple of weeks ago, I had some overripe bananas sitting on my counter, and my plan was to turn them into chocolate chip banana bread. Then, […]

Espresso-Hazelnut Hamantaschen with Nutella

Espresso-Hazelnut Hamantaschen with Nutella

When I was a child, my mother made hamantaschen for Purim using a dough recipe that involved butter and chilling and orange zest and was very gourmet. (It was probably from Gourmet.) Her fillings were traditional—prune and, if we were lucky, apricot jam. However, we […]

Rhubarb Panna Cotta Tart

Rhubarb Panna Cotta Tart

For years, my favorite British cookbook authors have taunted me with their blithe references to winter tarts and cakes and pavlovas made with “forced rhubarb.” (Example: Nigella Lawson, How To Be a Domestic Goddess, page 107, “Rhubarb Tart”: “This is perfect for January, when the […]

“Carrot Cake” Cinnamon Rolls with Maple-Tahini Cream Cheese Icing

“Carrot Cake” Cinnamon Rolls with Maple-Tahini Cream Cheese Icing

It started when, somewhere on the Internet, I saw a photo captioned “Tahini Cream Cheese Frosting.” Those intriguing words immediately made me think of the Smitten Kitchen carrot muffins with tahini glaze. But they also made me think of the Smitten Kitchen carrot cupcakes with […]

Country Loaf with Discard Sourdough Starter

Country Loaf with Discard Sourdough Starter

This is not a post for people who have never made sourdough bread before. If that’s you, and you’re interested in learning to make sourdough bread, I recommend Tartine Bread, which is the book that really got me started on my sourdough adventure. Indeed, the […]

Linzertorte Cookies

Linzertorte Cookies

In their original form, these were “Strawberry and Apricot Linzertorte Hearts,” adapted from a 1996 Gourmet magazine recipe. They’re the perfect Valentine’s Day cookie, or Christmas cookie, but I first made them in neither of those contexts. I stumbled across the recipe on Epicurious.com in […]

Apple and Rosemary Focaccia

Apple and Rosemary Focaccia

One reason I became a practicing lawyer, rather than an academic, is that I like being given problems to solve rather than having to come up with the problems myself. I think I generally do best when I am given a specific challenge to guide […]

Plum Tart with Honey Ginger Mascarpone Filling

Plum Tart with Honey Ginger Mascarpone Filling

I’ll admit it, sometimes my recipe ideas begin with an aesthetic vision, and the flavors follow. In this case, inspired by jewel-like plums, plumcots, and pluots at the Farmers’ Market, I had a vision of a tart topped with alternating half-moon plum slices in pink […]