Little Almond Cakes with Fresh Raspberries (Gluten-Free)

Hmmmm.  It is really not baking weather anymore here in NYC, but maybe this recipe will be just the thing for someone who lives far, far away from here. Clafoutis and Financiers are pretty much my two favourite kinds of cake.  Clafouti is a rich and not too sweet baked fruit custard.   Financiers are…

Raspberry Rhubarb and Almond Tart (Gluten-free or not)

I’m sorry that this post is coming so late in rhubarb season.  I spent a long time testing different versions of this tart before posting it.  In fact, I have made  four versions in the same number of weeks.   Some versions were ugly, but they were all fabulously good eating.  Rhubarb and Raspberry are…

Rhubarb Curd Tart with a Buckwheat Almond Crust (Gluten-Free)

Did you know that Buckwheat is related to Rhubarb?  I know!  Weird right?  I was so excited by this fact when I learned it, that I decided to make a rhubarb tart with a buckwheat crust.  Then I had to wait until rhubarb season returned.  Now the rhubarb is back and this tart is everything…

Chocolate Pudding with Smoked Salt and Burnt Almonds

My sister is a gourmet chocolatier.  She makes chocolate for a small exquisite chocolate producer in Vancouver, Canada called Cocoa Nymph.   I especially recommend the Sea Nymph bar (it has sea salt and english toffee).  I also really like the Sesame Bianco, which involves sesame and sea salt, but they don’t seem to sell…

Anise Pavlova with Plum Preserves and Almond Cream

So, I have to confess to never, ever having eaten a pavlova made by a real pastry chef.  Once, my friend Helena took me to  a fancy market when I was visiting her Vancouver to show me the beautiful pavlovas that they made there, but we just admired them.  My point is that I think…

Arugula and Herb Salad with Dates, Almonds and Sheep Cheese

I recently made this salad for a dinner party and everyone loved it!  We liked it so much that we made a second batch of it after we ate the main course.  It’s loosely based on a salad in the Plenty cookbook by Ottolenghi.  I failed to pick up the turkish sheep cheese that the…

Two Orange Almond Cakes for Passover (gluten-free)

We have been hosting a lot of dinner parties this month.  Last week,  I made two Orange Almond cakes for our guests.  Despite having the same primary flavours, these two cakes were very different from each other.  Clearly, I have a thing for the old almond and orange combo in deserts (tangerine marmalade cake and marmalade and…