The Perfect Lemon Cake

I always bake the cake the day before and let the fresh lemon flavor unfold overnight – the cake tastes particularly lemony then.  

Homemade Carnival Jelly Doughnuts

The Poles call them Pączki, a diminutive plural of the polish word pąk “bud”. In German-speaking countries, they are known either as Berliner or Krapfen. North Americans call them Bismarks or Jelly Doughnuts. No matter what you call them these fluffy, somewhat collapsed pastries are a Carnival staple and taste best homemade and still warm….

Gingerbread Cookies

I didn’t plan to bake any Christmas cookies this year since we are spending Christmas abroad, but my kids just wouldn’t stop talking about baking gingerbread and kids can be VERY persistent.

Polish Szarlotka with Meringue

Apple cakes are among the most popular cakes in the world. Probably every country has its own version of that delicious dessert. I already published a recipe for a German apple cake (Apfelkuchen) and – just a few days ago – the recipe for a French apple tart (Tarte aux Pommes). Today I would like to…

French Apple Tart (Tarte aux Pommes)

Few things say “autumn” more than apples. Well, maybe pumpkins—but they’re not as much fun to pick or as easy to eat. A few weeks ago we went to Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania.   It was wonderful to see my daughters having so much fun picking apples and walking the hills of…

Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

These basic cookies are a perfect dessert that can be prepared ahead of time and kept on hand for surprise guests. They can be frozen, thawed and baked and still retain the delicate buttery mouthfeel.

Edesia’s Strawberry Cake

This simple yet elegant strawberry cake is a perfect example of my blog’s philosophy. It combines the baking techniques developed and perfected over centuries in some of my favorite parts of the world by people who know much more about cooking and baking than myself. My ideal version of a flavorful sponge cake comes from…

How to make crème pâtissière (French pastry cream)

Crème pâtissière (also known as pastry cream) is a rich, creamy custard made of milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. While not an item in itself,  it is a key ingredient of many French desserts such as éclairs, fruit tarts, soufflés and mille-feuille. It is usually flavored with vanilla, but it can be easily refined…