Michael Laiskonis, formerly the pastry chef of Le Bernardin in New York and now the creative director of the Institute of Culinary Education, is one of the pastry world's most gifted thinkers, teachers, and scientific tinkerers. We stepped into his kitchen to see what makes him tick.
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Too old to go trick-or-treating? These 25 spooky desserts will keep your sweet tooth sated, sans disappointing Necco wafers.
Sure, most shortbread seems the same on the surface. But break one of these babies apart and you'll see glassy hunks of burnt sugar, and a speckling that comes from finely ground espresso. To further the freshly-roasted flavor, this recipe from Ovenly calls for two tablespoons of cold-brew coffee as well.
Beginning with a base of ground hazelnuts, these cookies get an extra dose of sweetness from a tablespoon of dark maple syrup, as well as a generous roll in maple sugar. It's an Ovenly version of a similar Italian biscotto, where pistachios are ground and bound with egg whites, sugar and lemon zest. In a clever move, the lemon zest is traded for orange, which fits much better with maple's almost malty flavor.
Tarte tatin was a big restaurant dessert that fell off our collective sweet radar. Now, in New York, it's come back with a vengeance, perhaps better than ever. Here's why it's worth an order all over again.
Square and blonde and sweet all over, this Ovenly recipe is made with a combination of dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, and a heap of honey. Chunks of raw pecans keep them from being cloyingly sweet, and a teaspoon of salt makes all the flavors pop.
Though their venture was not preceded by a lifelong friendship or even a business partnership, Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaka's shared Eastern European heritage had instilled a love of cooking and eating in them both, along with a love of experimenting and perfecting their own recipes. If you're looking for a book that's as fun to read as it is to bake from, Ovenly is a great pick. Not convinced? Bake along with us and find out for yourself.
I'm gonna come out and say it: crisp is better than pie. With more fruit, less work, and more flavor and texture in the buttery-carby layer of good stuff, your choice of fall dessert is an easy one. Here's how it's done.
What's the deal with egg custard tarts and Chinese sponge cakes? And just what exactly is a pineapple bun? Here's your essential guide to the great wide world of Chinese bakeries.
How can one humble galette be sweet and flaky, and salty and sour? By combining poached quince and fresh goat cheese, that's how. Slices of the fruit are simmered in sugar and vanilla and arranged over a tart mix of chevre and crème fraîche.
As fall arrives, it's time to switch out cold yogurt and granola for something warmer that will keep you full and content all day long. From a sweet and nutty strawberry-almond baked oatmeal to coconut rice porridge, we've got 11 great recipes to jumpstart your day.
The dense, nutty flavor of this cake from Zoe Nathan's Huckleberry reminds me of the skin of a Bosc pear: tan and textured, but ultimately yielding to something sweet. And it's no coincidence that this cake boasts three pears' worth of fruit. They're used to separate a layer of oat and almond flour crumble, and a wheat germ and rye flour-flavored cake. It's just as homey and welcoming as you'd expect.
A name so nice, they said it twice. In this recipe from the new Huckleberry cookbook, author Zoe Nathan layers melted and chopped dark chocolate over a foundation of cocoa powder and strong coffee to make a dark, densely delicious teatime cake. Of course, teatime can be extended to mean anytime, which is lucky for you.
Every month—heck, almost every day—we make an effort to go out and shove desserts into our faces in an effort to find the best out there. Sometimes our favorites appear at a regular ol' diner, sometimes at a scoop shop or old-school bakery, and other times, they're worth a visit to a fancy restaurant.
In this recipe from Huckleberry, an oat and wheat flour crumble is cut with a generous amount of butter and brown sugar, and sprinkled over cored, halved apples of your choosing. They end up soft and fragrant, with plenty of crumb to cover.
Huckleberry isn't just photographed beautifully and written well enough that paging through it is a delight—most importantly, you realize that yes, you can make everything you see. And you most definitely should.
After exploring Filipino Cuisine's savory side, we're diving into dessert. A high-walled mixing bowl of influences—some geographic, some colonial, some just plain strange—shape the country's complex, delicious, and at times beguiling approach to sweets.
We've been watching the comments, and it seems a fair number of you wanted a gluten-free version of a donut, or a beignet. A beignet is traditionally made with choux pastry and then deep-fried. These jelly-filled donuts are made with choux pastry and then deep-fried. The difference? No gluten.
From apple cider doughnuts to a challah bread pudding, we've got 22 Rosh Hashanah desserts to ring in a sweet New Year.
A dense, fudgy brownie seems easy enough to make without flour; after all, isn't there flourless chocolate cake? The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free answers that question with marbled cheesecake brownies that are still plenty dense, but with a cake-like quality that supports the weight of a pound of cream cheese, thanks to author Karen Morgan's Cookie Jar Blend.