Dessert

  • Italian Breakfast Cookies: Chocolate Chip (Cane Sugar-free)

    Monday, 30th April 2018Tyler

    Two months into the years I lived in Italy, I realized that my roommates had bought tons and tons of cookies. I hadn’t figured out why and decided to ask. “Breakfast of course!” Obviously stunned by the response, they invited me to sample their breakfast the following morning. Italian breakfast cookies take Cookie Crisp to a whole new level! I had cookies for breakfast several times after that (usually Mulino Bianco, such a good brand!). Now, if you’ve browsed my site you may have noticed that I often cut back on the amount of sugar you’d expect to see in…

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  • Ricotta Chocolate Chip Cake

    Monday, 30th April 2018Tyler

    Have you ever visited Sicily or been to Mike’s pastry shop in Boston? If you have, then you probably had or saw a cannoli. The image of a single cannolo has haunted me the last couple weeks. I have yet to have had a successful attempt making them myself. After having made nearly everything from scratch (cannoli shells, ricotta, chocolate chips) perfection has alluded me. Today I couldn’t handle the cravings anymore. I took all the ingredients that create a cannoli and I turned them into a cake. Fresh, the cake was wonderfully airy with the occasional chunk of chocolate.…

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  • Crostata Al Limone - Italian Lemon Tart

    Crostata Al Limone: An Italian Lemon Tart

    Thursday, 5th April 2018Tyler

    When I first moved to Italy, I saw this incredible dessert in a pastry shop. I admired it for a minute or two, but I didn’t have the 24 Euro on hand to buy something I didn’t know if I’d like. It was this pie-like thing with an incredible lattice. The filling was yellow, and it had a powdered sugar sprinkled beautifully across the top. Several months after I saw the crostata, I finally had the opportunity to try one. I made a friend who was a pastry chef and we made dinner once. For dessert, she told me she…

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  • How to make German Bienenstich

    Bienenstich (German Bee Sting Cake)

    Thursday, 29th March 2018Tyler

    Wow!  it has been quite a bit of time since I posted a recipe! Sorry about that. After my brother’s wedding. It’s been really difficult to get back into the full swing of things. And then on St. Patrick’s Day, I went crazy and made six or seven different traditional Irish dishes. (Including an ancient, a 200-year-old ginger beer recipe that I found an old British cookbook.) With a few modifications and having wait a couple weeks I can tell you that this is ginger beer which you’ll get in a few weeks will blow your mind.  I love the stuff and…

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  • Authentic German Herrencreme Recipe

    German Herrencreme

    Thursday, 8th March 2018Tyler

    I love a good herrencreme. It’s one of those delicious desserts that you can whip up in a few minutes. It’s also one of those tasty treats that you can sit down and relax. Herrencreme tastes like a fancy ice cream and makes you feel as if you were at a ball sampling the hors-d’oeuvres before the king makes his announcement. Speaking of Kings, my brother gets married tomorrow! Yay!! 🎉🎉💒💐⛪🎉🎉 (Huh, I didn’t know I could include those emojis. Super cool!) I’ve almost finished his cake, decorations for his car and the reception! There’s still a bunch to do! I’m super excited for…

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  • The City of Brest's Best Crepes: An Easy and Quick Recipe

    The City of Brest’s Best Crepes

    Wednesday, 14th February 2018Tyler

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you are celebrating today (being Valentine’s Day and the 14th day of French February) as I am with a bite of something delicious! (Crepes are beyond delicious, but that may be partially due to how simple they are to make! I mean, I croissants are incredible too but they require a lot more effort!) Yesterday, I had a fun conversation (via text) with a friend. I really enjoyed the conversation and thought I’d dramatize the texting conversation here today… Dramatized Story Vzzzzzt. Vzzzzzt. Vzzzzzt. Tyler looked down from his computer to his phone. The screen turned on indicating that…

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  • How to Make Homemade Sourdough Croissants, A Delicious Recipe

    Homemade Sourdough Croissants

    Tuesday, 6th February 2018Tyler

    Happy French February! Today I was inspired to make these homemade sourdough croissants. I hope you like them! It’s a funny story about why I decided to make them… BUT before I do so you should know that the sourdough flavor in these croissants depends on how sour your poolish has become! If the poolish isn’t sour, then you won’t have the full sourdough flavor (but they still will be better than normal croissants). I went disc golfing a few days ago. (I’m a huge fan of the sport, and it’s one of the only sports where you play by…

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  • How to Make Authentic Italian Tiramisu with White Chocolate Chips

    Traditional Coffee-free Tiramisu

    Wednesday, 24th January 2018Tyler

    I remember the first time I laid my eyes on a tiramisu. It was glorious; it tasted absolutely stunning; from the moment it touched my tongue I knew I had to learn how to make it. That was just one awe-inspiring event that changed the course of my taste for desserts. That happened during my first week living in Italy, and I was in awe of practically everything. I wouldn’t call it a culture shock, but I was definitely surprised. My friend and I had joined a family for dinner and the wife just so happened to be a professional chef. Although…

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  • Gingerbread Biscuit - Step 6 - Decorate

    Syrup-free Gingerbread Biscuit

    Sunday, 24th December 2017Tyler

    Merry Christmas!! ‘Tis the season for gingerbread biscuits!! At the beginning of the month, I took out my Christmas decorations and began thinking about what dishes I’d like to make this December. Italian panettone, English wassail, and gingerbread biscuits decorated with royal icing immediately came to mind. I decided to start with gingerbread. They sound delicious. But here’s the catch, in the UK gingerbread you use golden syrup, and I didn’t have any. In the United States, you make it with molasses instead of the syrup. I don’t usually carry golden syrup or molasses in my house. And I so, I thought… How…

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  • Homemade Grapefruit Gelato

    Homemade Grapefruit Gelato

    Tuesday, 31st October 2017Tyler

    Happy Halloween!!! The other day I opened my freezer in search of a snack (ice cream) but couldn’t find one (I’m sure you’ve had the same experience). To remedy future treasure hunts I decided to make a delicious treat I know you’ll love: Gelato! Now, it may just be me but gelato is amazing. I’m sure you will be amazed as I was at how simple of a treat it is to make!   Everywhere you go in Italy you can find it and eat it. In Sicily, you might put it inside a brioche (I ate the one in…

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