Category Archives for Desserts

Passover Chocolate Cake

Of all the symbolic foods on the Passover Seder table, matzoh is the most important. Made without yeast and quickly baked, matzoh reminds Seder participants of the Jews fleeing Egypt who had no time to leaven their bread or bake … Continue reading

02. April 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 3 comments

A St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a feast featuring three of Ireland’s most renowned products: Guinness, Cashel Blue cheese and McCann oats. While I have been familiar with Guinness and steel cut oats for years — I prepare the oatmeal recipe … Continue reading

15. March 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Bread, Breakfast, Desserts, Meat | 2 comments

Coeurs à La Crème

Happy Valentine’s Day! Coeurs à La Crème Yield = 6 individual hearts (4 oz) 1¼ cups heavy cream½ cup sifted confectioners’ sugar8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice1 tablespoon Grand Marnierfresh strawberries Special Equipment:cheesecloth6 (4-oz) … Continue reading

14. February 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Red Velvet Cupcakes

While I wish I could boast to my New York friends to having tasted a Philadelphia pastry shop’s Red Velvet cupcake that rivals one from their beloved Magnolia Bakery or Cupcake Café, I cannot. In fact, the inspiration to make … Continue reading

08. February 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Desserts | 3 comments

Valentine’s Day Linzer Cookies

For an easy yet elegant Valentine’s Day dessert try these traditional Linzer cookies. The thin, almond-packed, slightly sweet cookie perfectly balances the tart raspberry jam filling, and a light dusting of confectioners’ sugar surrounding a brilliant red interior looks striking … Continue reading

28. January 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Cookies, Desserts | 1 comment

Two Heart Tarts for Two

Frog Commissary Strawberry Heart TartSince purchasing my copy of The Frog Commissary Cookbook, a popular Philadelphia cookbook based on two legendary restaurants, I have been meaning to make its prized Strawberry Heart Tart for Valentine’s Day. At the height of … Continue reading

26. January 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
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Grand Marnier Chocolate Truffles

Truffles, while not difficult to make, do take planning. With Valentine’s Day now two and a half weeks away, there is ample time to make these delicious, perfectly boozy bites of chocolate. This basic recipe can be adapted to satisfy … Continue reading

25. January 2007 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Cookies, Desserts | 1 comment

Vasilopita

Every New Year my family and I celebrate with a Greek tradition, the Vasilopita Observance. This custom began in the fourth century when a bishop, Saint Basil the Great, wanted to distribute money to the poor members of his flock. … Continue reading

31. December 2006 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Desserts | 4 comments

Pumpkin Panna Cotta

I love when I go out to eat and am inspired by something I have ordered. It could be as simple as the herbed butter that was served with the table bread or as complicated as the Burgundy-thyme reduction sauce … Continue reading

30. November 2006 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Desserts | 1 comment

Pumpkin Ice Cream

I was surprised not to see one recipe for pumpkin ice cream this year in any of the ten cooking magazines I subscribe to. When one of my mother’s former students suggested bringing a batch to our Thanksgiving dinner, we … Continue reading

25. November 2006 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Desserts | 6 comments

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