Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – To Vegan or Not To Vegan?

My general opinion on cookies is that they are underwhelming. I very seldom buy cookies, and I bake them even less at home. With a large plethora of other show-stopping, awe-inducing cakes, pastries, and various french confiseries to create and devour, why would I settle for a basic cookie? Go big or go home. However, with…

French Pear Tart

Winter vacation, I bid thee adieu. I knew I had to bake just one more thing before being condemned to another four months of living in the school libraries, and what better way to end the break than by baking Dorie Greenspan’s French Pear Tart. French cuisine is probably my favorite cuisine out there. Small…

Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée has always been one of the sexiest desserts I can think of. I am just everlastingly attracted to the crisp, crackling brown sugar topping that shatters like glass at the tap of a spoon, revealing a silky smooth and sleek custard underneath… in my opinion, it is the epitome of bliss in a…

Chinese Bakery-Style Cake

I believe that if you love to do something and you pour your heart and soul into it, it will turn out to be wonderful. When I bake, I always keep the person I am baking for in mind so that I can put the most emotion and feeling into each piece. This time I…

Macarons: A Recipe for Disaster

“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.” This saying has never before seemed to be so relevant in my entire life. A little less than a year ago, I had made my first valiant attempt at making chocolate and raspberry macarons. I was pretty satisfied with the results and the lack of any major catastrophes….

Happy Mother’s Day With a Rosy Poached Pear and Pistachio Tart

Sometimes I feel like I don’t show my mother how much I truly appreciate everything that she does for me. She has always been my best friend; I can tell her anything and she is always extremely supportive of everything I believe in and want to do. She helps guide me along on my path…

Condensed Milk Pound Cake

Still on the hunt for that old Chinatown pound cake, I am. Chinatown’s pound cake, this was not. However, it was a delicious pound cake. I mentioned in a previous post that I am not a huge fan of pound cakes but this one was honestly the best pound cake I ever tasted! It’s a…

Cowgirl Cookies – In a Jar!

I’m so happy that I’m finally finished with my final exams! Now I have time for more festive things like Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, and my favorite, Christmas baking! I love homemade gifts and I have a particular fondness for gifts in a jar. My friend gave to me as an early gift the dry…

Tiramisu Cake

I love birthdays. It’s a day where everyone’s focus and undivided attention is focused on you and only you. In that case, why am I two months late in making my boyfriend’s birthday cake? I’m such a horrible girl. Life as a student is often more difficult than easy, so what better birthday cake for a…

Elvis Presley’s Whipping Cream Pound Cake

Apparently there was this Chinese bakery in Chinatown in Montreal in the 70’s called HoHo’s. My dad and his brothers were very fond of their pound cake which they describe as “very buttery… distinct flavor… greasy/oily… unlike any other pound cake…”. For as long as I can remember, my dad has been on some kind…

Chocolate and Raspberry Macarons

I can’t believe I actually made french macarons. I’m so happy they look somewhat decent. I always thought that macarons were something best left for the professionals to make but I think that I just proved myself wrong! They were surprisingly pretty yummy. Crispy exterior and soft interior. The hardest part was definitely making the…

Chocolate Éclairs and a New Blog

Welcome to my new blog! And what better way to inaugurate it than with decadent chocolate éclairs? These were a request from my dad who loves all of his pastries with a generous helping of whipped cream. They were also a great opportunity to try out my new Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus which I got…