Desserts

Pear & chocolate honey spelt cake

chocolate pear spelt honey cake

I baked a wedding cake. Well, no, not the wedding cake which was an amazing two story chocolate-raspberry affair, thankfully without fondant (you can’t go wrong with chocolate and raspberries!) and of which I certainly ate my share. Rather, I…

Czech fruit filled dumplings

czech fruit filled dumplings

A couple of weeks ago Sebastiaan started high school. New school, new teachers, new kids, new rules and about ten times as much homework. A big change for him (though he does not seem to worry about anything – not…

Chocolate & raspberry birthday cake

chocolate raspberry birtday cake

Last Monday I celebrated my 39th birthday. Remco teasingly reassured me: “You don’t look a day over 38, honey” but I’m sure I have changed in many small ways since last year and that is exactly as it should be.…

Milk chcocolate sesame cream tart with cherries

milk chocolate sesame cream tart with cherries

From the time Esther and Sebastiaan were quite little, as a way of playfully teaching them about food and taste, we used to organize little family tastings. If we grew three different varieties of strawberries, we would have a tasting…

Rosemary spelt cake

rosemary spelt cake

Many years ago I read a historical novel where the Russian Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna having moved to the Netherlands after marrying the future King William II was reported to complain that the wet Dutch climate was not suitable for…

Rhubarb kuchen with spiced up streusel

Rhubarb kuchen with streusel

We were not planning to travel anywhere this month even though the kids have a two week vacation. But then one evening about ten days ago we were sitting on the couch and “we’re not going away but if we…

Rhubarb tartelettes in corn meal crust

Rhubarb tartelettes in corn meal crust

If you’ve been around since last year, you might have read my post about the abdication of queen Beatrix and her son Willem Alexander succeeding to the throne. The post also includes a picture of our whole family (my parents…

Glorious rhubarb

Blanched rhubarb

Today is the first day of spring and spring means some of my favorite seasonal produce is almost in sight. I started blanching rhubarb a couple of weeks ago but despite the warm weather we’ve had, it is not quite…

Real jam doughnuts

czech jam doughnuts

I am a doughnut snob and that is a good thing. I do not settle for less than perfection, which means that if I want doughnuts, I have to make them myself, and that means I only have doughnuts about…

Plum and hazelnut brown butter cake

plum hazelnut brown butter cake

I once read a cookbook by a French pastry chef where he narrated how he made up new desserts in his dreams. I don’t make up new recipes in my dreams, at least as far as I know. But during…

Danish pastry tarte tatin

Danish pastry tarte tatin

My daughter loves tarte tatin. My sister, conditioned by having worked in Paris as an au pair for a year when she was eighteen and studying French afterwards, loves it even more. Upon their request I made tarte tatin several…

Easy Danish pastry

croissants

What I am about to share is potentially highly dangerous knowledge. I have always assumed that if a moment came when I wanted Danish pastry really really badly, it would probably be easier and faster to drive over to Denmark…

Chocolate brownies with ganache topping

brownies with ganache topping

 It’s always fun to see what search terms lead readers to strand on this little island in the vast sea of the internet. The most interesting recent search term was “how to grow a cook”. Though I might not really…