This almost flourless chocolate torte cake is so easy to put together, I made it when I was 8 years old. The result is a deep, dense chocolate cake with the aroma of hazelnuts, which always reminds me of a hazelnut mocha.
This Meyer lemon cheesecake is so easy to make you’ll think it dropped out of the sky. Made with smooth, rich mascarpone cheese and topped with a tart lemon pudding made from fresh Meyer lemons, this cheesecake is best suited cut into dainty little slices for after dinner. A little goes a long ways here, making this a great cheesecake for a party. A hint of cayenne in the cheesy filling lends a little something-something, and your guests will never be able to figure out why they love the mystery zip.
This super easy pie crust from scratch is one of the simplest, most successful pie crust recipes I’ve developed. It makes two crusts, so you can either make a single pie with a top and bottom crust, or two pies with just a bottom crust. I’ve also included my very best pastry chef pie crust tips. Making pie crust is easy, for sure, but as with most things in baking, there are a few caveats. Because there are so few ingredients, it’s hard to hide bad technique behind fancy flavors or other distractions. If you want to make a perfect pie crust from scratch, it’s all about patience and waiting. Here are a few important tips for making a perfect easy pie crust from scratch, every single time.
This is the best tiramisu cake recipe on Earth. Handed down from a master chef and then made easy for the home kitchen, it’s a sure-fire hit. One thing that makes this tiramisu recipe special is the use of amaretto instead of rum, which I have always found overpowers the tiramisu with the flavor of alcohol. You cook the amaretto with the espresso until it thickens to a syrup, and then you brush it over the ladyfingers so they can absorb that almond-y coffee flavor.
This autumn mission fig jam recipe with pears and cinnamon is the ultimate in seasonal comfort. Warming cinnamon and tender pears play off the earthy sweetness of the figs, making for the ultimate fall breakfast.
Seriously, autumn would not be complete without this easy pumpkin cheesecake recipe, which is so simple to throw together. It only takes 30 minutes of work and tastes like you suddenly added a pastry education to your past. (Remember how in The Matrix you could just pop a disk into a computer that’s plugged into your head and learn Jiu Jitsu? Culinary school would have been SO much easier if that technology actually existed. Sigh.)