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How to Make French Madeleine Cookies (Video) Recipe

 I love madeleine cookies. I love them so much, I probably make them at least once a month. They're a great snack and I always have someone in our home to enjoy, especially for guests that stop by for tea time. Believe me, ours never go to waste. 


My friend Zareen recently opened her new restaurant, aptly named Zareen's, on 1477 Plymouth in Mountain View. She serves delicious Pakistani/Indian kebabs and various scrumptious goods. She asked me if I'd be interested to make desserts. I rolled up my sleeves and jumped into her kitchen. I wanted to impart an oriental flair to the sweets so I prepared masala chai madeleine cupcakes. If you live in the area, stop in and try Zareen's delicous menu and my sweets! And if you don't live near by, you can always try and replicate them by watching my new madeleine cooking tuorial! Please check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel (PhamFataleDotCom) and bon appétit!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc-P6kRdtFU



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Green Shortcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

It's Saint Patrick's day next week, so I thought I would feature our family's favorite snacks: sweets, of course! 

I prepared strawberry-flavored shortcake batter as the base of the dessert. To ensure a moist texture, I also added crème fraîche. For the green decorations, I used cream cheese frosting colored with pandan paste and light green sprinkles. My little one adored them and I enjoyed watching her eat them just as much. Give this recipe a try next Monday; these mini sweets would make a leprechaun "green" with envy. 


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Vanilla Buttercream Ruffle Cake Recipe Recipe

Hi everyone! This is Sunny, Jackie’s oldest and coolest sister-in-law, and today I’m guest-posting on Pham Fatale!

So about two weeks ago I was procrastinating on Pinterest when I came across this picture:

It’s a cake by Martha Stewart. You could say it was love at first sight—one look at those adorable pink ruffles and I knew I had to make this cake. 

Only one problem; although I love to bake, I’ve never made a cake in my life. Cookies, cookie pies, brownies, blondies, but definitely nothing as glitzy as this three-layered Swiss meringue buttercream ruffled cake. But I was absolutely determined to make it, and I think it turned out pretty well. If an 18-year-old novice confectioner can make this cake, you absolutely can too. 

Instead of making a lemon cake like the one in Martha Stewart’s recipe, I decided to keep it simple with a vanilla cake and vanilla frosting. The cake batter was pretty straightforward; I like this particular recipe because the cake is the perfect balance between dense and airy. The Swiss meringue buttercream, daunting as it sounds, was also easy to make, although I would pay attention to a few helpful tips when making it. 

The real fun came when it was time to frost the cake. After frosting and crumb coating the cake, I refrigerated it overnight to let it set. For the ruffles, I used a Wilton #124 piping tip, although many other petal tips would also work. It was a matter of watching several YouTube videos and practicing a bit on the side of my mixing bowl, but I definitely got the hang of it after a few ruffles. Two of my sisters also had a go, and we had a lot of fun. I decided not to ruffle all the way into the middle and instead filled the center with some whipped cream. The finished cake wasn’t perfect, but the ruffles are very forgiving. And so cute!

Vanilla Buttercream Recipe with Picture

Sunny
Sunny, our very talented teen baker.


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Almond Chocolate Cake with Nougatine Recipe

I served this indulgent chocolate dessert for tea time this week. What I like most about it was that it's gluten free, made with almond meal and the texture was so moist. I topped the individual cakes with toffee salted caramel chocolate frosting and a garnish of crushed almond brittle.

This week has gone by ridiculously fast! I'm planning on baking a lot this weekend for our weekly family brunch and will share the recipes this upcoming week. Relax and spend as much time as you can with your loved ones. Life is short. Hug them, tell them you love them and give extra attention to the ones who love you most!


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Cocoa Carrot and Earl Grey Cupcakes Recipe

Sometimes I'm inspired by a fabulous meal at a restaurant, a dish on tv, or something that a friend whips up. Other times, like today, I find ingredients in front of me that I have to put to use. This recipe definitely falls into the latter category. I was determined to use the shredded carrots that remained from my morning freshly-pressed carrot juice. I decided to combine them with cocoa and Earl Grey tea and make earthy, complex cupcakes.

I think the combination worked beautifully. My husband Lulu loves tea so I wanted to incorporate this ingredient in the sweets. I used it as the icing of mini-cupcakes.

Cooking is an expression of love, so it doesn't matter how elaborate your dish is or how many hours you devote to it, what's really important is the matter in which you prepare it. Put your heart and soul into cooking, and I guarantee you that those who will enjoy the product of your efforts will appreciate it.


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