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Xoi La Dua (Pandan Sticky Rice Recipe) Recipe

Xôi lá dứa is a very popular snack/dessert in Vietnam. It's made of pandan-flavored steamed sticky rice covered in sweetened, fragrant coconut milk. Sticky rice can be flavored in many ways and there are plenty of savory versions as well, but our favorite is the one prepared with pandan leaves. To save time and add extra flavor, I used store-bought pandan paste in addition to the pandan leaves and also added coconut powder and coconut milk. Don't be fooled by the vegan aspect of this festive dessert, I serve it in small portions because of its rich properties. 

The more authentic way of serving xôi lá dứa is to present it family-style on a large platter and to pair the sticky rice with freshly-grated coconut shreds and powdered, sweetened peanut and sesame garnish.

 

 


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Marble Cake Recipe (Marbre au Chocolat) Recipe

If you were born in the 80s and lived in France, you probably know of the marble cake called Le Savane de Papy Brossard. Ça a bercé mon enfance, which I'd translate to "it sweetened my childhood". This coffee cake is a marbré cake. The beauty of this cake is its appealing look once sliced with its gorgeously marbled, streaked appearance made of vanilla and chocolate.

A generous amount of quality butter and a little milk made the cake moist and fluffy while milk chocolate provided the contrast in color needed for this sweet treat. I think the result was very close to the one I had when I was a child. My hope is that baby Aria will keep the same fond memories of this chocolate marble cake once she grows up!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0jUuEgNMrw

 


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Drunken Apple Cake Recipe (Gateau Invisible aux Pommes) Recipe

My girlfriend is coming over for lunch after we work out together and she's not a chocoholic, so I've had to rethink my normal dessert selection. This light pastry should get the job done. In French, it's called gâteau invisible aux pommes. By its name, you've probably already guessed that it's a dessert made exclusively of apples. I would say it looks like a healthy version of a Dobos torte. They're sliced paper-thin  and coated in a delicate, evenly-distributed, layer of cake batter. This creates a light, multi-layered apple cake. The apple slices are so thin, it makes the cake almost translucent once baked. The apples are soft, almost creamy. The hardest part is to wait to let it cool and set.    

In English, it's called drunken apple cake because it's traditionally covered with a caramel sauce (I often serve it with a caramel au beurre salé sauce) or a crème anglaise topping (light, thin, pourable custard) but I wanted to keep the dessert healthy so I substituted berry coulis using the strawberries from our garden. I haven't been able to harvest any apples yet though (I need to wait at least 2 more months for these!).

Invisible Apple Cake Recipe with Picture


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Ganache-Topped Banana Blondie Recipe Recipe

Blondies and brownies are a staple in our home. Last week, we prepared fudgy blondies and covered them in milk chocolate ganache. The recipe has never steered us wrong. Bananas provide the texture of the blondie cakes and it contrasts so well against the peanut-chocolate topping called ganache. Despite its French name, ganache isn't complicated: simply melt chocolate in boiling heavy cream and add a pinch of salt. This version was prepared with a large chocolate-to-cream ratio to create a dense, thick texture with a consistency close to a chocolate truffle. Voilà!   

This is ideal for any brunch, picnic or family get-together. You can prepare the blondies at the last minute and you’ll have plenty of time to spend with your loved ones. It’s also a great recipe on which to practice your baking skills.


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Easy Apple Tart Recipe Recipe

Easy Apple Tart Recipe

04.25.14 by Jackie

I am beyond excited the weekend is here. This means it's dessert time and that my husband Lulu will be home after a week-long business trip. Lulu has a weakness for sweets so I'm sure he won't have any complaints about this apple tart

This French dessert is one of the easiest tarts to assemble, with only about 5 ingredients. It has an apple- sauce filling and is brushed with apricot preserves at the end for a shiny look.


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