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How to Make Perfect French Crepes (Video) Recipe
Bonjour! I'm very excited to introduce you to my new cooking channel on YouTube. It's been on my to-do list for a while but I was never satisfied with the results. It's been almost 3 years since the last time I posted a video, so this "How to Make Perfect French Crepes" cooking tutorial is one of the first new videos and there are many more to come.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie Recipe Recipe

Baking can never go wrong as long as you follow a few simple rules: use the best quality ingredients, carefully measure accurate quantities and bake at the correct temperature and cooking time. Sunny, my 18-year-old sister-in-law, has made her signature cookie pie so many times, I bet she could prepare this with her eyes closed. She keeps everything very simple using quality butter, organic brown eggs, unbleached flour, pure vanilla extract, Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate and unsulfured, blackstrap molasses (the dark, viscous kind has the highest possible extraction of sugar from raw sugar cane).

Speaking completely objectively on the subject , this is the best cookie pie ever made. We were lucky Sunny prepared 4 batches for our family brunch this weekend. The freshly baked goods were so scrumptious: sinfully rich and soft with gooey pockets of melt-y chocolate. True perfection!


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Chocolate Macarons Recipe

Chocolate Macarons

03.21.14 by Jackie

In my opinion, macarons are the epitome of a classic, elegant French dessert. If you've been following my culinary adventures, you've probably noticed how very keen I am on serving individual, miniature portions and that's exactly what I adore about macarons. They're made of a sweet meringue (egg whites, sugar and almond flour) sandwiched around a flavored filling of some sort. For this version, I used chocolate ganache (heated heavy cream poured over finely chopped exquisite, high-quality chocolate).

Cooking (and by extension baking) is an expression of love. I think the person who receives your baked goods will appreciate your effort and feel special. And that's my favorite part; I take pleasure in seeing the ones I love happy. 


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Pi Day Recipe

Pi Day

03.14.14 by Jackie
Mathematics plays a huge role in baking and if you've been following the most recent recipes on PhamFatale, you probably noticed Sunny's gorgeous vanilla buttercream ruffle cake. For those who might not know, Sunny is my oldest (and self-proclaimed coolest) sister-in-law. She's 18 and a senior in high school. Sunny is a math genius who recently caught the baking fever. Since it's her last year in high school, her homework workload has diminished quite a bit and now she feels the urge and has the energy to bake a lot after school! It's a good thing she excels in mathematics; measurements, fractions and geometry are necessary in this culinary field too. Coincidentally, she will receive by the end of today an answer from one of her college applications. We're all very anxious about the results (nobody wants her to move to the East Coast!). 

We have no clue where Sunny will attend college next year; all I can predict is she's going to love the pies I bake for her today on Pi Day. Whether the answer from colleges is positive or not, I know she'll find comfort in one of her favorite treats: pie! 

I've listed many of the pie recipes I've baked recently. Enjoy!

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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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