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Guava Cake Recipe Recipe

Guava Cake Recipe

02.25.11 by Jackie

The girls are home this week because it's winter break. Lya has been spending a lot of time in the garden, and today she brought me a basket full of guavas. We made some preserves as usual, and I made some guava curd with the remaining fruit. The flavor was so intense and distinct that I thought it would make a wonderful flavoring for a cake.

I decorated the sides of the cake with candied pecans and topped it with a thin sheet of marzipan. The beautiful orchid in the picture that my husband Lulu had bought was unfortunately torn apart from its stem, so I used it as garnish for the cake. I think it adds something almost exotic to the picture, but I wouldn’t recommend destroying your houseplants to decorate your cakes!


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Blackberry Cupcake Recipe Recipe

Blackberry Cupcake Recipe

02.09.11 by Jackie

My husband Lulu is leaving for a 4-day business trip, so I packed a cupcake and a little message to satisfy his sweet tooth and let him know that his wife is thinking about him and misses him. What can I do, I'm a true romantic!

I flavored the cupcakes with blackberry frosting and decorated the top with sugar roses made from pandan-flavored marzipan and fresh blackberries. This might sound a little cheesy but I think the main ingredient is love. With that, even the worst disasters (I’ll tell you about mine some time) turn out ok. Have fun preparing for Valentine's Day!


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Superbowl Sugar Cookies Recipe

Superbowl Sugar Cookies

02.04.11 by Jackie

As a French girl, it’s probably not surprising how ignorant I am about American football. My husband Lulu has tried several times to teach me the rules, and failed miserably. I'm trying hard, I promise!  At the very least, I can participate in the fun by whipping up some delicious snacks to enjoy during the game.

Today, I made batches of sugar cookies using the colors of both teams. I used black and yellow for the Steelers and green and yellow for the Packers. The black, yellow and green cookie doughs were respectively flavored with semi-sweet chocolate, Meyer lemon and pandan paste.

I remember a few years back that the Steelers were participating in the Superbowl as well, so they must be a good team. Lulu's rooting for them, but with these cookies you can represent yourself no matter which team you're cheering for. I’m also going to post a list or two this afternoon of other tasty treats that you can serve at your Superbowl party, so stay tuned for that. I hope you enjoy the food and the company this Sunday!


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Clementine Chocolate Parfait Recipe Recipe

I made clementine mousse using fruits from our garden. The zest is amazingly fragrant. The exterior has such a deep orange color, I thought it would be perfect dressed as a parfait paired with French chocolate cookies we bought in Normandy.

My husband Lulu and I brought a lot of delicious French food back home from our recent trip to Europe. The cookies in the dish are called "La Mère Poulard" chocolatine cookies. They are specialty cookies from the Mont Saint Michel region of France. My parents took us there on New Year's Day. It's a rocky tidal island located in Normandy, topped with beautiful shops and a church. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

While we were there, we had the region’s typical crêpes and of course brought back a few packs of cookies. If you’re in France and you have time, I recommend taking a visit.

Mont Saint Michel Picture


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Almond Chocolate Cake Recipe (Moelleux au Chocolat) Recipe

Almond chocolate cake is a decadent chocolate dessert. The moist cake is made with blanched, ground almonds, semi-sweet chocolate and very little flour.

It's my best friend Alexia's favorite dessert. I remember one time visiting her in Düsseldorf, Germany, while she was finishing her masters. She picked me up at the train station and I surprised her with a still-warm almond cake. No joke, she finished the whole cake before we got back to her apartment; that's how scrumptious this cake is! Now that I'm back in Paris for the holidays, I can't wait to bake her favorite cake for her again. We haven't seen each other in almost two and a half years and she's getting married soon. While she's eating it again, I might try to embarrass her by re-telling the story to her fiancé. Am I not a wonderful friend?


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