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Category: Baking

Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Tart from Nick Malgieri’s “The Modern Baker”

Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Tart from Nick Malgieri’s “The Modern Baker”

Our Godchild hit a major milestone this month. Olivia graduated cum laude from Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. For four years she has left her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and  travelled to school, a considerable journey.  There […]

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb Pound Cake from Melissa Clark in The New York Times

Rhubarb grown in greenhouses is always the first to appear in Rhubarb season. It’s grown for those people who simply cannot wait to cook with these rich, red stalks.  So growers rush out ‘hothouse rhubarb’, which is a brighter red, sweeter tasting and more tender […]

Ploughman’s Cheddar and Onion Marmalade Tart

Ploughman’s Cheddar and Onion Marmalade Tart

A couple of weeks ago, I returned from “A Cheddar Odyssey”, an offering from Cheese Journeys, who, as their name implies, runs tours that combine Culture, Exploration and Cheese. Lots and lots of cheese.   It’s one of those trips that beguiles you long after you’ve […]

Four Generation Peach Pie with Coconut Meringue Crust from Food 52

Four Generation Peach Pie with Coconut Meringue Crust from Food 52

This weekend begins what is always called “The Unofficial Start of Summer”.  Never mind the Equinox is over three weeks away and it’s been horridly cold and rainy this month.  Nevertheless, this is the weekend that New Yorkers give up their weekends in the city […]

Chocolate Brownie Cookies and yes, they’re Gluten-Free

Chocolate Brownie Cookies and yes, they’re Gluten-Free

At this year’s Easter Celebration, one the guests was also celebrating Passover which overlapped this year for the first time in ages. For those of you who may not be familiar with Jewish dietary laws, leavened bread is forbidden during the 8 day celebration of […]

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Coconut, Almond and Blueberry Cake

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Coconut, Almond and Blueberry Cake

I’ve written so much about Yotam Ottolenghi that he feels like an old friend. But if he’s not familiar to you, please feel free to click on the links below this recipe and you’ll read all about this Israeli-born chef of Italian origin who has […]

Valentine’s Day Advice: Make Dessert First.  This Chocolate Soufflé will fit the bill.

Valentine’s Day Advice: Make Dessert First. This Chocolate Soufflé will fit the bill.

If there’s any worst night to go out all year, it is surely Valentine’s Day…although I think New Year’s Eve is a very close second. I was pretty well sure Valentine’s Day was an invention of Hallmark Cards but that’s not at all true.  It’s […]

Honey Pine-Nut Tart from Gina De Palma’s “Dolce Italiano”

Honey Pine-Nut Tart from Gina De Palma’s “Dolce Italiano”

As often as not, Andrew volunteers to bring dessert whenever we’re asked out to dinner.  On this particular occasion, he asked our friends Bill and Peter if they had any requests.   Peter asked for ‘something nutty’.  I seemed to remember an amazing tart Andrew had […]

Our Five Most Popular  Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever!  Plus one…

Our Five Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipes Ever! Plus one…

If you are going to the trouble of making Christmas cookies, why not make the best Christmas cookies any one ever tasted?  Since I live with one of the great Cookie Bakers of all time, it wasn’t exactly easy to come up with this list.  […]

A Christmas Invitation leads to a great souvenir…Come along to Ireland and we’ll share a pint…my latest Daily Meal article has been published.

A Christmas Invitation leads to a great souvenir…Come along to Ireland and we’ll share a pint…my latest Daily Meal article has been published.

There’s a 200th Birthday Party in Ireland Dec 4, 2017 | 12:02 pm By Monte Mathews Staff Writer And you’re invited to the 200th Anniversary of the First Pint of Guiness to reach American shores. What’s more Irish than the potato?  How about a pint […]

Has anyone ever made a Tart as Christmas-y as this?      Cranberry Curd Tart from David Tanis in The New York Times with a deep bow to David Lebovitz

Has anyone ever made a Tart as Christmas-y as this? Cranberry Curd Tart from David Tanis in The New York Times with a deep bow to David Lebovitz

I marvel at Andrew’s passion for baking. And it’s at its zenith at holiday time.  It doesn’t necessarily mean Thanksgiving or Easter or Christmas.. It could be Valentine’s Day or the 4th of July.. But I have to say that this year’s output at Thanksgiving […]

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

“This Chocolate Chip Cookie Ruins Every Other Cookie Recipe”– “Sugarman” Martinez in Bon Appetit Magazine: Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

     I confess to being a pushover when someone suggests that a recipe ‘beats all others’.  This may all be laid at the feet of Tyler Florence, whose 2006 “Tyler’s Ultimate” (Clarkson Potter) really did contain a phenomenal number of recipes that I go back […]

The first new post on the Blog just had to be from our Baker-in-Chief… Andrew’s Fig Raspberry Hand Pies

The first new post on the Blog just had to be from our Baker-in-Chief… Andrew’s Fig Raspberry Hand Pies

It’s been a long haul and wending our way through 765 posts has taken time to say the least. But at last we’ve arrived on Publication Day One of the new and improved Chewing the Fat. And it seems so appropriate that someone who gives […]

Cream Scones with Clotted Cream from "Hand Made Baking" by Kamran Siddiqi

Ah the scone!  Properly made, they’re a thing of great joy at tea time or coffee hour.   But the greater likelihood is that the scone most people encounter comes off as heavy as a hockey puck and just about as appetizing. No matter how much […]