Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
In the center of Jerusalem, down Ben Yehuda Street, there’s a small coffee shop called “Muffin Boutique“. Every time I walk in there I feel as if I have crossed continents and entered an Anglo-Saxon café, and not just because everyone is talking mostly in English over there.
Pistachio and Cherry Macaron Cake
It’s almost cherry season! What I love so much about cherries is that they go great with macarons. So I did a bit of research and finally came by an interesting recipe for a macaron cake in “Le Grand Manuel du Pâtissier”.
Ferrero Rocher Profiteroles
In the year 1982, two wonderful events happened to my mom. After ten years of constant efforts to bring a child to the world, and after five failed pregnancies, my mom had finally delivered a healthy baby boy (me!). In the same year, unknowingly to her, another sweet little thing was born, and that was the Ferrero Rocher. Shortly after she discovered it, it became one of her favorite candies. Since then it has been a regular guest of honor in our chocolate kitchen drawer.
I never really liked hazelnuts. Whenever my mother brought back home a bag of mixed nuts from my uncle’s roasting house “King Hussein” that’s a little south of Gan-Tamar (Tamar’s Garden) in Jaffa, I would always separate the hazelnuts from the rest of the nuts and set them aside, just like an American kid separating his least favorite M&M color from the rest.
How To Peel Hazelnuts & Make Nutella Spread
I come across a lot of recipes that require peeled hazelnuts. Unlike pistachios, it’s hard to find peeled hazelnuts in the store. At least here in Jerusalem where I live. So I asked Mr. Google and discovered two different methods to peel them yourself.
Pistachio Lemon Éclairs
I’m good friends with this one couple. He goes crazy for pistachios, she loves anything that involves lemon. To make both of them happy, sometimes I mix the two ingredients together. I think it’s an excellent match – just like the couple.
I recently had the good fortune of taking a trip to Paris, where I discovered Pierre Hermé’s macaron store. He’s a genius when it comes to macarons. Entering his store is like entering a jewelry shop. Instead of engagement rings studded with expensive diamonds, behind glass are colorful macarons, as tempting as they are expensive.
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