Léché Desserts

                      In honour of National Doughnut Day, I’m sharing with you my favourite Montreal destination for delicious doughnuts: Léché Desserts. Located in St Henri, a neighbourhood in the city’s Sud-Ouest, this café specializes in gourmet artisanal doughnuts.  The beautiful open kitchen with exposed red brick…

Speculoos Swirl Brownies

          Can there ever be too many brownie recipes in your baking repertoire?  I couldn’t resist the idea of gorgeous swirls of Speculoos on top of brownies.  It seemed decadent like these incredible Dulce de Leche Brownies.  To elevate these brownies, I suggest baking a batch of my favourite brownies and…

Speculoos Chocolate Chip Cookies

  My friend Camille has been living in Belgium since the new year.  We made plans to catch up with a phone call in the evening, so I baked a batch of these Speculoos Chocolate Chip Cookies in the afternoon to fit the occasion.  Speculoos, also known as Biscoff or Cookie Butter, is a caramelised…

Espresso Chocolate Cake with Rose Petals and Pistachios

    This dark and sumptuous cake is the match for Lou Doillon‘s music and Celeste Ng’s writing.  I recently finished reading Celeste Ng’s impressive debut novel Everything I Never Told You, and the album Lay Low has been on replay for the past few days.  Surprising that such a simple cake can have such…

Station Épices

        Living in the heart of Monkland Village has many perks for a baker.  Chief among them is access to freshly ground spices.  Station Épices supplies all the fragrant ingredients of your dreams.  After building my Ikea spice racks I brought my empty spice jars to Station Épices to fill them up…

Rustique

            Rustique “A classic country pie stand… in the city.” Visit their website Address: 4615 Notre Dame Ouest Phone Number: 514-439-5970 Opening Hours: Monday – closed Tuesday to Friday – 9am to 7pm Saturday – 9am to 6pm Sunday –  10am to 5pm Rustique is that dream bakery filled with…

Pistachio Cardamom Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache

      To wrap up this week, I’m sharing with you a fragrant and creative recipe from NYC bakery Ovenly.  This is the first recipe I bake from the Ovenly cookbook and it definitely veers off path from the typically sweet and buttery cupcake.  The cookbook cover boasts a bold statement declaring “sweet and…

Apricot Almond Cake with Rosewater & Cardamom

          Nigella describes this cake as simple, fragrant and beguiling.  This elegant dessert is ideal for Passover since one cannot eat leavened baked goods during the week-long Jewish holiday.  This past Saturday I hosted my very first Seder, a ritual feast of freedom.  It was a last minute decision thought up…

Lemon Layer Cake

My family celebrated my mother’s birthday recently after her return from a cycling trip in sunny Florida.  I served up slices of this equally sunny lemon layer cake for the occasion.  Fresh, bright and tart, this dessert is perfect for springtime.  With the heat rising in the city, the outdoor terraces are filling up as…

PB & Oat Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  You know how even the mention of school has me back in the kitchen, baking up a batch of something chocolaty.  In my last post, I mentioned I was applying for graduates studies.  Well here I am one month later with the results…and a new recipe of course! This morning I woke up to…

Zucchini Brownies

      It’s no coincidence that I’ve started up my baking blog again while contemplating a return to academia.  School (even just the thought of it) brings out the baker in me.  I completed my studies in November 2014, and I thought I was done with uni.  But now…  I’ve been working on my…

PB & J Brownies

Swirls of peanut butter pastry cream and raspberry jam transform this childhood classic into a sophisticated adult treat.  Jamie Oliver gives a whole new meaning to PB&J snack time with these delectable dark chocolate brownies. Dollops of peanut butter pastry cream and raspberry jam are swirled into the brownie batter.  For a final garnish, the…