Chocolat Chaud

  The February chill has set in and Montréal is covered in snow, the way winter used to be.  It’s the perfect time of year for a rich, velvety, decadent hot chocolate to sip covered in cozy blankets while watching movies, playing board games or reading a book. Despite being a grad student (and all…

The Bookshelf: a year in review – 2016 edition

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng The Mother by Yvvette Edwards This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz In a Dark,…

NYC

Last September, my boyfriend and I went on a roadtrip from Montréal to New York City for Labour Day weekend.  I’ve travelled to NYC on 3 previous occasions, but this was his first visit.  This end-of-summer escapade was his birthday celebration, making this trip extra special.  Of course, a baker on vacation in NYC always…

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…