FOOD 101: The History Of Dessert

October 14th is National Dessert Day. Our word “dessert” emerged in mid-16th-century French, a combination of the past participle of desservir “to clear the table,” and servir, “to serve.” The name reflects that dessert was served after the table had been cleared of other dishes. A variety of desserts set on the table of the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Soup Napoleon & Uses For Ring Molds

What’s a soup napoleon? It’s a name we gave to this recipe concept from Vaucluse restaurant in New York City. It sounds more appealing than “stack” or “cylinder” and more accurate than “tower.” A pastry napoleon is a stack of layered pastry, custard, and optionally, fruit. The mechanics are simple: A stack of four or…
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HOLIDAY: A Dulce De Leche Crêpe Cake Recipe For World Dulce De Leche Day

October 11th is World Dulce De Leche Day. An overview of dulce de leche is followed by an impressive Bananas Foster Dulce de Leche Crêpe Cake recipe, by Sarah Fennel of Broma Bakery. Her recipe website is a compilation of everything sweet you’d like to eat.     DULCE DE LECHE & CARAMEL: THE DIFFERENCE…
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FOOD FUN: Waffle Cakes

Are waffle cakes the next cake trend, following cake pops, ombre cakes, mug cakes and unicorn cakes? We don’t know, because we’ve only come across them in an article published 18 months ago. No recipes have come over the transom; no waffle cake book has been published. Instead of baking cake layers, you make waffles.…
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