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In the Sweet Kitchen: The Definitive Baker's Companion

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Sticky Spiced Double-Apple Cake with a Brown Sugar-Brandy Sauce

Sticky, gooey and gorgeous for breakfast! This simple cake is packed with both fresh and dried apples for flavour and texture, just enoug...

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Brown Sugar-Brandy Sauce

A big, boozy, butterscotchy sauce to dribble generously over Sticky Spiked Double-Apple Cake or ice cream, or gingerbread, or spice cake,...

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Classic Brioche

One of the many triumphs of the French pastry kitchen, brioche is a beautifully sweet and buttery yeast bread. It is the perfect foundati...

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Sweet Polenta Crostini with Mascarpone, Raspberries, Pistachios and Wild Forest Honey

These rustic yet elegant mouthfuls are a dessert version of a popular hors d’oeuvre. A sugared crisp polenta base supports a dollop of ma...

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Black Chocolate Espresso Cake with Bittersweet Glaze

Huge, heavy and heavenly, this cake is almost jet black, with a wicked chocolate flavour. It hardly needs it, but the glaze is great. The...

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Pecan Caramel Sandwich Cookies

The year I made these as Christmas gifts, fights literally broke out among my normally well-adjusted friends and family. Even my father c...

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Lemon Anise Churros

Churros are traditional Mexican fritters, much like baking-powder doughnuts, usually subtly flavoured with lemon or orange zest. Like man...

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Pears Poached in Gewurztraminer with Tahitian Vanilla and Ginger

This is one of my favourite desserts, and it’s deceptively simple—not the kind you get wildly excited fantasizing about, but the kind tha...

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Warm Sweet Risotto with Saffron and Dried Cherries

The most divine rice pudding you have ever dreamed of. This very simple variation is made without eggs, using instead the natural creamin...

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Hazelnut Crème Brûlée with Crushed Praline Crust

Lightly toasted hazelnuts, crushed to a fine paste, are added to a classic crème brûlée custard, creating a gorgeous, voluptuously flavou...

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Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Sandwiches with Roasted Cinnamon Ice Cream

Intensely toffee-flavoured cookies with a lovely, crisp-chewy texture and a good oatmeal taste are sandwiched with a gorgeously rich cinn...

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Roasted Cinnamon Ice Cream

Decadently rich and smooth, with the warm and unapologetic taste of cinnamon. Roasting the ground spice releases some of the natural oils...

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Really, REALLY Fudgy Brownies

Very dense, very rich, very moist, very chocolatey, these brownies ore not for the faint of heart. After tasting them at our house, frien...

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Bittersweet Chocolate and Chestnut Truffles

These divine chocolates are really like the soft, melting insides of other truffles. They have an elusive mellow flavour, due to the addi...

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Black Cherry Clafouti

Easy, fresh, light, very country, but also very elegant, clafouti is a traditional rustic Provencal dessert somewhere between a baked cus...

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Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Cinnamon Muffins

Still-warm muffins spread with sweet butter are one of the very favourite breakfasts in our house. These addictive muffins have a moist, ...

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Rich Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Some things are pretty much perfect just the way they are, and as far as I am concerned, strawberry shortcakes are one of those things. I...

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Buttermilk Nutmeg Drop Doughnuts

These are an old-fashioned, crispy, rich-textured, incredibly satisfying pastry, simply flavoured with buttermilk and freshly grated nutm...

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Candied Orange Peel

This homemade confection is absolutely incomparable to the awful stuff available around Christmastime in supermarkets. Those brightly col...

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