“Hedgehog” Almond Cookies

Galit has been into baking recently and made these Almond Cookies. She nick named them “Hedgehogs” because of the spiky look. Beware, not the spines, but the taste … they are very more-isa.

Moelleux au Chocolat / French Chocolate Cake

Moelleux au Chocolat / French Chocolate Cake
Karine Vigaelles introduced us to Moelleux au Chocolat, a French style chocolate cake. It is dense and delicious. We immediately asked for the recipe and Karine pointed us to the blog of a friend of hers, Isabelle Bonneau. The blog is called “La soupe à la citrouille”; isn’t it amazing how even “Pumpkin Soup” can ...

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding
For some reason I fancied Sticky Toffee Pudding on Xmas day. So I made some. It was both surprisingly easy and very good.

Dominic’s Spicy Apple Crumble – or is that a “Jack”? 2

Dominic's Spicy Apple Crumble - or is that a
In one of those strange sequence of events I bought my team at work some donuts and Dominic responded with a recipe for Apple Crumble. Dominic fancies a lot of crumble and a lot of spices and his recipe reflects this. But given the relish with which he described this masterpiece I’d say this is ...

Monkey Bread – Also known as Monkey Brains

Monkey Bread - Also known as Monkey Brains
Galit showed me this recipe just as I told a friend that I’d eat anything, even monkey brains. These two incidents might not appear related however Monkey Bread has some alternative names including, you guessed it, Monkey Brains. Also Bubble Loaf, Sticky Bread and Pinch Me Loaf. Monkey Bread is an American favourite dating from ...

Beignet: New Orleans Donuts

Beignet: New Orleans Donuts
My five year old daughter (Dana) was watching the Disney movie Princess and the Frog and asked me to make Beignets. These donuts are a speciality of Tiana, the princess in the story, and of New Orleans in general. The word Beignet is pronounced bey-YAY, is French in origin and means fritter.  

Israeli Pastry for Quiche, Tarts, etc

Apparently this is a classic Israeli recipe. It is dead simple. Galit uses the same pastry for both quiches and a fantastic date biscuit.

Cream Cheese Icing

Cream cheese icing is great with Carrot Cake.  

Orit’s Carrot Cake

Not long after I met Orit I encountered her in a mall selling a variety of cakes. Orit was born in New Zealand so her repertoire includes a Carrot Cake. I very much like this cake, so when Orit visited in the UK recently I insisted she teach me her recipe. The cake is good ...

English Cake

English Cake
The Haviv family often offer English Cake (Gateaux Anglais) with coffee in the afternoon. It is quite dry, which is good with coffee, but originally didn’t appeal to me. In New Zealand cakes tend to be more moist. Like most of Robert’s recipes this was a bit loose and it took a couple of years ...