Archive for Zoe Bakes

Burnt Sugar Soufflé with Chocolate Sauce

This is such an elegant dessert, that is quite easy to make, but takes some timing to get it into the oven and puffed properly. Once you take it from the oven it will slowly start to deflate, so get…

Cheese Blintzes

When I was a kid, in the 70s, my mom, my uncle, Jay, and I would go to a tiny Ukrainian restaurant on 2nd Ave in NYC called the Kiev.  Finding a table was nearly impossible; I remember it being so crowded that…

Homemade Marshmallows

I really, really wanted to start this post by bitching about the weather. Something my poor family has to endure for much of the winter. But, I’ve decided to rise above the whining-chatter in my head and embrace the weather.…

Lemon Pudding Cake

It’s a little bit pudding and a little bit cake, all in one recipe. I was first awed by this dessert when I went to a pastry conference at the CIA and met the pastry chef from Craft, Karen Demasco.…

Poached Pear Ginger Cake

This is the quintessential fall cake. Poached pears were the symbol of a sophisticated dessert when I was a kid. Not that we ever had them, but I saw them standing tall on the pages of Gourmet magazine and always…

Chocolate Mousse Bars with Feuilletine Crunch

I made these for an Oscar party. They are simple to make (no baking required), but fancy enough to eat while watching the red carpet glitter or for any other occasion.  Chocolate Mousse with Feuilletine Crunch Crust. Feuilletine Base: 4…

Butterscotch Pot de Crème (and Pumpkin Version for Fall)

  This is a recipe I developed for Tilia‘s dessert menu. Steven Brown, the chef/owner wanted a turbo charged version of the butterscotch pudding from his childhood. We went with a Pot de crème, which is essentially as decadent as…

Almond Dacquoise Cake with Lemon Curd, Cream and Berries

The dacquoise is a delicate cake layer that is sadly under used by home bakers. It is a cousin to a pavlova, but has the richness of nuts. It is made of French meringue that has nuts (almond meal and…

Apple Honey Cake with Vanilla Rooibos Glaze (A Dunn Brothers Coffee Giveaway)

Today is the first day of fall and the official start to baking season, my favorite time of the year. Along with the cooler weather comes apples, pumpkin and all the warm spices that fit them so well. This apple cake…

Special Chocolate Orange Cake

One of my dreams is to travel to Chinon, France and stay at the Hotel Diderot, where the proprietor makes homemade marmalade. It’s owner is one of my favorite food bloggers, Jamie Schler, who is an amazing baker, cook and…

Nutella Swirled Banana Bread

The first time I tried nutella was in France, on my honeymoon. I thought French kids were the luckiest people on earth. There was no way my mom would have given me a chocolate hazelnut spread on anything. (For the…

Ultimate Carrot Cake – revisited and even better!

My Ultimate Carrot Cake first made an appearance on ZoëBakes in 2008, and it has remained one of my most popular posts. I have made it many, many times since then and tweaked the recipe, as I am apt to…

Coconut Cream Cake with Toasted Meringue Frosting

I first posted this Coconut Cake recipe 6 years ago and have made it several times since. It is always a crowd pleaser, partly because of the meringue topping, all done up like curls that remind me of Phyllis Diller and…

Molly on the Range Marzipan Mandel Bread

Mandelbrot is the Jewish or Eastern European version of biscotti. I grew up avoiding it at Jewish holidays, because it always struck me as stale and tasteless. Many years later I fell in love with Italian biscotti, probably around the…

Macarons – easier than you think, just watch the video!

The first time I had a true French macaron was while sitting at the now shuttered WD50 in New York City. It was the wild child restaurant of chef Wylie Dufresne, who was one of the first American chefs to…