Archive for Zoe Bakes

Banana Bread Roll from Smitten Kitchen’s New Book

There’s nothing more satisfying than cutting into a rolled cake to reveal the swirl in the middle. It’s just fun. This banana bread roll is filled with a cream cheese frosting and it is delicious. The recipe is from one of…

Banana Pudding

This quintessential southern dessert is found on the back of the box of Nilla wafers. You can certainly use Nilla brand wafers for this and there will be no judgment and it will taste just like you remember when you…

Oh, Fudge!

Addiction warning, I can not stop eating this! I’ve been giving away bags of it to anyone I meet, just to keep from eating the whole batch. I lost a bet to my boys on Superbowl Sunday and as a…

Bûche de Noël ~ Christmas Yule Log

This is a classic French dessert that is served at Christmas time. Bûche de Noël translates as the “Christmas Log” and is meant to look like the piece of wood you are about to toss into the fireplace. It is…

Outrageous Mocha Buttercream!

This post is updated to include a Peanut Butter version of the original Mocha buttercream. You’ll find the variation at the end of the post. This may be the most delicious buttercream I’ve ever made. I wish I could take…

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

I’ve known my husband and his family for 30+ years and in all those decades there is a story about a cake that has been the heart of my career goals. Just to be clear, this is not the cake. This chocolate…

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…

Pear Almond Tart

I think tarts are an under appreciated art form. The sweet, tender crust is the perfect frame for just about any filling. This one has poached pears laying in a bed of almond cream and surrounded by toasted almonds. The…

Caramel Apple & Pumpkin Pie

Here is a twofer for those of us who love both apple and pumpkin pies. Both great flavors layered together in a flaky, rich crust. I used apples that kept their shape when I caramelized them, so they would add…

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…