Sunday, May 17, 2015


My sweet hens were laying so well at the tail end of winter.  Every girl came through with a fresh egg come snow or sunshine.  Once we entered a thaw, enough that the ladies could take a stroll around the property again, the eggs stopped.  Or so I thought.

I was perfectly fine with the interruption.  Why shouldn't the girls have a spring break of their own?
We spent our period of eggus interruptus tending to our garden plots.  I'd till and the ladies would nibble at critters and weeds alike.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

SCHOKOLADE WINDBEUTELTORTE aka Chocolate Windbag Cake! A recipe that isn't a recipe.

My friend Nancy said her husband had just returned from Germany and brought home with him the memory of a cake and would I happen to have a recipe for this delectable remembrance?  This, to my mind, is proof of a successful trip, with cake in your heart.

I was tickled when she told me the name of the cake:  Windbeuteltorte.  Literally translated: Windbag cake.  You see, the word for cream puff in German, Windbeutel, means windbag.  And yes, they also use the word to describe humans as windbags.  

There are different versions of the cake.  The one I know best is vanilla and fruity, with a vanilla cake bottom (and sometimes a top) and a vanilla cream filling that surrounds buried sweet cream filled cream puffs.  Sometimes there are berries nestled up next to the cream puffs.  Sometimes the berries are the beautiful red crown up top. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boston Cream Pie welcome the new addition to our family.

Yesterday was Patriot's Day, when thousands of brave folk run the Boston Marathon.  Did I run?  No.  Did I bake Boston Cream Pies?  Yes!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Every morning at 4am, I had the distinct pleasure of pouring a quart of grade B maple syrup onto a sheet pan studded with walnuts and healthy knobs of butter.  I consider it a point of pride that I didn't take a spoon to the stuff and just call it a very early morning.  I'm a martyr to pastry.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Once again, I had a fabulous time making a mess on the Today Show baking from my new book Let Them Eat Cake.  If you missed the segment, here's the link! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Available NOW!

It's here!  As of yesterday, my newest book Let Them Eat Cake is out in the world.

I wrote this book with EVERYONE in mind.  I wanted to provide a resource for bakers who are often hamstrung when confronted by the need to modify recipes for dietary restrictions.  At my shop, I was asked daily if I could make my chocolate cake gluten free or my muffins healthier or my pies with pastry cream vegan.  I found the task a wonderful challenge.  But my career is baking.  I spend my days developing recipes.  Most people bake recreationally and don't have the time or background to modify their favorite recipes when they have to bake a batch of gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free cupcakes for little JoJo's kindergarten class.  And it also occurred to me that it would be such a lovely thing to have a resource that gave you the recipe with all the bells and whistles (flour, butter, sugar) for those days where all bets are off but gave you options for any manner of dietary restriction.  So instead of buying 4 books, here's just one with a boat load of options.

I've included the recipes I think are the most important, from cookies to pies to cakes and ice cream.  As a kid who was raised vegan, I can tell you I would have died and gone to heaven if this book had been around when I was in elementary school.

If you want to see me bake from the book, tune into the Today Show tomorrow morning (3/5) and I'll be making a beautiful mess of chocolate treats.  I'll be on The Talk March 11th baking with those fabulous ladies. And I'll be teaching and signing across the country in April and May.  I'll post those dates and locations soon.

I hope you enjoy it, sweet people!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


My Tante Christel kept packages of sweet tart shells stocked in her kitchen when I was a kid.  Tucked in the cupboard for safe keeping, she would grab a few to top with cream and fresh fruit for Kaffee und Kuchen in the late afternoon.  That is, she'd grab them if she could find any.  I had a nasty habit of pilfering anything vaguely sweet and leaving very little evidence of their existence behind.