Posted on Friday, 28th June 2013 by Grace Massa Langlois

The mere mention of the availability of fresh figs is enough to get my family rushing to the markets to get their hands on as many of the elusive treats as they can (they’re obsessed over figs). Fresh figs are

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Photo of Caramelized Fig, Raspberry and Crème Mousseline displayed on white cake stand.
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Posted on Friday, 21st June 2013 by Grace Massa Langlois

Cronuts – the new doughnut craze. There’s been so much hype about pastry chef, Dominique Ansel’s new croissant doughnut creation that it’s inspired me to try and replicate them. The new doughnut is part flaky pastry, and part cream-filled doughnut, how could I

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Photo of two Croissant Doughnuts, one cut in half exposing the many interior layers.
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Posted on Friday, 15th June 2012 by Grace Massa Langlois

Apricots are so much better cooked than raw and roasting them in a poaching liquid of sweet white wine and vanilla intensifies the sweetness and flavour. Apricots with vanilla can only be described as a match made in heaven. It’s

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A close up photo of an Italian Pastry, Apricot Tart with Crema Diplomatica.
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Posted on Friday, 23rd December 2011 by Grace Massa Langlois

Zeppole di San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph’s Day Fritters), scrumptious deep-fried Italian Fritters are made with pasta choux or bignè (cream puff dough). The pastry dough is piped into nests and deep-fried creating a crispy outer crust.  The choux pastry nests are truly irresistible

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A photo of 4 Zeppole di San Giuseppe, St. Joseph's Day Fritters on a white rectangular dish set off to the side.
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Posted on Friday, 5th August 2011 by Grace Massa Langlois

Bomboloni, fluffy pillows of rich and tender fried pastry dough rolled in sugar and filled with velvety Crema Pasticcera {Italian Pastry Cream}, fresh and warm out of the oven.  Have I enticed you to indulge?  One thing’s for certain –

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A photo of Bomboloni alla Crema, Italian Cream-Filled Donuts.
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Posted on Friday, 22nd July 2011 by Grace Massa Langlois

Last weekend my sisters, Connie and Anna, came over for a visit and a day of baking. What did we bake? Italian cookies – trays and trays of them.  How many are left? Not too many!  The Italian Cookie (well in

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A photo of 3 Pesche Dolci {Italian Peach Cookies} stacked one on top of the other.
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Posted on Thursday, 14th April 2011 by Grace Massa Langlois

The sun is shining, the weather is finally getting warmer and my thoughts are turning toward summer and the berry-growing season.  We’ve been very lucky over the last few months; the market has stocked some delicious sweet and juicy berries.

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A close up photo of a mini fruit tart displayed on a pink cupcake stand.
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Posted on Friday, 25th March 2011 by Grace Massa Langlois

The sun is shining; it’s a beautiful day!  And I finally made these Mini Boston Cream Pies that I’ve been eyeing for months at Design Sponge.   A Brooklyn Pastry Chef, Penny Stankiewicz, submitted this magnificent dessert recipe. I love to

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A photo of three Mini Boston Cream Pie desserts served on white dessert plates.
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