Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Baklava for 800
I had the best time serving up Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Baklava at the 2015 Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner Dessert Buffet… and what a great experience the entire process was!
St. Phanurius Cake
In the Orthodox Church, August 27 is dedicated to Saint Phanurius. The Orthodox faithful pray to this Saint to help them recover lost things such as car keys or a child’s favorite toy. Some even pray to this saint to help them find hope, faith or focus. As a thanks-offering the custom arose of baking a cake in his honor. This is my favorite recipe for a Fanouropita Cake, updated by making them into little bundt cakes and topping them with fresh local berries and organic crystallized ginger.
Greek S’mores In Celebration of National S’mores Day!
Dating back to the 1920’s, the S’more is a popular campfire tradition consisting of a toasted marshmallow and rich melty chocolate sandwiched between two crunchy graham crackers. Today we celebrate National S’mores Day in America, so here’s my version of the S’more, simplified and Greekified!
A Flavorful Bread Pudding Made with Greek Sweet Bread and Topped with Metaxa Caramel Sauce
This year, I finally got around to simplifying Tsoureki and made about 6 loaves. I was then gifted another 2 loaves. With the over abundance of Tsoureki in my kitchen this year it became clear to me it was the perfect year to create Tsoureki Bread Pudding and topped it with Metaxa Caramel Sauce. Please trust me when I say this: You will lick your plate clean!
Greek Easter Bread
Tsoureki (soo-REH-kee) is traditional Greek Easter bread. It is not simple to make. There’s a lot involved but this year I set out to simplify the process and I think I just may have done it. Oh, and I went a little crazy with chocolate and toasted almonds too.
ΖΗΤΩ Η ΕΛΛΑΔΑ! (Long Live Greece!)
Greeks are a prideful bunch, and March 25 is our day. This is our Fourth of July, if you will. Schools and business in Greece are closed today as it is a national holiday. Parades and celebrations are happening all over Greece – from the largest cities to the tiniest villages. Food and drink will be joyfully consumed.