The Little Epicurean

Oct 28 2011

Ham and Cheese Croissants

Ham and Cheese Croissants

September’s Daring Bakers Challenge was a croissant recipe by Julia Childs.  I meant to participate but lost track of time and now its almost November.  I can’t wait for the upcoming holidays–Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.   This is my favorite time of year to bake breads and pastries.  When its much cooler outside, nothing

Oct 22 2011

Flourless Chocolate and Pear Cake

Flourless chocolate cake is always a crowd pleaser.  Its simple to make and difficult to mess up.  Its a perfect dessert to make when guests are over because it fills the entire house with an intoxicating and inviting aroma.  And seriously, who doesn’t love chocolate? With the addition of pears and ground hazelnuts, this cake

Oct 15 2011

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

In Southern California, weather is not the best indicator of the seasons.  Its mid-October and temperatures are still well above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  Forget about hot chocolate and warm bread pudding.  I’m still sipping on iced tea and wearing tank tops and shorts. Rather than look for falling leaves to tell me its autumn, I

Oct 11 2011

Gouda Walnut Bread

Bread is universal.  Every country and culture has some sort of bread in their diet.  Whether it be baked, fried, or steamed, bread exists everywhere.  Just think, Greek pita, Middle Eastern lavash, Italian focaccia, Chinese steamed buns, etc. Even within the United States there are a great variety of breads.  California, specifically San Francisco, for

Oct 05 2011

S’more Cupcakes

I wish time machines existed and time travel was a reality.  I’d love to go back to the Age of Reason, the Industrial Revolution,  and my favorites– the Renaissance and Baroque period. For now, I’ll just have to settle for food to take me back in time.  Food is a vehicle for keeping memories alive,