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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterReporting from Hershey, Pa.-- After more than a century, the town that chocolate built still makes its namesake confection and remains a candy lover's nirvana. Billed as the "Sweetest Place on Earth," the company town has grown over the last century...
I admit it. I've had a lifelong love affair with French toast. When I was a kid, there was a simple magic to it: The way the soaked bread would puff in the pan, the toast crisping to a rich, golden brown in the hot fat. Fresh out of the pan, the dish was...
Tags: Breads, Lifestyle and Leisure, Cinnamon, French Toast, Butter
Special to the Los Angeles TimesIt's spring, and probably the most welcomed of the season's animals is the bunny — specifically, the chocolate bunny. No mass-produced creatures, these bunnies are made and sold by small, independent chocolatiers and chocolate shops. Grab your...
In years past, Yvan Valentin crafted elaborate mousse-filled meringue cakes for Frank Sinatra, built a towering croquembouche (a cream puff pyramid decorated with pulled sugar) for Jane Fonda and Ted Turner's wedding and constructed a chocolate replica of...
Dear SOS: My family had dinner at Palate in Glendale, and it finished on a very high note -- the chocolate pudding. It will be really great if you can get the recipe from Palate. Annie Steinmetz, Sherman Oaks Dear Annie: This rich and creamy pudding,...
Tags: Strawberries, Vanilla Extract, Salt, Kosher Salt, Vanilla
Daily DishWednesday night's episode got a little close to home, as the "Just Desserts" cast descended on the L.A. Times building to cater our 128th birthday party. The chefs were all baffled by the challenge, which required them create pastries devoid......
White-chocolate bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus baking time (about 1 1/2 hours on high, 3 hours on low) Servings: 8 to 10 Note: From Noelle Carter. This recipe calls for finishing the bread pudding in...
Emily's chocolate mandel bread Total time: About 1 hour, plus chilling and cooling times Servings: Makes about 4 dozen cookies 2 1/2 cups (10.65 ounces) flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 3/4 cup canola oil 3 large...
Tags: Breads, Baking Powder
White chocolate ganache Total time: About 20 minutes Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 cups 10 ounces premium-quality white chocolate, finely chopped 2/3 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into 3 pieces 1....
Tags: Heavy Cream, Butter
Daily DishMost bakers know that if they're about to tackle a complicated cake, it's a smart idea to turn to Rose Levy Beranbaum, whose patient directions and baking-science acumen can make even the toughest cake manageable. So for a story about......
Daily DishWhen it comes to chocolates, Easter trumps Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is predictable; it's all about pink and red and hearts. Easter seems to do a better job of sparking the imagination. Assistant pastry chef Annabel Ho at Jin Patisserie......
Why is it in this day and age, when weddings are more and more an expression of a couples individuality, wedding cakes remain stubbornly predictable towers of white wrapped in insipid icing and topped with toys representing the guests of honor? I want...
Tags: Wedding Cake, Marriage, Frosting and Icing, Cheese, Weddings
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