Brioche Praline in Lyon

A trip to Lyon is mandatory in France if you’re a food lover.  As the birthplace of what we call modern gastronomy. legendary chefs and Michelin starred restaurants keep this city buzzing with innovative, inventive cuisine alongside classic yet simple Lyonnaise fare. The outdoor markets of Lyon bring together perhaps the best produce, meat, pastries…

Limoncello Lemon Loaf in Sorrento

One thing is striking walking down the winding seaside of Sorrento. It is the undeniable smell of citrus, in particular, the lemons that catch your attention. From the groves of lemon trees lining the hillsides to the smells wafting out of kitchens and patios, the fresh scent of these fruits is undeniable. It is not…

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake in Torino

Not as glitzy as Milan, but not as touristy as Rome and Florence, Torino quickly became one of my favourite cities in Italy. With beautiful mountain-scapes in the distance and the faint smell of coffee and chocolate in the air, this city had my heart the moment I got off the train. If you’re into…

Bienenstich (Bee Sting Cake) in Munich

Germans love their cake. Especially when it’s a sweet yeast cake. Take the donut as a prime example of that. While you won’t see donuts in every pastry shop, you will find this custard filled almond cake…the Bienenstich. Bienenstich (or Bee Sting cake), is simply comprised of a yeasted sweet dough, vanilla pastry cream filling,…

Bavarian Cream

I never really noticed how many of my pastry techniques come from Bavaria. From my favourite Black Forest Cake to one of my favourite staples…Bavarian cream. I use this pastry cream as a filling to so many desserts. You can make a fruit bavarian and use it as a simple refreshing plated dessert, use it as…

The Best Authentic Black Forest Cake You’ll Ever Have

One of my favourite treats growing up as a child was Black Forest Cake. It’s funny though I don’t think any two versions of this cake are ever alike. Each bakery has a take on their own version. While there’s nothing wrong with a little creative license, I wanted to learn what the original cake…