Pannetone in Milan

Growing up around Italian families, pannetone was a Christmas staple at my house. It’s not really something that we ever made, but we’ve definitely received our fair share of pannetone Christmas gifts. Originating in Milan, the pannetone is a yeasted sweet bread traditionally baked in a brown baking cup and rises up high to resemble…

Apple Fritters in Lake Como

A quick train ride from Switzerland and I’m finally in Italy. I’ve been waiting for this day since I first decided to embark on this journey. Crossing into the Northern Lake region from Lucerne, I’m treated to the luxurious banks of Lake Como. I have to admit though, I’m not too familiar with Lake Como,…

Raclette Tart

While chocolate may be my main weakness, cheese comes in at a close second. Any country whose two primary exports are chocolate and cheese has a special place in my heart. Gruyere, Emmental, Tilsiter, all hail from one of the greatest cheese producers in the world. Raclette, however, is perhaps one of the most versatile,…

Pave de Geneve

It’s easy to get lost in all of Switzerland’s delicious offerings. Shop window after shop window tempting you at every corner.  One of my favourite chocolate shops, Chocolats Rohr, offers one of the most temptingly decadent treats in all of Geneva. A tiny shop, easily overlooked from the outside, draws you in with its beautiful…

Toblerone Fondue

Venturing over to Switzerland is a sweet tooths dream. The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation in the world. Not surprising that they’re also among the happiest. And why not? They’re home to some of the worlds most famous chocolate producers. There are even entire tours in Switzerland dedicated solely to…

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…