Author Archives: Gretacooks

About Gretacooks

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Gravenstein Apple and Pear Tart

When my friend and fellow foodie, Susan, exclaimed, The Gravensteins are in season!, I didn’t know what the heck she was talking about.  Well, apparently this Gravenstein is the comet of apples. It has a very short season and, once … Continue reading

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Lifesaver a.k.a. Raspberry Roulade

I visited my family in South Carolina recently. Anyone who has read my Carrot Cake post will already know that I didn’t go back for the food. I love my family, bless their hearts, but that inherited knack for “Southern … Continue reading

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Coffee Sabayon with Orange Tuiles

This creamy, fragrant sabayon can be served alone as a dessert, or as a thick sauce for poached fruit. The cinnamon adds a warm spice to the mellow coffee flavor. It only takes a few minutes to make. As suggested … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mousse + Lavender Crémeux + Berry Compote = Bliss.

I won’t lie. This is about to get complicated. At times like this, I wish I had another set of hands, an assistant and more rubber spatulas. But, alas, still me in my tiny kitchen. This dessert should have an … Continue reading

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Classic Tiramisù

Italian tiramisù (tirami sù) translates to “pick-me-up”, referring to the stimulating effects of the espresso soaked ladyfingers. Personally, I’m more interested in learning who came up with the name, “ladyfingers”. Tiramisù: 3 large eggs, separated 3/4 cups sugar 8 oz … Continue reading

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Coffee Chocolate (Dobos Torte) Rolls

I bought a new cookbook today called Petite Sweets, full of mini-desserts. The recipes are downsized versions of traditional desserts. They’re so gosh-darn cute! But are they good? Let’s try one and find out… This dessert roll is inspired by … Continue reading

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Almond Angel Cake

When I was a kid, we used to buy whipped cream in a plastic tub. Once I was older and I discovered you could actually make whipped cream… well, it was an exciting moment. Since then, I’m still amazed at … Continue reading

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Mixed Berry Coffee Cake

It’s a lovely weekend at Portland Farmer’s Markets! If you got excited and bought more berries than you could possibly eat before they go bad, make a coffeecake! 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3/4 cups sugar 1 egg 2 cups flour … Continue reading

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Mini Sablés aka: Tea biscuits

In the spirit of Independence Day and to commemorate all the tea that was dumped into the Boston Harbor 240 years ago, I’m making tea biscuits with the pâte sablée I love to hate.  It’s a holiday of mixed feelings … Continue reading

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