Sunday, July 7, 2013

Table of Contents

The Global Pastry Table 

Table of Contents

         suggested step-by-step guidance for best results 
         a few basic pastry techniques to enhance your enjoyment of making pastries and desserts   
    Useful Equivalents
         volume, weight, oven temperature and pan sizes


Apple Cinnamon Cake
Apple cakes have a long tradition throughout Europe.  This one has a layer of thin apple slices on top 
and another layer of apples and cinnamon tucked inside.

Spice Cake with Blackberries
A beautifully simple cake showcasing the special intrigue of the world’s greatest spices.

Poppy Seed Cake
Descended from Eastern Europe, this vanilla cake is feather light and full of poppy seeds.

Rum Cake with Spiced Butter Rum Glaze
A moist yellow rum cake with a butter rum glaze featuring the prized product of the Caribbean.

Dark Cocoa Cake
The star of this cake is cocoa, a symbol of abundance used as both a medicinal curative and 
a form of currency in ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations.

Nectarine Streusel Cake
A textural layer of streusel inside an American style upside-down cake studded with 
the golden beauty of fresh nectarines.

Hazelnut Cake
A rustic cake in the tradition of Italian nut tortes and a tribute to the hazelnuts of the Piemonte region.

Torta Caprese
Travelers flock to the Isle of Capri in search of a taste of this perfect blend of chocolate and ground almonds.

Yogurt Cake with Five-Spice Plums
A French household yogurt cake served with roasted plums in a five-spice port syrup.

A double twisted yeast cake in the Eastern European Jewish tradition packed with chocolate 
and cinnamon and topped with streusel.

Gingerbread Cake with Peaches
Gingerbread made the voyage to America with the immigration of Northern Europeans.  
Fragrant and light, this cake cozies up to fresh peaches and cream.

Banana Cake with Chocolate Glaze
American banana cake all dressed up in chocolate glaze.

Raspberry Almond Brunch Cake
A simple but delectable cake, perfect for a lazy weekend.

Spiced Doughnut Bites with Chocolate Sauce
A permutation of the American doughnut, these baked mini cake doughnut bites are coated 
with aromatic spice sugar and take a dip in chocolate sauce.

Pear Almond “Tart” Cake
This cake replicates the deliciousness of the Pear Frangipane Tarts you see in French bakeries.

Chocolate Apricot Cake
The classic combination of chocolate cake, apricot jam and chocolate glaze made famous 
at the grand Hotel Sacher of Austria is refashioned with a fresh fruit filling.

Whole Wheat Honey Cake
Honey cakes belong to many cultures in the Middle East. This rustic back-to-basics version combines 
the natural world of honey and the intrinsic nutty goodness of whole wheat flour.

Orange Cake with Chocolate Cardamom Glaze
Orange cake covered in a dark chocolate glaze infused with the aromatic beauty of cardamom.

Olive Oil Wine Cake
Extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of cornmeal, a slight herbal back note of rosemary and a subtle blush 
of white wine give this delectable cake the feel of the Mediterranean.

Mexican Chocolate Cake
Cocoa, almond paste and cinnamon meet up for a sweet journey to the heart of Mexico.
Coil Cake
A light and soft yeast cake filled with plums and nuts shaped into a coil inspired by the 
Moroccan M'hanncha or snake cake.


Brown Sugar Panna Cotta with Five-Spice Figs
Dark brown sugar imparts a touch of caramel in this luscious Italian panna cotta served with
 figs in a five-spice port syrup.

Panna Cotta with Red Wine Granita
Layers of Italian vanilla cream and spiced red wine granita are a playful juxtaposition of textures and flavors.

Chocolate Pudding
The ultimate in American comfort food. 

Coconut Cream
The inspiration for this pure and simple way to enjoy coconut materialized after a feast in a dim sum restaurant.

Oranges with Rosemary Sabayon
A very light whisper of a dessert composed of fresh oranges garnished with a Sauvignon Blanc 
sabayon infused with a hint of rosemary syrup.

Almond Toffee Semifreddo
Almonds and toffee co-conspire in this half-frozen mousse.

Lime & Ginger Posset
A lighter interpretation of an old English recipe from the Middle Ages.

Coffee Panna Cotta
Add a good dose of coffee to Brown Sugar Panna Cotta for a doubly satisfying creamy dessert.

Yogurt Mousse with Grapefruit Gelée
Tart grapefruit and creamy yogurt mousse layered for a refreshing finale.

Maple Custard
A sleek and silky custard showcases the luxurious flavor of the Northeast where the production of 
maple syrup dates back centuries and is believed to have been initiated by Native Americans.


Apricot Galette
A free-form flaky pastry is one of the most sumptuous ways to enjoy fresh fruit of the season.

Chocolate Nut Tart
Dark chocolate topped with toasted nuts baked in a crumbly tart shell.

Custard Tartlets
These little pastries are reminiscent of Chinese style tarts or the Pastéis de Nata of Portugal.

Butterscotch Cream Tart
The unmistakable Yorkshire blend of brown sugar, butter and vanilla fills a chocolate tart shell 
topped with billows of whipped cream.

Pear Galette with Honey Cream and Blue Cheese
Fresh pears nestle in a buttery flaky pastry and are garnished with honey whipped cream 
and crumbled blue cheese.

Apricot Crumble Tart
A little slice of American blue ribbon county fair.

Banana Almond Frangipane Tart
Browned butter almond frangipane is the perfect partner to celebrate bananas baked to gooey perfection.

Chocolate Frangipane Tart
Frangipane spiced with fragrant cardamom baked in a buttery tart shell and topped with dark chocolate.

Balsamic Strawberry Tart
Strawberries bathed in balsamic syrup are piled into a cream-lined chocolate tart shell.

Lemon Cheese Tart
A flaky buttery pastry encasing a mix of lemon scented ricotta and cream cheese.


Oatmeal Shortbread
Crunchy, crumbly Scottish shortbread packed with oat flavor and sweetened with 
oatmeal’s famous lover, brown sugar.

Chocolate Walnut Financiers
Browned butter, vanilla, toasted walnuts and cocoa make this an exquisite 
melt-in-your-mouth twist on the classic French financier.

Sesame Tiles
An ultra-thin brittle cookie starring sesame seeds in perfect communion with butter and honey.
Apricot Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Slices
This glorified bar cookie is a distant cousin of America’s beloved chocolate chip cookie.

Aromatic Seed Cookies
Surprisingly addictive, this cookie is a subtle composition of almonds, fennel and sesame seeds.

Amadeus Cookies
Filled with a paste made from pistachios and almonds and dipped in chocolate, these gems 
are a riff on the Amadeus cookie created at Demel’s pastry shop in Vienna.

Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella Sandwich Cookies
Chocolate cookies studded with hazelnuts and embellished with rich hazelnut chocolate spread.

Orange & Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
Orange zest and chocolate dress up the bakery favorite of coconut lovers everywhere.

Oatmeal Chocolate Date Bars
Medjool dates are one of the world’s oldest gifts of nature, going back to 5th century Egypt. 
They travel very comfortably with both oatmeal and chopped chocolate in this wonderfully indulgent bar cookie.

Spicy Peanut Butter Cookies
The old-fashioned peanut butter cookie takes a detour with a pinch of cayenne, chile powder, coriander 
and lemon zest.

Chocolate Olive Oil Madeleines
Classic French shell-shaped teacakes made modern with cocoa, olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

Hungarian Shortbread
A thin layer of fresh peach jam sandwiched between layers of crumbly buttery shortbread.

Raspberry Linzer Slices
The classic Austrian Linzer sandwich cookie transformed into sliced ribbons.

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies
Crispy, crumbly, nutty, buttery with a note of caramel, this combination of ingredients hits all the right notes.

These cookies conjure up all the jeweled beauty of their namesake city, Florence. 

Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies
A heady mix of Indian Garam Masala spices finds a great destination in this chocolate cookie.

Pistachio Almond Crumbles
Pistachios originated in the Middle East, are beloved in Italy and now grown in California.  
This cookie is a crumbly mix of ground pistachios and almonds dusted with powdered sugar.

Coconut Ginger Cookies
Minced crystallized ginger spice up a crisp, buttery coconut cookie.

Lemon Madeleines
Classic French teacakes infused with lemon.

Spice Route Cookies
A complex combination of intoxicating aromas and flavors from all over the map 
translates into an irresistible worldly cookie.

Plain Jane Cookies
The simplest of vanilla butter cookies.

Poppy Seed Rugelach
Traditional Jewish rolled cookie filled with a vibrant mixture of poppy seeds, almonds, orange zest and vanilla.


Pistachio Gelato
The quintessential Italian homage to pistachios.

Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Caramel Ice Cream
Chocolate and hazelnuts form the supremely happy Italian marriage known as gianduia.  
This ice cream expands the liaison with a splash of coffee and caramel. 

Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche Ice Cream with Balsamic Syrup
Brown sugar sweetens crème fraîche ice cream, contrasting beautifully 
with the sweet/tart acidity of balsamic syrup.

Honey Nougat Ice Cream Provençal
Based on the nougat of Provence, honey is the dominant flavor with back notes 
of orange and lavender and bites of almonds and pistachio.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
An American pantry staple is paired with its soul mate, chocolate.

Earl Grey Ice Cream
A gorgeous tea named after a 19th century British prime minister, this perfect brew 
makes an equally soul soothing cup of ice cream.

Piloncillo Ice Cream with Spicy Pecans
Mexican sugar is the star that produces a flavor that is part caramel and part toffee with a slight hint of butterscotch.  Garnished with pecans bathed in a brown sugar glaze spiced with cinnamon, chile and chipotle powders.

Caribbean Sorbet
The perfume of mango, pineapple, coconut milk, rum and lime ripen beautifully in a refreshing tropical sorbet.

Guinness Stout Ice Cream with Oat Crumble
Irish beer adds a rich depth to this ice cream garnished with oat cookie crumbles.

Zabaglione Ice Cream with Coffee Granita
If tiramisù had a way to jump into the world of ice cream, this is how it might travel.

Turkish Coffee Ice Cream
Coffee ice cream unpacks from a journey to the Middle East bearing gifts.  This is a blend 
of cream steeped with aromatic coffee beans, cardamom pods and orange zest.

Lime Ice Cream with Ginger Crumble
Found predominantly in the foods and flavors of Mexico, Viet Nam and Thailand, lime packs an excellent 
pucker in a cool and refreshing ice cream.  Ginger cookie crumbles add texture and spice.

Ice Cream Catalan
A lazy stroll down La Rambla in Spain is the backdrop for this riff on Leche Merengada
harmonizing lemon and cinnamon with a splash of Amontillado sherry.

Five Spice Ice Cream with Cherries
The five spices of Asian cuisine infuse ice cream paired with fresh cherry compote.


Pear & Ginger Scones
Fresh pear and crystallized ginger introduce some adventure to the classic British scone.

Blackberry Cobbler
A dessert from the early British American colonies evolved into fresh fruit baked to 
warm perfection topped with a tender biscuit.

Plum Kifli
Eastern European crescent-shaped flaky pastry filled with sweet tart plum jam.

Three Spice Russian Braid
Beautifully braided yeast bread filled with sugar emboldened with the welcome trio 
of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

Roasted Grapes with Yogurt Cream
Bright red jewels roasted with a touch of cinnamon sugar and a splash of olive oil are
 garnished with a blend of yogurt, honey vanilla-scented whipped cream.

Vanilla Custard in Phyllo
This phyllo pastry found in Greek bakeries is filled with vanilla pastry cream 
and dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Empanadas
popular pumpkin turnover found at Mexican panaderías.

Figs in Port Syrup
Originating in the Old World of ancient Arabia and Mesopotamia and introduced to the New World by the Spanish, figs symbolize abundance.  Simmered in port and spices, these figs are a plate of plenty.

Almond Orange Baklava Rolls with Yogurt Cream
Lighter, less sweet and crisp baklava rolls with a dip of yogurt cream.

An ancient fruit, quince are a staple in savory Moroccan tagines, North African and Middle Eastern stews, 
Hindu chutneys, Chinese teas and the main ingredient in this sweet rosy Spanish paste.

Hazelnut Pithiviers
Mini pastries that emulate the Galette des Rois sold at holiday time.

Fruit Compotes
Fresh fruit gently simmered into luscious compotes to accompany cakes, ice cream, biscuits, scones or plain yogurt.
      Honey Vanilla Apricots
    Balsamic Cherries
    Blueberries with Star Anise
    Pears in Honey Lemon Syrup
    Vanilla Rosemary Plums

Homemade Nutella
The world has gone mad for Nutella ever since it was introduced to a broader market 
in the early 1960s.  This is a simple version you can make at home.  

Appendix: Gluten-Free Recipes
The following recipes contain ingredients that are generally considered to be gluten-free.  However, do take precautionary steps to verify that the particular brands of ingredients you purchase are gluten-free.
Almond Toffee Semifreddo
Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche Ice Cream with Balsamic Syrup
Brown Sugar Panna Cotta with Five-Spice Figs
Caribbean Sorbet
Chocolate Ice Cream with Hazelnut Coffee Caramel
Coconut Cream
Coffee Panna Cotta
Earl Grey Ice Cream
Figs in Port Syrup
Five-Spice Ice Cream with Cherries
Fruit Compotes
Homemade Nutella
Honey Nougat Ice Cream Provençal
Ice Cream Catalan
Lime Ginger Posset
Maple Custard
Orange with Rosemary Sabayon
Panna Cotta with Red Wine Granita
Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
Piloncillo Ice Cream with Spicy Pecans
Roasted Grapes with Yogurt Honey Cream
Torta Caprese
Turkish Coffee Ice Cream
Yogurt Mousse with Grapefruit Gelée
Zabaglione Ice Cream with Coffee Granita

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