King Arthur Baking Co. 2021 (I used the weight measurements) Oven 350°, 9″ spring form pan



2 C (240 g) Unbleached all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

8 TB (113g) unsalted butter softened

1 C (198 g) sugar

2 large eggs room temp.

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp Fiori di Sicilia (orange extract)

3/4 C (170g) sour cream


2 quarts (2 lbs) fresh whole strawberries, washed, hulled

2 C (454g) heavy whipping cream

1 C (198g) sugar, divided

1 tsp instant clear jel (gelatin)

1 1/2C (341g) mascarpone cheese

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp orange oil or 1 TB grated orange zest

2 TB (57g) orange liqueur


• whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt

•Large mixing bowl:

beat butter & sugar until light & fluffy.

Add eggs, vanilla, Fiori di Sicilia

add in the dry ingredients, alternating with sour cream, mix until just combined

• spread batter in prepared 9″ spring pan, leveling top. Bake 40-45 Min.

Remove from oven cool 10 min. run a thin blade along edge of cake to free it from sides, release spring form, remove cake to cool.


•Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.

•Mix together 1/3 C sugar and Clear Jel, then add to cream.

•Beat until stiff peaks form.

•Remove 1 1/2C of whipped cream and set aside to decorate top of cake.

• In separate bowl beat mascarpone with remaining sugar, vanilla, orange oil liqueur. Fold in whipped cream into cheese mixture.


• serrated knife, split cake layer in half horizontally. Remove top half & set aside.

•Replace side of spring form pan.

•Slice strawberries in half length wise, place cut side against side of pan.

•Fill center with whole strawberries , trim tops so shorter than rim of pan.

•Spread filling over berries, tap pan down on counter to fill any gaps.

•Replace top of cake, use reserved whipping cream to top cake. Decorate with more strawberries. Chill cake. remove springform side ring.



WSJ 5/27/2017.  Italian frozen chocolate mousse. QED.  Svgs 8.  Takes 4 hours to freeze.


½ C sugar

3 large eggs

2 egg yolks

2 C heavy cream

8 ounces semisweet (63% cacao or higher), melted, warm but not hot.

¾ C toasted, coarsely chopped almonds


  • line 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap
  • A. MELTED CHOCOLATE  melt 8 oz chocolate in double boiler, remove from double boiler, set aside.
  •  B. EGG MIXTURE In double boiler over simmering water, whisk: eggs & sugar & pinch of salt until pale & frothy ~ 4 minutes. Remove from heat (I transferred to large bowl).
  • C. CREAM MIXTURE In a bowl, Beat 2 C cream (with whisk attachment) to soft peaks. Set aside 2/3 C of whipped cream for serving – keep chilled in refrigerator until needed when serving.
  • Fold A Chocolate  into B Egg mixture with rubber spatula.                                                                                       Quickly but gently fold in C whipped cream to A&B mixture.
  • Add ¾C toasted almonds to chocolate mixture. Transfer to loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Cover & freeze 4 hours.
  • Slice & serve with dollop of whipped cream

Chocolate Mousse

July 14, 2015

WSJ 2015

  • 12 oz semisweet chopped chocolate
  • ¾ C water
  • 2 Tb instant espresso coffee granules
  • pinch salt
  • 4 egg yolks (can add 2 whites- optional for lighter mousse)
  • 1 C heavy whipped cream
  • 2 TB liquor (Cognac/bourbon or Kahlua)
  1. Double boiler over simmering water: melt chocolate, water, coffee powder & salt. Stir until just melted.
  2. Remove top pot from heat, beat in yolks, one at a time, let cool completely.
  3. Whip cream to soft peaks then add 2 T liquor.
  4. Fold whipped cream into chocolate [if wanted, add 2 whipped egg whites to chocolate  – after folding in whipped cream].
  5. Transfer chocolate mousse into ramekins or other individual serving cups/glasses.(maybe top with flak salt and or fruit and whipped cream)

WSJ  April 2012. Serves 4. Bake 350° 9 inch pie plate.

Like a meringue pie with out the crust or meringue topping.

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 Meyer lemons – juice & zest

Simmer 2 inches water in bottom of double boiler. Reduce heat to low.  Whisk 6 egg yolks in top of boiler until foamy. Keep whisking, add sugar then lemon juice & zest, whisk  until thickened (about 10 minutes). remove from heat.

  • 3 egg whites, beat until just stiff (hold shape but not dry)

Fold egg whites into cooled lemony mixture.Pour into 9 inch pie plate.

Bake until custard is set, pale gold and puffed – about 15 minutes. Serve warm, within 10 min.

Johan’s Chocolate Cake

March 28, 2012

From Astrid’s cousin Johan 1980s. Served a bit gooey in the middle. Bake at 400°

15-20 min. Grease and dust with flour a 2 qt spring cake pan.

  • 8 oz semi sweet chocolate (~ 58% chocolate)*** ( I used Scharffen Berger 62% Cacao  – delicious.)
  • 2 sticks (8oz) unsalted butter

Melt butter and chocolate over low heat, let cool.

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 C sugar

Whip sugar and eggs until fluffy. Mix chocolate into egg mixture.

  • 1 C Sifted all purpose flour (4 oz/115g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • dash salt

Fold in the flour & baking powder into chocolate mixture. Pour into floured spring pan, Bake 15-20 min.Cake should be only 3/4 baked (still runny/wet in the center). Serve warm with cold whipped cream.


*** SemiSweet Chocolate  Substitutions (Vintage recipes semisweet was 50-55% cacao, today semisweet is 53-60% cacao. If use >62% then use 10% less chocolate  to compensate.)

  • 64% chocolate (versus 54-58%) use  10% less chocolate, add 5 g (1.25 tsp) sugar for each ounce/28 g or 1 ounce of chocolate in original recipe.
  • 66% chocolate: use 25% less chocolate, add 1.5 tsp/6g sugar per ounce chocolate in original recipe.
  • 70% chocolate: use 33% less chocolate, add 1.5tsp/6g sugar per ounce chocolate in original recipe.
  • 82% chocolate: use 50% less chocolate, add 2.5tsp/10g sugar AND 0.75tsp/4g butter per ounce chocolate in original recipe.


Let’s start with dessert, why not? And a decadent dessert at that. This is a Tyler Florence recipe from FoodNetwork, “Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie.”

Ingredients bake at 350 (or hotter up to 380), 45 minutes

Pie Pastry (basic but with a twist: add ground pecans) chill 30 minutes

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C ground pecans
  • 1 T sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
  • 2 TB ice water (plus more if needed)


  • 1/4 Cup (1/2) stick unsalted butter
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 TB bourbon (Maker’s Mark used)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups pecan halves/pieces.


Pastry: Combine dry ingredients: flour,pecans,sugar,salt – then add the butter, mix with hands or pastry blender until mixture is like crumbs. Add ice water, work to bind the dough until it holds together but not too wet or sticky. Squeeze together, if too crumbly add more ice water, 1 TB at atime. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll out dough into 12 ” circle. Lay in a 9″ pan. Press dough into pan so it fits tight, trim excess around rim.Place pie pan on cookie sheet.

Filling: Melt butter & Chocolate in saucepan on med-low, remove from heat and let cool. Beat eggs until frothym then add sugar. Stir in syrup, vanilla, bourbon,salt and then the chocolate/butter mixture.

Arrange pecans on bottom of pie crust, pour egg mixture over. Bake until filling is set and puffed, about 45 minutes (or longer) Test for doneness – stick in thin knife, if pretty clean, it’s done.