Jill O’Connor

  • New York, New York Super Crumb Cake New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

    New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

New York, New York Super Crumb Cake

  It may have been seeing the Cake Boss waxing poetic about the huge palmfuls of crumbs on the crumb cake at Carlo’s Bakery on the Food Network, but one Sunday night I was suddenly seized with the feeling that I must make crumb cake. I had never eaten it before, but I imagined it to be warm, moist, with a hint of cinnamon, and perfect alongside a steaming mug of coffee. Comfort food at its sweetest.Fortunately for me, I had recently purchased Jill O’Connor’s “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids” just because I am so utterly besotted with O’Connor’s earlier tome “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.” (Jill, if you are out there, can we be friends?) And sure enough, my latest cookbook addition included O’Connor’s take on crumb cake, which became popular in New York with the arrival of German and Dutch immigrants in the 1800s. You can find […]

  • Walnut torte with dark rum syrup Walnut torte with dark rum syrup

    Walnut torte with dark rum syrup

Walnut torte with dark rum syrup

  This torte is not for the faint of heart. It is dense, it is sticky, it is syrupy sweet. The recipe for this walnut torte comes from Jill O’Connor’s “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey.” I’ve referred to this book time and time again (Re: Bahama Mama Banana Rum cake; Sticky Toffee Pudding; Cheesecake pops) and this won’t be the last time either. I made this cake for my mother’s birthday this year, as she had pointed it out in the book as something she’d like to eat.   O’Connor says this cake reminds her of her favourite Greek desserts as it is sticky with syrup and full of nuts. Indeed, a bite of this cake reminded me of my favourite Greek honey cookies (melamakarona) but also of the dense honey cake that was served to us as part of our breakfast every morning in Santorini on our honeymoon. Cake served […]

  • Bahama Mama Banana Rum Cake Bahama Mama Banana Rum Cake

    Bahama Mama Banana Rum Cake

Bahama Mama Banana Rum Cake

  Ever since my trip to Bahamas this fall, I have been resenting the fact that I had to rush out of the airport without buying a box of the famous Bahamian rum cake.So I had my eye on this recipe in Jill O’Connor’s “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey” for several weeks after buying the book. Of course, I didn’t realize the night I made this cake would forever be seared into my brain as the night of the “Carbon Monoxide Drama.” I had just pulled it out of the oven, and settled in to watch a movie with my sister when the carbon monoxide detector went off, alerting me to call 911 immediately. Sure enough, dispatch put me through to the fire department immediately, and warned me to leave my house. Within minutes, a fire truck with flashing lights pulled up to my street, a dashing firefighter leaped over a […]

  • Sticky toffee pudding Sticky toffee pudding

    Sticky toffee pudding

Sticky toffee pudding

  I’m sure the protests will roll in, but I’m a much bigger fan of British puddings than Italian desserts. Despite the innate passion of the Italian people, there is something much more indulgent about a good old warm English pudding, dripping with cream, loads of moist cake.As they are in everyday life, English desserts are straightforward – what you see is what you get. And so when I was writing my Christmas menu, I didn’t realize until later that I planned to make not one but two English desserts: cherry chocolate trifle, and sticky toffee pudding.My parents beseeched me: Please make something light for dessert. They’re keen to keep their cholesterol and weight down. But I told them I had been waiting to make sticky toffee pudding all year. Because it’s that kind of dessert – rich, multi-layered, dense, interesting depth of flavour, that you crave on Christmas Day. […]

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  • Festive cheesecake pops Festive cheesecake pops

    Festive cheesecake pops

Festive cheesecake pops

  These were my contribution to the holiday potluck at my workplace and they were well-received. As one of my co-workers put it, anything on a stick is good. Indeed.I flagged this recipe for cheesecake pops just about as soon as I cracked open the cookbook “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey,” by Jill O’Connor. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, this book is just dreamy. It makes me want to want to roll around in flour and dark brown sugar until I finish every single recipe in the book. Recipe adapted from “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey”Ingredients: 5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature2 cups sugar¼ cup all-purpose flour¼ teaspoon salt5 large eggs2 egg yolks2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract¼ cup heavy creamBoiling water as needed8-inch lollipop sticks1 pound chocolate, finely chopped – you can use all one kind or half and half of dark, milk, or white (Alternately, […]

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