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Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle And A Giveaway!

Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

I’m in Atlanta for the next few days and very excited to be meeting a whole bunch of bloggers and foodies I only know via the screen. I’ve left early to prepare a workshop and also to take time to visit with friends there and put my brain cells to rest a bit. I was off to a good start by catching up with my blogging pal Chris around a delicious bowl of Thai noodles as soon as I landed. Sweet long weekend indeed.

It’s funny but without being a homebody, I am extremely happy in the "here and now" and very comfortable where my derriere was on the couch last night. Meaning, I wish it all could happen closer to me so B. could attend too. Although not surprised, I am very grateful for his mending the fort while I am away for work and he’s stuck here with two crazy dogs and a pile of papers to grade. I’ve left a fridge full of home cooked meals and a tray of these Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifles.

Everytime I set out to leave things for him in the kitchen, you can bet that I never forget to leave dessert. This time, I went straight to the source and asked what he most wanted to have. "Something retro like a trifle or strawberry shortcakes."For the occasion, I wanted to try something different and figured it was high time I picked something from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Heavenly Cakes. I used her recipe for Pinch Cake and layered it with lemon curd mousse and fresh strawberries. They’re in season in Florida which is just a skip and a hop from us (and tasty).

Strawberries And Lemons

I was attracted to this particular cake recipe for two reasons, how easy it was to convert as it contained very little flour and also because I loved the story behind the name, Pinch Cake. Paraphrasing Mrs. Beranbaum: in Spain, the cake is originally known as pinch bread and the name is partially derived from the way of eating it: by pinching out pieces between your fingers. Mrs. Beranbaum calls this version Salt because it was created in 1985 by Miquel B. Costabella, pastry chef of Salt Bakery, named after the village of Salt, close to Girona, Spain. History, baking. Happy.

But wait! While I am away rolling in sugar in Atlanta, here is a chance for you to bake it at home too: I am giving away one copy of Heavenly Cakes.

All you have to do is leave a comment (one per person) here between today and Sunday January 17th (midnight Eastern time) when the winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open world wide. Why not tell me what your favorite retro dessert is while you’re at it? Would love to know!

Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

Some updates before I leave: the macarons workshops in L.A are both sold out, but I’ve been asked to teach a third class on Food Photography in L.A, Saturday March 6th 2-5pm. Email rachael{AT}lafujimama{DOT}com if you are interested.

I did say I was working on one more surprise: I figured Seattle was so close to L.A not to go visit a couple of dear friends. Well, thanks to the organization skills of Viv from Seattle Bon Vivant, I am now teaching 3 workshops there. Two will be on photography and one on macarons. [Update: all classes SOLD OUT]. Can’t wait to meet Seattle, its wonderful community and thrilled to be staying on Shauna’s couch. After that trip I’ll have two days to get the house ready for 3 weeks with my parents. Phewee…!

Gimme cake…!

Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle

Makes 6 to 8

Catalan Salt Pinch Cake, adapted from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes:

1 cup + 2 tablespoons (112gr) unblanched sliced almonds
3/4 cup plus 2.5 tablespoons (180gr) sugar, divided
6 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoons white rice flour

Preheat the oven to 325F/160C.
Line a quarter sheet pan with a sheet of parchment paper and slightly spray with cooking spray. Reserve.

Toast the almonds on a separate baking sheet until pale golden, about 7 minutes.
Cool completely and pulse the almonds with 2.5 tablespoons sugar until finely ground. Stop before the nuts start to form a paste.
Place the eggs into a 2-cup measure with a spout and whisk them just to break them up.
In a stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium low speed until foamy. Increase the speed and whisk until soft peaks. Gradually beat in the remaining cup of sugar. Continue beating until the meringue is thick and glossy. With the beater off, stir in the almond mixture until evenly incorporated.

Reattach the whisk and with the mixer on medium speed, add the beaten eggs to the meringue, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating for 2 minutes after each addition. It should take a total of 20-25 minutes but be sure to beat for a minimum of 20 minutes. Add the lemon zest.
Sprinkle the flour over the batter and fold until completely incorporated. Pour the batter onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

For the lemon mousse:
grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice
1/4 cup (50gr) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (250 ml)heavy cream

4 cups fresh strawberries

Combine the zest, sugar, juice in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until light. Beat some of the lemon mixture into the eggs to temper. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan and cook stirring constantly until it thickens up, about 5 minutes. Strain and let it cool to room temperature, covered with plastic wrap until ready to use.
In a stand mixer, whip the cream to medium stiff peaks. Incorporate the cooled lemon curd in three additions. Place in a piping bag.

To assemble:
Cut out rounds in the baked caked that will fit inside the glasses that you wish to use. I got enough rounds for 2 layers for six 3-inch wide glasses.
Place one round of cake at the bottom of the glass, position strawberry halves inside facing out on top, pipe some lemon curd in the middle and repeat the layers. Top with some extra whipped cream if desired.

Le P’tit Coin Francais:

Pour le gateau:
112gr amandes emondees
180gr sucre
6 oeufs
2 blancs d’oeuf
1 cuilliere a cafe de zest de citron
80gr farine de riz

Prechauffez le four a 160C.
Mettez une feuille de papier sulfurise sur une petite plaque a biscuit a rebords. Beurrez legerement et mettez de cote.
Faites toaster les amandes sur une autre plaques jusqu’a ce qu’elles deviennent dorees, 7 minutes environ.
Laissez les refroidir completement et reduisez les en poudre dans un mixer avec 2 cuillieres a souple de sucre. Arretez la machine avant que les amandes ne forment une pate.
Mettez les oeufs dans un grand verre mesure et les battre legerement a la fourchette, juste pour les casser.
Montez les blancs en neige en ajoutant le reste de sucre au fur et a mesure afin d’obtenir une meringue ferme. Ajoutez les amandes et melangez.
Ajoutez les oeufs entiers battus, 2 cuilleres a la fois et tout en battant l’appareil pendant 2 minutes apres chaque addition. Le procede devrais prendre environ 20 a 25 minutes (au moins 20). Ajoutez le zest de citron.
Ajoutez la farine en pluie et soulevez a l’aide d’une maryse jusqu’a ce que la pate soit homogene.
Versez la pate sur la plaque preparee et faites cuires 15 a 20 minutes.

Pour la mousse au citron:
le zest d’un citron
125ml de jus de citron
50gr sucre
2 oeufs
250ml de creme entiere liquide

Amenez le zest, sucre et jus de citron a fremissement a feu moyen. Dans un bol de tailled moyenne, fouettez les oeufs pendant 2 minutes. Ajoutez en filet le jus de citron chaud tout en continuant de fouetter. Remettre la mixture dans la casserole et cuire a feu moyen jusqu’a epaississement. Passez a la passoire et laissez refroidir.
Pendant ce temps, montez la creme en chantilly et quand la preparation au citron est refroidie, y melanger la chantilly.

Dans 6 a 8 verres, faites des couches successives de gateaux, mousse au citron et fraises.

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Chris January 14, 2010 um 6:55 am

It was awesome hanging and shopping with you today! It has been tooo long, my friend.

Love the Trifle! You had me at Lemon Mousse. And, seeing the foot on that macaron only fuels my determination to redeem my latest macron disasters. πŸ™‚

Oh – retro dessert? My mom's chocolate pudding ice box cake! Back when I could eat chocolate, it was sooooo good. πŸ™‚ See you Friday!

Banannas January 14, 2010 um 7:03 am

Hmmm…for "retro" desserts, I'd pick the following:

Bananas Foster (US)
Yakgwa (Korea)

It's been awhile since I've had either of these desserts, so perhaps I should get to them soon.

Suzanne January 14, 2010 um 7:16 am

this dessert looks absolutely heavenly!

Sara January 14, 2010 um 7:16 am

I adore peanut butter pudding pie! πŸ™‚

The trifle looks amazing – yum!

Karen Baking Soda January 14, 2010 um 7:23 am

Love the way that looks! A retro desert? My mom always made us caramelized oranges/tangerines for desert, but mind you just on festive occasions like Christmas and birthdays. (served in a glass bowl with a huge sigh of relieve because it *scary* involved caramel!)

Rachael January 14, 2010 um 7:31 am

You're coming to Seattle? Very awesome! I hope I can make it to the macaron workshop!

I have to go ultra classic on the retro dessert front and say the classic malt!

Simply Mel {Reverie} January 14, 2010 um 7:32 am

When ever I think of retro-desserts, I think of coziness – so my mom's banana pudding with vanilla wafers!

Deppified January 14, 2010 um 7:39 am

I don't know if it qualifies, but CHEESECAKE. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of it!

Laura January 14, 2010 um 7:40 am

I'm going to try this recipe without any doubt, I just need some good strawberries!
My favourite retro dessert, mmm… may sounds weird, but it's bread & jam!

Sabrina January 14, 2010 um 7:54 am

How pretty. I love strawberries and cream, but have never made a trifle. For a retro dessert, I would pick a lemon meringue pie. I haven't made one of these since I was in middle school baking with my mom. Might be time to try again.

Kitten January 14, 2010 um 7:55 am

Oh, my! What a gorgeous looking cake. Mmmm. Anyway, my favorite retro dessert? Rice pudding!

Diane Schmidt January 14, 2010 um 8:00 am

Rice pudding

KajOz January 14, 2010 um 8:04 am

When I think of "retro" dessert I think of my grandma… She always served chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Every time I eat it, this reminds me off my childhood!

Monique January 14, 2010 um 8:14 am

Your desserts are divine looking, and as soon as I can make some time and find an occassion, I will be making some of these.

Favourite retro dessert – my sister's biscotti, marscapone tiramisu.

Thanks for the blog…

Suze January 14, 2010 um 8:16 am

Your dessert looks amazing. My favourite retro dessert is chocolate mousse. I have it so rarely and it is a treat for me.

Post Grad Hair Cut January 14, 2010 um 8:27 am

Oh yum! I would love it.

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 8:33 am

Banana Cream pie, with the custardy part made with peanut butter. It's the Elvis of pies!

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 8:38 am

Your photography is delicious! I also think you are brave to use strawberries in January. My favorite retro dessert: butterscotch pudding dressed up with a dollop of whipped cream and cocoa nibs. Heather M

Nina Timm January 14, 2010 um 8:52 am

Enjoy your trip and good luck with the workshop!! I posted about your Vanilla and Cardamom Ice-cream yesterday….wow, what a treat it was!!

Swee San January 14, 2010 um 8:58 am

yum, looks like a le frasier!
hrm, I don't know if it qualifies for retro dessert but i like sticky date pudding with caramel and ice cream and some toasted pecans on top ..

Boriana Kostova January 14, 2010 um 9:10 am

Retro desert, hm, i doubt you'll know about the vladishka pita, my grandmother used to make. It's a bulgarian desert (a cake with walnuts, cinnamon and yougurt – no eggs), often enjoyed in my family which i still make πŸ™‚ I could give the recipe if anyone wants it.

Julia January 14, 2010 um 9:13 am

Mmmmmm, I love strawberry shortcake. This dessert looks heavenly

shaz January 14, 2010 um 9:20 am

Wow, have lots of fun away, looking forward to hearing about it.

I've got The Cake Bible and love it, so an opportunity to win Heavenly Cakes cannot be passed up πŸ™‚

My fav. retro treat is trifle (and no I'm not saying that to suck up).

Ristina January 14, 2010 um 9:25 am

I don't know if this is retro, but I am definitely feeling a coconut cake for this weekend!

breana January 14, 2010 um 9:46 am

i used to and still do love a big bowlful of ice-cold almond jelly with longan.

amanda January 14, 2010 um 9:48 am

oooh this looks so lovely! I would love to make them for my boyfriend… he loves strawberries to death, and they must really shine here.

My retro dessert of the hour is banana cream pie. I really must perfect it!

Coconut and Vanilla January 14, 2010 um 9:53 am

I don't know, if chocolate mousse counts as retro. But it's my favourite classic dessert.
And I love your lemon squeezer! From where do you always get those nice kitchen accessoires? I think it's easier in the States than here in Germany.

edina January 14, 2010 um 9:55 am

I like strawberry shortcake!

edina_tien [at] yahoo [dot] com

Snooky doodle January 14, 2010 um 10:12 am

Yummy this trifle looks incredible and that macaroon is like the cherry on top πŸ™‚

Dominique January 14, 2010 um 10:13 am

Super recette: vivement la saison des fraises! Mon dessert prΓ©fΓ©rΓ©: le riz au lait de mon enfance avec de la "vraie" vanille. Aujourd'hui j'y rajoute du caramel au beurre salΓ©!

French Cooking for Dummies January 14, 2010 um 10:49 am

Your verrines are gorgeous! Strawberry and lemon sound perfect together… Can't wait to try it!

Adi January 14, 2010 um 11:00 am

Baba au rum is one of my favorites. So decadent with whipped cream…

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Sherynn @ myBakez January 14, 2010 um 11:05 am

wow! this looks so great & yummy!!!

Chaitali January 14, 2010 um 11:06 am

My favorite retro dessert would have to chocolate mousse trifle. Its just sponge cake layered with chocolate pudding (made from a box), fresh fruits and tons of whipped cream.

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 11:12 am

Old-fashioned pudding..let me think..german pudding – custardish in taste but more solid with bit of rasberry syrup on top..taste of childhood πŸ™‚

Lovely dessert btw..mmm..I will have to wait until we'll have strawberries here…but I'm sure it's worth waiting.

zarpandit January 14, 2010 um 11:22 am

OMG! amazing giveaway πŸ™‚ my retro dessert cherry pie! yummy and looks so cute πŸ™‚

A cupcake or two January 14, 2010 um 11:34 am

What an absolutely beautiful dessert. That would be perfect for a Ladies lunch or high tea. Its so fresh and summery a perfect treat for the Aussie summer.

masouma January 14, 2010 um 11:44 am

nowdays we have variety of desserts plus world become so small that we can try desserts from diffrent cousines but still best desserts are retro desserts like rice pudding,strawberry short cake,sago desserts from chinese ad malay cousine,

i read this blog today very first time and really impressed by these recipes will defintly try these.
and thanks for sharing such nice and professional recipes(which some people doesnt wan to share with us)one of my friend make very nice desserts but she never share her recipe now i think i will also give her tough competition with help of your recipes thanks once again for sharing

Poires au Chocolat January 14, 2010 um 11:45 am

How about a good slice of banoffee pie? I would say it's retro!

This looks lovely – folding lemon curd into whipped cream is a fabulous idea.

Jessica @ How Sweet January 14, 2010 um 11:46 am

I wish I was close enough to attend!
This dessert is so beautiful!

azna January 14, 2010 um 11:46 am

I love your photos πŸ™‚ Some day I hope to be as good as you…

enchocolatte January 14, 2010 um 12:01 pm

Why I love food bloggs? Because of the amazing, tasteful photos like yours!
Strawberries in the middle of winter – for a while I returned in last summer holidays!
Thank you!

Romy January 14, 2010 um 12:04 pm

I'm not sure what exactly qualifies as a retro-dessert… but my mom used to make us a fabulous pumpkin-grand marnier cheesecake for dessert in fall. Sometimes she'd even let us eat a piece for breakfast the next morning! πŸ™‚

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking January 14, 2010 um 12:09 pm

Beautiful with its little macaron hat!!

My favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding. Or maybe a nice pie . . .

Jenn January 14, 2010 um 12:12 pm

Just found your blog and it's positively heavenly!
My favourite retro dessert is chocolate cream pie on a thick graham crust, loaded with whipped cream.

NecessaryForce January 14, 2010 um 12:19 pm

Oooh, I could go for a big bowl of Thai noodles right now. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy the catching up.
Also, your trifle looks delicious. It's just what I have been dying to make lately.

Stacey January 14, 2010 um 12:27 pm

My fabulous friend in NY just sent me this cookbook for Christmas, all the way to Berlin! ArenΒ΄t friends GREAT??
Favorite retro dessert.. hmm… IΒ΄ll go with ice cream sandwiches!!

Jessica January 14, 2010 um 12:34 pm

I was hoping that the giveaway would be a bite of this dessert! But the cookbook is almost as good!

Honestly, I can't even choose a proper retro dessert to deem as my favorite. I have such a sweet tooth that I won't play favorites!

Mary Corbet January 14, 2010 um 12:43 pm

Retro Dessert? Does it have to be "favorite"? When I think "retro desserts" what comes to mind is "Heavenly Hash" – a dessert that was apparently very popular in the 60's & 70's at bridal and baby showers, according to my mom. Its use of raw eggs probably puts it on the "bad" list today. Haven't had it for years, but I remember liking it as a kid when my mom would make it for summer Sunday dessert. (It's got pineapple in it, and Nilla Wafers, eggs and butter and sugar, and I think plain whipping cream, and that's it…)

Cindy January 14, 2010 um 12:50 pm

oh, i hope you will come to nyc one day. i would take both classes. my favorite retro desert was made by my mom and pretty simple. homemade graham cracker crust. chocolate pudding. whipped cream on top. comfort food. have a wonderful trip!

Phuoc January 14, 2010 um 12:52 pm

Hi Helen,

Your trifle looks absolutely divine. I love taking classic desserts and giving a twist to it. The lemon mousse is something I'd definately would like to try have a go at.

Here in Australia we have this traditional Australian dessert called pavlova. Basically a meringue base served with cream and seasonal fruits. Not long ago I created a "retro" pavlova; it was served as a messy kind of trifle. The meringue was chocolate served with coffee cream and roasted hazelnuts. YUM! I'll send you a photo of it so you know what I'm talking about πŸ˜€

Deanna January 14, 2010 um 12:57 pm

I've had my eye on this book! When I think of the retro desserts from my childhood, my favorites are the rootbeer float, tapioca pudding and apple crisp with oatmeal streusel topping.

The Lady Nomad January 14, 2010 um 1:03 pm

The trifle looks delicious, I can't wait to try making it.

My favorite dessert is angel food cake with lemon sorbet and fresh berries. It reminds me of my favorite restaurant in NYC and going there in the summers when they would have all the windows open. Nice and sunny, and not overpowering at all.

Helene January 14, 2010 um 1:08 pm

Anonymous/Heather and others: strawberries are in season in Florida (starting in December actually) and we are just a skip and a hop from there. They're tasty too.

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 1:08 pm

favorite retro dessert – bananas foster!

KJB January 14, 2010 um 1:13 pm

I enjoy your blog. The photos are always fabulous,

My favourite retro dessert is one that makes me wince, despite how good it is. It is a pineapple dessert, made in a pan. The base has raw egg, which always leaves me a bit concerned. The rest of it is pretty much tinned pineapple, icing sugar, butter, and whipped cream. Taste great, but not light in any sense of the word.

Hope you are enjoying yourself.

Toronto, Canada

Meg January 14, 2010 um 1:13 pm

My favorite retro dessert is definitely oranges with caramel. It was with great glee that I discovered Alice Medrich had included a recipe in her book…
if I can't have that one, I'll take angel food cake with fresh fruit. It's a little less "retro" in the Americana sense, but it always feels like a dessert from the past.
If I can't have that, I'll take the atrociously named "Indian Pudding" that my grandmother used to let me eat for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving.

Mac January 14, 2010 um 1:25 pm

That looks delicious! You are so lucky to live near a place where strawberries are in season.

As for my favorite retro dessert, it's a toss-up between peach cobbler and lemon chess pie.

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 1:29 pm

I'd love to have a copy of the book!

My favorite retro dessert… I'm going to have to go with Banana Pudding. The kind with sliced bananas and Nilla Wafers.

So, so good. So, so bad.

Half Baked January 14, 2010 um 1:33 pm

Beautiful trifle! My favorite reto dessert is probably pineapple upside-down cake…yum:)

Sarah E January 14, 2010 um 1:35 pm

How yummy! I'll have to try this! Loved your truffles as well, by the way.

My favourite retro dessert? Banoffee pie followed by sticky toffee pudding drenched in warm custard!

Erin January 14, 2010 um 1:35 pm

I enjoy the commentary and photos so much on your blog.
This dessert makes me long even more for sunnier weather!
Hmmm… my favorite retro dessert is more a classic dessert – I never tire of a victoria sponge layer cake stuffed with whipped cream & berries of any sort.

stephanie January 14, 2010 um 1:40 pm

That trifle looks AMAZING!! My favorite retro dessert would actually have to be a trifle! When I was younger, I went to one of my first "fancier" dinners at Summit House in Fullerton, CA, and they offered this English Trifle as a complimentary dessert for birthday guests. WOW, I fell head over heals, the rum-soaked genoise, the creamy chantilly cream, the berries and the perfectly toasted almonds. I was in heaven.
Just recently I tried to make one for myself, somewhat mixing all sorts of other recipes to make the kind of trifle I had in my head (that English Trifle from Summit House) and it turned out GREAT! I had to really watch myself, because once I started tasting it, I wanted to take a couple bites every 10 minutes. Hope I'll have the opportunity to make the amazing trifle pictured here!
All the best

Patricia Scarpin January 14, 2010 um 1:40 pm

Helen, I adore the story behind this cake's name – so adorable! I would certainly pinch several times in row, it looks delicious!

LadyWild January 14, 2010 um 1:42 pm

I love orange cake. My grandmother made it all the time when I was young. I never knew it was a retro dessert until recently.

Lex January 14, 2010 um 1:44 pm

Ice Cream Sandwiches, if they count as retro. They just remind me of childhood summertime (the rare treat we'd get from time to time).

InΓ©s Castellano January 14, 2010 um 1:46 pm

Arroz con leche! (ΒΏIs it the same as rice pudding?) Thats my retro dessert! πŸ™‚

Erin January 14, 2010 um 1:49 pm

i love your blog, it is so beautiful! my favorite 'retro' dessert is one that my grandma makes (maybe invented?) and calls cherry cha-cha layers of graham cracker crust, cherry pie filling mixed with cool whip, mini marshmallows mixed with cool whip, nuts…sounds so un-natural, but is oh so good!

NikiTheo January 14, 2010 um 1:50 pm

I hope you have a good time in Atlanta! I've been hearing such great things about her cookbooks, I'd love a chance to win it!

Amicus Cupcake January 14, 2010 um 1:54 pm

I'm not really sure I have a favorite retro dessert, unless of course fondue counts…

ailouron January 14, 2010 um 1:55 pm

Do angel food cakes count as retro? They're so classic, and so easy, and pretty much the most delicious thing with any kind of fruit. I use my grandmother's pan to make them, so maybe that makes them retro.

Rebecca January 14, 2010 um 2:10 pm

Looks delish! My favorite retro desert is bananas foster yum!

Debbie January 14, 2010 um 2:14 pm

Retro dessert—hmmmmmm. This morning a chocolate malted sounds good along with a chocolate covered coconut macaroon from the Helm's Bakery in Los Angeles. Sadly, it doesn't exist anymore….

Pat in Oak Ridge January 14, 2010 um 2:17 pm

There are so many fav desserts, but I love peach pie the best!

breckster January 14, 2010 um 2:18 pm

Banana Cake. A thin thin slice, with the frosting like grandma made.

Craig January 14, 2010 um 2:21 pm

I wish you could do a workshop in Boston. I would definitely attend.

Favorite retro dessert is Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. I'd love to see your take on it.

Da Bee's Knees January 14, 2010 um 2:21 pm

Ooh… that looks divine!

My favorite retro dessert: Pineapple Upside Down Cake


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Joni January 14, 2010 um 2:21 pm

Not sure if it counts as retro, but one of my favorite desserts is tiramisu.

Katie January 14, 2010 um 2:21 pm

Oh, it seems like it will be forever until strawberries will be in season here.

My favorite retro dessert is a really good chocolate mousse. There are so many so-so versions out there, but the great ones are fabulous.

J.Y.C. January 14, 2010 um 2:22 pm

I love the jaunty macaron beret!

I think my favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding… Mmmmm!

Hillary and Jonathan January 14, 2010 um 2:24 pm

Hmmm… my Grandma and I used to make wonderful sugar cookies together, so I guess that'd be my favorite "retro" dessert. She recently sent me the book the recipe's in and they spell it "cooky" throughout… it's precious!

Erin January 14, 2010 um 2:25 pm

Your dessert really does look divine. It's distracted me so I can't seem to think of a retro dessert. Maybe purple yam in sweet cream that my filipino MIL makes.

Anne January 14, 2010 um 2:26 pm

Retro dessert? Does Jello count?

oneordinaryday January 14, 2010 um 2:26 pm

How fun to get to meet up with those lovely folks you know through other blogs. I'd love to do that too!

This little dessert looks lovely, and this is a great giveaway.

Lucky Seattle! Come to PA! LOL


Lee Anne January 14, 2010 um 2:28 pm

Oh, lovely!

I will always love banana pudding, but then again I am from the South.

Laura January 14, 2010 um 2:31 pm

I love Rose, and if I win the book it will add to the collection of her books I happily own.

Is Tiramisu' considered retro? If so, that would be my pick.

Have a great time!

Kira January 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Definitely have to go with my grandmother's blueberry kuchen – mmmmm!

Mary January 14, 2010 um 2:35 pm

Your dessert looks amazing! I'll have to wait about 6 more months for good strawberries, so bookmarking now. I keep hearing about this cake from Heavenly Cakes, so I really need to get my hands on this book! I have her Cake Bible and love it.

My favourite retro dessert:

Apple pie is the hands-down winner. My mother makes a great one and so do I. Mmmm!

The Atheist Cartographer January 14, 2010 um 2:37 pm

I'm going with a completely classic retro: icebox cake.

Jan January 14, 2010 um 2:37 pm

YUM! I can't wait to make this one! thanks so much for recipe.

My favorite retro desert is chocolate pudding.

ValΓ©rie January 14, 2010 um 2:41 pm

Thanks for that interesitng tidbit about the story behind the Pinch Cake. I love that! And your trifle looks so delicate and refreshing!

I'm actually not sure what qualifies as a "retro" dessert, since everything old is becoming new again… But I'd say one of my childhood favourites is crΓ¨me au chocolat.

Naomi Alice January 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

Oh my, strawberries my absolute godlynessdelicius fruit. This recipe looks fantastic, with somewhat of heavenly soft and creamy and mmmm so yummy!!
Very similar to one of my favorite deserts in Italian"la nuola". I'll have to post it one of this days.
But as retro dessert I have to go with the simple apple cake my mom used to make when little.. Very different recipe but so simple πŸ™‚
thank's for the chance πŸ™‚

Katrina January 14, 2010 um 2:43 pm

I'm a little jealous about the strawberries! πŸ˜‰
My favorite retro dessert is an ice cream sundae, but now I'm in to making my own ice cream!

ephrat January 14, 2010 um 2:44 pm

I'm not sure I could name any retro desserts other than chocolate mousse, so that will have to be my fav. You really can't go wrong with silky, rich chocolate mousse anyway!

Faye January 14, 2010 um 2:50 pm

Is strawberry shortcake retro? That's my favorite dessert!

maureenC January 14, 2010 um 2:52 pm

My retro favourite dessert has to be the classic Pound Cake. This is one cake that I have made countless times.

Kim January 14, 2010 um 2:58 pm

This looks phenomenal! I'm partial to strawberry shortcake or chocolate strawberry cream puffs.

I just bought Rose's Pie and Pastry Bible and love it! Rose's Heavenly Cakes is on my wish list and hope it's just as good.

Rebecca D. Martin January 14, 2010 um 2:59 pm

I don't know about retro, but my most recent favorite dessert is shortbread cookie bars with chocolate chips.

β™₯peachkinsβ™₯ January 14, 2010 um 3:00 pm

I want this…

Maggie January 14, 2010 um 3:01 pm

I'd so love this book. I'm in love with homemade puddings lately. Caramel, vanilla, whatever… Thanks!

Danielle January 14, 2010 um 3:07 pm

Hi! I'm kinda new to your blog, and I love it!

A retro dessert, eh? How about a classic key lime pie?! Yum!

Mary Poppins in Heels January 14, 2010 um 3:07 pm

What a fabulous give away! And the dessert looks incredible.

I think my favorite retro dessert is pudding cake. Reminds me of my childhood.

Erica January 14, 2010 um 3:10 pm

My favorite retro dessert = Jello with whipped cream!

Maria January 14, 2010 um 3:10 pm

Heavenly indeed! I don't know if this is retro but I love a good brownie sundae with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Wendy January 14, 2010 um 3:11 pm

I agree with Chris, love lemon mousse and can't wait to try this recipe. When I think 'retro' I think of my mom and her friends. They weren't necessarily gourmands, but they made fun things for their kids. One of my favorites was an ice cream sandwich dish/dessert. Layer the bottom of a baking dish with ice cream sandwiches for the bottom layer, crush heath bar and mix with cool whip and layer on top of sandwiches – then put in the freezer. Garnish with more of the topping when it comes out.

Simple, but yummy for kids!

Looking forward to your class on Sunday!

Jellenp January 14, 2010 um 3:16 pm

Drool. Consider me entered.

Kiersten Johnson January 14, 2010 um 3:19 pm

My mother makes a delicious triffle every year. I absolutely love it!

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 3:28 pm

Thanks for the giveaway… hoping I'll b picked! Retro would have to be the chocolate yodel! Yum!!! It was certainly a hot seller in NJ restaurant where I was the pastry chef.
Best wishes,
LeeYong [email protected]

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 3:32 pm

Looks lovely and thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

My favorite retro dessert would have to be either the classic poundcake or lemon cheesecake! YUM!

rudie2shoes January 14, 2010 um 3:32 pm

Hrm, not sure what a retro dessert is but I do love a classic strawberry shortcake!

Yolanda January 14, 2010 um 3:35 pm

I'm very jealous about the strawberries — so pretty! My favorite retro dessert: strawberry shortcake.

Lindsay C January 14, 2010 um 3:38 pm

This recipe looks lovely and pictures are beautiful as always! My favorite "retro" dessert would probably be pretzel salad (pretzels, butter, sugar, cool whip, cream cheese, fruit and jello…what could be better?). 2nd would definitely be strawberry shortcakes with the store bought cake cups. Good luck with all of your upcoming trips!

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 3:41 pm

This trifle looks amazing. My favourite retro dessert would have to be pecan pie…. YUM

Bobbie from Canada

VertAnge January 14, 2010 um 3:41 pm

This looks amazing!
My favorite desert is vanilla pudding…but I don't know if it's retro or not:)

Megan January 14, 2010 um 3:46 pm

I cant believe I'm smack dab in between LA and Seattle. How I would have LOVED to attend one of the workshops. Dont suppose you have a lay-over in little ol' Redding, CA. do you? I'll buy lunch!
No? Didn't think so.
My favorite retro dessert would be chocolate cream pie. I remember my dad use to buy the frozen ones when I was a kid and I loved them. I shudder at the thought now. LOL

CharlotteJeanT January 14, 2010 um 3:47 pm

This looks incredible. My mouth is watering! My most favorite thing to have for a retro dessert is a chocolate fondue party. You can't go wrong. That, or checkerboard cake.

Micaela January 14, 2010 um 3:52 pm

I love a good, old-fashioned pound cake.

Melita January 14, 2010 um 3:52 pm

When I think of a "retro" dessert, I think of an ice cream sundae!

kate January 14, 2010 um 3:53 pm

Love bananas foster! This dessert looks amazing. Thanks!

WSAKE January 14, 2010 um 3:58 pm

bavarian cream is my favorite, but i think it`s almost historic and not exactly retro…

JDDavis January 14, 2010 um 4:01 pm

Ok, this is my first time posting a comment, but I have been following your blog for roughly a year now. It has really been inspiring reading about the creative desserts you invent and modify. While I do not have a favorite dessert, let alone a favorite retro dessert, my Dad does. He loves banana pudding. And the way he tries to hint us into making it for him? He buys bananas, Nilla wafers, and pudding, then hopes we catch on. Does not work, but he still tries. Have fun in the crazy city of Atlanta!

Evelyn January 14, 2010 um 4:05 pm

This is completely gorgeous. New to your blog, but can't wait to keep reading!

My favorite retro dessert…it's hard to choose! When I think 'retro', my mind goes to the classics. I love chocolate chip cookies, angel food cake and my grandpa's strawberry pie an awful lot, but I'm never opposed to a macaron, hand-dipped ice cream or a cherry pie either!

Thao Phan January 14, 2010 um 4:06 pm

That just looks yummy!!!!!

I don't know what retro desserts are…

Melissa January 14, 2010 um 4:08 pm

I don't know if it counts as "retro", but I've had strawberry shortcake on my birthday for as long as I can remember. It's still my favorite!

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 4:10 pm

I think strawberries and cream is absolutely to die for! Don't know if it is retro but boy oh boy, it is good!

Jeanne January 14, 2010 um 4:11 pm

That trifle looks divine! My favorite retro dessert is strawberry shortcake.

Lynn @LynnATL January 14, 2010 um 4:20 pm

Your Pinch Cake Lemon Mousse Strawberry Trifle looks amazing. I was given a jar of lemon curd over the holidays – so I plan to try the recipe. My favorite retro dessert is creme brulee (if dining out) and angel food cake with fresh berries (at home). Looking forward to #SugarComa. Best, Lynn

Cindy January 14, 2010 um 4:22 pm

Atlanta is one of my favorite cities. I lived there for 3 years. Hope you enjoy your visit.
My favorite retro dessert is one my mother use to make, it's tapioca pudding with whip cream folded into it.

lumplings January 14, 2010 um 4:24 pm

I don't think this is a retro dessert but I LOOOOVVEE Creme Brulee πŸ™‚
We need more details on your trip to Seattle! I live in Canada, but Seattle isn't that far away!

Emma January 14, 2010 um 4:25 pm

The trifle looks delicious!

Laura January 14, 2010 um 4:27 pm

Favorite retro dessert? Tapioca pudding!
BTW, could you substitute potato starch for the rice flour in this recipe?

Carolina January 14, 2010 um 4:28 pm

I love to cook, but I am not much of a dessert-maker. I am invariably inspired by your desserts to try to be better, they are gorgeous. We made macarons for New Year this year, they, umm… need some practice.
Is butterscotch pudding retro?

Kari January 14, 2010 um 4:28 pm

I just learned how to make macaroons in culinary school and I fell in-love with them! Made me think of you! Now if only you could come to chicago so I could take your classes!
My favorite retro dessert has to be creme brulee, its a classic!

Mimi January 14, 2010 um 4:35 pm

Im pretty sure San Diego is much closer to LA than Seattle, you are going in the wrong direction!
Banana pudding with Nilla wafers is my favorite retro dessert.

holly | bijou lovely January 14, 2010 um 4:36 pm

The trifle looks delicious!

My favorite retro dessert would be something my mom made, buttery walnut crust, chocolate pudding in the center, and cream cheese and whipped cream on top. SO good!

Heather Sabra January 14, 2010 um 4:42 pm

That trifle looks mouthwatering.
My favorite retro dessert is bread pudding.

Elissa January 14, 2010 um 4:43 pm

Hm, don't have a favorite retro desert because my parents were macrobiotic in my formative years(and I squarely blame them for not reaching my full vertical potential :)). I am sure making up for it now with baking!

Avory January 14, 2010 um 4:45 pm

Admittedly, at 24, I am not all that retro, but I do love egg creams πŸ˜€

Britney January 14, 2010 um 4:46 pm

I wonder how the Sugar Tour escaped my notice… wish I had heard of it before now. Ah well, perhaps I'll just live vicariously through your blog/updates…and by eating your recipes! This one looks light, yet satisfying. Fave retro dessert: Bananas Foster, just the way grandpa used to make it.

Karine January 14, 2010 um 4:48 pm

Yummy, another great recipe. Thank you Helene.

In my family, retro desserts are a staple. One of them is meringue bomb. It is a mix of fresh black dates (pealed of course) with tons of French whipped cream and broken meringue chunks. Very light in texture. Super tasty, but calorie rich. This dessert feels very 80ies to me.

By the way, I loved the tarte des rois recipe you posted. I am making it this week-end.
In my family it was a β€œgateau des rois” they used to bake with a coin and hard bean hidden in it. Of course the one who got the coin was crowned king of the year and the unlucky one who got the bean… well… better luck next time. Hehehe

Hope to win this amazing book. πŸ™‚

Sibora January 14, 2010 um 4:50 pm

oh, macaroons!

N2 January 14, 2010 um 4:52 pm

Beautiful pix, as usual!
My favorite retro dessert has to be Black Bottom Pie.

Melissa Calvin January 14, 2010 um 4:55 pm

Coconut Cream Pie

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sandhya January 14, 2010 um 4:57 pm

Beautiful dessert….

Jayme January 14, 2010 um 4:58 pm

I'm so excited to attend your classes here in Seattle!! I can't wait πŸ™‚

I'd have to say my favorite retro dessert would have to be either a banana split sundae or strawberry shortcake. Mmm yum!

Piebird January 14, 2010 um 4:59 pm

Thank you for doing this awesome giveaway! My favorite retro dessert is my grandmother's retro Meltaway Cookie recipe.

Eunice January 14, 2010 um 5:06 pm

cupcakes are my favorite dessert! red velvet and chocolate are even better. yum!

Carla January 14, 2010 um 5:12 pm

Ooh, your trifle looked so good I ran to show my husband the post right away. As my resident baking savant, he will definitely be trying out the recipe for us!

Retro dessert fave: Devil's Food or Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 5:20 pm

It's not exactly retro, but I have a recipe for lemon blueberry cookies with a lemon zest icing that I love. The recipe is something that my mom cut out from the newspaper ages ago, and I grew up eating them (so, they're retro for me). I love to bake them for groups of people when blueberries come into season. No one has ever had them before, and I usually get lots of recipe requests.

darkREDcrema January 14, 2010 um 5:21 pm

mmm…chocolate cream pie, dark choc mousse, banana pudding, whole batches of chocolate chip cookies, blondies, apple crisp…too many to name

kateiline January 14, 2010 um 5:26 pm

I love strawberry shortcake! It's especially good when you can slice up fresh strawberries from a local farm when they're in season (though honestly, the frozen sliced in syrup strawberries are pretty tasty too).

sprite January 14, 2010 um 5:29 pm

I think rice pudding might qualify as a retro dessert — but a worthy one to end pretty much any meal. (Or, y'know, for breakfast…)

kristina January 14, 2010 um 5:30 pm

Strawberry shortcake, all the way—way retro, way good.


Sareberry January 14, 2010 um 5:32 pm

I love ice cream bombs. They're so pretty!

L January 14, 2010 um 5:37 pm

Favorite retro dessert? banana split

More importantly…REALLY want to get tickets to your Seattle class. I'd love to surprise my daughter (who lives there..I'm in Portland) with a little day out and this would be perfect. I'm in the midst of compiling our "family recipe book" for our daughters and my "Seattle daughter" is fast becoming an accomplished young cook and baker…loving THAT and would so enjoy the opportunity to do THIS with her. Please advise on tickets!!!

Buttercream January 14, 2010 um 5:43 pm

Hooray for Rose Levy Berenbaum! My favorite retro dessert is strawberry rhubarb pie, hands down, without a doubt. A little whip cream or ice cream on the side wouldn't hurt either!

Crystal January 14, 2010 um 5:43 pm

Hope you're having fun! Time spent with husband and pup is so enjoyable it's hard to tear yourself away sometimes! πŸ™‚

Trifle is up there for me on retro desserts, along with mousse.

kathleen January 14, 2010 um 5:44 pm

strawberry shortcake is absolutely my favorite πŸ™‚

Lucy Vaserfirer January 14, 2010 um 5:45 pm

Hmmm, it's so hard to pick favorites, but I'd have to say chocolate layer cake.

Amber January 14, 2010 um 5:46 pm

Hmmm, I would have to say Strawberry Shortcake. YUM!

Bobbi January 14, 2010 um 5:49 pm

Mmmmm! Would love to have that after the not so yummy cafeteria food I'm having for lunch at work today… πŸ™‚

Favorite retro dessert – my Nana's Melting Moments Christmas cookies. The most tender vanilla cookie EVER with a perfect dollop of pastel mint color powder-sugar icing on top. Love them so much – they were the favors to our guests for our November wedding last year!

Grace January 14, 2010 um 5:53 pm

I love the pictures on your blog and the book sounds great. I'd love to win.

Rocio January 14, 2010 um 5:53 pm

My retro dessert:
pain perdu

see you!

Kayla January 14, 2010 um 5:54 pm

I'd love to win this for my friend Debbie who is an avid baker (whereas I am certainly not…I hate measuring). BUT it would be a win-win as she could bake the treats and I could eat them with minimal work on my part!

My favorite retro dessert would ave to be the Heath Bar Coffee cake my mom made for very special breakfasts when I was a kid.

CM January 14, 2010 um 5:55 pm

My favorite retro dessert is chocolate mousse πŸ™‚

giao January 14, 2010 um 5:59 pm

stunning photos, and how could you not love something called 'pinch cake'. so happy you're heading up here to our neck of the woods. we live on a small island next to the island where you'll be resting your head. safe travels!

Lucila – My Cup of Tea January 14, 2010 um 6:00 pm

I love trifles and my "retro" dessert is cremme brule!
Best for Argentina …

carriegel January 14, 2010 um 6:02 pm

I will be trying this one as soon as strawberries are in season. It looks wonderful.

Scrapamum January 14, 2010 um 6:12 pm

Hmm, retro desert? I would say my mom used to make these caramel squares that are so rich and decadent. That was in the 70's and 80's so I'm going to say that is retro. Geez, I think that means I'm getting old.

Lisa January 14, 2010 um 6:17 pm

Yummy, that looks great!

My favourite retro dessert would be custard with tinned peaches. Brings back memories of my grandma.

Amy L January 14, 2010 um 6:18 pm

My favorite Retro dessert is Gingerbread with whipped cream. I also love Spice Cake with Penuche Icing.

Betsy January 14, 2010 um 6:19 pm

I love a nectar soda float, which is a really popular dessert in New Orleans! Its vanilla ice cream, 7-Up and nectar syrup. Yummm!

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 6:27 pm

Yummy! I hope I win.

Dana Lundblad January 14, 2010 um 6:32 pm

I love making Oreo Cookies. I found the recipe at smittenkitchen, but I'm pretty sure it came from a cookbook called Retro Desserts. I've done some different things with them too. During Christmas I made them and put some pulverized candy canes in with the filling. Delicious.

But I also love all those old-fashioned fruit desserts, like buckles and such.

Talia January 14, 2010 um 6:32 pm

Baked Alaska. I've read it was a trendy dessert in the 70s? I had some while visiting my aunt one summer when I was young and it was incredible. It's been almost thirty years and I have haven't had any since then, I'd love to try it again.

Madeleine January 14, 2010 um 6:37 pm

Oh please, oh please, oh please!

Alexandra January 14, 2010 um 6:40 pm

my favorite retro dessert? Rice pudding!
perfect anytime yummm!!!

your blog is so beautiful, I love how you take the pics, very inspiring!

Heather January 14, 2010 um 6:41 pm

hmm…I would have to say Red Velvet cake and cream cheese frosting

Risa January 14, 2010 um 6:41 pm

'mmmm, this looks stunning (as usual!). I like a good old-fashioned chocolate pudding pie!

[email protected] January 14, 2010 um 6:48 pm

You are starting 2010 on a very busy note…
My favorite retro-dessert would be a pinapple pie made with canned pineapple slices and some sort of a pound cake on top with rhum!

Mary January 14, 2010 um 6:58 pm

Your little trifles look beautiful and sound so yummy! And why don't you come up to rural Ohio sometime? Or Cleveland? And my favorite retro dessert would have to be a good old fashioned jello salad. I love them!

Bianca January 14, 2010 um 7:00 pm

My Dearest God, this looks soo awesome. i will try it as soon as I get back home. Anyway, I don't know if it counts as 'retro' desert, but I would have to go with creme brulee. Love it, love it, love it! And love your blog as well πŸ™‚

Lauren January 14, 2010 um 7:06 pm

Your presentation is always exquisite and this trifle is no exception! Do you ever teach macaron classes in the northeast??

Raquel January 14, 2010 um 7:08 pm

Helen, it is my birthday this weekend and I was going to ask my mother to make me either a Tres Leches Cake or a Strawberry Shortcake!!! I love all desserts, retro and modern. I still live with my mother so I only ever bake, I don't do much REAL cooking. This beautiful book would be the best birthday present ever!!! I too love recipes with a story.

Julie January 14, 2010 um 7:13 pm

When I think of retro desserts I think of my mom's banana cream pie. And thinking of it makes my mouth water πŸ™‚

KTryon January 14, 2010 um 7:21 pm

Retro Dessert… I would have to say it's a tie between strawberry shortcake and banana fosters! They're both great!

Irene January 14, 2010 um 7:22 pm

I live in South Africa, where it's just the end of strawberry season, so that's a perfect dessert. My favorite retro desert is real, homemade chocolate pudding with a dollop of whipped cream.

kimberleyblue January 14, 2010 um 7:25 pm

I absolutely love pineapple upside down cake. Anything with caramelized sugar automatically is fantastic!

What a lovely trifle you have going on there.

Emma Slipp January 14, 2010 um 7:32 pm

My favorite retro dessert is peanut butter balls that my grandma made for my mom when she was growing up. So good!

Mrs. G January 14, 2010 um 7:32 pm

That looks great! My fav retro dessert would be peach cobbler.

Nico January 14, 2010 um 7:35 pm

Favorite retro dessert: Baked Alaska

love your blog!

Devonshire January 14, 2010 um 7:39 pm

My favorite retro dessert is homemade chocolate chip cookies and ice cream.

Love your site!

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 7:39 pm

My daughters favorite is strawberry shortcake. I always make it for her birthday. this is something she will like just as much. a new spin on an old favorite. thank you.
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Char January 14, 2010 um 7:40 pm

have fun in ATlanta!

Corey January 14, 2010 um 7:43 pm

I'm not sure if it's "retro" or not, but I always like banana pudding…bonus if it has some vanilla wafers in it. πŸ™‚

Laura B January 14, 2010 um 7:45 pm

Butterscotch pudding! I remember eating little dishes of it as a child at my aunt's house. Yum!

Your blog is beautiful as always. Thank you for sharing.

Faith January 14, 2010 um 7:47 pm

thanks for the giveaway fun! i gotta say, i'm a real sucker for pineapple upside-down cake. yum!

Marissa January 14, 2010 um 7:51 pm

Whoopie Pies!!

Melanie January 14, 2010 um 8:00 pm

I've never heard of pinch cake before… the trifle looks scrumptious though!

Dora January 14, 2010 um 8:00 pm

Looks delicious! One of my favorites is rice pudding.

Calantha January 14, 2010 um 8:03 pm

I have been searching for a good trifle recipe because my boyfriend repeatedly waxes nostalgic over them. Can't say I've ever tried it, but I think I'll be trying this one out very shortly!

Dessert fave: a warm, moist gingerbread cake. Sign me up!

christina marie the wcm January 14, 2010 um 8:28 pm

I tried to assemble a sort of individual trifle like this once. didn't look anywhere near as pretty.

marissa January 14, 2010 um 8:33 pm

Hmm.. not sure what counts as retro, but anything chocolate is my fave! Have a wonderful trip!

Allie January 14, 2010 um 8:38 pm

Love the macaron on top! I love dessert, don't think I could possibly choose a favorite. I did have a wonderful raspberry and hazelnut financier just yesterday though.

Tina January 14, 2010 um 8:38 pm

I absolutely love Bananas Foster. And since bananas are always available, it's a great dessert to have year round.
Also, coconut cream pie is something I would never turn down.

Once again… LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!

The Sartorial Spectator January 14, 2010 um 8:42 pm

Ooh, I love lemon curd. This looks fantastic.

I'd have to say a classic poundcake is my favourite retro dessert. My favourite dessert of all time is definitely apple pie, but I consider that more timeless than retro!

Nic January 14, 2010 um 8:45 pm

My sister will be in your Atlanta class this weekend, I 'gave' it to her for Christmas!

miniNigella January 14, 2010 um 8:50 pm

this dessert looks as light as a cloud…yummy !!

MadeInCanarias January 14, 2010 um 8:59 pm

What a wonderful desert!

Amy A January 14, 2010 um 9:13 pm

To tell the truth…I love good ol'fashioned gooey chocolate chip cookies…

AnnaBeL January 14, 2010 um 9:17 pm

Looks amazing!

MamaB January 14, 2010 um 9:20 pm

I love chocolate pudding cake. Your trifle looks lovely.

CuteCandyCupCakes January 14, 2010 um 9:22 pm

As always: wonderful picture of a really tasty looking goody! Strawberries are not in season here yet, but I'm looking forward to Summer, when they are actually available.

My favourite retro dessert would probably be my mum's chocolate pudding. πŸ™‚

Osakaben January 14, 2010 um 9:24 pm

I'm not sure if they count as "retro", but the pictures have me thinking of making either a slump, mess, or a fool. Beautiful work though.

Katie January 14, 2010 um 9:26 pm

Its definitely rice pudding for me! My aunt makes it for every Christmas. She hides and almond inside, and whoever gets the almond wins a prize…a wonderful family tradition.

I love your blog!

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 9:39 pm

Those trifles looks so pretty with strawberries! Sadly we don't find them here in winter. My fav retro desert has to be rice pudding with almonds,raisins, cashews and dried coconut pieces. super yummy!

Fink January 14, 2010 um 9:43 pm


You continue to amaze me.

I recently made your toasted blueberry pound cake (from the recipe with watermelon soup and lemon ice cream) and it was gone within the hour when my family descended upon it like vultures, sneaking down in the middle of the night eating it all before the morning!

I also tried your chai coffee cake and apricot teacakes, and let me tell you, your recipe's put every other recipe I have in my arsenal, to shame. There is simply something elegant yet basic about your recipes, making one slap their hand to their forehead wondering how that combination of flavors never occurred to them.

Your recipe's, and blog in general, have made me more inventive, trying how different combination's taste and seeing how perfect they can be. They aren't off the wall, out of nowhere combination's but refreshing ones that make you feel silly for just realizing.

Anyways, I am a big retro person. I love watching old television shows of my childhood, the old movies and I yearn for Halloween when I get to delve back in the past and play out my fantasies of living in the 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's for the day.

However, my favorite way to wax nostalgia is food. And more specifically, desserts. To me, black and white cookies are the be all and end all retro dessert. I have a strawberry shortcake every year for my birthday so that just feels like tradition but b&w cookies, as well as rainbow cookies, bring me back like nothing else.

Thanks for letting me stroll down my gastronomic past for a moment, I should definitely do it more often!

Josh January 14, 2010 um 9:56 pm

I would love to win this for my finacee!

wren January 14, 2010 um 10:00 pm

I think my life has offically changed: I was thinking the other day "I'm not doing enough of what I love…and I'm not sure I love what I'm doing." And, while culling inspiration to make a shift, tada!, "tartelette" appeared from an image link to macarons. What a delicious bit of serendipity. Thank you!!

Heidi January 14, 2010 um 10:02 pm

Oooh that looks amazing!
I loooove strawberry shortcake!

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La cuisine des 3 soeurs January 14, 2010 um 10:10 pm

Un petit dessert Γ  mettre de cΓ΄tΓ© pour les beaux jours.

Cakelaw January 14, 2010 um 10:12 pm

What a beautiful dessert – and I adore lemon. Have a good time in Atlanta.

Bertha January 14, 2010 um 10:13 pm

Wow, I feel busy just by reading your post! Sounds like a load of fun!
My retro dessert? hmmm… I think it would be strawberry shortcake, only during summer when strawberries are in season and succulent :).
Oh btw, San Jose is also so darn close to LA and Seattle :D. Have fun!

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 10:15 pm

Fave retro dessert has to be eton mess! all that cream, meringue and strawberries! yum yum

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 10:25 pm

I would absolutely love a copy of that heavenly book!! I have been lusting after it for quite some time now! My favorite retro dessert is chocolate cream pie! A 50's diner staple! Yummy!!

Mallory Elise January 14, 2010 um 10:42 pm


you're coming to Seattle in March?! ahhh! what rotten luck! grrr. i've been in Seattle my whole life (except for the year in France) and you're coming here a month after i move to brazil. gaaaaah. so close i could have met you πŸ™ well have fun in seattle!! i know you already have tour guides…but i'm a born native if you have any other pre-questions πŸ˜‰

SousChef to YummySoup! January 14, 2010 um 10:46 pm

Rice Pudding and Madeira Cake πŸ˜›

Bibi January 14, 2010 um 10:49 pm

Everytime I see lemon in a recipe I think about our lime (which is lemon for us here), and to be sincere, I think it tastes even better with lime than lemon πŸ˜‰

As always, your photos are beautiful and the lemon mousse recipe looks delicious. I think I'm going to try it alone, because I have all the ingredients for it, but not strawberries.

Thanks for sharing one more great recipe!

PS.: I'm always jealous of your beautiful macaroons.

Anonymous January 14, 2010 um 10:55 pm

My favorite retro dessert is Angel Pie. Graham cracker crust with cinnamon, and heavenly creamy filling. Yum!!!

Rosanna Guillem January 14, 2010 um 10:58 pm

Super retro: chocolate and churros, sooooo typical in Madrid (Spain), so old and so retro!!!

Beth January 14, 2010 um 10:59 pm

The trifle looks beautiful and as always your pics are great too! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm not able to recall any favorites desserts from childhood. Asked my husband though and he said something about 123 jello.

J January 14, 2010 um 11:01 pm

My favorite retro dessert is chocolate pudding!

Monica January 14, 2010 um 11:02 pm

I love my great grandma's peach cream pie:) yum!

Wendy January 14, 2010 um 11:06 pm

is there really such a thing as retro desserts??? they're all good… and I don't think they can go out of style, can they? regardless, my favourite dessert is creme brulee. with fresh raspberries. mmmmm!

InΓ©s January 14, 2010 um 11:13 pm

Retro dessert? Well, that's difficult. I'm not really sure what would be considered retro.

However, one of the Spanish traditional desserts I love is "Tocino de cielo" (literally, "Heaven's Pork Fat"), which is sort of a flan-like dessert, only it uses exclusively egg-yolks and sugar.

BTW, I had never (ever) commented (I'm sorry) even though I've been reading your blog for ages. Still, the chance to win "Rose Heavenly Cakes" made me jump to it. And I promise (pinky-promise) I'll comment more often.

Cheers and congrats for a wonderful blog.

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 11:13 pm

Your work is amazing and inspiring! As for retro desserts- ( I don't know if this is retro,but I remember having it as a child a lot) I love a coconut cream pie, piled high with whipped cream!

Mercè January 14, 2010 um 11:16 pm

Happy New Year Helen!
I'm back from my vacation and I find this cake from back home! (I'm actually from a town minutes away from Salt!!!) πŸ˜€
I'll have to try it since it's history-related to me! πŸ˜‰

Unknown January 14, 2010 um 11:20 pm

Mmm pineapple upside down cake!!

Amber January 14, 2010 um 11:37 pm

Banana Cream Trifle! So yummy!

Gentle Reader January 14, 2010 um 11:47 pm

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway πŸ™‚

My favorite desserts are only retro in that they've been around awhile–hot fudge sundaes and cheesecake!

Shining Windows January 14, 2010 um 11:48 pm

i don't know which i love more your photos or your recipes? a toss up for sure, but then i haven't eaten anything yet, need a tester? I'd kick my diet to the curb in a minute.

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christy January 15, 2010 um 12:07 am

My favorite retro desert is banana pudding with wafers in it! I still make it to this day and my kids love it too!

Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 12:09 am

Retro dessert, um, that'd have to be cannoli….or any little Italian pastry, reminds me of my grandma.

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 12:29 am

love those! i think my favorite is pineapple upside down cake…YUM!

Rambling Tart January 15, 2010 um 12:31 am

Beeyootiful! Your man will be so pleased, I'm sure! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful time in Seattle! Hopefully we'll have some sun for you after all the rain we've had this week. πŸ™‚

Shauna January 15, 2010 um 12:33 am

My favorite retro dessert: Rice pudding with raisins and a cinnamon stick! Best served warm! Yum!

Cheryl January 15, 2010 um 12:46 am

I'm in Atlanta but sadly can't attend your workshop! Your photos are just amazing. I'd have to say my favorite dessert, retro or otherwise, is anything with ice cream! ~Cheryl

Sarah January 15, 2010 um 12:46 am

Mmm, will always love strawberry shortcake best!

Jane January 15, 2010 um 12:53 am

My favorite would be Boston Cream Pie. I remember my Mom making it.

gfs January 15, 2010 um 12:55 am

Love how this trifle looks so 'light' and the little macaroon on top – gorgeous!

My girlfriend recently visited London and had French Macaroons and all she could think of was how I was explaining the little 'feet' that they have. I'm yet to master them, but I'm being optimistic about it!

Enjoy your travels.

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 12:57 am

We LOVE your blog and as soon as I'm done DETOXING from Christmas I'm going to be bad and make a Banoffee pie. Delicious, though a little homier than your trifles!

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 1:07 am

You're really hard on people's diets, you know that? Your trifle looks wonderful, anything with strawberries and lemon is a winner in my book! I don't think it's "retro" but the dessert that we've been eating forever is my mom's chocolate roll. Chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream and chocolate sauce is another wicked combination.

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 1:07 am

Love your trifle..
For me I would choose the cheezy & caramelize dessert..

Sarah January 15, 2010 um 1:11 am

Looks good… Baked Alaska is my retro choice…

Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 1:13 am

Retro desserts? I'm sure all of the ones I like are retro. Tried and true is always best!

Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 1:28 am

I don't know what exactly RETRO DESSERT is and am not sure if this fit at all, but I *LOVE*LOVE*LOVE* Brownies! If it is topped with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, ohhhhhh….. I'd be in heaven with that.

visualbenz January 15, 2010 um 1:30 am

I can't choose just one dessert. It's too stressful!!! HAHAHAHA!

Caroline January 15, 2010 um 1:31 am

My favorite retro dessert is a popsicle! Love the trifle, it looks gorgeous!

Karolina January 15, 2010 um 1:44 am

I don't know if it is "retro" but I love pies in the summer. So simple and lovely πŸ™‚

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 1:44 am

Favorite retro dessert? I don't know…anything with chocolate! Do brownies count? I love brownies! Enjoy the west coast!

lonetree72 January 15, 2010 um 1:45 am

My favorite retro dessert would have to be bread pudding.

Manhattan Mama January 15, 2010 um 1:55 am

I just discovered my 7-year-old daughter has Celiac — she was diagnosed 2 weeks ago. As a baker, I spent these days crushed. But someone sent me to your blog, and all I can say is thank you so much. I am excited to start baking on this new non-gluten adventure. My first stop? My very very favorite — and probably retro too — a berry crumble. I'm thinking this may not be too hard as a non-gluten trial!

Becky January 15, 2010 um 2:13 am

My favorite dessert is simple, nothing complicated or fancy about it. Homemade hand cranked vanilla ice cream smothered in freshly made strawberry sauce. A grandpa special that still tickles me to my toes when I think about it.

Angela January 15, 2010 um 2:16 am

yay atl!
[but not hotlanta. atlantans don't say that.]

Jodie January 15, 2010 um 2:22 am

My fave retro dessert is Texas Sheet Cake. Yum.

Lori January 15, 2010 um 2:31 am

He is a lucky man! I would love to have one of those!

And I would love the book too! Count me in.

Marj January 15, 2010 um 2:49 am

I miss the Filipino dessert called "maruya." It's native bananas deep in flour mixture and then fried, yum!

Kendall January 15, 2010 um 2:53 am

Dunno about retro… but I lovelovelove key lime pie. Lovvvvvve it.

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 2:54 am

Rootbeer floats all the way!

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 2:58 am

Hmm do rootbeer floats count? a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of vanilla. I've been enjoying your photos and posts since stumbling across your site. πŸ™‚

Christine January 15, 2010 um 3:04 am

I always enjoy your blog and never post anything. My favorite retro dessert is Lemon Cake.

muglinka January 15, 2010 um 3:05 am

your trifles are beautiful! i think my favorite nostalgia dessert would either be malted oreo milkshakes or my grandmother's persimmon pudding.

Audra January 15, 2010 um 3:19 am

You can't beat the good-ole-fashioned chocolate chip cookies… crispy around the edges, moist in middle and warm and gooey from the oven of course. Milk optional.

Nads' Bakery January 15, 2010 um 3:25 am

All the retro desserts I can think of are all back in style! I love Red Velvet Cake. I also love all kinds of bavarian creams.

Shea H January 15, 2010 um 3:30 am

Banana pudding with Nilla wafers – yum!! I think I'll go make some now…..

Julia January 15, 2010 um 3:53 am

chocolate pudding!

erica :) January 15, 2010 um 3:57 am

i love your blog!

favorite retro dessert: toasted bread with hot creamy nutella and sometimes with fruit: banana or fresh strawberries!

Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home January 15, 2010 um 4:13 am

I love all those horrible molded jellos from the 50s and 60s! They're just so weird and cool!

Marina January 15, 2010 um 4:16 am

Fruit pies! Any fruit that fits the season. I didn't grow up with them, but I am addicted to making them.

Natalie T January 15, 2010 um 4:21 am

Wow! Looks fabulous.
My favourite is self saucing chocolate-orange pudding. That's pudding in the British sense of cake-like dessert.
So easy! Mix everything together, throw the batter in the mixing bowl into the microwave (it was an updated version) for just a few minutes, turn it out onto a plate and you have a lovely cakey dessert with chocolate-orange sauce.

Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 4:21 am

Lemon Meringue Pie all the way!!! Thank's for the giveaway. πŸ™‚

Amber January 15, 2010 um 4:23 am

I love retro tacky desserts. Jello, any flavor. Chocolate pudding (cook and serve) from the box. And banana pudding with vanilla wafers.

meg8898 January 15, 2010 um 4:29 am

that looks fab! Wish I could see you at your Seattle visit – get ready for rain! As for retro dessert… how about rice pudding?

Asan January 15, 2010 um 4:49 am

wow, love your creations and pictures! My fav dessert would be leche flan

Katie January 15, 2010 um 4:53 am

My fav retro dessert is prob old fashioned apple pie with vanilla ice cream. πŸ™‚

jess January 15, 2010 um 5:04 am

I'm sad that all your seattle workshops are sold out! I absolutely love apple crisp:)

Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 5:04 am

Everything you do I drool… My retro would be whitehouse ice cream on my Mom's cherry hickory nut cake.. YUM…

Miss Lissy January 15, 2010 um 5:06 am

I don't know if I have a favorite retro dessert but my favorite dessert dessert are those peanut butter balls – which I guess have been around forever; does that make them retro?

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sanae January 15, 2010 um 5:09 am

I love your blog and checking everyday at the lunch time! Nice break from work and dreaming about beautiful sweets!
Retro desserts…roll cake! I'm sure lots of Japanese people will agree with me!

Elisa S January 15, 2010 um 5:12 am

banana cream pie! πŸ™‚

Fa January 15, 2010 um 5:14 am

My favorite retro dessert is MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE!

Always love you blog!

KatyAnn January 15, 2010 um 5:15 am

My favorite retro dessert would have to be black and white cookies πŸ™‚

Esme January 15, 2010 um 5:59 am

Your macaroons look delicious-I would sign up for your class in a moment.

Retro desert-ummm

Chocolate pudding

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Lauren January 15, 2010 um 6:02 am

This sounds like heaven! I honestly don't know which desserts I love that are retro.

Hanna January 15, 2010 um 6:15 am

Mm this looks so good, as does the book!

Sonja @ ActiveFoodie January 15, 2010 um 6:16 am

Can this be my favorite retro dessert? It looks AMAZING, it incorporates all my favorite flavors, this is going straight to the top of my list of favorites! As for retro…does berry cobbler count? (not sure if that is retro or not)

Sammy Girl January 15, 2010 um 6:17 am

Mmm Mmm Mmm!
I just discovered you and will be back often! Too bad by time I found you the Seattle classes are filled, as Portland not THAT far away ….
Hugs and have a super Friday1
Betty πŸ™‚
fave retro dessert? …. the one I am enjoying at the time! Push comes to shove? Chocolate Chip cookies (warm and gooey) and ice cream … but so many others!

koohiiteasheri January 15, 2010 um 6:51 am

Finger Jell-O! Especially the rainbow kind with the white layers inbetween each layer so you can peel each flavor and eat them one by one!

Rattlebridge Farm January 15, 2010 um 6:58 am

I was all settled in for a long winter's nap, but now I want a trifle. It looks comforting and ambrosial, all at once.

My favorite retro dessert is banana pudding with sky high meringue.

Tummywise January 15, 2010 um 7:11 am

Mine's ais kacang! It's a Malaysian dessert literally translated as "bean ice".

It has a base of red beans, sweet corn, palm seed, grass jelly and cendol, with a mountain of shaved ice on top drizzled with evaporated milk and syrup. I like mine with vanilla ice cream on top. Yum!

Debbie January 15, 2010 um 8:00 am

My favourite retro dessert would be lemon meringue pie!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful website.

Monika January 15, 2010 um 8:20 am

The trifle looks gorgeous and the photos are stunning, as usual. I just love fluffy lemony desserts like this one. As far as retro desserts are concerned, homemade apple strudel is my poison πŸ™‚

Shirley @ Kokken69 January 15, 2010 um 8:45 am

There are already 300 comments and I wonder if I should even bother to add one more… but I do want to express how I wish I am in LA to attend your photography workshop.As for your desserts, they are beautiful as always. That's already a given.

Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 8:46 am

TRIFLE!? Thank God someone is show casing this!! This is very popular for my family during the holidays, and is widely popular in Canada, but not so much in the states. I love the theme of lemon+berry and that macaron is so cute atop it all!
As for retro desserts, Brownie pudding- a standard from BHG red and white checked cookbook, though I prefer to jazz it up and make it a little more moist and fudgy. Nanaimos as well as the common puffed wheat cereal treat are both things that remind me of Canada and family!

Jo January 15, 2010 um 9:21 am

Gorgeous looking dessert and the combination of colours are so striking. My dessert would have to be a strawberry yogurt cheesecake – one that is soft but not dense.

Angie January 15, 2010 um 9:46 am

My favorite retro dessert is a hot fudge brownie sundae. It's sooo good!

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MQ January 15, 2010 um 10:28 am

chè xôi nước
a vietnamese dessert my mum makes πŸ˜€
dno if its considered retro though

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 10:37 am

Apple crumble!

Reni January 15, 2010 um 10:43 am

Hmmm, lemon mousse… That's something I definitely have to try soon.
BTW, yesterday I made Meyer Lemon Cupcakes from your recipe, though I had to substitute ordinary lemon for meyer lemon, cause we can't find any here. It was a major hit. My 2 daughters couldn't stop asking for more.. πŸ™‚
As for retro dessert, I wouldn't reject a slice of blackforest cake or a bowl of banana split ice cream or some crepes suzette..
Sigh… if only, I could attend one of your workshops, that would be precious.

Jessica January 15, 2010 um 11:01 am

This looks delicious! My favorite retro dessert is butterscotch pie. Great blog!
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holly h bailey January 15, 2010 um 11:02 am

Can't wait to try it out, as one of my best friends has gone gluten free. She'll be thrilled!

Retro dessert – my great grandmother made something that we just called "Stuff"…coolwhip blended into not completely set jello. YUM! One time she added crushed graham crackers to the top and we called it "Crummy Stuff". My mom was appalled until she realized what we meant. Still laugh about it and really miss great-mother and Stuff.

Crumbs N Crust January 15, 2010 um 11:21 am

Hi… My Retro Dessert would be Apple Crumble with a huge scoop of Dreyers Toasted Almond Vanilla Ice Cream ; )


Michelle January 15, 2010 um 11:29 am

not sure about the retro part, but cheesecakes are the best!!!

Julie January 15, 2010 um 11:52 am

I love good old fashioned egg custard from the Joy of Cooking

Jul January 15, 2010 um 11:59 am

This dessert looks SO good! Ahhhh, I would like to try it! And the descrittion…Mmmmmmm…:)
My favourite retro dessert? Hmmm, in Poland, where I come from and live, we have many delicious desserts that i love, but my favourite is baked apple stuffed with walnuts,honey and cinnamon:)

queencake and titangirl January 15, 2010 um 12:10 pm

hello and thanks for the giveaway!
favourite dessert:
lemon syllabub
apple crumble

i would love to have the book:))

Kristin Conroy January 15, 2010 um 1:33 pm

I think if my husband were left at home with that gorgeous dessert, he wouldn't miss me as much when I went out of town! My favorite retro dessert is homemade chocolate pudding with graham crackers crumbled on top!

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 1:48 pm

Tapioca Pudding is the best!

White Toast with Butter January 15, 2010 um 1:53 pm

Upside down pineapple cake!

toontz January 15, 2010 um 2:10 pm

My favorite retro dessert: bread pudding with raisins and hard sauce. Only if my mom makes it, though.

Nazia Peeroo January 15, 2010 um 2:28 pm

Dear Helen
Guess wat, my fav retro dessert is..My Husband's Trifle.. and Tiramissu also. And your's look just so yummy. Me would definately try it this week end.
Your Blog is just so delicous and heavenly.

skimmy January 15, 2010 um 2:29 pm

strawberry shortcake!!

PCovi January 15, 2010 um 2:29 pm

Coconut meringue pie!

Ana Sofia January 15, 2010 um 2:40 pm

Not sure if it's comfort or retro but favorite dessert natilla (Cuban custard) with meringues.

Rhia January 15, 2010 um 2:55 pm

Banana cream pie always reminds me of my gramma. It's just too bad that no ones compares to hers.

Sharon G January 15, 2010 um 2:55 pm

My favorite retro dessert is chocolate mousse πŸ™‚

Sweetsonian January 15, 2010 um 3:32 pm

Tiramisu, by far. Wonderful blog!

NYC Ann January 15, 2010 um 3:46 pm

My favorite retro dessert is date cake! I'll eat anything with dates in it, really.

Luca January 15, 2010 um 3:50 pm

Retro desert? That would be chocolate mousse. Thanks for the giveaway and all your wonderful posts! πŸ™‚

cindy* January 15, 2010 um 3:58 pm

it looks like you will be busy, busy! what lucky participants for your classes too!

is german chocolate cake a throwback dessert? if so, that's my pick πŸ˜‰

Katie Anderson January 15, 2010 um 4:01 pm

Hey there! I'm so excited to take your class on Sunday, and so pleased you're having a good time in Atlanta so far. Have a great weekend, and oh my I can't wait to meet you!


Jelli January 15, 2010 um 4:04 pm

Retro dessert fave has gotta be my momΒ΄s pudding poke cake. Yummy! Great giveaway, I would LOVE to win.

Brian Wakefield January 15, 2010 um 4:09 pm

I have always been a fan of s'mores around the campfire. I can't stand marshmallows plain, but something about the great outdoors and a roaring fire makes everything taste better.

Nama January 15, 2010 um 4:11 pm

Trifles, oh my! Delicious.

Nancy January 15, 2010 um 4:15 pm

Pistachio Cake- It is amazing what you can do with a can of gingerale and a box of pudding!

Elodie January 15, 2010 um 4:23 pm

This dessert looks delicious!

Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 4:23 pm

love the pics!

my fave retro dessert is chocolate mousse. simple, but stunning. especially when made with best quality chocolate – my preferences range in the 70% cocoa content. like the perfect small black dress.

debi January 15, 2010 um 4:52 pm

Hi Helen. I've been following and learning from your blog for quite some time now. And your blog really inspires me in my own culinary adventure. This is my first comment because I just started my own food blog recently. Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for sharing with us your lovely photos and expert advises.

My favorite retro dessert.. I spent my childhood in Taiwan, so my pick would have to be Taiwanese Taro root ice cream!

Libby January 15, 2010 um 4:53 pm

Favorite retro dessert would be the Neapolitan ice cream my grandmother would serve at the end of some meals in the mid-seventies. Of course it was store bought, but I loved the visual appeal of the single slice that included equal parts chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. Thanks for the giveaways you offer…love your blog! Libby
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Carol in NC January 15, 2010 um 5:02 pm

My mom's chocolate pie with meringue. My older brother would beg for it and would usually get it. For me it was all in the crust. She made the best!

Ellen B January 15, 2010 um 5:03 pm

My favorite retro dessert is divinity candy; my cousins and I used to make it with my Granny whenever we had "candy-making weather".

This trifle looks divine!

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 5:03 pm

I found a recipe from my great great grandmother a lemon meringue pie that sounds amazing…only problem was she came from the "I don't use exact measurements, I just know how many palmfuls to use" camp of baking, so I've been trying to decipher the amounts she used…haven't been brave enough yet to try.

Karen January 15, 2010 um 5:06 pm

My favorite retro dessert: banana pudding.

Stephanie January 15, 2010 um 5:13 pm

My hands down favorite dessert from the past is Jello. I still, to this day, get excited looking at all the Jello boxes in the grocery store.

KarlandBethany January 15, 2010 um 5:19 pm

boy does that look yummy! πŸ˜‰

hmmmm… retro desserts?
hand fruit pies

(hostess used to make them to put in kids' lunch boxes. not sure if they still make them or not, but I'd like to make some homemade ones that are fresh and have less sugar!)

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 5:45 pm

OMG that looks soooo amazing!
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Annette January 15, 2010 um 5:54 pm

Have to say I am in LOVE with your blog!!! You have given me the chance to brush up on my French with your wonderful recipe (betcha didn't think it would take me 4 hours to translate this wonderful Le P'tit Coin (kidding). Your photography makes me drool at the sight of everything you make.
Way back when my dad introduced us to our first microwave oven. There I made my first dessert (I thought it was very professional of me), a chocolate souffle. It turned out pretty good and ever since the sight or thought of Chocolate souffles brings back the memory of our first microwave and my 1st pro dessert.

Karen January 15, 2010 um 5:54 pm

Teach a macaron class in the San Francisco Bay Area!

jinamaybee January 15, 2010 um 5:55 pm

chocolate pudding. so many memories πŸ™‚

Maria J January 15, 2010 um 6:06 pm

This looks refreshing and a needed change from all the chocolate trifles I've made. Thanks.

Swarna January 15, 2010 um 6:13 pm

I love your creations. Not sure how much i can replicate.
I immigrated to US 2001…and being an avid cook and baker I watch food tv shows and follow food blogs like crazy…the retro dessert which captured my attention on first look and still holds a place is the one you have created …yes its trifle…
keep your creations coming…love it

Randi Lynne January 15, 2010 um 6:28 pm

Rice Pudding!

Fiona January 15, 2010 um 6:44 pm

Floating Islands

Zeitgeist January 15, 2010 um 6:51 pm

If there is one retro dessert that reminds me of my beautiful early childhood, it would have to be Creme Caramel. My dad especially made that for me when I was a tiny, little girl and I felt in love with dessert at that first bite!

moni January 15, 2010 um 6:57 pm

me encanta tu blog tus fotos y tus recetas
mi postre favorito es el tiramisu

ssomerville January 15, 2010 um 7:00 pm

Cooked vanilla pudding and strawberries. Love your blog, and your photos!

Calvine January 15, 2010 um 7:06 pm

Hmm… my favorite retro dessert would have to be pineapple upside down cake, which is also the most recent retro dessert i've made! Thanks!

Guu January 15, 2010 um 7:12 pm

just a simple chocolate cake πŸ™‚

Hettar7 January 15, 2010 um 7:24 pm

Hmmm… retro dessert? I'm not really sure. If we're going simple old school, how about just a big ole spoonful of brown sugar. yummm….. i stole one whenever I could as a child.

Kari January 15, 2010 um 7:29 pm

I love your desserts and photos.

My favorite retro dessert is strawberry shortcake for sentimental reasons. It was the first cake I made from scratch.

Ash January 15, 2010 um 7:40 pm

This is just utterly amazing! Love the photo of strawberries and lemon!!

hmmm.. my retro dessert would have to be well… a classic of all classics, good old Apple pie or maybe even a pineapple upside down cake.

I have a giveaway going on too! Stop on by!

Lili January 15, 2010 um 8:21 pm

My favorite retro dessert is frozen yogurt pie. Thanks for this post and giveaway!

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 8:36 pm

This looks soooo good! Can't wait to try it. Retro dessert? Icebox cookie cake for sure!

Katie January 15, 2010 um 8:46 pm

i would LOVE a copy of that! πŸ˜€

my favorite retro dessert is the strawberry pie my grandma makes… she's been making it for 23 years (if i'm not mistaken), and it's fabulous!

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Anonymous January 15, 2010 um 8:56 pm

Yummm I love strawberry! I can't wait until they are in season again in New Jersey.
My favorite "retro" dessert I suppose would be black and white cookies. Every time I went to visit my grandparents, they would have a plate of them waiting for us.

Stephanie January 15, 2010 um 9:05 pm

Retro dessert of choice: hands down, Coconut Cream Pie….dreamy….

Lori January 15, 2010 um 9:07 pm

My favorite retro dessert is either a banana split or good old apple pie! Neither can be beat!

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 9:11 pm

I'd have to narrow it down to either a banana split or a root beer float. Can't I have both?

Unknown January 15, 2010 um 9:27 pm

Oh. This brings a memory of mine on my b-day, I went to this restaurant and they had this delicious 7 layers of strawberry short cake. It had strawberries, strawberry moouse, whipped cream and some sort of sponge cake. I only had it once and I wish I had the recipe!!!

raquel January 15, 2010 um 9:28 pm

Baked Alaska!!!!
Love raquel from miami

KatieFrey January 15, 2010 um 9:32 pm

Banana pudding "pie" (Nilla wafers, vanilla pudding, banana slices and cool whip!)

Swarna January 15, 2010 um 9:33 pm

what happened to my previous nice comment πŸ™

Margo January 15, 2010 um 9:51 pm

I have to say, I'm a big strawberry shortcake fan. However, I feel like I can't answer that, so I'll say that I love my grandma's apple crumble with hard sauce – what could be more retro than hard sauce?

Also, SEATTLE! Will you be doing anything besides the classes?

Helene January 15, 2010 um 9:57 pm

Swarna: if you look closely you'll see it's there. Comments do not post automatically. I moderate them manually when I am at the computer to reduce spammers. Sometimes it takes me minutes, sometimes it takes me hours.

Tiffany January 15, 2010 um 10:23 pm

The lemon mousse alone makes me want to try that dessert! Yum. Thank you for posting. πŸ™‚

Kay January 15, 2010 um 10:28 pm

OMG! Looks so good! I'd make it for a party that I'm going to tomorrow but another girl's already volunteered dessert!

Kelly January 15, 2010 um 10:34 pm

Caramel cake! I fell in love with it when I moved South and I crave it ever so often. πŸ™‚

Alexandra January 15, 2010 um 10:50 pm

Helen! Seattle?! I'm in Tacoma, I guess this busy week kept me out of the loop, darn! You'll love the Pacific Northwest and it's lovely offerings!

I love the photo with the tri-colored berries. Simply spectacular! Lemon mousse sounds heavenly!!

Tiramisu is my favorite 'retro' dessert.

Charla Wilson January 15, 2010 um 11:01 pm

Strawberry Shortcake! and yes I want to try this one!

Y January 15, 2010 um 11:01 pm

Wooo you're a busy bee! πŸ™‚ I've been eyeing that pinch cake recipe in Rose's book. Love how you turned it into a sorta trifle.

Anna January 15, 2010 um 11:03 pm

Mmmm…that looks yummy. I love the combination of orange and chocolate in any of it's fabulous manifestations πŸ˜€

Christy January 15, 2010 um 11:09 pm

While I was pregnant a friend made me a bowl of vanilla ice cream with a warm chocolate chip cookie and home made chocolate sauce. I thought I had died and went to heaven.

kyrajane January 15, 2010 um 11:10 pm

retro dessert – the extra pie crust with cinnamon and sugar on it!

llamamama January 15, 2010 um 11:12 pm

This looks like a great summer dessert! My favorite retro dessert is banana cream pie!

Cherish January 15, 2010 um 11:38 pm

Hmmmm, not sure what qualifies as "retro". How about that cake with the chocolate wafers and whipped cream? Or a banana split? Delicious!

Neha January 16, 2010 um 12:01 am

Pineapple Upside Down Cake!!! nom nom nom!

Otava January 16, 2010 um 12:04 am

oh my oh my oh my! I've been holding off on buying Rose's book…maybe this is why??

You've managed, once again, to combine some of my ultimate favourite flavours…lemon and strawberry! I'll save that one for summer; strawberries that leave Florida fresh are NOT once they get here!

Cat G. January 16, 2010 um 12:18 am

My favorite dessert, retro or otherwise, is fresh peach pie. YUM.

Mercè January 16, 2010 um 12:46 am

Happy New Year Helen! πŸ™‚
My hometown is actually minutes away from Salt!
I'll have to try this cake since it's from home! πŸ™‚
Btw, I just signed up for your Food Photography workshop in LA! I'm so excited! I can't wait!

Kathryn January 16, 2010 um 1:01 am

Oh gosh, if I want retro, I turn to Great-Gramma's Black Magic Cake recipe…Chocolate enhanced with coffee, so moist, so very good!

erin January 16, 2010 um 1:02 am

Butterscotch brownies (aka brown sugar cakes) which my grandmother made AGES ago. I love the outside edges with a big glass of very cold milk. mmmmm….delicious.

Anna January 16, 2010 um 1:28 am

My grandma always made "green dessert," which I found out later was simply chocolate wafers layered with (green) whipped cream. YUM!

Rita January 16, 2010 um 1:40 am

Beautiful photography! You really have a talent for creating delicious looking dishes.

My favorite retro dessert is my mom's homemade cheesecake. So good, she used to sell it to local restaurants!


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Anonymous January 16, 2010 um 2:10 am

My mother made the most AMAZING strawberry shortcake!! I have been trying to recreate this recipe forever!

Winnie January 16, 2010 um 2:29 am

Those cups are really useful for serving small desserts!

One household dessert that everyone enjoys is mango pudding. It's delicious.

irene January 16, 2010 um 2:31 am

Looks beautiful, thank you!

Darlene January 16, 2010 um 3:39 am

My favorite dessert of all time is hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

Beth January 16, 2010 um 3:42 am

I love your blog! My favorite retro would be chess pie

Jaime January 16, 2010 um 3:59 am

Icebox cake – made with layers of Nabisco Chocolate wafer cookies and whipped cream – yum!

SaraLe January 16, 2010 um 4:04 am

I love chocolate cakes any size or shape.


diane January 16, 2010 um 4:49 am

OMG Thank you for reminding me! I loved my mom's Boston Creme Pie.

Lorieann January 16, 2010 um 5:32 am

I've been link-hopping tonight and wound up here! Great Blog!

Retro dessert would have to be Boston Cream Pie. I've been searching for a recipe that's like the one I remember my mom getting from Hans' Bakery (which is long gone) when I was growing up in NY.
It never tastes as good as the memory!

Annie R January 16, 2010 um 5:37 am

Oh wow!
My favourite retro desserts would be Fruit salad cake, made with fruit salad from a can, preferably with warm brown sugar sauce
or "Bonbon patate", which is a candy my Grandma used to make at Christmastime with icing sugar, peanut butter and a quarter of a potato, where it gets its name

colorchic January 16, 2010 um 6:45 am

A Simple Lemon Cake with ingredients measured by "jars"

Anonymous January 16, 2010 um 7:05 am

I love a good trifle! It always seems to satisfy the greedy girl in me…a bit of everything heavenly, all stacked neatly into one! πŸ™‚

Krystie January 16, 2010 um 7:36 am

Can't go wrong with banana pudding πŸ™‚

Piszke January 16, 2010 um 7:54 am

Thanks for your excellent recipes an all amazing photos.

My favorite (european) retro – old fashioned – dessert is Sacher torte πŸ™‚

Misty January 16, 2010 um 8:08 am

Oh how I love your photos! My favorite retro dessert would have to be box pudding or jello, though I don't eat either anymore since becoming a vegetarian (they contain gelatin). Have a fantastic trip!

someonecares January 16, 2010 um 8:20 am

My favourite retro dessert is Ice Kacang!!! Ice Kacang or shaved ice with red beans is a dessert commonly served in Malaysia – you have to try this!

Unknown January 16, 2010 um 8:28 am

Wow, that trifle looks absolutely lovely! My favorite retro dessert is banana pudding with Nilla wafers. =)

Fab's Book Spot January 16, 2010 um 8:34 am

Thanks for the inspiration I love your photography and recipes. for me the best dessert has to be a chocolate mousse there are so many versions but for me the true chocolate cream and eggs variety is best.

Suzanne Rhodes McKelvie January 16, 2010 um 9:21 am

chocolate pudding

Unknown January 16, 2010 um 10:20 am

Yum…your pinch cake trifle looks so good! I'll try out your recipe this weekend. πŸ˜› My favorite retro dessert is Chocolate Lava Cake….not sure if that's really that retro…but it's my all time favorite! πŸ™‚

Sharon January 16, 2010 um 11:08 am

Oops, sorry, before I commented, I hit the wrong button…

My fav retro dessert would be a condensed milk custard set with raspberry jello.

All the best for your workshops and meetings in Atlanta.

Silvina C. January 16, 2010 um 11:11 am

mmmmm looks absolutely yummy!
By the way, my retro dessert of all times would undoubtely be my grandma's rice pudding!!!

Mardi Michels January 16, 2010 um 1:23 pm

Heavenly Cakes? Yes please! Have fun with all your workshops – wish I could attend but Toronto is so far from there…

Amanda January 16, 2010 um 2:19 pm

Oh Strawberry Shortcake, without a doubt. With biscuit-type shortcakes, not sponge cake.

Unknown January 16, 2010 um 2:55 pm

Rice Pudding (my great grandmother had the best recipe)

bridget {bake at 350} January 16, 2010 um 3:00 pm

I love seeing you recipe in French although I can't read a word of it! πŸ™‚

Retro dessert…maybe chocolate cream pie?

Stephanie C. January 16, 2010 um 4:26 pm

My favorite has to be chocolate peanut butter slush cake. Yum!

shanondavis January 16, 2010 um 5:30 pm

Retro…lemon meringue pie…mmm!

Wendy January 16, 2010 um 5:52 pm

What a beautiful dessert!

My favorite retro dessert is pineapple fool.

Janice January 16, 2010 um 6:08 pm

A too-beautiful to eat trifle! [well, maybe not 'too' beautiful :)] My favorite retro dessert is definitely a good old-fashioned Brooklyn Blackout cake!

Nancy from The Photo Cottage January 16, 2010 um 6:45 pm

you can't beat chocolate chip cookies they are portable, shippable, and loveable. or homemade ice cream – even better if you turn the crank and burn the calories before you even eat them!

Corie Miller January 16, 2010 um 7:23 pm

thanks for such a beautiful blog, I especially was drawn to the recipe for pumpkin semifredo. If the offer to win the cookbook is running, please include me!!! My favorite retro dessert is from my great grandmother and we called them apple slices. Another common name for them is apple slab pie. It was a wonderful blend of spiced granny smith apples tucked between two sheets of pie crusts and topped with a thick drizzle of icing. I miss it and her.

happy eating
C Miller

Clabby January 16, 2010 um 8:09 pm

Cheesecake! The English type made with cream cheese and double cream. My mum made it for me when I was a child and I'm still mad about it.

An(us)ka January 16, 2010 um 8:10 pm

Retro dessert….hm….I think tiramisu and vanilla puding…:)

p.s Loveee love your photography…

Jessie T. January 16, 2010 um 8:16 pm

I love rhubarb custard pie.

I'm not sure how retro it is, but it always makes me think of grandmas.

Anonymous January 16, 2010 um 8:52 pm

lovely cake. Favorite retro dessert is bananasplit.

Elena January 16, 2010 um 9:55 pm

I'm new to your blog and just keep on coming back πŸ™‚ Outstanding photography!

Retro dessert? Crepes suzette!

Anonymous January 16, 2010 um 9:56 pm

love the idea of retro dessert,love the pictures…
my favorite retro -Tiramisu!!!

Anonymous January 16, 2010 um 9:57 pm

my fav retro dessert would be the stand out berry sorbets with vanilla bean ice cream, melted chocolate and chocolate sail all in a big flute glass!! xx

MrsTiara January 16, 2010 um 11:01 pm

My sweet tooth is too large to encompass just one dessert, but I do miss chocolate pudding and strawberry shortcake (although not together).

Bronwyn January 16, 2010 um 11:35 pm

Lemon meringue pie. Love the light fluffiness. Also am so inspired by your blog!

Laura B. January 16, 2010 um 11:47 pm

Grasshopper Pie!

Unknown January 16, 2010 um 11:53 pm

Chocolate pudding with whipped cream. Served in those little custard cups. Every so often my mom would make that for dessert when I was a kid.

Laura L January 17, 2010 um 12:07 am

definitely coconut cake

Unknown January 17, 2010 um 12:20 am

Peach Melba. Very 70's, still delicious.

Isabelle January 17, 2010 um 12:27 am

I'm a sucker for chocolate mousse. Does that count as retro? This trifle looks superb, and I would love a copy of that book. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

Whisk-At-Hand January 17, 2010 um 1:18 am

My favorite retro dessert is Strawberry shortcake… Yum!

Since you'll be on the west coast, want to do a class in SF area? Pretty please?!

Lynda January 17, 2010 um 1:20 am

The giveaway sounds great. Our favorite retro dessert would have to be homemade ice cream. My Dad always had to help me crank. Boy does that give my age away!

Sandalola January 17, 2010 um 1:50 am

Ohhh great giveaway, thanks! Hmm…my favorite retro dessert is Taiwanese (but with diff twists depending on the ethnic origins): egg pudding with burnt sugar syrup!

Connie C. January 17, 2010 um 2:04 am

Bread pudding, in a heartbeat.

Annette (Liquid French blog) January 17, 2010 um 2:34 am

This looks luscious. Your photography is wonderful.

Cara C January 17, 2010 um 2:36 am

It was an absolute pleasure meeting you today during Sugar Rush. If I had to choose a favorite retro dessert, I'd have to say ice cream flavored New Orleans style snoballs.

Safe travels and thanks so much for the encouragement and the tips!

Cara – Crumb and Get It

Aimee January 17, 2010 um 2:46 am

I actually just checked this book out of the library and decided to make her white velvet cake as a belated birthday gift to myself. Her mixing method was completely new to me, and resulted in one of the best white cakes I've ever tasted. And when she says "velvet" boy, does she mean it! It's a beautiful book, and you write a beautiful blog! Thanks so much for offering the giveaway!

Andrea Y. January 17, 2010 um 3:14 am

French silk all the way.

Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet January 17, 2010 um 3:40 am

Beautiful pictures and dessert! Your blog is brillant!

Sunshine January 17, 2010 um 5:09 am

Goodness, that looks fantastic! I'm a real fan of key lime pie and lemon meringue. Anything with citrus will do really.

Unknown January 17, 2010 um 7:55 am

I really love a national traditional portuguese dessert that my grandma always did when I was a kid thats a sort of yellow custard with rice.. I dont really know what to call it in english but here we call it ArrΓ΄s Doce, which means literally sweet rice.

Baked Alaska January 17, 2010 um 8:34 am

I think my favorite retro dessert is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. I'd love to win the book by the way!

babymix99 January 17, 2010 um 9:35 am

looks amazing!
my fav dessert (retro or not) is cheese-cake with strawberry toppings…

Vinitha January 17, 2010 um 10:23 am

thank you for the recipe! πŸ™‚ my favorite retro dessert would have to be…plain old chocolate ice cream! πŸ™‚

Anonymous January 17, 2010 um 11:33 am

Gorgeous looking. When I saw the photo of the strawberries I rushed to the grocery to get myself some.
As for retro dessert, I am dying after a good raisin rice pudding.

Anonymous January 17, 2010 um 12:11 pm

Oh wow, I will have to try that pinch cake! It looks amazing!

denise grolly-case January 17, 2010 um 12:45 pm

looks fabulous

mandarine January 17, 2010 um 2:00 pm

Mmmm, my favourite is steamed golden syrup pudding with custard sauce. Love your blog.

Angelina January 17, 2010 um 2:12 pm

I have all of Rose Beranbaum books except the Heavenly Cakes. Would love to add that to my huge collection of cookbooks. I would definitely sign up for your macaroon and photography if you are holding it in Boston.

astheroshe January 17, 2010 um 2:16 pm

WOW.. I live in ATL! I love learning about food hx, with my recipes

oolong January 17, 2010 um 2:25 pm

Love your blog and pictures.

And once again I regret that I don't live in US. Damn.

Lindsey@pickyeatings January 17, 2010 um 2:32 pm

I don't know if this is exactly retro or not, but chocolate cream pie.

Teressa January 17, 2010 um 2:59 pm

Banana Pudding

Nicole Drewniak January 17, 2010 um 3:49 pm

I'm a simple kind of gals so I'd say rice pudding. :0)

Chicbee January 17, 2010 um 3:54 pm

I love your blog, and your photos on Flickr.
Every Friday, my Grandmother used to bake an apple raisin cake. It was not tall, and a little runny, like a cobbler. It filled a whole rack in the oven. The aroma alone was heavenly. We were a large family, so there was never any left over. So good… I can still taste it.

Kate Willink January 17, 2010 um 4:07 pm

What a treat to find such a delicious and gf recipe!

chocolatecup January 17, 2010 um 4:15 pm

that trifle looks awesommmme! all of my fav things in one. lemon, berriesss, just missing out choc. hmm. i dont know what's retro dessert? so i will just probably name one dessert i really like which is good old chocolate lava cake:)

Anonymous January 17, 2010 um 4:15 pm

Love your Blog! Just found it! Everything looks divine!
Thank you~ Radha

emgower January 17, 2010 um 4:16 pm


Alexis January 17, 2010 um 4:16 pm

Hello! My favorite retro dessert is Baked Alaska.

David Menestres January 17, 2010 um 4:17 pm

I'm only in it for the book.

Annika January 17, 2010 um 4:19 pm

Chocolate Pudding with Vanilla Sauce!

Jane K January 17, 2010 um 4:25 pm

Pineapple upside down cake made in my grandmother's cast iron skillet with LOTS of brown sugar. Retro goodness!

Jenipher Lyn January 17, 2010 um 4:29 pm

You should have some workshops on the other side of American…

say…Orlando, Florida? πŸ˜‰

A really snazzy pudding dessert that has no gelatin in it would be smashing!

hannah queen | honey & jam January 17, 2010 um 4:33 pm

Cheesecake is retro, right? I love it!

Ellen January 17, 2010 um 4:39 pm

definitely bananas foster for me! i just love it.

Anonymous January 17, 2010 um 4:40 pm

I'm not a coffee drinker but I love Tiramisu, which has been around for years. Any kind of trifle is one of my favorite desserts. Martha [email protected]

SF50 January 17, 2010 um 4:44 pm

Oh, I've been coveting this book for the longest time!

And I'm a sucker for a good Bundt cake–is that actually retro? It feels retro.

Sandy January 17, 2010 um 4:49 pm

Wow I just wanted to say that i LOVE your blog so much. I am starting out my own blog and part of it will be melding together cooking and photography. Whenever I cook recipes for the blog, I want to be able to take pictures of the food, as well as you do. If you have any comments or tips to help me out, please come over to my blog and take a look (of course I only have a few posts since I am just beginning)! I just wish I lived in LA so I could attend your workshop! My family does live out there so I hope that one day, just one day in the future it will work out there I am there the same time as your workshop!

As for retro desserts, my mom is the Jello queen and I've just grown up with eating it. Her specialty is three layer jello with two fun colors on top and bottom and a white layer in the middle!

Thanks again for the opportunity to win a cookbook too! I love trying out new recipes ALL the time and I could try them out and post the process on my blog all while practicing taking pictures of food!!

Plain Chicken January 17, 2010 um 4:59 pm

I love banana pudding – make me think of my childhood!

Bryan January 17, 2010 um 5:06 pm

once again, beautiful photography.

for me, a fave retro dessert is an icebox cake made with homemade (of course) chocolate wafers, layered with whipped cream boosted with creme fraiche. stupid easy and so good.

The Italian Mama January 17, 2010 um 5:16 pm

Strawberry Shortcake…yummy πŸ™‚

Jessica January 17, 2010 um 5:17 pm

The sheer cuteness! I love it. Now I just have to get my kitchen fully set up so I can cook…

Plum island Cookie Company January 17, 2010 um 5:20 pm

Chocolate Cake, no frosting, still warm with a glass of really cold milk.

Nutmeg Nanny January 17, 2010 um 5:28 pm

What a fun giveaway! Fingers are crossed πŸ™‚ These strawberries look awesome too. I'm so waiting for summer to get here….

letitsnow January 17, 2010 um 5:31 pm

My (retro) dream is that I can walk to a shop and buy good quality gluten free puff pastry dough at a reasonable price and make buttery flaky Danishes (among other things).

The Cooking Ninja January 17, 2010 um 5:38 pm

That's a beautiful and delicious dessert. πŸ™‚ Wish it is summer season here in France so that I can make this dessert.

Anonymous January 17, 2010 um 5:41 pm

Ummm, toss up between Banana Pudding & "Fluffy Stuff"- Jell-o pudding with whipped cream and fruit. Delicious!

Abbie January 17, 2010 um 5:47 pm

I love an old recipe called "nutmeg cake."

Kristina January 17, 2010 um 5:51 pm

I have a soft spot in my heart for tapioca pudding. πŸ™‚

AnastasiaK January 17, 2010 um 5:58 pm

Your triffle looks to die for! I absolutely love strawberries… but I live in Michigan and they cost an arm and a leg!
As far as my favorite retro dessert?- chocolate fondue! Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate (:

linda January 17, 2010 um 6:14 pm

thank you for this lovely chance!!
how about giving baking classes in nyc…wow would that be great!
as i child my favorite was dessert was a charlotte russe…the cherry on the top was always so cute!

Valerie January 17, 2010 um 6:19 pm

Your blog always, always, always makes me want to bake up a storm! Thank you for all the beautiful entries!

As far as a favorite retro dessert… my mom's banana bread pudding. Although, I don't know if it's more "nostalgic" than "retro."

Dagmar January 17, 2010 um 6:38 pm

I believe my favourite retro dessert is "MarΓ€ngsviss". It's a Swedish variant of Eton Mess that contains whipped cream, meringues, sliced bananas, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce!

Teri January 17, 2010 um 6:48 pm

Old fashioned chocolate pudding with whipped topping

Kimberly January 17, 2010 um 6:56 pm

My favorite retro dessert is the Seven Layer Jello that my grandma makes. She cuts it into cute little rectangles, and I used to love to pull apart the layers and eat them one at a time.

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