The Lechasseurs' Recipes

Only the "keepers"


Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake

I start with this because I think it is the essence of all that is desirable in chocolate its dark intensity isn't toyed with, nor upstaged by any culinary elaboration. This is the plainest of plain loaf cakes-but that doesn't convey the damp, heady aromatic denseness of it. To understand that, you just have to cook it. And as you'll see, that isn't hard at all.

Chocolate Cappuccino Torte

A dense chocolate cake decorated to look like a cup of cappucinno. It is dead easy to make though it looks as though it has been concocted by a professional pastry chef. Your guests will be very impressed. The cake can be made up to five days in advance, but add the whipped cream just before serving. Garnish with chocolate espresso beans if desired.

Spicy Buttered Popcorn

Served by Camille and Leah at our Mighty Popo fundraiser concert in June 2011.

"Popcorn at the movies was ruined when they replaced the real butter with that odd-tasting "butter-flavored" topping. Popcorn really has no flavor, and it's only made edible with butter and salt, or even better, with a flavored butter. This spicy-sweet popcorn is my version of a savory snack served at a popular Toronto tapas bar to accompany pre-dinner drinks."

Coconut Cake

This cake makes a good dessert served with fruit and whipped cream or crème fraîche. Quick and east to make, the cake will stay moist for a few days but is at its best a few hours after baking.


"Rugelach is a traditional Jewish food that is eaten any time of year, including, but not limited to Shabbat. Despite the fact that it is not fried in oil, some sources indicate that they are traditional on Hanukkah." - Wikipedia


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