Crème Caramel

Makes 6 servings Crème caramel is a dessert that produces its own sauce, as long as you are patient with it. After the custard bakes, it needs to cool long enough for two things to happen: the custard must become firm enough to unmold, and the caramel underneath the custard […]


Diplomat Cream

Makes about 4 cups Diplomat Cream, a blend of pastry cream and whipped cream, can be used as a filling for cream puffs or chocolate éclairs, or as a layer in a trifle or icebox cake. The pastries should be baked and cooled before you make the diplomat cream; once […]

Breakfast and Brunch

Double Cheese Breakfast Burritos

Makes 6 servings Breakfast burritos are a great make-ahead breakfast that can be frozen and reheated whenever you need a quick grab-and-go meal. These are a bit decadent, but you can simplify (and health-ify) with turkey bacon, mashed avocado, black beans, or even just leftover grilled or roasted veggies. Ingredients […]

Chef's Blog

Eat Like a Chef: Put an Egg on It

A commonly asked question of chefs is, “Do you enjoy cooking at home?” It’s a great question! After all, most accountants don’t crunch the numbers every day, just to come home and do it for themselves and their families (at least, we don’t think so?). For those of us at […]

Desserts, Free Recipes

Eggnog Bundt Cake

Makes one 9-inch loaf cake This recipe makes enough batter for one large bundt cake or one 9-inch loaf pan. If your bundt pan or loaf pans are on the smaller side, fill the pan about 2/3 of the way full. You can transfer any remaining batter to another cake […]


Fudge Brownies

Makes one 9×13-inch pan Ingredients 3/4 lb (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed 8 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped 3 1/3 cups sugar 5 eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 cups cake flour, sifted Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan […]


German Chocolate Brownies

Makes one 9×13-inch pan Brownies Ingredients 3/4 lb (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed 8 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped 3 1/3 cups sugar 5 eggs 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups cake flour, sifted Topping Ingredients 1 1/ cups evaporated milk 1 1/4 cups packed […]

Chef's Notes Plus

Give Angel Food Cake Another Try (at Home!)

Being a student at The Culinary Institute of America is an opportunity to learn more about food than you ever knew was possible. CIA students study, cook, bake, and taste, taste, taste—always tasting. With all of that tasting, you are bound to be surprised from time to time, and luckily, most […]

Cakes, Desserts

High-Ratio White Cake

High-ratio cakes have a higher quantity of sugar than some other cakes, which makes them exceptionally moist and tender, and gives them a slightly longer shelf life. Their unique mixing method is simple and leaves you with a cake that’s perfect for kids’ birthday cakes or your next pot-luck. Makes […]

Sauces, Dressings, and Condiments

Hollandaise Sauce

Makes 1 1/2 cups sauce Ingredients 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar or cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns 3 tablespoons water, plus more as needed 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and kept warm 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed […]