Jacques Torres Chocolate Chunk Cookies + NEWS!

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chunk Cookie | The Laughing Table (1 of 1)

I have two pretty exciting things to share with you. One, is this recipe for Jacques Torres famous chocolate chunk cookies. They require at least 24 hours of refrigeration due to the combination of all-purpose flour and bread flour, so that the gluten bonds have time to break down. Even though they are time intensive, […]

Easter Hot Cross Doughnut Holes

Easter Hot Cross Doughnut Holes | The Laughing Table (1 of 1)

What’s not to love about Easter? Pastel colours, tiny, fluffy animals, family get-togethers, happy children, Cadbury Mini Eggs and chocolate treasure hunts… Dreams are basically made of this stuff. Which makes it the perfect holiday to celebrate with children or, if you don’t have any of those handy, to act like children. Paint some eggshells, […]

Flourless Brownie Sundaes with Salted Caramel Popcorn

Flour Brownies with Caramel Popcorn | The Laughing Table (1 of 1)-5

As I write this, it is snowing outside. Soft flakes spiral to the ground like powdered sugar tapped gently through the sieve-like cloud cover. My best friends sit around me, laughing raucously at a slightly inappropriate joke, hitting each other affectionately on the back in praise of a particularly witty comeback or sly innuendo. Red […]

Indian-style Black Rice Pudding

Indian-style Black Rice Pudding 4

February is hard. Oh, there are lots of things I love about the month. Two of my best friends celebrate their birthdays (on the same day as each other no less) and Valentine’s Day has its myriad charms despite its aggressive consumerist flaws and the overwhelming pressure to be the most romantic you have ever been. Also, […]

Triple Chocolate Cake with Coconut Caramel Jam

Triple Chocolate Mourning Cake

It was my dad’s birthday the other day. He would have been 66 but he wouldn’t have looked it. I have never met, nor expect to meet, someone as vital as my father. When I was young I thought he was something magic, a shape shifter, a wizard maybe, something elemental and impossible to tame. […]

Pistachio Cardamon Meringues with Chocolate


Typically, I don’t like sugary desserts, always preferring something chocolate or fruit based. I’ve succumbed to the exotic seduction of these pistachio cardamon meringues. While the cloud-like confections are usually paired with fruit, the combination of nuts and spices is an ethnic twist that takes these sweet treats to a whole new level. This recipe […]

The Quest for Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I received Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel’s Bouchon Bakery book for Christmas and promptly spent the next two hours pouring over every photo and recipe in it, compiling a list of ingredients and supplies I would need to recreate every treat within it. This will be my project for the foreseeable future, attempting to recreate […]