Category Archives: Third Act

Simply French: Apple Cake!

March 10, 2005



Caryn sits at the table that she has now adopted as her own, a notebook computer propped open before her. Lauren appears out of nowhere, sporting an elegant new suit.


I trust you’re making good use of your time while he’s away.

Startled by the interruption, Caryn doesn’t respond. Lauren takes a bottle of water from the fridge and pours it into a crystal wine glass.


Because the last girl got fired for wasting too much time.


Oh! That’s terrible.


She deserved it. They usually do.

Lauren leans against the counter and daintily sips her water.


What are you doing?

Caryn turns the computer around to show her. The browser is open to a site with mouth-watering photos of food.


Looking for a recipe?

Lauren doesn’t even glance at the computer.


The best chefs don’t use recipes, do they?

Caryn sits, again helpless for a reply.


Of course, the best chefs are usually French.

Where are you from, Katherine?



Lauren narrows her eyes a little.


Never cared much for the South.

She pushes her slender frame away from the counter and straightens her skirt.


You should use your free time to get some practice. He may have liked your little sandwich, but don’t let that fool you. He has very particular tastes…

The last of her words trail off as she disappears out the door.

Caryn wrinkles her nose as the door swings closed. She thinks for a minute and then starts clicking away at the computer.


If she wants something French…

Chocolate and Zucchini’s “Gateau de Mamy a la Poire”

Clotilde’s wonderfully simple cake is the perfect use of a few apples.

The Morning After: Chocolate Cake!

February 28, 2005



Mr. R. tosses worn invitations to the coveted Oscar parties on the bed. He unfastens the diamond cufflinks from his new tuxedo and places them on a gold tray in his cherry armoire.

The early morning light fills the room as he sinks into the plump, king-size bed. He falls back on the pillow and looks at the clock on the nightstand. It reads 6:32AM.

His eyes lock on a dish carefully placed next to the clock. A decadent slice of warm, chocolate cake is accompanied by an icy glass of milk.

After-Party Chocolate Cake

8 oz. bittersweet Scharffen Berger chocolate, chopped

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

6 eggs, separated

1/2 c. sugar

confectioners sugar

1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Butter a 9-inch springform pan and line the side wall with a strip of parchment paper.

3. In the bowl of a double-boiler, combine butter and chopped chocolate. Add water to bottom of pan and place bowl over pan. Melt chocolate over medium heat until smooth. Remove bowl from pan and cool slightly.

4. Beat egg whites with an electric mixture until soft peaks form. Slowly add sugar and beat until glossy and stiff.

5. Whisk egg yolks into chocolate mixture. Whisk in a dollop of egg whites to lighten. Gently fold in the rest of the egg whites with a rubber spatula.

6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until cake is set (center may be giggly), about 40-45 minutes.

7. Cool cake for 20 minutes and remove sides of pan. Continue to cool. Dust with confectioners sugar.

This flourless cake has a light, mousse-like texture. Best served warm.