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#1 joethefoodie

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:41 PM

One hundred and fucking two. 102.

 

RIP, Queen of Cake.



#2 StephanieL

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:43 PM

Maida Heatter was an exalted name in our house.  My father learned to bake from her books--the first cake he ever made was the Queen Mother Cake, for my mother's birthday--and he ended up getting every one she published. So many cakes and cookies we ate came from her recipes.  I remember her Amaretto-Amaretti Chocolate Cheesecake, and I also remember Dad taking 2 days to make her carrot cake: 1 day for the cake and 1 day for the marzipan carrot decorations.  (He made the cake a lot after that, but never the carrots again.)

 

She just put out a "greatest hits" book--I may have to get that.  I already have a secondhand copy of her chocolate desserts book.


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:11 PM

Exalted name in my (marital) house as well.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 05:20 AM

I'm no baker.  But if my wife were alive, I just KNOW we'd be having a Queen Mother's Cake tonight in Maida's memory.


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Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:22 PM

Her almond sponge roll was my standard Seder dessert for a several years, with a lemon curd filling, and decorated with meringue mushrooms.

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 01:40 AM

At some point in the late 70s/early 80s my mom received a copy of Great Chocolate Desserts as a gift. It was the first cookbook that I really went through page by page and read.  So when it came time to build my cookbook library it was a no-brainer that I would include several of her books. Thinking about her cheesecake brownies, rugelach, and way too many kinds of cookies I've make over the years.

 

Thanks Maida for all the deliciousness!


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#7 StephanieL

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 07:43 PM

I think my mother uses her hamentaschen recipe.  Nowhere else have I had hamentaschen that are so soft and delicate.


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