Pink Peppercorn Shortbread
A spicy spin on classic shortbread, this exquisite little cookie is perfect for birthdays, showers, tea parties, Mother’s Day and more. To preserve the pink hue, crush the pink peppercorns with the bottom of a pan.
Cured Salmon with Homemade Cream Cheese
The flavor of cured salmon can be enhanced by the choice of curing ingredients. While sugar and salt are crucial to the curing process, adding different herbs and spices will heighten and change the flavor. Homemade cream cheese is the perfect accompaniment.
Short Rib Sandwich with Fermented Pickles
This sandwich brings together slow-roasted meat with tangy cheese, caramelized onions and homemade pickles. It's not quick, but it's worth the work. If you don't have time to make your own pickles, store bought koshers work just fine. (Reprinted from our most recent cookbook, "20 for 20.")
Chocolate Stout Cake
A heavy drizzle of a hearty stout beer makes this cake rich and moist. The touch of reduced beer in the chocolate ganache packs the final punch. This recipe is excerpted from "20 for 20: Twenty Recipes Commemorating Twenty Years of Metropolitan Bakery," our newest cookbook, on sale now.
Pumpkin Custard Tart
This creamy tart is the perfect finale to a holiday meal. Dates are the surprise ingredient, adding an exotic sweetness to the tart and complementing the flavor of the pumpkin.
You don't have to be a master baker like Metropolitan's James Barrett to make delicious French-inspired delights at home. Here are several favorites—some savory, some sweet—adapted by James for the home chef.