Coarse-flake sea salt for sprinkling (preferably fleur de sel)
Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until it starts to brown. When the butter has browned and is ready, the foam will have subsided and it will have turned a nutty color. Watch closely so as not to burn the butter. Pour the browned butter into a medium bowl and stir in the brown sugar and vanilla. In a small bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. With a spoon, stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until combined. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and lightly press it into the top of cookies. Bake for 12 minutes.
Set a medium bowl in a large bowl of ice water. In another medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with 1/2 cup of the sugar until pale, about 3 minutes.
In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk, salt and remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and bring to a simmer, whisking until the sugar is completely dissolved. Whisk the hot cream mixture into the beaten egg yolks in a thin stream.
Transfer the mixture to the saucepan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the custard is thick enough to lightly coat the back of the spoon, about 4 minutes; don’t let it boil. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into the medium bowl in the ice water. Let cool completely, stirring frequently. Refrigerate the custard until very cold, at least 1 hour.
Pour the custard into an ice cream maker with flavorings, if using, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the frozen custard to a plastic container, cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pie plate
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pie plate
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 bag (12 ounces) frozen cherries, thawed and dried
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate (4-cup capacity); set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in almond extract. With mixer on low, blend in flour mixture (do not overmix).
Transfer batter to prepared pie plate; scatter cherries and almonds on top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Remove and discard tough lower stalk of each broccoli. Peel remaining stalk. Finely chop stalk and florets (you should have about 4 cups). Set aside.
Heat oil in a medium heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion and sweat until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add stock and potato and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potato is almost tender, about 12 minutes. Stir in chopped florets. Simmer until potato and broccoli are very tender, about 10 minutes. Remove soup from heat and purée in a blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot with crusty bread.
1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for baking dish
6 large eggs, room temperature, separated
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and set a kettle of water to boil. Butter a shallow 2-quart baking dish; coat with granulated sugar, tapping out excess.
In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks with granulated sugar until lightened in color. Whisk in melted chocolate; set aside.
In a large, clean bowl, using an electric mixer on high, beat egg whites with salt until soft peaks form. Whisk 1/3 of whites into chocolate mixture. Add remaining whites, and gently fold with a rubber spatula just until combined (do not overmix).
Transfer batter to prepared baking dish. Set dish in a roasting pan, and pour enough boiling water into pan to come about 1 inch up side of dish. Bake until puffed and just set (center of cake should barely move when jiggled), 25 to 35 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream first four ingredients until light and fluffy. Mix juice and champagne. Add flour to creamed mixture alternately with juice mixture, beating well after each addition.
Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; insert a #1M star tip. Transfer dough to bag; pipe 2-in. circles 2 in. apart onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Bake until edges are set, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pan 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.