holiday baking

Fruit Cake and Onion Jam by George Geary

We ALL know the horrible dreaded fruitcake. I really hate it. Now if it was dipped in chocolate or not made of fruit that sticks to your teeth.. Maybe.

One of my first jobs was at The Cake Walk on 3rd street in Los Angeles. It truly was one of my favorite jobs. Biill and Bill owned it. Christmas time was a mad house we did crazy things for the industry (Media) since we were only block away from Paramount and so many other production places. One job I had (since I had the best writing) An industry person would give us their entire LA area holiday card list. We would take that and sign their names and deliver a cake (Mostly Lemon, Pistachio, Fruitcake or Chocolate Cherry) with the holiday card. Gladice and David Beagleman (former producer and agent) had the longest list, over 300. Funny I would sign the cards and David was arrested only a few years prior for embezzling.

Our fruit cake at the Cake Walk had the candied oranges and Grand Marnier (really cheep triple sec), And golden raisins. This recipe is from 1980 when I was in pastry school. I created it and I still use it today. Its great.. That is if you love Fruit Cake.. I have my fruits right now soaking and Sunday is when I am baking mine for my father. Its his favorite!

Fruit Cake

Onion Jam  This is a very useful Jam. Take a little and place it on a toast point, Add cheese on top and place under the boiler until bubbling. 


Pecan Cake with Pecan Praline Glaze by George Geary

Its Monday. Thursday is "Feast" day! The last few weeks I was teaching in the Midwest (Ohio, IL and IN) fall pastry classes and a few donut classes too. Today I made 3 pumpkin pecan cheesecakes for the Thursday feast. I am going to drive to Napa area to have dinner with some friends and their family. Fall in Napa is a crisp time of year... Maybe I will bring some apples home!

Here is a Pecan Cake with the richest glaze. Next week be looking for my huge newsletter packed with holiday goodness!

Have a great Thanksgiving! 

Pecan Cake 

Hallmark's Home and Family Show Oct 23rd, 2012 by George Geary

Here is the recipe from the Hallmark Home and Famly Show from Tuesday October 23rd, 2012

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake 

Savory Taco Cheesecake

Here is the link to purchase books and the featured Cheesecake Pans from the show.

Pans and Books. 

Here is the site if you missed the show: Hallmarks: Home and Family Show. 

Thank you so much!

All Chocolate! by George Geary

Texas.. & Chocolate !

I am here in Texas for a whirlwind tour.. 5 classes, 5 cities, 4 car rentals, over 200 students, 4 hotels and 6 air flights, 2 different airlines flying thousands of miles.. in 5 days! Yes.. 5 Days! It has been a few years since I have been here teaching in Texas and it was great last night seeing so many past students. 

Here is a great fast easy recipe we made last night. 

Chocolate Pots de Creme 



1960's Eggnog Recipe by George Geary

This morning I received an instant message from my good friend Mary…

“I love all of the recipes.. Do you have an eggnog recipe with the raw eggs to where it has so much brandy that the salmonella is all killed?”


OK first of all.. YES. From my old recipe collection. These recipes are in a file with the real Cesar dressing, Pasta Carbanara and Hollandaise sauce that I don’t use in recipes in class because of the raw scare.  But here is a recipe as it was intended to be made. 

1960's Eggnog Recipe

Now if you dont want to make your own.. And you live in the greater Los Angeles area try Broguieres Dairy. You can find it at the dairy in Montebello and some selected stores. When I host my holiday food tours we always have the eggnog.. 

Briguieres Dairy