Happy Thanksgiving and a couple of announcements!

Thank you for visiting Zoë Bakes! I wanted to write a short post to let you know how much your lovely comments of encouragement have meant to me. As many of you have noticed I’ve taken a sabbatical of sorts from blogging. I miss it and will be back soon. Jeff and I are working on our third book (Pizza and Flatbreads in Five Minutes a Day) together and it is due at the beginning of December. It is so exciting and tremendous fun, but it is like a child and has taken most of my time.

I have also been presented with an opportunity to work with one of my all time favorite Twin Cities chefs. Steven Brown, who I worked with many years ago is opening his own restaurant in Minneapolis called Tilia. I got down on my knees and begged him to let me be a part of it and help him with the desserts. What a crazy good time, playing with sugar in the presence of such an inspired chef. The picture above are just a few of the desserts I created for our first tasting together (sticky toffee cake, soaked in caramel and glazed with chocolate, a German Chocolate Cake and an apple-pear spice cake with orange cardamom glaze). It will be a menu of our interpretation of some classics, made with the best local ingredients and a whole lot of love. To find out more about Tilia and watch the process of opening a restaurant you can visit the Tilia facebook page.

and there are now gorgeous Tilia gift certificates for holiday giving. I hope you will come and visit.

I have so much to be thankful for this holiday season and I look forward to coming back to Zoë Bakes soon to blog about all that I have been working on.

Thanks, Zoë

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17 thoughts to “Happy Thanksgiving and a couple of announcements!”

  1. Hi Zoe,
    I have taken a few classes from you and enjoyed myself immensely. I met Steven Brown last month and your name came up in conversation, so I am glad to see that you are pairing up together. Can’t wait for Tilia to open and to try your desserts, I am already an avid baker of your bread from both books:)

  2. I’m thrilled you’ll be doing the pastries and desserts at Tilia’s, Zoe! Lucky Linden Hills!

    Can’t wait for it to open. I’ve been peeking through the brown construction paper on the windows for weeks to monitor the progress!

    1. Hey Martha,

      Can’t wait for it to open! I will be helping Steven with the menu and recipes, but I won’t be in the kitchen.

      Happy belated Thanksgiving! Zoë

  3. Praise be! You have returned to the blogosphere! I am a relatively new follower and became very distressed over your prolonged absence. You have been very busy and those desserts look amazing. I am delighted that you are back and look forward (patiently) to reading more of your excellent and delicious posts. Good luck with your new book and the opening of Tilia.

  4. Congratulations on the book and the new venture! Those cakes look awesome so I am sure your desserts there will be a lip-smacking, roaring success!

  5. I stumbled upon this site while looking for a Coconut Rice Pudding recipe I had during a trip to Singapore last year. Great to hear you’re coming back 🙂

  6. Waiting with bated breath for the opening of Tilia, even more so now that I know they will be featuring your desserts. What a lovely concept of local, fresh ingredients in such a warm setting.

    Looking forward to your next book as well. Any thoughts on adding nutritional information to the recipes?

    Those photos are divine, by the way!

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