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Hey Brûlée

By on December 26, 2016

Here’s a dessert classic for your holiday week…

7 egg yolks, mixed with 2/3 C sugar, whipped up until lightened — “blanchir”
3 C heavy cream
1 C whole milk
Scrape in 1 vanilla bean, throw in scraped pods
Mix up with a whisk, let sit for a while, overnight if you can wait
Remove…


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Big Apple Tartlet

By on March 22, 2015

A little treat from leftover home-made apple sauce and an extra pie crust….

 
Three apples – all different kinds, which makes the texture interesting. Peeled, chopped.  Onto the stovetop with a knob of butter, a good squeeze of honey, and some ground ginger and cinnamon.  Let go on low for a while,…


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Fresh Berry Hand Pies

By on October 4, 2014

These were fun – puff pastry filled with mixed fresh berries.

 

Oven to 400º  Toss fresh blueberries, raspberries and quartered strawberries with a squirt of lemon juice, a touch of vanilla and a good few squeezes of agave nectar.  Sprinkle in a bit of cornstarch to help thicken things up.  Cook…


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Pro’s and Go’s – a Sweet Treat and a Savory Treat

By on April 20, 2014

Profiteroles and Gougeres: same start, different end.  A choux paste base, unique as twice cooked – once on stovetop and again in oven. First the gougeres –the base dough plus finely grated Gruyère cheese mixed in, and topped with grated Romano.  Perfect cheesy puffs, served warm alongside chilled Champs:

 

 

One for…


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Free-Form Fall Apple Tart

By on November 16, 2013

Lazy man apple pie?  Maybe.  Tasty slice of fall flavor?  Oh yes indeed:

Peel and slice about 6 different apples, mixed.  Here I used Crispin, McIntosh and Empire.  Toss with juice of half a lemon.  Take about a half cup sugar (or more if you like it sweeter) and mix…


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Baby Butterscotch Bombs

By on September 15, 2013

Baby for small.  Bombs for rich rich rich.  And a little salty too…   A study in earth tones, a fantastic monochromatic:  

First, the butterscotch pudding – I used this recipe from David Lebovitz.  I couldn’t find the ‘cassonade’ sugar (though I didn’t look that hard).  It was fine with…


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Chocolate Fondue Party

By on March 2, 2013

Always a hit, tough to botch = party favorite.

The Goods:

3 chocolate bars – I use two dark bittersweet and one milk
1/2 c (or more) heavy cream, warmed
Orange zest
Splash of Grand Marnier

The Execution:

Break up chocolate bars (small guests enjoy this job).  Melt over low heat on stovetop, slowly thin with…


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Superthin Superbowl Snaps

By on February 3, 2013

These thin ginger snaps are such a pain in the a*# to make.  So we only do them on Superbowl Sunday, maybe once more around the holidays.  Baking isn’t any fun, but if you can suffer through the exact measurements and ridiculously thin rolling of the dough, you’ll be…


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Molten Lemon Cake

By on January 3, 2013

Can’t stand baking.  What with the exact measuring/timing and all.  And then there’s all the stuff – measuring spoons, cups, little boxes of powder, cannisters of things.  Excavating for baking dishes buried in the far reaches of the cabinet. What a hassle.  

But there’s a few things we’ll bake…


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Cravings Desserts

Sweet Patron Cream over Spicy Peaches

By on September 10, 2012

Let’s end this summer with a kick in the pants — this dessert will open a can of whup*ss right all up on you.  Spicy serranos, peaches with fresh squeezed lime juice, tequila whipped cream.  Feel that sweet boozy burn, let’s go go go!
 
The Goods:

Sweet firm-soft late summer peaches,…

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