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blood orange pie

Monday, February 4, 2013

[Note: this is a re-post, again. I know, tacky. But! I love this pie, and the original post contained photos that made me cringe. So, when I had a chance to remake this pie, I decided to take some new photos, too.] So, I’m on this blood orange kick. I keep buying bags of them, cutting them open one by one, just to see their pretty purple pieces…

baking chocolate dessert pies + tarts

bittersweet chocolate tartlets with flaky spelt crust + crème fraîche

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I’ve had several baking failures the past few weeks, but these little pretties came out perfect. I had used the bittersweet chocolate filling many times at a coffeehouse I baked at so I knew it couldn’t miss, only then it was in a large tart form with a shortbread crust. But I had been intrigued by Kim Boyce’s spelt pie dough, and decided to try it out here.…

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a little pie party

Monday, September 24, 2012

A few weeks ago Hannah from Honey & Jam commented on Twitter that she could ‘really use a piece of pie right about now.’ I had just made a pie; it was sitting proud and pretty on my kitchen counter, and so I tweeted back, wishing I could send her over a slice. Stephanie from Desserts For Breakfast and Beth from Local Milk also chimed in, and we…

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rustic grape tarts

Thursday, August 23, 2012

roasted grapes [haiku] I am taken with you: alone, or sleeping with covers of sweet crust. We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne. – Marcus Aurelius Rustic Grape Tarts Tart dough recipe from Cooks Illustrated These tarts are fairly easy to…

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rustic tarts with my sister

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Part One: Kindred  [Celia and Rosalind, like sisters]  “I was too young that time to value her, But now I know her. If she be a traitor, Why, so am I. We still have slept together, Rose at an instant, learned, played, eat together, And wheresoe’er we went, like Juno’s swans, Still we went coupled and inseparable.” -William Shakespeare, As You Like It Part Two: Lamentations  If I…

baking chocolate dessert pies + tarts

french silk pie

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Somehow it creeps up, every year, and I’m just not ready for it. Like Linus I try to catch a glimpse of the Great Pumpkin, but it whizzes past me, leaving my head spinning and my pants a bit too tight. We have three celebrations with three different branches of family, and while I feel the warm glow around me, the memories all…

baking dessert pies + tarts

raspberry streusel tart

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I was asked to host a dinner party. The menu was to be from America’s Test Kitchen’s latest book, The Menu Cookbook [There is a post about the whole evening here, on The Feed, if you’re interested]. It was a lovely time, filled with good food and wine, family and friends. This little pretty, pictured above was dessert. And it was delicious. The raspberries were oh so tart,…

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plum walnut crumb tart

Sunday, August 28, 2011

I couldn’t resist these little plums. They jumped out at me as I walked through the store, and my daughter squealed with delight as something so tiny and so purple was put into our cart. I came home to find the Smitten Kitchen had posted a recipe for a Hazelnut Plum Crumb Tart. It was meant to be. Except I didn’t have hazelnuts. So I did some tweaking,…