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Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

I’m a big fan of this puff pastry tart; it’s flaky crust and creamy center hit all the right notes. The raspberries add a burst of freshness, and are the perfect partner to the pastry cream topping. It’s a wonderful balance of flavors and textures, and would be delightful for Mother’s Day or Brunch.  You can make my homemade rough puff pastry, or use store-bought, whichever you prefer!…

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Black-bottom Chocolate Mousse Pie

Friday, November 20, 2020
Black-bottom Chocolate Mousse Pie

Since Thanksgiving is almost upon us and pie season is here, I decided to make my favorite dessert for the holiday: Chocolate Mousse Pie. This is a mash-up of recipes from my 100 Cookies book: the pie crust from French Silk Pie Bars [#63], the chocolate ganache from the Banana Crunch Blondies [#37], and the chocolate mousse filling from the Mud Pie Bars [#64]. This pie is also inspired…

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cherries and cream slab pie (some notes on how I make pie)

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Cherries & Cream Slab Pie | Sarah Kieffer | The Vanilla Bean Blog

It took me a long time to feel confident making pies. I never actually made one until my late twenties, as they had seemed so daunting and time consuming; so much work for something that had such a high percentage of not turning out right. My first attempt actually was incredible: I made a perfect apple pie. The crust was flaky and golden brown, the filling perfectly cooked,…

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All-Butter Pie Crust

Sunday, March 10, 2019
All-Butter Pie Dough

A little sugar, plenty of butter, and a bit of folding make for a tender, flaky dough that bakes beautifully and can be used with your favorite fruit fillings. I recommend using a preheated baking sheet and a glass pie plate for making sure the bottom crust is fully cooked and golden brown; see individual recipes for directions on baking. …

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Rhubarb Puff Pastry Tart

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rhubarb finally made an appearance at my local co-op. It’s ruby red stalks called to both me and the puff pastry tucked away in my freezer, so I took it home with me and set to work. I had this rhubarb tart recipe in mind, and didn’t change anything except to stir some raspberry jam into the crème fraîche, and sprinkle the tarts with a good amount of…

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Peach Crumble Pie

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Years ago, after completing college and moving back in with my parents for a spell, I would pick my Grandma up once a week and take her out shopping. She was close to 90 and could no longer drive, but was always eager to get out of the house and buy her own groceries and necessities. One of her favorite haunts was a neighborhood department store that she…

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Rhubarb Blueberry Apple Pie

Monday, June 9, 2014

Last week I received my copy of The Homemade Flour Cookbook by Erin Alderson in the mail. I’ve been a fan of Erin’s site Naturally Ella for a long time, and last September had the pleasure of meeting her (and photographing her wedding). Erin is a hardworking, go-getting woman, and one of the most generous souls here in blogland. I’ve been terribly excited about her book. The premise…

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pear + blackberry tartlets

Monday, April 7, 2014

sweet spring is your time is my time is our time for springtime is lovetime and viva sweet love (all the merry little birds are flying in the floating in the very spirits singing in are winging in the blossoming) lovers go and lovers come awandering awondering but any two are perfectly alone there’s nobody else alive (such a sky and such a sun i never knew and…