pastry cream

pies + tarts

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!…


vanilla doughnuts with pumpkin pastry cream

Friday, October 5, 2018

I mentioned before that I may go slightly overload with some pumpkin recipes this season, and here’s another one for you, this chilly October morning. Pumpkin pastry cream is quite tasty, and I honestly can’t stop making it. It’s smooth and rich like any good pastry cream should be, with just enough pumpkin flavor. This recipe is adapted from the pastry cream in my book; I start things…


Pastry Cream

Sunday, April 22, 2018
Pastry Cream

The first time I made pastry cream, I was working with Zoë François on a chaotic but incredibly fun photoshoot. I was back in the kitchen baking loaves of bread and brioche, trying to stay ahead of schedule and have everything ready for the next photo. Pastry cream was needed, and I pretended I knew what I was doing when Zoë handed me the recipe and told me…


Hazelnut and Vanilla Slice

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Last week Stephanie Meyer had a little get-together to celebrate Imen McDonnell being in town. Imen’s cookbook, Farmette, came out recently, and it is beautiful, filled with recipes and stories from her life on an Irish farm. Imen was just as lovely and kind in person as I imagined. I made the Wild Hazelnut and Vanilla Slice from her book – a perfect rectangle consisting of puff pastry,…

cake cakes

Hazelnut Cake with Crème Mousseline and Chocolate Buttercream

Thursday, April 28, 2016

“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to… to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.” – Emily Dickinson (I apologize for the short post. I’m currently working on my first pass for my book, and don’t have time to talk today. But! I do have this hazelnut cake recipe that I hope makes up for my lack of words. Have a…

baking cake

Gâteau Basque

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

“I do think you have to change with the times in a way that renews your core essence, not abandons it. To change for the sake of change—without an anchor—that is mere faddishness. It will only lead you further astray. -Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey A few days ago DreamWorks approached me to create a post inspired by their new movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. I eagerly accepted…


brioche doughnuts with chocolate-bourbon glaze

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On December 10, 2007, I was 9 months pregnant with my first child, my daughter Winter. That particular day in December was also her due date, and my 10-year ‘dating’ anniversary with Adam. Ten years ago that very night after walking around for hours talking about how we wanted to be more than just friends, we found ourselves in front of the Winona Middle School and kissed for…