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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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Masala-Spice Palmiers

Thursday, January 17, 2019
masala spice palmiers

I always forget how delicious palmiers are until I make them – puff pastry, coated in sugar and spices and then baked until crisp and caramelized – what’s not to love? This version from Maggie Battista’s new cookbook, A New Way to Food, is made with Masala spice mix (a blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom, coriander, black pepper, and fennel) and maple sugar. Other puff pastry desserts you…

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(Good Morning) Cheese Danish Slab Pie

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Danish slab pie

I recently received Cathy Barrow’s new cookbook, Pie Squared (affiliate link), and have been highly enjoying it. The concept of the book is slab pies, a pie that strays from its traditional circle shape and is instead baked in a baking sheet. I am a huge fan of slab pie; I prefer the crust to filling ratio, and it cuts so nice and neat into squares while being large…

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Peach Puff Pastry Pie

Friday, August 31, 2018
Peach Puff Pastry Pie in a circular pan with spoon

I realized today that I hadn’t made one pie this summer, not even ONE! Luckily I had a pile of peaches on my counter and rough puff pastry in my fridge, and so decided to remedy the situation immediately by putting the two together. Peach Puff Pastry Pie was born. While I usually prefer a traditional pie crust, this comes in a very close second. I did make…

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Turnovers With Jam

Friday, February 2, 2018

‘I’m all over the place, up and down, scattered, withdrawing, trying to find some elusive sense of serenity.’ ‘The world can’t give that serenity. The world can’t give us peace. We can only find it in our hearts.’ ‘I hate that.’ ‘I know. But the good news is that by the same token, the world can’t take it away.’ –Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird I come to you…

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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,…

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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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sour cherry turnovers

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I forgot they were in my freezer. Door County cherries, tucked underneath bags and bags of raspberries the kids and I had gathered every summer afternoon from our backyard bushes. I had to dig through those berries and move them around and curse slightly to get to the bottom of that freezer drawer. But there they were, still glittering and ruby red and perfect. It seemed the cherries…

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pear tarts with honey-bourbon crème fraîche

Monday, April 22, 2013

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the…