Archive for the ‘Pastry’ Category

Almond Meringues

October 30th, 2014 | Cookies, Desserts, Gluten free, Pastry, Quick | Christi | No Comments

Making meringues can be tricky. There is a long list of things that can go wrong- overbeating, underbeating, not adding enough sugar, forgetting the cream of tartar, not having the whites at the right temp, starting off on too high of a mixer speed, and so on. However, once you are comfortable making a meringue, […]

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French Almond Yogurt Cake

October 26th, 2014 | Breakfast, Cake, Pastry, Quickbread, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

This almond yogurt cake is super moist, with a nutty crumb from the ground almonds. I’m a huge fan of using yogurt in cakes to keep them from drying out. This cake will keep perfectly for a week or so in the fridge. If it makes it that far. Forks up! French Almond Yogurt Cake […]

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Baileys Chocolate Mousse

September 20th, 2014 | Chocolate, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

Baileys Chocolate Mousse 2 cups chilled heavy cream 4 large egg yolks 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon Baileys liqueur 7 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped Garnish optional: lightly sweetened whipped cream Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer Heat 3/4 cup cream in a 1-quart heavy saucepan until hot. Whisk together yolks, sugar, and a pinch […]

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Scallion Pancakes

January 8th, 2014 | Asian, Bread, Pastry, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

If you’re a fan of dimsum, you’ll love these scallion pancakes. The way the dough is rolled makes for multiple layers of flakey pastry. Be careful not to roll the final pancake too thin, or it will be a hard disk. You want it tender in the middle. The dipping sauce is a must to […]

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Cinnamon Crumb Coffeecake

October 1st, 2011 | Bread, Breakfast, Cake, Desserts, Pastry, Quickbread, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Sometimes I like to talk. Alot. I have to hold myself back from yapping the other person to death. Of course, there are other times where I love to embrace the silence. A nice book, an evening walk, or maybe even a weekend brunch filled with brown sugar and cinnamon- in the form of these […]

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Chocolate-Covered Cream Puffs

August 7th, 2011 | Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

Cream puffs, profiteroles, pate a Choux…they all sound so distinguished. Fancy dancy, which can mean disaster in my kitchen. Thankfully with a bit of patience and a watchful eye, these babies will be popping out of your oven in no time. Cool them completely before filling with cream. You can also use pastry cream, if you wish. […]

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Turkish Baklava

July 26th, 2011 | Cookies, Desserts, Pastry, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

I miss Istanbul. I miss the crazy bus drivers, the open bazaars, and the amazing street food. I miss the sweets- Turkish delight, and authentic baklava. Then again, sometimes you have to improvise. Turkish baklava is traditionally made with pistachios. That can get expensive, so a mix of almonds, cashews or walnuts are also delicious. […]

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Honey Almond Squares

June 1st, 2011 | Cookies, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Honey is amazing, especially if you find the good stuff. Personally, I get tired of the honey bear tube of sugar syrup that they sell at the grocery store. But not so long ago, we had the good fortune to meet a honey grower right here in Orange County. Their honey is the real stuff. […]

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Strawberry Shortcake

May 7th, 2011 | Breakfast, Cake, Desserts, Fruit, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Strawberry Shortcake is a perfectly summery food, celebrating the arrival of berry season with a marriage of buttery biscuit and fresh whipped cream. Make sure not to over mix the biscuit dough to ensure a light and flaky delicacy. Enjoy on a sunny weekend afternoon on your porch, with a glass of strawberry lemonade on […]

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Sour Cream Twists

May 5th, 2011 | Bread, Breakfast, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 6 Comments

Sour cream twists, said to be of German origin, combine the flakiness of pastries with the flavor of yeast risen dough. These twists are covered in sugar and then baked until lightly golden. Perfect for afternoon tea! Sour Cream Twists makes three dozen large and four dozen small twists 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose […]

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