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Category: Pastry

RHUBARB POUND CAKE FROM MELISSA CLARK

RHUBARB POUND CAKE FROM MELISSA CLARK

“This tender pound cake has slivers of vanilla-poached rhubarb running across the top and shot through the center, adding a tangy sweetness to the buttery crumb.”–Melissa Clark Finding a Rhubarb Pound Cake recipe was never an issue but finding one that was also great-looking was…

CHEZ PANISSE’S CARAMEL ALMOND TART

CHEZ PANISSE’S CARAMEL ALMOND TART

THIS PHENOMENAL CARAMEL ALMOND CONFECTION WAS ALMOST BOUNCED OFF THE MENU OF ALICE WATERS’ CHEZ PANISSE A baker named Lindsey Shere created this wonderful almond and caramel dessert. Andrew’s been offering it up all summer.  My favorite indicator of just how good it is was…

Dorie Greenspan’s Mostly Rhubarb Tart with Strawberries

Dorie Greenspan’s Mostly Rhubarb Tart with Strawberries

The Doyenne of Baking adds Strawberries to this custardy confection but its flavor is Rhubarb-forward. Rhubarb, with its vibrant red stalks and uniquely tart flavor,  has been a staple in culinary traditions for centuries.  Botanically, Rhubarb is actually a vegetable.  But it’s used in desserts…

Cream Scones with Clotted Cream from "Hand Made Baking" by Kamran Siddiqi

Cream Scones with Clotted Cream from "Hand Made Baking" by Kamran Siddiqi

Ah, the scone! Perfectly made it’s a thing of joy at tea time or coffee hour.   But the greater likelihood is that the scone most people encounter comes off as heavy as a hockey puck and just about as appetizing. No matter how much…

Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Herbed Mascarpone Tart

Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Herbed Mascarpone Tart

Some holiday discoveries are well worth making all year round. This is one of them.  It’s from Melissa Clark in The New York Times. It’s one of four recipes created for New Year’s Eve 2020. In “A Finger Food Countdown to 2021”, Melissa created two…

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Heirloom Tomato Tart

A Tomato that looks flawed creates a Tart that is pure perfection. The heirloom tomato has arrived. Heirlooms, or “Heritage Tomatoes” if you’re British, are not always the most beautiful on the outside.  But the first slice brings a flood of great tomato flavor. They’re…

Brown Sugar Tart

Brown Sugar Tart

It may not be the best time in our lives…but it’s still a great time to bake. We’ve noticed there’s more baking going on than usual.  And why not? We not only have the time while we self-quarantine, we also have the need to lift…