Jan18

Raspberry Nutella Bread Pudding

I will admit, I am always looking for new ways to eat Nutella. It is probably one of the tastiest spreads out there, and I will admit to occasionally eating it straight from the jar.  No, not my proudest moments.  Anyway, I have been up to my eyeballs in pies this week so when it came time to bake something sweet just for me, and not for testing, I decided Nutella would have to be involved. This is a variation on a traditional English...

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Jan27

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

Before we get started with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies a couple of fun news items ….    First, as many of you know I am participating in an event sponsored by Electrolux in New York City to help raise awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  It is a fantastic organization and you can help by donating here.  Part of the event is a cake decorating competition.  We have been placed in groups and my group consists...

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Nov25

Butter Croissants

Ready for something a tad more advanced?  It takes time to make, but it is SO worth it. I fell in love with croissant making a few semesters ago in my Laminated Dough class.  Bread making is among my favorite things to do in the kitchen, but making laminated doughs (doughs with butter sandwiched between the layers) tops that.  It takes time to make laminated dough and the process has taught me a lot about being patient in the...

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Aug03

Cheddar and Gruyère Gougères

When I was in my Laminated Dough class in culinary school we made gougères.  I have never been the same since.   After reading what gougères were I was certain they would be awful.  I mean, a gougère is nothing more than pâte à choux  with cheese mixed in, but I always associated pâte à choux with cream puffs.  With trepidation I mixed in the cheese, piped them out into little mounds, and slid them into the oven.   One taste and I was...

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Jul03

Buttermilk Biscuits

Tomorrow is the 4th of July here in the US, and I can think of no better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than with a hearty breakfast of flaky and tender buttermilk biscuits.   For years I struggled with buttermilk biscuits.  Drop biscuits I had down pat.  I could make batches of those fluffy little wonders in my sleep.  However, the tender, layered biscuits that I grew up with eluded me.  They would either be hard as...

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Apr13

Dark Chocolate Chip Brownies

If you do not like chocolate jam packed inside a fudgy brownie, turn back now!   This recipe is adapted from one we made in culinary school.  The brownies we made were ok, but we did not use dark chocolate or dutch processed cocoa powder.  I do and the result is superior.  There is also more chocolate chips in my version.  I see it this way, if you are going to have chocolate, why go half-way?  These are really easy to get mixed up,...

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