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Caramel Pear Puff Pastry Tarts

Caramel Pear Puff Pastry Tarts

Since I’m one of the featured bloggers for the 1,2,3 Puff Pastry contest this month, I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about puff pastry and its applications. Fortunately, it’s pretty versatile. Vol-au-vents are cases made of puff pastry. They look like cylinders of pastry, with high, crisp sides and a light, buttery base. The top of the vol-au-vent remains open and can be ... Read More »

Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans

Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans, top view

Is there a rule somewhere that says that brownies must be chocolate? Can something other than chocolate be the primary feature in a brownie if the resulting baked good is still brown in color, with a rich flavor and fudgy texture? I tend to think so, especially after trying these Pumpkin Brownies. These are not cakelike bars posing as brownies, but are tender, fudgy and ... Read More »

Frankenberry Cereal Bars

Frankenberry Cereal Bars

In 1971, General Mills released two Halloween cereals: Count Chocula and Franken Berry. The former was a chocolate cereal and the later was strawberry flavored. These two cereals are still popular today and have an almost cult following as far as cereals go, largely because you can almost only find them around Halloween (I hear some stores stock them year round) and need to wait ... Read More »

Homemade Hotteok

One of the first street foods I tried while in Seoul was hotteok, which was recommended to me by The Girl Who Ate Everything just before I left. Hotteok are breads, either baked or fried until crispy, that are filled with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. They’re actually a really simple dish, but quite tasty and a nice sweet afternoon snack. I wanted to try and create ... Read More »

Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake, center shot

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite autumn treats and I make it often once the weather starts to get cool, but I also like to try and find new twists to put on it to keep it interesting. Pumpkin pie bars and chocolate pumpkin pie are some of my favorite variations. This year, I set out to put pumpkin pie in a cupcake form, ... Read More »

Toffee Palmiers

Toffee Palmiers, group shot

Palmiers are one of the easiest things that you can make with puff pastry because you only need two ingredients: sugar and puff pastry. I like the butteriness and sugary crunch of a plain palmier, especially with a cup of tea or coffee. I’ve made them with homemade puff pastry, but store-bought is an easy substitute and can save you a lot of time if ... Read More »

Rice Pudding with Agave Syrup

Rice Pudding with Agave Syrup

Rice pudding is not a particularly sweet dessert to begin with, as it focuses primarily on the rice and milk that make up its bulk. But sweetness is what makes it dessert instead of a pleasant side dish, so sugar is really a key ingredient. I typically use regular sugar for my rice pudding. I have dressed it up before with a little drizzle of ... Read More »

White Chocolate Bread Pudding

White Chocolate Bread Pudding, unsauced

Bread pudding comes in all different forms, from recipes that can be individually sliced and served very neatly to recipes so pudding-like that the must be scooped and served in a bowl. Recently, Anna from Cookie Madness came across one that is a little more unusual and talked me into trying it out. White Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding she made comes from a cookbook called ... Read More »

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