Category Archives: Pastries

Toasted Coconut Glazed Crullers

Coconut Crullers

When you walk into a donut shop, you see lots of familiar treats. There are cake donuts with a variety of sprinkles, crumbs and glazes. There are crackly old fashioned donuts, also made with cake donut dough, that have a lot of texture to them. There are yeasted donuts in all kinds of rings, twists and swirls, with glazes, sparkling sugars and other toppings. There ... Read More »

Churros con Chocolate

Churros frying

In Madrid, there is one dessert place that is a must-visit destination. That is Chocolateria San Gines. This chocolate shop has one specialty and that is Churros con Chocolate. The chocolate is thick, rich and pudding-like, and the churros are light and crisp. The combination is pretty much the only thing on the menu and the waiters tend to assume that this is what you ... Read More »

Chouquettes

Chouquettes

I was shopping at Sur la Table the other day when I overheard a saleswoman trying to help a young French woman find a specific type of sugar for a recipe she wanted to make. There was a little bit of a communication problem taking place and as I listened in (I happened to be standing next to them and also looking at baking products, ... Read More »

Easy Cream Cheese Danish

Easy Cream Cheese Danish

The dough used in danishes is similar to the dough used in croissants. It is a very flaky, buttery yeast dough that takes more than a little bit of time and patience to put together. Sometimes it’s nice to dawdle over a batch of pastry on a lazy weekend morning, but other times it’s nice to get something delicious onto your plate a little more ... Read More »

Vanilla Slice

Vanilla Slice

The name is unassuming, but the Vanilla Slice is an almost iconic dessert in Australia. Much like the chocolate chip cookie in the US, you can find it just about anywhere that pastries are sold, from coffee shops to bakeries. There is even a big competition held every year to find the best slice in the country! Much like chocolate chip cookies, there are just ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Homemade Toaster Strudel

Homemade Toaster Strudel

A toaster strudel is a ready-made, frozen breakfast pastry sold by Pillsbury that was introduced in the 1980s as a rival to the popular toaster treat, Pop Tarts, made by Kelloggs. While the Pop Tart has a firm crust somewhere between a cookie and pie dough in texture, a toaster strudel has a flaky outer layer, more like puff pastry dough or a croissant dough. ... Read More »

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