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Quick and Easy Braided Cherry Danish

Cherry Jam Braided Danish

When you think of danish, you probably think of buttery pastries made with many layers of tender dough and filled with anything from sweet cream cheese to fresh fruit to nuts. A danish is definitely a decadent way to start off the day, but it is also fairly time consuming to make the dough from scratch if you want to bake your own. This Quick ... Read More »

What is a pastry blender?

Pastry Blender

Biscuits, pie crusts and other flaky baked goods often call for butter to be rubbed in or cut in to the flour mixture. This means that the butter should be broken up into small pieces, but not completely incorporated, into the dough. There are several ways of doing this. The first, and most traditional, way is by literally rubbing the butter in with your fingertips, ... 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 »

What is vienoisserie?

Croissant, laminated dough

In France, bakeries usually have signs in the windows that prominently say “Boulangerie” and “Patisserie.” A boulangerie is a bakery that specializes in breads. A patisserie is a bakery that specializes in pastries. The majority do both and offer a wide selection of both sweets and baguettes and other breads. Some bakeries also display a sign that says “vienoisserie,” usually without much explanation. Vienoisserie means ... Read More »

Baklava Bites

Baklava Bites, innards

Baklava is a middle eastern pastry that is made with layers of filo dough, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened – or perhaps I should say drenched – with honey. The flavors are great, but it can be messy to eat, as your fingers inevitably get very sticky. That said, I still like to serve it around the holidays because it’s got a very unusual ... Read More »

Coconut Lemon Curd Scrolls

Coconut Lemon Scrolls

Classic, buttery scones are delicious when served with a side of lemon curd and these breakfast pastry scrolls are a takeoff on that favorite. The scrolls start with a tender, butter-rich dough that is rolled out and spread with lemon curd and sweetened, shredded coconut. Rolled up and baked, the finished pastries are kind of like the cinnamon bun version of a scone – only, ... Read More »

Cream Filled Bread Tart with Plum and Dried Cherry Compote

This month’s SHF theme is Tempting Tarts, hosted by none other than Jarrett, owner of every food blogger’s (and food blog fan’s) favorite resource. The idea for this tart came straight out of Baking with Julia. In it, Nancy Silverton offers up a wonderful looking Brioche Tart. Hers is rich dough, filled with a creme fraiche and egg custard and baked. It is then topped ... Read More »

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