Bread & Pastry

Old Time Recipes

We recently received a large collection of books from my Uncle Scott. Most of those books were agriculture yearbooks. There were books from the earliy 1900s all the way up to the 1990s. Now those books are actually for my husband, but I found 1 book that was calling my name. It was a copy…

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Petit Pain au Chocolate

My recipe for Petit Pain au Chocolate (read small bread with chocolate) comes from the KitchenAid recipe collection.  It makes 8 sweet rolls with chocolate centers. Ingredients: 3 – 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup plus 1 ablespoon milk, divided…

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Pâte Brisée (Tart Dough)

This recipe for tart dough is used in a majority of the recipes in my copy of Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water Instructions: Put flour, salt, and…

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Crème Pâtissière (or Pastry Cream)

What the heck is crème pâtissière, you ask?  It’s a pastry cream used in many of the Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts recipes.  The recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups of cream. Ingredients: 1 cup milk 1/2 vanilla bean 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon corn starch 1 tablespoon flour…

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Burbon Street Beignets

For those of you who have never heard of them beignets (pronounced “been-yea-s”) are basically fancy homemade doughnuts (meaning we’re not going to make them out of canned biscuits. This is a recipe from the KitchenAid collection. Ingredients: 1 package dry active yeast 1/4 cup warm water (105° – 115° F) – yes this recipe…

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Farmer’s Daughter Pate Sucree

This pie dough is a sweet dough, which is great for tarts.  It has a lot of butter, so it’s harder to handle than all-purpose doughs. Ingredients: 1/2 lb. unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg yolks 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour pinch of salt Instructions: In a medium bowl,…

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Pie Dough

This is Matt’s grandmother Eleanor’s pie dough recipe. Ingredients: 3 cups flour 1 cup shortening 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup ice cold water Instructions: Cut shortening into flour and salt. Gradually add water until blended. *Makes 3 single crusts.

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2-Hour Rolls

This is the recipe for my grama Ruby’s 2-Hour Rolls.  I love this recipe because it’s a basic bread you can use to make butterhorns, cinnamon rolls, or any other type of bread you like. Ingredients: 3 package dry yeast 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 cups warm water 3 tablespoons liquid shortening 1 teaspoon salt…

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Ginger Squash Muffins

It’s time to bake for the fair.  Open class exhibits have to be turned in on Saturday morning, and I don’t think I’ll have time to bake anything tomorrow night, since I’m working the queen contest with Dave.  I got a photo printed off for the photography contest and I made some quick bread tonight. …

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