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What kind of Chocolate?


I’m always getting questions about the types of chocolate I use in my baking and finding myself telling people that they should try a different type of chocolate for theirs – so today, I’d like to talk to you about … Continue reading

Crème Pâtissière (or Pastry Cream)

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 … Continue reading

Candied Citrus Slices


This recipe for candied citrus slices comes from the 1985 edition of Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts.  They are super great frozen and set in the rim of your lemonade glass.  The book also states that you can use cirtus … Continue reading

Glazed Pecans

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 cups pecan halves Instructions: Heat oven to 350 F.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.  In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Add brown … Continue reading

Chocolate Ganache

This recipe for Chocolate Ganache is quick, easy and amazingly delicious.  After it’s set, I like to scoop mine out, roll it into balls and dip in tempered chocolate for truffles. Ingredients: 4 parts chopped chocolate, by weight 3 parts … Continue reading