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 Read More …

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 Read More …

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 Read More …

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 Read More …