Archive of ‘Pies and Tarts’ category

Butternut Squash And Goat’s Cheese Pies

butternut squash goats cheese pesto pies

I like the idea of winter, but am less than enamored with the reality. I like the idea of going for a dog walk on a crisp, frosty winter morning, until I get outside and my fingers go numb, my nose starts streaming and it hurts to breathe…I like the idea of snow (and do enjoy it for about an hour) but then it gets trodden into brown slush and the pavements turn into sheets of ice. The one instance in which the reality is as satisfying as the idea when it comes to winter, is the food and drink – mulled wine, gingerbread, stollen, mince pies, eggnog, christmas pudding, panettone, yule logs, crumble, christmas cake…and pies. There is something inherently comforting about wrapping food in pastry on a cold, miserable day. (more…)

Mini Paris Brest

The November Daring Baker’s challenge took us for a ride! Luisa from Rise of the Sourdough Preacher challenged us to make Paris-Brest, a beautiful pastry celebrating the Paris-Brest bicycle race.

paris brest with praline creme legere

So I decided to join the Daring Bakers, a monthly baking challenge, as I thought that it would encourage me to try baking things that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. I was right! My first challenge was Paris Brest, a choux pastry dessert filled with a praline cream. It was invented to commemorate the Paris-Brest bicycle race and the circular shape, made with pâte à choux, is meant to resemble a bicycle wheel. I would have thought to make other choux pastry desserts, but most likely eclairs or profiteroles, not Paris Brest, so this was a good challenge for me. (more…)

Spiced Poached Pear and Frangipane Brioche Tarts

spiced poached pear brioche tart

This recipe took a couple of go’s to get right, the first time I made them, the tarts were delicious but the frangipane sort of exploded and spread everywhere, they tasted good but looked a mess. I was determined to get them right and not be defeated by a tart; so I tried again with a few tweaks and they turned out beautifully! (more…)

Streusel Topped Apple Brioche

streusel topped apple brioche

I lost all form of self-restraint when I baked this ( not that I had much to start with). I was incapable of going into the kitchen without gobbling down a slice it was so incredibly moreish. I got through nearly half of the loaf by myself in a day, and it is not a small loaf… I justified this gluttony by telling myself that the apples counteract the butter…right?! (more…)

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