pies/tarts

prunus maximus – cherry almond tart

July 2, 2015
Cherry Almond Tart

Cherries were prized by ancient Chinese royalty and the wealthy. Besides the fruit, cherry wood was believed to ward off evil spirits—even today, Chinese families place cherry branches over their doors on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. Statues carved from the wood stand guard at the front of homes.

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so berry – fresh strawberry cream pie

June 18, 2015
Fresh Strawberry & Cream Pie

  The perfume of strawberries fills the hot afternoon air at the Farmer’s Market. As much I think of them as berries, they aren’t.

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bananarama – banana cream cake

May 21, 2015
Banana Cream Cake

  Originally found in South East Asia, mainly India, bananas were brought west by Arab conquerors around 327 B.C., first to Asia Minor, then Africa. Explorers and missionaries eventually carried them to the Caribbean. Mass production of bananas began in 1834 and it wasn’t until the late 1880s before they became popular.

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home sweet homework – silky matcha blackberry pie

May 7, 2015
Silky Matcha Blackberry Pie

  If you like to bake pies, you probably have a go-to recipe for the crust. Maybe it’s an all-butter one or a combination of butter and shortening. Perhaps, there’s sour cream or vinegar in it. Whatever your favorite, a well-baked piecrust is the perfect vessel for a plethora of fillings that speaks the language […]

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ghost town – chestnut ‘montblanc’ tart

January 30, 2015
Chestnut 'Montblanc' Tart

  The biggest blizzard ever . . . didn’t land in NYC on Monday. In stead, we got a ghost town with just enough snow to briefly cover sidewalks and streets. People tried to get home before subways and busses stopped running. Stores and restaurants closed in the early evening.

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gift of nothing – french plum tart

October 3, 2014
French Plum Tart

  It’s been a rather quiet week with few pressing matters, so I got to settle into the groove of baking and use this perfect opportunity to come up with a fresh list of desserts. More time in the kitchen may not sound exciting, but when baking is usually squeezed between errands and obligations, an […]

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my maine thing – blueberry coconut-lime pie

September 12, 2014
Blueberry Coconut-Lime Pie

  Before and after our annual road trip to Maine, I’m thinking about blueberries. Besides the ubiquitous lobster rolls, fried clam bellies, and seaside taffy, there is one thing I must savor in Ogunquit—the Blueberry Martini.

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effort and reward – summer peach pie

August 22, 2014
Summer Peach Pie

  Last week, I offered a Basil Summer Berry Pudding to celebrate the bounty of berries. This week, the idea of bounty marches on with peaches. It’s that part of the summer season to bring home a quart of peaches and perfume your home with that sweet aroma.

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edible still life – passionfruit chiffon tart w summer berries

August 1, 2014
Passionfruit Chiffon Tart w Summer Berries

  The fruit mania continues with this week’s creation inspired by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We went there mainly for photography and fashion exhibitions, but I walked away with something unexpected.

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fruit high – ginger cherry plum galette

July 25, 2014
Ginger Cherry Plum Galette

  I keep thinking there’s plenty of time to savor summer fruits—then I realized that cherries are at their prime, and they won’t last much longer. Strawberries are gone, except in supermarkets, but blueberries and stone fruits are still plentiful in the farmer’s markets. I’m determined to bake full speed ahead on all desserts with […]

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forget me not – boston cream pie

June 27, 2014
Boston Cream Pie

  Vanilla is under-appreciated in the dessert world. I understand the importance of using a good quality vanilla, but it always co-stars, never stars.  Vanilla maybe the standard flavor to gauge a brand of ice cream, but when was the last time you had a dish?

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