Posts Categorized: Dessert

Ice Cream Float to knock your socks off!

Still on my ice cream kick I wanted to share another killer ice cream recipe. I found a version of this recipe online and thought it was pretty genius. In my typical fashion I tweeked it and made it my own. I think my favorite part about it is that the variations are endless. Without… Read more »

Frozen Dessert Recipes

French Ice Cream –  a very rich ice cream which is made from an egg custard. Contains a high ratio of cream to milk to eggs. Yum. Gelato – is also custard based but contains more eggs and milk and less cream. Because of this less air is incorporated in the process of churning which… Read more »

and now….

the recipes! PIE DOUGH: Grandma’s Pie Dough 2 cups Flour ½ tsp salt ½ cup oil ¼ cup milk ¼ tsp vanilla Combine in that order. PERFECT PIE CRUST 200 g all-purpose flour 125 g salted butter, diced (frozen) 1 T Cornstarch 1 egg 1 t Champagne Vinegar Pulse dry ingredients in a food processor…. Read more »

Pie Science.

Here are the notes from my class as promised. I will post the recipes soon but first you must understand the science behind the process. With a basic understanding of the ingredients involed in pie and tart making then you can better access the problem if something does happen to go wrong and you can… Read more »

My mind is on Pie

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you may have noticed that I have a crush on pie. The way the crust shatters as I bite into to it makes me swoon. The endless variety of fillings makes me giddy. My quest for the perfect crust recipe has been a daunting but delicious… Read more »

hmm… Strawberries.

hmm…. I have managed to find a few spare moments where both children are quiet, fed and the house is somewhat in order. But in these precious moments my mind is empty. Here I sit eager to write a new post, (which I know is overdue) I don’t know where to start because apparently four… Read more »

3 weeks to go… but who’s counting?!

I am!! I am counting the days. Pregnancy is truly an amazing experience. The body knows exactly what to do and how to care for the precious baby inside a woman’s belly. The process is so perfectly designed that near the end a pregnant woman is so sick of being pregnant that they actually look… Read more »

An Interview with Sweet Melissa

First of all an update is in order. In my last post I talked about the nesting phase of pregnancy that I am now in. I told you about knowing where to draw the line in reference to my cabinets. Well dear readers, I am here to confess that this passed week I crossed that… Read more »

On Nesting

There is something phenomenal that happens near the end of a pregnancy. Some call it nesting, my husband probably calls it “Ashley’s – crazy – hormonally – charged – let’s – get everything – done – RIGHT – NOW – time” It truly is a remarkable thing. I feel as if I have no energy,… Read more »

Course Confusion

My Valentines dessert took a savory twist. After hours of looming over recipes, photos, blogs and more I finally came up with a concept that could have, in concept, appeared to be more appropriate for a lunch menu than dessert. But in application it was more sweet than savory and more decadent than dinner –… Read more »

Light Desserts

Tomorrow I will be teaching a class on how to execute tasty, light desserts while still using “real” ingredients. What do I mean by “real” ingredients? While still using butter, eggs, flour, sugar, chocolate, etc. rather than imitation sweeteners and flavors, I want to create delicious and satisfying sweet treats. I never liked the idea… Read more »

Pie Pie Pie

This weekend I am creating a pie buffet! What could be more fun?!! Peach, apricot, apple, and berry just to name a few of the selections so far. Classic flavors with subtle flavor twists like ginger, honey, and lemon. Pie dough is something that pastry chefs take great pride in. It can be the bane… Read more »

Happy Birthday Monkey!!

We recently celebrated Baron’s 1st Birthday!!! Everyone always warns us how fast they grow up…. well I guess they were right! I can’t believe my baby is a year old. Gabe and I decorated paper cups for the festivities. In these festive cups we served… Banana Orange smoothies 1 frozen banana 1 1/2 c. whole… Read more »

Harvest Fruit Tart

A chocolate shell holds a spiced chocolate ganache. Poached Seckel pears, Hardy kiwis, persimmon, pomegranate, plum, figs, and asian pears adorn this seasonal beauty. This tart was served with a honey and spice Mascarpone cream. A perfect dessert to showcase the season’s finest offerings.

Bittersweet Chocolate and Roasted Pear Tarts

A buttery shortbread crust flecked with vanilla beans holds a creamy bittersweet chocolate ganache. The ganache is combined with Calvados and then a layer of pears sets atop the ganache. The pears were roasted with vanilla beans and butter. Finally a shiny chocolate glaze is poured on as the final layer. Garnished with bronzed lustre… Read more »

Sugar Pie Pumpkin Pie

A couple weeks ago Gabe, Baron and I, along with many other family members, spent a Saturday afternoon touring a few of our local farms. It was absolutely heavenly. I don’t think I could describe a more perfect day than this was. Crisp fall air warmed by the smell of hot apple cider and the… Read more »

Thanks Grandma

Although she will probably never see this I just wanted to give a big sweet thanks to my Grandma for sharing her pie crust recipe with me. It has changed my pastry perception. In the last week I have made four pies (two peach, an apple and a chicken pot pie). Tomorrow I will be… Read more »