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A Tale of Two Tarts

Lately I’ve been making a lot of Monets. No, I haven’t taken up impressionist painting. I mean “Monets” in the Clueless sense of the word. Desserts that look amazing, but upon closer inspection–or tasting–leave something to be desired. This is tragic for a number of reasons–wasted hours and ingredients, for instance–but the biggest disappointment is…

Baklava Fingers & Spiced Orange Sorbet

Until recently, I’ve never given honey too much thought. My father worked as a beekeeper when he was younger, which meant that he was full of entertaining stories about bee shenanigans–including a dark time when a hive “went rogue” and made their own queen–and our pantry was always full of his honey. Jeopardy trivia break:…

TWD: Kumquat-Chocolate Tart

This week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie was supposed to be a chocolate raspberry tart, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy fresh raspberries this week. Not because they’re hard to find (although they are) or expensive (although they REALLY are) but because they’re out of season and that is no longer allowed. I’m currently…

Brownie Cookies, the Best of Both Worlds

First off, a bit of business. My Oh Nuts! giveaway ended last night, and the winner, as chosen by the random number generator, was lucky number 17: Caroline of Sweet Caroline. So Caroline, email me your contact information and I’ll get the gift certificate sent your way! Speaking of nuts and dried fruit and yumminess,…

TWD: Lime Cream Meringue Tarts

For some reason, motivating myself to make these lime meringue tarts was like pulling teeth this week. No, scratch that. Making these tarts was like visiting your tiresome Great Aunt Gladys for the holidays. You don’t want to do it, but you feel a great sense of obligation, and you imagine the pangs of guilt…

Tuesdays with Dorie: Perfect Party Cake

You know, I’m not the most obedient Tuesdays with Dorie baker. Sometimes I take liberties with an ingredient (or two, or three…) and I don’t always stay true to the recipes. But I like to think I have my priorities in order, and I follow the instructions when they’re absolutely necessary. So when Dorie ordered…

Butterfly Cupcakes and the Tijuana Turtle Effect

So my boss Esti has a theory about miniature desserts we call the “Tijuana Turtle Effect.” Observe: One miniature butterfly cupcake is pretty cute. Three mini butterfly cupcakes are kind of darling. But a huge spread of dozens and dozens of mini butterfly cupcakes, arranged wing to wing? UNBEARABLY ADORABLE.This, my friends, is the Tijuana…

TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart

This week’s lemon tart was a nice walk down memory lane for me. My first pastry job was at an LA bakery called Sweet Lady Jane, and while I was there I developed a lemon tart recipe pretty similar to the one we made this week. Of course, getting the perfect recipe required many many…

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