French Silk Pie

I’d like to start off by saying this was the first pie crust I’d ever made from scratch, so…Isn’t that a great way to start this entry? On that note, this page was wonderful on tips and tricks and making sure the crust didn’t just bloom up into a mess (as we don’t have pie weights, and…

Orange Cinnamon Buns

I still have some hazelnut macarons, and made myself stupid sick on eating fistfuls of caramel, so I figured that if I made a breakfast thing this time, I’d at least eat it slowly enough that I wouldn’t end up feeling like death. It wasn’t as cinnamon-y as I’d hoped, but I was happy with the addition…

Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons

I have some friends staying the night this weekend, as well as my parents, who both were interested in macarons. Per my buddy’s request, I made chocolate hazelnut ganache-filled macarons, as well as practicing some light decorating with a gel pen. I made a double batch, which tested the limits of the handful of pans…

Lemon Meringue Pie

Last week I made a lemon meringue pie – the first I’d ever made! Rather than the classic meringue, however, I substituted Italian, which turned out quite nice. The only issue I ran into was when I made a mistake with the meringue, and had to run to the store to grab more eggs. While…

Cinnamon Cheese Babka

This week was something I’ve done quite a bit in the past (though not from scratch – at work, the dough came in pre-formed, and I just had to spread the filling), but not recently. Many of the recipes I found called for various fruits and/or nuts, but to be honest, the first time I’d ever made homemade babka had been a cinnamon and cream cheese one.

Fruit-Filled Pastries

This was my first attempt at making pastries (the recipe I used came from here). It wasn’t as daunting in practice as I’d heard from others, and letting the dough chill was the most time-consuming part of the process. When I was ready, I filled some with sliced banana, and others with chopped apple, both kinds…