‘pastry’ Articles

Potato Bread

Potato Bread

This month the Daring Bakers tackled yet another yeast-based product, potato bread. I didn’t participate in the last yeast challenge (sticky buns) so I figured I should step up and complete this one. It’s no secret that I was disappointed when I saw a basic bread recipe. I was hoping for some intricate pastry or [Continue]

Kitchenaid Brioche — step-by-step for Amanda

Kitchenaid Brioche — step-by-step for Amanda

A long time ago a fellow San Diego blogger was gifted a Kitchenaid stand mixer and asked me for a mixer-friendly brioche recipe. This is probably a few months late but…. Brioche is an enriched French bread with a large amount of butter and eggs that gives this bread a soft, sweet crumb. Brioche are [Continue]

Choux, many ways

Choux, many ways

Choux paste is one mighty useful item. It is one of those recipes that can be transformed into so many different things. The French flavor it with savory ingredients and pipe small bits of it into boiling water and call it French Gnocchi. In southwestern US long strips are piped with a star tip into [Continue]

Bostini!

Bostini!

I cut this Daring Bakers Challenge close. I waited until the last day and pretty close to the last hour to get this cake made and posted! This month the bakers took on the challenge of a Bostini Cream Pie. I’d probably classify this as a restaurant version of the classic dessert; it is small, [Continue]

Swedish cookie time

Swedish cookie time

I know this may sound crazy, but chocolate chip cookies are overrated. While I do enjoy them, I think that most people just make them because they don’t appreciate the huge number of cookies that are out there. Take for example this example above. These cookies are called Spritz Rings. My pastry teacher, a proud [Continue]

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