November 21, 2017

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie {Martha Stewart Recipe}



Old-fashioned pumpkin pie made the traditional way (from fresh pumpkin) is quite time-consuming to prepare so you won't find it at a bakery or grocery store, but it's definitely worth the effort. Once you get past the pesky task of cutting up, steaming and puréeing the fresh pumpkin, it's really not that difficult to make pumpkin pie from scratch. Below is a wonderful recipe from Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts cookbook that was published way back in 1985 (yet is still my favorite pie cookbook!) You're sure to impress family and friends with this classic Thanksgiving dessert. Serve it at room temperature with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream. 

July 30, 2017

Summer Berries with Buttery Biscuits {Chez Panisse Recipe}


I love summer berries in simple desserts, especially the seasonal fruit recipes from Chez Panisse. Using fresh farmer's market fruit. I followed the recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits from "Chez Panisse Fruit" and was really wowed by the results. The biscuits are light, flaky, buttery and just slightly sweet. Oh so delicious served warm with English clotted cream (or whipped cream) blueberries and wild strawberries. 

June 13, 2017

Farmers' Market Peach Galette {Simple Recipe}

Even though it's one of the simplest desserts in the French baking repertoire, a homemade galette is always an impressive creation. This rustic tart is sure to dazzle your guests, when served with afternoon tea or as the last course at a dinner party. My recipe calls for fresh organic fruit, ideally from the Farmers' Market. The rich buttery, flaky crust is the perfect complement to delicate, aromatic peaches. There's only one teaspoon of sugar in the entire recipe, which makes this galette relatively healthful.