The Wonders of Rough Puff Pastry and Palmiers

It's only fair to share…The first time I tried making rough puff pastry I was quickly disheartened.   It looked horrible and I thought I had messed it up/misunderstood the directions/or that the recipe was wrong, wrong, wrong.  I didn’t put much effort into it as I thought it was a lost cause. Recently, I…

What to do with Stale Croissants

It's only fair to share…​Croissants are still wonderful after a day or even two but after that they lose their magic.  You don’t want to put all that work into them just to throw them away and you can’t eat all of them in one day by yourself.  Well, you could but the French stay…

My Favorite Pastry Techniques

It's only fair to share…We have a  5 week old baby which is heavenly at times — the smell of a newborn, their fat cheeks, the way they randomly punch the air when they’re mad — and torture at other times.  I’m in one of the difficult times right now when I need a nap…

Hungarian Beigli

It's only fair to share…DH and his brother call this kalacs but I think beigli is the correct moniker for these nut or poppy seed rolls.  Since DH does not like poppy seeds (or raisins or coconut milk or olives…aiyiyi what a list) I made the traditional walnut beigli and then made up an almond…

How to Do Puff Pastry Turns

It's only fair to share…I am continuing to work through Edd Kimber’s amazing book, “Patisserie Made Simple” and one of my favorites has been Galette des Rois.  In this post I have included a shortened but not too short video on how to do puff pastry turns which we will use for the Galette des…

My Formula for Perfect Sugar Cookies and 300 Diwali Cookies

It's only fair to share…A mom friend of mine from my daughter’s school asked if I would make cookies for the school’s Diwali festival.  Three hundred cookies, actually.  Now, normally, I only bake for my family but I was studying for my board recertification and something in me just craved the intensity of a big…