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Reminder Savory Summer Tarts – This Saturday June 19

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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French Onion Tart for Upcoming Summer Tarts ClassJust in time for the Upcoming June  Class featuring summer’s bounty, this class  include two tarts that never failed to please and that were always popular in my take-out shop.

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All of my classes are demonstration so you just need to show up. They usually last about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  Recipes and the link to the class will be sent several days before the class takes place.

Saturday June 19   

2:00 PM CDT

This class includes two tarts featuring summer’s bounty that really deliver on taste and looks..  Both of these were featured in my take out shop and never failed to please.  Perfect for entertaining, lunch, dinner or even brunch both of these can be made ahead.

French Onion Tart features an easily made yeast crust  covered with a smattering of mustard, deeply caramelized onions, nutty Guyere cheese, fresh tomatoes, kalamata olives and fresh basil.  This tart can be baked a day or two ahead and simply reheated making it perfect for a summer dinner on the patio.  We also made in sheet pans, cut it into small pieces and served it as an appetizer when we catered. French Onion Tart

Goat Cheese Pesto Tart with Roasted Peppers sits inside an asiago crust that is simply pressed into the shell.  When the crust isn’t being used as a shell, it makes the best crackers ever.  The bottom of the crust is covered with a fresh basil pesto over which roasted red and yellow peppers are placed.  Three cheeses in a quickly made topping finishes this best of all summer tarts.  This tart can be frozen or refrigerated for several days.

Goat Cheese Tart

Both of these can be served warm or room temperature for easy entertaining.

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Easy Chocolate Guinness Cake for Father’s Day

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Guinness CakeThis Chocolate Guinness cake is surprisingly easy to make ahead.

I ran across this online recently and put it in my pile to test.  There are many versions of this from Nigella Lawson to the New York Times to The Brown Eyed Baker.  The majority of the recipes feature a single or double layer cake with cream cheese icing. Continue reading

Glazes for Baked Goods & Pillowy Soft Dinner Rolls

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Glazes for Baked Goods

From 12:00 clockwise the glazes are: Egg White, Milk, Egg/Cream, Melted Butter, Egg/Milk, Olive OIl, Water, Flour, Whole Egg. Center top left: Plain, Cream. Bottom, egg yolk

Glazes for Baked Goods demonstrates the different finishes that can be applied to breads and baked goods.  Those shiny crusts you see in a bakers window is because the bread, cookies or other products have been glazed or washed as it is also called to look more enticing. Continue reading

A Quick and Easy Summer Teacake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Quick TeacakeThis Quick and Easy Teacake could easily be offered at a high tea service. An easily made cake topped with a smattering of jam, whipped cream and fresh fruit.  Any flavor jam and any fruit can be used.

Teacakes are usually simple, single layered affairs so named because they are served with afternoon tea. Continue reading

Pave d’Amour – The Quintessential Celebration Cake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Pave d'AmourThis Pave d’Amour or Cake of Love is truly a celebration cake made for all the highlights of life.  It is one of those recipes that looks daunting but actually isn’t. It just requires a schedule and can be done over a number of days or even weeks as desired. While not as fast as some cakes, its complexity is what makes it so special.   Since May and June are such celebration months, I’m reintroducing this cake as one of my all time favorites because I think everyone should know about it.  Continue reading