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Sunny Side Up Apricot Pastries

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Sunny Side Up Apricot PastriesYou might recognize Sunny Side Up Apricot Pastries if you own “Baking with Julia” by Julia Child. Michel Richard, the consummate baker contributed the recipe.  These are a playfull French pastry featuring puff pastry, pastry cream and apricots.  The finished pastries look just like sunny side up eggs.  I told you he is the consummate baker! Continue reading

Pastry Cream Technique

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Orange Blossom TartThis post is about the technique of making pastry cream.  See All About Pastry Cream for an in depth discussion of this French pastry essential.  This photograph features swirls of lightened pastry cream on top. Continue reading

Danish Butter Cake

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Danish Butter CakeAs promised, here is the Danish Butter Cake.  This is good any time of the day from breakfast as a coffeecake,  to evening as a dessert or, if you’re like us, any time of the day. How can you possibly go wrong with almond filling, pastry cream, remonce, and chocolate?  If you are not fond of almond paste, omit it from the remonce.

Last week I posted the Quick Danish Pastry and suggested you make the pastry cream.  If you did and thawed it Tuesday or, at the latest, Wednesday, you’re all set to make this extraordinary Danish Butter Cake. Continue reading

Vanilla Mousse Torte with Strawberries

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Vanilla Mousse Torte with Strawberries With Mother’s Day upon us, this Vanilla Mousse Torte with Strawberries is a perfect do-ahead dessert to honor her.  It is light, full of flavor, not too sweet, beautiful, easy to make and almost no bake.  I’m not sure what more could be asked of a dessert.

Chocolate mousse is a given, but a good Vanilla Mousse is hard to find.  Most are based on white chocolate which is not my favorite chocolate. I find it lacking in any distinctive flavor, although I know many will disagree, including my husband.

To up the flavor, I used my pastry cream, added a bit more vanilla and lightened it with whipped cream before pouring it over fresh strawberries on a vanilla wafer base. Continue reading

Banana Pudding with Maple Pecans

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Banana PuddingBanana Pudding is a favorite southern dessert usually made with purchased vanilla wafers and vanilla pudding mix. Before I became the pastry chef at Tony’s, I worked briefly at the Hyatt Hotel which was a client of the bakery. I wanted to see how a big bakery department worked.

I remember making 10-gallon jars of Banana Pudding for a southern convention at the hotel. I was surrounded by cases of vanilla wafers, and pudding that was premade. After a while, I couldn’t even remember the order in which the jars were assembled because my mind was so numb.  I don’t think I looked at another banana for years. Continue reading