This “showstopper” filo dish forced me to break a rule. I admit it, I used packaged filo. I made my own filo before and it was frustrating and ended badly. Now, I could have used smaller pieces of filo–rolled out pizza-size dough, rather than table-size sheets–but I’ve decided to file it under “been there, done… Continue reading Filo Again
I got through two challenges in two days and forgot to blog about the first one, so I’m going to combine the efforts in one post. First challenge is a double-crusted fruit pie. I got some Fuji and Granny Smith apples at the store and sliced up about 6 of them–4 Fuji, 2 Granny. I… Continue reading A Pair of Pies
The three basics that were part of the skills section of the final episode of season 1 is seeming to take me the longest! I got the Disappointing Victoria Sammies done, and now, finally, the Tarte au Citron! Just the scones to go…maybe I’ll make those tomorrow. In the show, they made lots of little… Continue reading Tarte au Citron
The next adventure in Pies and Tarts week–and the final challenge this week–is Tiered Pies! The Show Stopper challenge was for the contestants to create 3 or more tiers of pies–any flavor and any crusts. Tiers? Yeah, that’s not happening. It’s crazy-season and we’re going to be in and out for the next few weeks… Continue reading Hot Crust Pastry
So this recipe was altered due to cost and availability. The recipe for the challenge is Mini Pear Pies–a perfectly poached pear wrapped in rough puff pastry and then baked. Well, pears aren’t in season yet and nowhere to be found, so I thought I’d adjust this to a poached apple and caramel. The two… Continue reading Poached Apples in Puff Pastry
So today’s tart is Cherry Custard! I wanted to be sure I tried the custard again–to make sure making it wasn’t a fluke–to make some improvements on the crust, and add a favorite ingredient…cherries! You may notice in upcoming months that there are a few combinations that get repeated, like chocolate and caramel, s’mores, Chai,… Continue reading Sweet Cherry Piiiiiiiiie!! I mean, Tart!
I started making the Baked Alaska at the end of the last challenge, but had several failures (much like Ian on the show, who pitched his entire effort into the trash and stormed off). 1. Ice cream–I bought pre-made ice cream rather than making home-made, and I really need to mix it with the Oreos… Continue reading Tarts and Pies Week!