Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica

My friend from high school, Kristin, asked me if I had a pizza rustica recipe.  I’m so glad she did.  First of all, it made me feel special that she came to me for a recipe because she seems like an amazing cook on Facebook, and secondly, it hadn’t occurred to me to make an Easter pie for the blog until now. Pizza rustica, also known as ham pie, is a deep, flaky, buttery pastry filled with cheeses, meats, eggs, and spices.  It is a delicious savory pie.  I tried Nigella Lawson’s recipe a very long time ago and loved it. Back then I used pre-made pastry.  This time around I would make the pastry from scratch.   Continue reading →

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Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin

Korena from the beautiful site Korena In The Kitchen has challenged the Daring Bakers to make a Tarte Tatin.  I was so excited to make this classic French dessert.  Like the chocolate chip cookie, Tarte Tatin was born from a mistake. As the story goes, Stephanie Tatin, who ran the Hotel Tatin with her sister Caroline, was making a traditional apple pie for her guests.  She realized that she caramelized the apples and sugar too long in a large saute pan, so she quickly blanketed it with pastry and put the whole thing (pan and all) into the oven.  Once it was fully baked she flipped the pan upside down onto a plate and discovered that she created a beautiful, caramelized, open-faced apple tart.  Her guests loved it, and she became the most popular girl in all the land.  The moral of the story is this:  don’t be afraid to make mistakes.  The worst that can happen is that you learn a valuable lesson, and the best that can happen is your mistake becomes a much loved creation.   Continue reading →

Brown Sugar Cake

Brown Sugar Cake

Brown Sugar Cake

Brown sugar cake is an easy and delicious upside down cake.  It has a soft and sweet interior, that is encompassed by a crunchy, caramelized exterior.  Once out of the oven it is served immediately, so every bite is nice, warm and crispy. Because of the sweetness, I think this cake would benefit by serving it with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream.  I didn’t have any on hand, so I used the next best thing–whipped cream.  Add some apples to the topping and you’ve got yourself a nice autumnal dessert.  However, since I’m in a Spring mood, I left this delicious brown sugar cake just how it is.   Continue reading →

Vanilla Chiffon Roll

Vanilla Chiffon Roll

Vanilla Chiffon Roll

I’ve always wanted to roll up a vanilla chiffon cake.  Now that I can cross that off of my bucket list it’s on to plate spinning!  Okay, so let me tell you about this cake.  It is a soft, sweet, vanilla-infused cake filled with the most deliciously light chocolate-walnut mousse.  This cake is so yummy that it has easily become one of my favorites.   Continue reading →