March 2011

raspberry napoleon

I’ve wanted to make a napoleon for a few years now. What took me so long? Well, I had always imagined I would make my own puff pastry before doing so, but the opportunity never really presented itself. However, recently I happened to have an extra sheet of thawed puff pastry after making some pot [...]


Pastry Cream

by Sara on March 28, 2011

Pastry Cream

Eclairs. Fruit Tarts. Napoleons. Cakes. Cannolis. Fruit Pies. Cream Pies. What do these desserts have in common? They all can include pastry cream, a silky custard that is an important component to many recipes, but is also rather decadent on its own. You’ll find this custard filling an éclair, topping the prebaked pastry shell in [...]


Blueberry Bundt Cake

by Sara on March 24, 2011

dusted with confectioners

I have to admit, pretty much the only reason I made this cake was to try out a new bundt pan. I also made this cake on a whim one morning, when I wanted something sweet for breakfast but didn’t want to leave the house to obtain it elsewhere. I mostly had the ingredients I [...]


Fettuccine Alfredo

by Sara on March 21, 2011

fettuccine alfredo

I’ve often said that if I had a choice, fettuccine alfredo would make an appearance at my last meal. When made with good quality butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano, the flavor is other-worldly, the texture smooth and luxurious. But I had many disappointments on the path to the right recipe. My first attempt involved a recipe by [...]