đŸŒč🍂🍎Apple Rose Tart w/ Sweet Custard and Walnut Crust🍎🍂đŸŒč

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes + 2 hrs custard chilling time Serving Size: 4 smallish tarts or 1 full-size tart Podcast Recommendation: NY Times: The Run-Up: The Trump Tapes, Part I: ‘He Doesn’t Know Himself’ Michael Barbaro interviews Michael D’Antonio, the last man to extensively interview Donald Trump and his family for a […]

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes Serving Size: ~22 cookies, depending on the size Podcast Recommendation: WashPo’s Presidential Podcast: Ep. 42: Bill Clinton: The Good and the Bad. Stumbled on this gem of a podcast – Lillian Cunningham, the host of the show, realized she didn’t know that much about our prior presidents […]

Fresh Fig Scones

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes | Cook Time: 18-22 minutes Serving Size: 8 scones Podcast Recommendation: Radiolab Presents: More Perfect: Object Anyway. This show looks at the story behind Batson v. Kentucky in which the Supreme Court struck down the validity of using race-based peremptory challenges. It also follows up with James Batson, the original criminal defendant (and later on appellant) in […]

Plum Tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes (plus 1 hr cooling time) | Cook Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: Crust 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 3 tablespoons (about) ice water Topping 1 1/2 pounds plums, halved, pitted, each half cut into […]

Lemon Poke Loaf

Podcast Recommendation: Flip the Script by Invisibilia about surprising results in non-complementary behavior. Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 55-60 minutes Ingredients: Lemon Loaf 1⁄2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1⁄2 cup milk (2%, etc.) or almond milk! 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or paste 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 […]

French Macarons (pt. III)

Same recipe for the macarons here but w/ blue food gel coloring. Buttercream filling recipe below: Buttercream Filling: Ingredients: 1 stick butter 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla paste 1/8 teaspoon gel coloring Instructions: Whip softened butter until light and fluffy Sift the confectioner’s sugar to remove any lumps, then add to the butter and […]

Macaron Update: Now w/ Gel Coloring

— same recipe as below but here’s the result with gel food coloring (which is supposed to retain the color better than liquid food coloring). As you will see, I switched piping methods between the pink and the purple batch from the turd-style to the hold-still-and-squeeze (doesn’t that sound gross). Misc. Update: I broke my hand mixer a […]

MACARONS! (aka French Macaroons)

Took a soufflĂ© class at Sur la Table last Friday and the easiness of soufflĂ©s has given me the bluster to try my hand at other pastries involving separated eggs. I’ve always admired how beautiful macarons are and also had no idea how they were made so, naturally, decided that macarons were my next step […]

Kitchen Sink (Date, Banana Chips, Peanut Butter, Almond, Chocolate Chips) Granola

Serving Size: 8 bars Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 1 hr cooling time Ingredients: 1.5 cups dry oats 3/4 cup peanut or almond butter 1 cup pitted dates 3/4-1 cup chopped almonds (hand-chopped or pulsed food processor) 1/2 cup banana chips (hand-chopped or pulsed food processor) 1/4 cup chocolate chips parchment paper 1/2 cup honey (optional, […]

Chocolate Mousse w/ Banana and Pecans

  Serving Size: 2 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 min. cool time Ingredients: 3/4 heavy cream 1/8-1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute, depending on sweetness preference 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Instructions: whip cream with electric mixer for ~5 minutes, until more solid than liquid add sugar and continue to […]