Classic Apple Pie

If my kitchen was a classroom, pie would be the final exam. The crust requires a level of dexterity and attention to detail far beyond what's needed for most baking recipes, and even the most minor of errors can affect the final result. The pie filling itself is a test of knife skills and ingenuity, and … Continue reading Classic Apple Pie

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Plum Torte

Despite being knee deep in October, plums are still bountiful at my local farmers market. This unexpected harvest inspired me to try the recipe below, shared long ago by the NY Times and now a mainstay in many home cook's kitchens. This plum dessert makes a surprisingly great neighbor to your other fall favorites, pairing nicely with the season's … Continue reading Plum Torte

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

One of the things I love most about summer is the sudden appearance of fruit desserts. I've seen them pop up just about everywhere, from the fanciest of restaurants to my friend's laid back weeknight BBQ. The varieties are endless, beginning with berries in June and transferring over to peaches and other stone fruits as … Continue reading Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

Peach Blueberry Crisp for Two (or more)

To me, crisps are a vacation from baking.  While there are plenty of recipes out there to guide you through the process, crisps practically encourage experimentation.  They are also forgiving, and I doubt you'll find many people out there that can claim to have tried a bad crisp.  They are also simple.  Similar fruit filled desserts … Continue reading Peach Blueberry Crisp for Two (or more)