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Pumpkin Cheesecake

In cake, cheese, custard on November 10, 2010 at 08:14

Week 37 | 11.10.2010


I have a great giant Cinderella pumpkin taking over one of my few wooden stools, remnants of Halloween festivities. I don’t have the heart to cut into it just yet, but it did get me in a mindframe of baked pumpkin possibilities – teacake, muffin, pie, cheesecake

Is sweetened pumpkin only an American tradition? Only last week a french baker said to me, “I don’t like my vegetables sweetened!” when I asked why he never ate the delightful mini pumpkin pies he turned out for the holidays. Well I have a certain fondness for pumpkin, spice, and brown sugar crusts!

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Lemon Cream & Chevre Cocoa Tart

In cheese, chocolate, fruit, tart on June 9, 2010 at 05:41

Week 17 | 6.7.2010

I’ve been plotting out this recipe for awhile ever since my last lemon and chocolate pairing. The cake was delicious, but in the spirit of hot weather I’ll opt for a creamy tart. Read the rest of this entry »

Croque Monsieur Tart

In cheese, savory, tart on June 2, 2010 at 10:29

Week 16 | 5.31.2010

It’s picnic time! The weather is beautiful and warm again, never a better time to be outdoors enjoying the sun.

Savory tarts make the perfect picnic food, an exciting alternative to a ham and cheese sandwich. But simple ham and cheese can also be wonderful! The Croque monsieur, French for “Mister Crunch?” is a hot sandwich of melted swiss cheese and ham.  I’ll be dressing it up a tiny bit more with a flaky crust and an eggy custard to hold together the bits of ham and cheese.

Let’s picnic!

Thursday

Gluten-free tart shell. It works? It works! Flaky, flavorful, buttery and tender. Gluten-free (baking) is the latest rage. A mix of half a dozen different flour alternatives – brown rice, quinoa, spelt, tapicoa, potato – mustard, eggs and herbs for flavor, and a good knob of trusty butter to keep it all together.

Cheese and ham speak for themselves.

* Where’s the picture? Ooops… Excitement + forgetfulness = no photo this week.

Gougères

In cheese, savory on May 10, 2010 at 20:19

Week 13 | 5.10.2010

It’s the last week of school. Ready, set, go! Bakery Bites, I’m ready to take you to another level…

I have received several more requests for savory bites since vols-au-vent week. Excellent. Savory pastries often means adding cheese. “Cheese Gromit! We’ll go somewhere where there’s cheese!” Read the rest of this entry »

Sun-dried Tomato & Ricotta Vols-au-vent

In cheese, pastry, savory on April 3, 2010 at 19:26

Week 8 | 4.5.2010

Vols-au-vent, “blown by the wind”. What a playful image. It reminds me of the Dutch phrase Uitwaaien, “walking in the wind for fun,” from the fun language book In Other Words. Read the rest of this entry »