Pączki | Polish Doughnuts

Who doesn’t love doughnuts? How about a filled Polish doughnut know as a Pączki, pronounced (POHNCH-kee). These little pillows of rich egg dough, scented with dark rum and vanilla, are fried until golden brown and then filled with generous amounts of fruit or custard filling and then finished with a liberal dusting of powder sugar. Indulge […]

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Fresh Peach Pie

Fresh Peach Pie made with sun kissed juicy peaches picked at the height of their ripeness from the tree in my own yard. Combined with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and Turbinado sugar making for a delicious seasonal summer treat. This is what eating in season is about. Here in Michigan we are lucky to […]

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Fried Fruit Hand Pies

Fried Fruit Hand Pies – Bursting with fresh fruit filling, encased in a tender and flaky crust that has been fried until golden brown and then finished with a light powder sugar glaze. Eating a warm hand pie is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  What fruit should I used? You can use any fruit that is […]

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

A homemade flour tortilla is a true love to me. Soft, warm, tender, as comforting as a billowy down quilt on a cold winters day. Flour tortillas are a staple of the Mexican table as are biscuits and cornbread are to the Southern table. Turning up at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. A perfect snack reheated […]

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Ensaïmada of Mallorca, Spain: Porky Pastry Goodness

The Ensaïmada, the official pastry from the island of Mallorca, Spain.  A pastry set apart from all others by its recipe, time honored process, and the use of lard. A traditional pastry dating back to the 17th century. The Ensaïmada tells of the history of  the Romans and the Moors who once ruled Mallorca and then left […]

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Old School Pie Dough | The Proof Is In The Crust?

‘Easy as Pie!’  A saying that we all have heard before, but for many home bakers why does making a tender, flaky, crisp, and oh so rich and buttery pie dough remain so elusive? Is it the recipe?  Is it the ingredients?  Is it the skill of the baker?  The answer is yes to all of the […]

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