All posts tagged: #pastry

Incredibly Easy Pumpkin Scones

In need of a little pick-me-up? How about a warm, light, flakey, spiced pumpkin scone, it’s finally the weekend! Our family had these for Thanksgiving breakfast. They took my mom 20 minutes to whip up, and even shorter for my family to devour all of them. Needless to say, I didn’t have much time to snap photos before the vultures (my siblings) swooped in.  My mom made me an entire batch today to freeze. She puts them in individual freezer bags, so I can pull them out on the weekends and have a warm breakfast. Go mom!

Signature Pastry Dough 

I’m a perfectionist, my mom claims she has had to return or exchange everything she’s ever bought for me. Yes I’m picky, but when I know what I want, I have a hard time settling for anything less.  In the baking world, this trait is to my advantage. Growing up, we would bake cookies or some kind of dessert every night of the week. (Yes, we exercise regularly, and arn’t all obese.) I would tweak and alter recipes every time until until we got close enough to perfection. So what if I have made every cookie imaginable and tried every substitution. I now have my go-to versions of various cookies, Belgium waffles, and fluffy pancakes memorized. Learn the ratios, and you’ll never “Google” a classic recipe again.  Pies are no different. Once you know your favourite flakiness of pie crust, or consistency of crumble topping, you’re golden.  So here I’ll share my pie crust go-to.  I use this for apple pies, cherry pies, sweet or savoury galettes, pecan pie bars, and even quiche.    First things …

Black Cherry Galette

Where is the summer going? I was COLD walking to work this morning without a sweater. As much as I hate the humidity, bring back the heat!  Even though it may be cooling down, this summer staple we introduced back in June hasn’t gone anywhere. Strawberry picking days are history, but cherries and peaches are in their prime.  If only I lived in the Okanogan and had BC cherries growing in my backyard….give me five years and all be calling myself a West-Coast-er.  Summer nights call for easy barbecue dinners and this dessert is no different. Nothing better than a flakey pasty crust, under a mountain of juicy berries and a dollop of whipped coconut cream.  Remember, this is totally customizable, so swap out the cherries for the fruit of your choice. Also feel free to use whipped cream or icing sugar instead of coconut cream.  Enjoy! -AS   Ingredients For the dough: 1c all-purpose flour ¼ c almond flour 1 tbsp sugar ½ tsp of salt 6 tbsp butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 tbsp …

Asparagus and Prosciutto Phyllo Tart

Hellllloooo cottage! This past weekend, we hit up Lake Simcoe for some much needed time off in celebration of Canada Day. Now, I don’t know about you, but when we’re presented with a huge kitchen complete with Wolf appliances and a massive marble island…we don’t spend much time outside. Thank you Camp Copey! One of the many creations to come of the weekend is this delicious phyllo pastry tart, topped with a goats and cream cheese mixture, asparagus, prosciutto, and lemon zest. This really was a simple creation, so even if you prefer to be outside on a beautiful day, this is a great way to impress your guests without putting in too much work!