Why You Need This Workhorse Pastry Dough in Your Arsenal.

Mar 24, 2021

My favorite workhorse, do-it-all pastry dough is rough puff pastry (a.k.a. Quick puff or blitz puff).  Rough puff is the best of both worlds:  The simplicity of pie dough and nearly as flaky as puff pastry.

If you can make pie dough, you can make rough puff.  And if you can make rough puff….well, the possibilities are pretty endless. 

Pie dough, but make it fashion.
Remember that scene from The Devil Wears Prada when Anne Hathaway’s character Andy goes from...

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3 Baking Tips You Won't Find In a Cookbook

Mar 10, 2021

There was a time in my life when I was the textbook definition of a hot mess in the kitchen (at home and professionally).  Early on in my career, it was so easy for me to feel flustered and overwhelmed, especially whenever I was making something for the first time.  I was fortunate to work with some amazing chefs throughout my career but working in a high-paced, high-stress, thrilling environment didn’t allow for bigger picture thinking.

Skill, technique, and actual hands-on...

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3 Reasons Why You Should Start Measuring Recipes in Grams

Mar 03, 2021

There’s a lot of buzz these days about the best way to measure ingredients for baking.  Here in the US, we use mainly units of volume: cups, fluid ounces, teaspoons, tablespoons.  For most of us, we grew up helping our family in the kitchen, scooping cups of flour for pancakes, biscuits, cookies, etc.  It’s nostalgic for so many of us.  Aaaand it’s the worst way to measure ingredients for baking.

I know, I know, harsh-sounding isn’t it? Sometimes...

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Do THIS to Start Making Recipes Your Own Right Now

Feb 21, 2021

One of my favorite ways to transform a recipe and make it my own is by substituting a portion of the flour with another flour that has more flavor or depth.

It’s also a good way to use up any random bits of flours you might have hanging out in your pantry.

Understanding flour substitutions can take a lot of trial and error.  Unless you’ve got hours to devote to figuring it out yourself, allow me to save you the time by giving you a starting point, taking out some of the...

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The Missing Link in Your Baking That No One is Talking About

Feb 05, 2021

What if I told you that there was a clear path to the challenging pastry and baking techniques you’ve always dreamed of trying?  Would you feel excited? Relieved? Or would you laugh in my face and call me a liar?  Regardless of your initial reaction and feelings, I am here, typing this, because I cracked the code to the most challenging projects that you’ve been too scared to try or have straight up failed at.   This missing link in your baking: Buildable...

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MY FAVORITE CHOCOLATE PIE RECIPE

Jan 30, 2021

This pie filling recipe is one that I make EVERY year during the holidays, but don’t be fooled. This is not just a holiday treat, it makes a lovely celebration or anytime sweet.  It’s so simple, and with the exception of evaporated milk, you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand.

Unlike most chocolate pies, this one gets baked in the oven, much like the custard of a pumpkin pie, or chess pie.  The trickiest part of the recipe is that there is no...

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Technique Breakdown: Pie Dough

Nov 01, 2020

If you know me, you know that I LOVE PIE.

Cream pie, fruit pie, ice box pie, custard pie, warm pie, streusel pie, double crusted, pie a la mode, hand pies….I love it all.  I love to eat it. I LOVE to make it.

Put on some Bonnie Raitt, fill my cup with coffee, and I’m one happy mama.

But what if I told you that making pie used to feel like a nightmare to me?

It’s true. I L-O-V-E-D the idea of homemade pie... but the crust….THE CRUST! Somehow, my crust...

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My Why.

Nov 01, 2020

What a freaking year, am I right?

This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions and a whirlwind of changes.  I left my comfortable career as a professional pastry chef to start this online biz of helping folks, like you, who are baking at home.

Some days I wake up with that paralyzing feeling of “OMG WHAT DID I JUST DO?”

The other days are filled with learning new things like how to build a website or doing basically anything technology related (I’m very much a pen and...

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I Can't Wait To Start Baking With You!

I know baking by yourself at home can be overwhelming and lonely, and that is why I'm so excited to start sharing what I know with you! Let's get started with this free Flaky Pie Crust Guide...