Once upon a time I hated pineapple upside-down cake. It tasted and looked like Jiffy Mix met a can of sweetened pineapple, went out on a really bad date and fell into a deep dish, head first.
I’d forget after a while and make it again like it was something new and different. And I still didn’t like it. Even when I moved past Jiffy Mix to decent yellow cakes, fresh pineapple and caramelized sugar, it still lacked something. Mostly it reminded me of school lunch fare. Beige.
Still, I was hopeful that I might try just one more time (hope springs eternal or my brain is wired like Dilbert). And I’m glad not only that I did, but had the foresight to write it all out as I was making it up. Continue reading
Captain Awesome grew up in a family we affectionately refer to as the Lemon Loving clan. He and his parents love lemon tart more than chocolate. Yes, indeed, gasp. But true. So recently, after we carted some pretty Meyer lemons home from the market, I thought I would make him a very lemon tart.
Three many tarts later I finally have it. The first one was a candidate for baking wreck of the week. A little too much cornstarch and the lemon filling was smooshy bitter. The second one was better, but the crust was rather like chewing crust-jerky. And the filling was still bitter and slightly chewy. Not what you want in a lemon tart. Too much pith and brimstone.
The third time was the charm. This one is so perfect I want to bronze it. Half the tart is still in the refrigerator but I know it won’t last the day because Captain Awesome already had a piece for breakfast. Continue reading
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19 hours of labor later
They look quite like about-to-be croissants in this photo.
Those three in the back were set to become little pain au chocolat. It took over 19 hours to make them that pretty. First there was the top dog secret dough prep by Captain Awesome. Then came the chilling, then the folding, then the chilling. That included making sure the marble board was ice cold for each turning so the result is a zillion layers folded in loaded with good unsalted butter. They were left to rise, slowly overnight, ready to bake in the wee hours of the morning.
Captain Awesome is on a mission to create a gluten free puff pastry and croissant that reminds him of Paris. These little pastries came out of the oven looking like perfect little gluten free imitations of a French croissant. Small, crispy, flaky on the outside and the smell would have made you swoon with lust. For croissants, that is. Continue reading
Mom baked tons of goodies, but none more frequently than her brownies. She was the entire welcome wagon for the growing neighborhood back in the mid 1950’s and would bring a plate of brownies to every new family. We loved when she made brownies because the crisp edges had to be carved off before being given away. Though the pan was square and she hacked off an edge for each of us, we still managed to fight over them.
Thankfully, the recipe made its way into print in the 1964 Syracuse Hadassah Cookbook, and was called Ada’s Brownies – a riff on Ate a Brownie (my dad’s odd sense of humor). Otherwise, none of us would have ever known what went into her recipe because she never bothered to write them down. The book is long out of print, but I still have a copy tucked away. Continue reading