Pies and Tarts

Buttermilk Pecan Pie

April 24, 2011
Buttermilk Pecan Pie

This week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was selected by Mariana of Food Junky: Buttermilk Pecan Pie. I’ll be blunt. Had this recipe not been part of Project Pastry Queen, I wouldn’t have posted it. But we post the good, bad, and the ugly! Of the ~50 recipes I’ve made from the book, this is only [...]

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Peanut Butter Cup Tart

April 21, 2011
Peanut Butter Cup Tart

This is the final recipe in our feature of Simply Suppers, by Jennifer Chandler. We managed to narrow 5 excellent recipes down to 3 to showcase this week. There might have been some Rock-Paper-Scissors involved but there was no debate about sharing this dessert. It looks like a giant peanut butter cup that’s covered in [...]

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Blackberry Cobbler

April 7, 2011
Blackberry Cobbler

Next to banana pudding, there might be no other dessert that says, “It’s summer in Texas,” like Blackberry Cobbler. Where I grew up, blackberries grew the entire length of our fence line and in the wooded lot across the road. We’d come in with a bowl full of berries and mom would make cobbler for [...]

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Peanut Butter-Banana Cream Pie

March 13, 2011

… with Hot Fudge Sauce and Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream. It’s a mouthful. On all accounts. Josie‘s choice for this week’s Project Pastry Queen challenge was a reminder of one of the main reasons that I love this cookbook so much: big, over-the-top, show-stopping desserts. And this banana cream pie doesn’t disappoint. There’s the flakey [...]

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Homemade Mince(meat) Pie (Crockpot)

December 27, 2010
Mince Pie

My momma used to always say, “Christmas ain’t Christmas ’til somebody cries!” – Donkey, Shrek the Halls That somebody was me. Last year. I could probably blame some wacky 3rd trimester hormone cocktail but that’s just taking the easy way out. I was so looking forward to Mincemeat Pie for Christmas. Mom assured me it [...]

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Project Black and White Cranberry Tarts

December 5, 2010

We interrupt the 12 Days of Homemade Christmas to bring you heavy cream, butter, chocolate, and cranberries. Josie selected this week’s Project Pastry Queen recipe: Black and White Cranberry Tarts. Three delicious ingredients rolled onto a single dessert: Oreo crusts and a white chocolate-cranberry filling. I made a couple of changes out of necessity… Because [...]

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Chocolate Peanut Meringue Tarts

August 29, 2010

Joelen of What’s Cookin’ Chicago fame (really, she’s famous) chose this week’s Project Pastry Queen Challenge: Texas Big Hairs Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Tarts. Yeah, it’s a dessert as big as its name. And boy, does it bring back memories. Working at my parents’ bakery when I was younger, I’d put on one of the pie [...]

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DIY: Homemade Pop Tarts

August 25, 2010

If you ever get the chance to take a cooking class with Rebecca Rather, you gotta do it. And the same holds true for being in the same room as David Lebovitz. You won’t be sorry. I’ve taken two cooking classes with The Pastry Queen recently and walked away from the last class with my [...]

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