Pies, Tarts & Other Pastries

Apple Coconut Crumb-Topped Pie

This year, one of my colleagues (an American) thought it’d be a great idea to celebrate Thanksgiving. Naturally, I volunteered to bring dessert. A classic American pie was what came to ...

Baking Adventures (Part 8): Pineapple Tarts

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. And that means plenty of yummy, calorie-laden CNY treats, like pineapple tarts. But I find that store-bought pineapple tarts are often dry and ...

Basic Pie Crust (in Tropical Weather)

Making pies has always been somewhat of a nightmare for me in the past. If you’ve read my Basics post on butter, then you’ll know that butter begins melting at 32°C (90°F). That’s ...

Caramel Pecan Pie

Wow, last post of the year. And it’s going to be a caramel pecan pie. I’ve made pecan pie before, but with a few tweaks, you can get it to taste ...

Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Tart

Necessity is the mother of invention, so they say. One moody Sunday, as the heavens poured, I decided I was in need of some comfort baking. In my kitchen, I found ...

Chocolate Pecan Pie with Chocolate-Chip Cookie Crust

A friend had already celebrated her birthday several times before meeting up with our group of friends and she was completely sick of cake. But she never said anything about ...

Comforting Double-Potato Cottage Pie

It’s a really cold and wet last day of the year. Super rainy days like today are when I crave something warm and comforting to eat. And nothing, perhaps, is more ...

Cookie Press Pineapple Tarts

I make a least a hundred pineapple tarts every Chinese New Year. It’s a labour of love, but I’m always looking for ways to streamline the process. The most labour-intensive ...

Homemade Mincemeat

Mincemeat does not contain meat. Well, it did, back in ye olde days. Now it doesn’t, although some recipes do contain beef suet. But, no, modern mincemeat does not contain ...

Mini Croquembouche

A croquembouche is a tower of profiteroles served at special occasions. It looks spectacular, but at its basis, it’s nothing more than cream puffs stuck to a cone. So that’s pretty ...

Mini Mince Pies

Other than these super cute gingerbread cookies, the QuirkyChic girls also helped me out with some mini mince pies for Christmas. In case you were wondering, yes, this is what you ...

Mini Pies (or What To Do with Leftover Pie Dough)

If you’re sharp, you might have noticed that I had some leftover dough after making my 9-inch pie shell. I hate wasting good dough, so here’s an option: just make ...

Nutella & Salted Caramel Tart

There’s just something to evocative about the pairing of salt and sweet, none more so than in salted caramel. Combine that with the chocolate-hazelnut goodness that is Nutella, and you have ...

Pecan Pie

Pies are a staple of the festive dinner table. For this Christmas, if you’re new to making pies from scratch, might I suggest giving a pecan pie a go. I’ve written ...

Pecan Pie Cake

This birthday cake is really more of a cobbling together of several recipes. It started off when one of the birthday persons mentioned he really liked my caramel pecan pie. So ...

Pineapple Jam

Boiling up pineapple jam is just the first step towards homemade pineapple tarts for Chinese New Year. This jam is unlike any other – it’s definitely jammy and sweet, but it’s also fruity, ...

Pineapple Tarts

Right now, it’s a little over 24 hours to the lunar new year. It’s times like this that I count myself so fortunate to be able to celebrate two new ...

Profiteroles

Cream puffs, or to call them by their fancy French name, profiteroles, are simply a baking miracle. It’s the same basic ingredients – butter, sugar, water, flour, and eggs – as with most ...


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