All posts filed under: Pastry

Dabbling in the Kitch – Diane’s Tomato Pie

I have come to realize why pizza is one of the most popularly made and consumed foods in the US. The crust is thick and doughy, the sauce is hot and oily and of course the cheesy is ooey gooey. You really can’t go wrong with that sort of combination. But what happens when you take the classic cheese pizza and futz with it. Will it still be as good? Or could it possibly be better? Whitney has been telling me for ages that her mom makes an incredible tomato pie, so I thought today would be a good day to try it out. Number one, after receiving my prize of free happy hour drinks at MJ Armstrongs last night, I’m a bit..sluggish this afternoon and am in need for something to sooth my tummy. Number two, I’m so curious to see how this new and improved pizza pie will turn out. Number three, cooking is therapeutic and hey, we all could use a little therapy right? Diane’s Tomato Pie 4 tomatoes, drained and diced …

May’s Daring Bakers Challenge: Apple Cream Cheese Strudel

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers. It’s that time again! Time for this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge. This month Linda of Make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks chose a recipe for Apple Strudel. We were given creative rights for the filling of the strudel we just needed to make the strudel dough from the recipe provided. I had such a great time with this challenge! I put it off until I got home so I had a big enough surface to stretch out my dough on and because I was also a little nervous about it. I have never stretched pastry dough before and considering I am prone to accidents, I was expecting the worst. Shockingly, the strudel went off without a hitch! Stretching the dough was a lot easier than I thought and I had fun doing it. …