Category Archives: PASTRY

Mushrooms in puff pastry

Mushrooms in puff pastry

Mushrooms in puff pastry are easy making appetizer or breakfast pastry. In raw form, puff pastry is a dough which is spread with solid fat and repeatedly folded and rolled out (never mashed, as this will destroy layering) and used to produce the aforementioned pastries. It is sometimes called a “water dough” or détrempe. Commercially made puff pastry is available in grocery stores. Common types of fat used include butter, vegetable shortenings, and lard. Butter is the most common type used because it provides a richer taste and superior mouthfeel.

Spinach tart

Spinach tart

This spinach tart is a bit different yet still a great choice for any occasion. A lot of people are put off spinach as kids, partly because it is a bit strong for some children’s palates, partly because it is often murdered in the kitchen, and partly because the adults go on about how healthy it is. If this applies to you, think again. Popeye was right—spinach is good for you, being rich in iron, Vitamin A, and antioxidants—but it is also one of the tastiest vegetables around. It goes particularly well with cheese, as in this scrumptious tart.

Cranberry pecan rolls

Cranberry pecan rolls

Cranberry pecan rolls are a seasonal sibling to the traditional cinnamon roll. The tartness from the cranberries is great – but of course the best part is the cream cheese frosting – tangy and not too sweet. Perfect. It is the perfect combination of sweet, tart, sticky and delicious. Pecans are native to North America where they’re still used in abundance, especially in cakes, pies and cookies. They belong to the same family as the walnut and have the same distinctive texture and ‘brain-like’ shape, but a slightly sweeter taste. Pecans are prone to rancidity, so use them as fresh as possible.

‘Jiaozi’ – Chinese Chive & Ginger Pork Dumplings

‘Jiaozi’ – Chinese Chive & Ginger Pork Dumplings

‘Jiaozi’ or Chinese dumplings, consist of a filling, generally a ground meat, that is wrapped in a thin wrapper and sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping and they are commonly served with a dipping sauce. The dumplings can be cooked by frying them, steaming them or boiling them.

Children in many Chinese families, especially those who are living in northern provinces of China would learn how to wrap dumplings at home from a very early age. It’s quite amusing to watch kids wrapping dumplings. They would first pick those dumplings they wrapped, eating with a great satisfaction. Dumplings are a popular Chinese New Years dish.

Jam doughnuts

Jam doughnuts

While not a healthy dessert, a jam doughnut is a wonderful occasional treat. Hot and sizzling from the fryer and dusted with sugar, nothing beats a homemade doughnut. Hot and sizzling from the fryer and dusted with sugar, nothing beats a homemade doughnut. While not a healthy dessert, a jam doughnut or simple ring doughnut is a wonderful occasional treat.