Category Archives: pastry

TWiB #46 – Paczki

My mom’s side of the family is all Polish, so Paczki are a pretty traditional sweet. They are also known as Bismarcks or Berliners in other parts of the world. For my fillings, I chose strawberry jam, lemon curd, and bavarian cream.


Authentic Polish Paczki

I did not fry the filling in with dough. I also had to add a LOT more flour to get the dough to come together properly.

Good, but not fantastic. Gets dry if you want too long to eat them after making them. 3 stars out of 5.


Daring Bakers August – Chocolate Chocolate Eclairs

I had made eclairs before, so I figured this would be an easy Daring Baker’s month.  I whipped up my first batch of eclairs (including the super bizarre baking directions) and ended up with flat pancakes for eclairs.  Into the trash!  For the second batch, I baked them at a higher temperature and nixed the stupid wooden spoon.  More flat pancakes!  At that point, I realized that it’s probably just the recipe and not me, and I was running out of eggs, so I just kept them.

The pastry cream came together fine and was very delicious.  I didn’t quite see the need to make the chocolate sauce, then promptly mix that into the chocolate glaze.  I would have rather seen a unified recipe for that, as now I have containers of both sauce and glaze in my fridge.

Overall, these were pretty good.  GiR and I are not huge chocolate fans, so it was a bit much chocolate for us.  However, for those chocolate lovers out there, this is the recipe for you!

Chocolate Chocoalte Eclairs

“Chocolate Eclairs” from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme by Dorie Greenspan


Good, but too time-consuming (and too chocolatey).  3 stars out of 5.

TWiB #35 – Crepe Cake

I’ve had this crepe cake recipe saved for awhile, so I finally decided to try it out. While it’s certainly an eye-catching novelty, GiR and I agree: “If I had 20 crepes, I could think of much better things to do with them.”

Crepe Cake

Crepe Cake


Disappointing.  2.5 stars out of 5.

Daring Bakers June – Apple Danish Braid

This month’s Daring Baker challenge was a yeasted danish braid with an apple filling. I had actually made something nearly exactly like this in a baking class, so it wasn’t too much of a challenge. I did, however, use real vanilla bean for the first time. =)

Apple Danish Braid

“Danish Braid” from Sherry Yard’s The Secrets of Baking

None.  I was even able to find cardamom for cheap at World Market.

We had it both warm from the oven and refridgerated the next day.  I do have to say it tasted better chilled.  3 stars out of 5.

Happy Father’s Day!

My dad is on a health kick, so I tried to come up with a healthy little dessert for him for Father’s Day. These mini tarts have about 70 calories and 5g of fat each. And you can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream.


Make cream cheese tart shells as directed.

Spoon small amount of sugar free jam into the bottom of each shell. I used strawberry jam for the strawberry tarts and either lemon curd or blackberry jam for the blueberry tarts.

Spoon fresh berries into top shells; about 4 small pieces of fruit will fit in each tart.

Top with homemade whipped cream.


TWiB # 19 – Galaktoboureko

This is a traditional Greek custard that uses phyllo dough.



I added a few more layers of phyllo dough to both the bottom and top. Also, I used lactose-free whole milk.

Good, but a little tricky to make. 3.5 stars out of 5.

TWiB – First trimester round-up

Here’s a round-up of all the recipes I’ve made for This Week in Baking during the first 4 months of 2008.

  1. Apple Coffee Cake – 3 stars
  2. Cheddar Basil Scones – 3.5 stars
  3. Cappuccino Biscotti – 1 star
  4. Sachertorte – 3.5 stars
  5. Napoleons – 4 stars
  6. Eclairs – 4.5 stars
  7. Bananas Foster – 3.5 stars
  8. Quiche – 3.5 stars
  9. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie – 3 stars
  10. Gooey Butter Cake – 3.5-4 stars
  11. German Apple Cake – 3.5 stars
  12. Raspberry Bars – 4-4.5 stars
  13. Cinnamon Pie – 4 stars
  14. Lemon Creme Sandwich Cookies – 3.5 stars
  15. Chocolate Creme Brulee – 4.5 stars
  16. Lemon Tarts – 4 stars
  17. Brownie Tart – 5 stars
  18. English Tea Scones – 3 stars

TWiB Bonus Edition – Goleem

Here are my top 5 recipes so far:

  1. Brownie Tart – 5 stars
  2. Cinnamon Pie – 4 stars (note: further permutations of this recipe yielded 4.5-5 stars)
  3. Chocolate Creme Brulee – 4.5 stars
  4. Eclairs – 4.5 stars
  5. Raspberry Bars – 4-4.5 stars