Discover the secrets to savory pastries with cookbook author Martha Holmberg as your guide. Learn how to properly thaw, roll and shape frozen puff pastry into appetizers, including Provençal pizza and mini quiches. Next, find out how to layer delicate filo dough for tender, flaky pastries as you learn to make a caramelized cabbage and sausage strudel. Achieve the perfect pie crust and classic quiche with the best methods for lining a pie pan with homemade pâte brisée dough and pre-baking your crust before it’s filled. Then, fill your tart like a pro as you create a decadent double-crusted green-chili torta using stress-free layering techniques. Finally, make a round, pleated border for a luscious goat cheese and herb galette that makes a main course you’ll crave any day of the week.
You’ll learn to balance flavors, build textures and create consistency in each sauce with Martha’s detailed instruction and time-saving tips. She demonstrates sautéing and reduction techniques applicable to a wide variety of recipes, as well as how to add dimension to each pan sauce by cutting, cooking and caramelizing an array of aromatics. Your dinner guests will be impressed by your mastery of mouthwatering gravy and jus. And as a bonus, you’ll go for a walk on the sweet side as Martha shows you how to make a delicious caramel sauce.