First things first: let's not confuse tarts with pies! While the pastries are certainly related, and often share flavors, they are not the same thing. Here, I'll provide you with a better understanding of tarts, and ten amazing recipes to inspire you to start your own baking adventure: five sweet, and five savory. Read more »
The Cronut craze, started by New York chef Dominique Ansel, is sweeping the country. These trendy -- and delicious -- treats are a cross between a croissant and a doughnut. Learn how to make them at home with this tutorial by Craftsy instructor and pastry chef Colette Christian.
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Learn how to cream butter and sugar (and why it's important!) with this simple tutorial, and ensure your baked goods are perfectly light and fluffy every time. Read more »
Croutons: they're a little but powerful garnish, with the ability to make salads sing, upgrade soup from snack to hearty meal, or add a welcome crunch to casseroles. They're also a fantastic way to use up stale bread, which gives them a similarity in function if not form to such dishes as French toast or bread pudding. But best of all, they're extremely easy to make, and they keep beautifully, so you could bake up a half loaf or more bread and have croutons for weeks to come. Here, enjoy a primer on croutons, including two ways to make them and some ideas so you can explore the virtually limitless flavor variations. Read more »
Most people consider pizza a takeaway food--to many, the idea of making pizza at home is intimidating. But it ought not be. To make you more comfortable with the art of the pizza, here's a primer that breaks down the three elements of pizza: crust, sauce, and topping. It addresses considerations for making pizza at home, and and includes a recipe for a classic and very simple version inspired by Craftsy instructor Peter Reinhart! Read more »
Doughnut worry...be happy! It’s certainly easy to keep smile on your face when you’ve got a doughnut in your hand. But what type of doughnut do you favor? In recent years, all sorts of creative interpretations of the doughnut have appeared in recipes in books, blogs, and in retail stores. Ranging from the use of unusual flavors such as bacon or even spam in doughnuts to interesting uses for the holey treats such as using them for French toast or even ice cream sandwiches, it seems that doughnuts are the medium of choice for creative chefs. Read more »
Fresh crab has a clean taste that gets much of its charm from the melted butter that's often served with it. They are simple to cook, fun to crack into, and in season right now. This rustic, simple recipe for cooked crab with red chile butter is one of the best meals I've had in a long time.
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Homemade doughnuts are fun to make and extremely fun to decorate! Let's start frying — this recipe is certainly worth treating yourself to.Read more »
For some reason, people fear pie crust. Maybe that's because of all of the rules in the recipes. But really, rules aside, pie crust is a fairly simple thing to make. True, to hone it to an art may take time and require some trial and error, but really, doesn't just about anything worthwhile?
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