Mother’s Day brunch is a long-held tradition for many families, and there’s no better way to celebrate family, than with a home-cooked meal. I’ve always loved tarts and pies because there’s something so satisfying about cutting into them and dishing out the perfect slice for everyone at the table. So I’ve put together a round
I’m a sucker for boozy recipes, and if you know me at all, you aren’t even a little bit surprised by this Drunken Cherry Peach Pie. This pie has a perfect, flaky crust, fresh peaches and cherries, and most importantly, bourbon. I love using bourbon in my baking, because I’m a big fan of the pour-a-little-drink-a-little technique.
When summer rolls around, it can be a little hard to turn on the oven and add heat to your kitchen. But cobblers are totally worth it. This Blueberry Basil Cobbler is the perfect summer cobbler because the basil give a light, floral note to the blueberries that is irresistible. All you have to do is dish a serving of the cobbler with a gigantic scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and garnish with a sprig of basil. And voila—summer in dish!
Memorial Day is coming up, it’s berry season, and the weather is warming up, which means it’s time for pies and tarts! Last year, I had so much fun making my Strawberry Kiwi and Lime Chiffon Tartlettes, that I decided to add a twist to that recipe for this year’s celebration: Blueberry and Lemon Chiffon Tart. And yes, it tastes just as good as it sounds. Here’s what I love about this recipe: blueberries and lemons are humble little fruits that pack a big punch. Yes, chiffon sounds very fancy, but it’s basically just lemon curd and cream mixed together–but when you add blueberries to the mix, it’ll knock your socks off.
We have a few more weeks of official summer, so I’m rounding out the season with this Pistachio Crusted Strawberry Galette. I’m going to be cramming my schedule with fun summer activities like the Chicago Oyster Fest and a few more picnics in the park. Any time I plan a picnic I pack the usual fresh fruit, salad, cheese, and crackers—but the most important item is dessert. This is where the Pistachio Crusted Strawberry Galette steps in. Because galettes are self-contained, this easy and portable dessert is perfect for picnics. This recipe calls for pre-made pie dough but feel free to use your own. The nice thing about using pre-made pie dough is that you don’t need to set aside extra time to prep the dough–and there’s nothing wrong with that. Between the strawberry filling and the pistachio topping, your fellow picnickers will think you spent hours baking the Pistachio Crusted Strawberry Galette.
I’ve got one last peach recipe for National Peach Month! I love peaches in just about everything, grilled, raw, baked, you name it. But my favorite way of eating pies is in pie form. I love a good old fashioned 9″ pie, but I can’t resist a good hand pie. I usually eat hand pies for breakfast. I’d like to think that fruit hand pies are fairly healthy… Okay, yes. These hand pies are probably not the healthiest breakfast, but they’re certainly the tastiest. Stone fruits tend to blend really well together, so using plums and peaches was a no brainer. But the mascarpone takes these hand pies to a whole other level. As you can probably tell from my Clementine Mascarpone Cheesecake recipe, I love mascarpone. I pretty much put it on everything—including these hand pies.
I can’t believe it’s already August! This summer has flown by. I’ve been testing tons of seasonal fruit recipes for you guys and this Nectarine and Honey Galette is one of them. Nectarines tend to get passed over for their more popular sibling, peaches. After reading this post, What’s The Difference Between Peaches and Nectarines? by The Kitchn, I decided to give nectarines a chance for my next recipe. I was not disappointed. After I made my Drunken Cherry Almond Galettes, I fell in love with making galettes. As you may already know from previous posts, I love easy recipes. Since I’ve been baking galettes non-stop, I have one pro tip: While generic brand pre-made pie crust can usually be a good option, I’ve found that Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust has the best consistency for these galettes. Pillsbury’s pie crust unrolls really easily and is less likely to fall apart. If your dough does fall apart, simply knead the dough and roll it out again. It’ll be good as new!
I’ve returned to Chicago after a week and a half in California and I have so much to do! Lately work and family have kept me pretty busy, so my packed schedule has made me obsessed with quick and easy recipes. I’m not opposed to the complex and fancy recipes, but I’m a woman on a schedule and I don’t have the luxury of making souffles and macaroons at the drop of a hat. Sometimes I get home and all I want is something sweet, a little bit of ice cream, and a good drink—this is where cobblers come in. Give me a piece of warm cobbler, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a summery cocktail and I’m in heaven. I made this cobbler for my friends when I was in San Francisco and it was a big hit with Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia (hint hint).
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