• Lemon Blueberry Tart

    Lemon Blueberry Tart

    June 25th, 2016

    I need to start taking better pictures of the stuff I’m trying to tempt you with. Take this picture, for example. You can’t tell that the crust is made with a sweet and flaky, lemony-shortbready cookie.  You can’t tell that the lemon curd is buttery and tart and that the blueberry goo on top is […]

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  • Green Tea Shortbread with Lemon Curd and Pistachio Brittle

    Green Tea Shortbread with Lemon Curd and Pistachio Brittle

    May 14th, 2016

    I made this dessert last year when I was trying to (unsuccessfully) impress the people from The Food Network.  I wanted (breathlessly) to be on their Spring Baking Challenge and in the process of pretending I was The Baking Shizit, I made a crapload of spring desserts that I’m now ready to share with you- because […]

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  • Brownie Caramel Nut Tart

    Brownie Caramel Nut Tarts

    February 13th, 2016

    What have I been thinking? I looked back on the recipes I’ve been making lately and they’re as white as the Oscars. It’s time to bring back the chocolate, folks, because- wait.  I don’t even need to explain the rationale on this.  Chocolate speaks for itself. I commit that I will never go more than five […]

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  • Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Tart

    Chocolate Macadamia Cookie Tart

    July 25th, 2015

    Nod with me. Chocolate, nod. Macadamia nuts, nod. Cookie baked into a tart shell, nod. Chocolate sauce?  Really?  Nod! It doesn’t take that much to make a desserts fiend happy, but I’ve gotta tell ya- this one makes it embarrassingly easy to love.  There’s something about the texture of macadamia nuts in the midst of […]

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  • Easy Strawberry Tart

    Easy Strawberry Tart

    June 27th, 2015

    Oh my gosh- this dessert is for you if you’re exceptionally lazy and couldn’t be bothered to do pretty much anything other than eat it with relish.  (With abandon, not with the green condiment.  Duh.) Here’s the deal, you tart-loving sloth: buy puff pastry, and thaw it.  Cut out a rectangle, and place strawberries (that […]

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  • Chocolately Cake Tarts

    Chocolatey Cake Tarts

    January 28th, 2015

    Who ever said you can’t stuff crumbles of rich chocolate cake into little tart shells, then top them off with whipped cream, and then drizzle chocolate sauce over top of all of that sin? (If you’ve ever heard anyone say that then I think you need to distance yourself from him/her.  No good could ever […]

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  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Tart

    Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Tart

    November 15th, 2014

    Word to the wise: bake stuff into a little tart shape and people will like it 34% more than if said stuff was baked into any other shape. I made up the 34% stat, but the fact remains.  People love tarts. This is a PB shortbread cookie, which on its own rocks the house.  But […]

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  • Rhubarb Tarts

    Rhubarb Tarts

    June 11th, 2014

    I was given a ginormous bag full of fresh rhubarb the other day (thanks, Charles!) and had to do something with the approximately 8,000 stalks taking up way too much room in our fridge.  (For real- the bag took up so much room that our Brita water thingy had to sit on the kitchen counter. […]

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  • Honey-Roasted PB & Chocolate Tart

    Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter & Chocolate Tart

    April 5th, 2014

    “This dessert is definitely a top 5”, said The Husband when this was served the other night. I have to tell you: that was a meaningful statement.  (The Husband is very supportive of the plethora of baking that goes on in our place, which is surprising since he’s my official guinea pig and has been […]

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  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart with Oat Cookie Crust

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart with Oatmeal Cookie Crust

    December 29th, 2013

    Trying to find a way to satisfy your peanut butter, chocolate and oatmeal cookie cravings all at once?  Look no further, bakeasaurus. This tart is basically like the Incredible Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Pie (which we all fell hard and fast in love with), but baked onto an oatmeal cookie instead of the PB-graham cracker […]

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  • PumpkinCreamCheeseTarts

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tarts

    November 6th, 2013

    It’s pumpkin time of year.  Even if you have absolutely nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, you can at least be thankful for pumpkin desserts. Don’t confuse this tart with the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin, which happens to be noteworthy in its own right.  And although somewhat similar, this isn’t exactly like the Pumpkin […]

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  • Strawberry Jam Tartelts

    Strawberry Jam Tartlets

    August 15th, 2013

    Who doesn’t like fresh strawberries? Really- if you can find that person, bring him or her to me and I’ll get to the bottom of whatever scarring childhood incident caused the aversion.  A good old-fashioned force-feeding of this strawberry tartlet should cure anyone of their indifference, believe you me.  (Eating anything labelled as a “tartlet” […]

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  • Current & Pine Nut Tart

    Currant and Pine Nut Butter Tart

    August 11th, 2013

    Holy Moses. Imagine a pecan pie, but in tart form, and without the pecans but with currents and pine nuts instead.  Clear as mud? All you have to know is this: This. Dessert. Rocks. The pastry is flaky, light, and easy to make (i.e.: no rolling required!  Just press into your tart pan and you’re […]

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  • Chocolate Ganache Tart with Pecan Crust

    Chocolate Ganache Tart with Pecan Crust

    September 12th, 2012

      Sometimes it’s okay to spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen, slaving over an intricate and special dessert that wows a crowd.  But what if you could spend next to no time in the kitchen, with the same outcome? Sold. The pros: this glitzy gluten-free ganache tart recipe needs hardly any baking time, requires no need for […]

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    Lemon Cornmeal Shortbread Tart

    May 31st, 2012

    Don’t you just love love love the idea of baking something for someone that will make them really happy? (Or at least you hope it will make them happy, provided that you don’t screw it up.) There’s something to be said for the joy of making what you know someone loves to eat, of making their “favorite thing”, as a really special way of topping off a dinner.

    The Occasion: The Husband’s birthday.
    The Key Ingredient: Lemon. (Sausage was the theme for the dinner, but I couldn’t find an unrevolting way to incorporate sauage into a dessert, so lemon it was.)
    The Masterpiece: Lemon Cornmeal Shortbread Tart.
    The Feedback: Not bad indeed (although a sloshing amount of Chateauneuf du Pape wine might have altered The Husband’s perception of pretty much everything by the time dessert rolled around, let’s be honest).

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