Christmas Almond Apple Pie; The Finale

Christmas Almond Apple Pie; The Finale

The original Almond Apple Pie was not decorated with almond pasty dough; I realized I had unevenness after I placed the dough in the pan. I, of course was going to continue and blind bake the dough, but I obsessed about the aesthetic perception for the entire baking...
Thanksgiving Countdown, Candied Spicy Nuts

Thanksgiving Countdown, Candied Spicy Nuts

Many years ago, about fifteen to be precise, Sydney and I began preparing a special treat bag to hand out to our family and friends that have joined us in our Thanksgiving celebration. I love the look in each person’s eyes when they realize Sydney and I have...
Thanksgiving Countdown; Manipulate Lighting

Thanksgiving Countdown; Manipulate Lighting

With days becoming shorten, the sun is disappearing earlier. I would rather use the natural light than my soft boxes in my studio, but the sun refuses to adhere to my schedule. In the case of the almond pear tart photos we started around 3:15 in the afternoon, but...
The Thanksgiving Dinner Count Down

The Thanksgiving Dinner Count Down

Thanksgiving for us is more than just a holiday dinner; we thoroughly enjoy preparing the entire event. The highlight is Thursday Thanksgiving morning; we turn on The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and begin to prep our turkey. We generally start our feast at...
The Final Act: Glazing The Boston Cream Pie

The Final Act: Glazing The Boston Cream Pie

Our Boston Cream Pie has 3 layers and a chocolate glaze The traditional Parker Hotel Boston Cream Pie has a chocolate fondant top with a white chocolate spiral. Both DF and Sydney are not found of chocolate fondant. Sydney and I chose to substitute the chocolate...
Assemble: Happy Boston Cream Pie Birthday Continued

Assemble: Happy Boston Cream Pie Birthday Continued

 Yesterday I shared DF’s birthday cake recipe and little history about why a cake is called a pie, The Boston Cream Pie. I must confess I still do not understand why the Parker Hotel (in Boston, Massachusetts) would continue to call this delicious cake a pie....
Happy Boston Cream Birthday

Happy Boston Cream Birthday

Today is DF’s 47th birthday, every year he asks for the same cake: a Boston Cream pie. the Boston Cream Pie is an oxymoron; it is not a pie in anyway. I have pondered this for years, how did the Parker Hotel, where the first pie/cake originated, decided on two...
Say I love You with Rose Muffins

Say I love You with Rose Muffins

It is Birthday Week again for the Noto Unit, this time it’s DF’s birthday week. Which means Sydney and I will be baking at least 3 different cakes, watching every football game on satellite, and driving to Breckenridge only to hike and eat. He has not...
Crème Brûlée, Just for You

Crème Brûlée, Just for You

With all the egg whites we have been using lately we have found ourselves with an abundance of rich orange yolks. Waste in our household is not an option, besides there are a plethora of baked goods (as well as savory dishes) that incorporate egg yolks. Crème Brulée...