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Caramelized Pear Almond Tart

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Family Hour, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tarts and Pies, Tutorials | 2 comments

Caramelized Pear Almond Tart

The day after Thanksgiving our family’s tradition is put up the trees and decorate them and the whole house while waiting for Sydney’s favorite holiday tart, an almond cream tart. The recipe has been handed down from my great great grandmother, through the years I am sure each generation has changed the recipe a little. My change was to use crème frâche versus mascarpone, but this year I also caramelized the pears. I actually added crystalized sugar and flamed them with a torch. I must admit neither Sydney nor I had intended to...

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Happy Birthday with Lemon Meringue Pie

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Home, Tarts and Pies, x | 2 comments

Happy Birthday with Lemon Meringue Pie

It so happens it is my birthday week, yes birthday week! Many years ago, prior to DF and  I marrying, he initiated birthday week. Before thinking how sweet, I need to explain why he initiated a week of birthday. The first birthday of mine we were together he asked me if I would go to a late dinner so he may play softball with his team (he was on 3 separate teams at the time). I agreed on the condition he would be ready by 9:00 pm, I had to be at work quite early the next morning. I was dressed and ready with hair and make-up by 8:50, however...

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Sharing Family Traditions, Pecan Pie

Posted by on Dec 3, 2011 in Bobbie talks Blogging, Home, Tarts and Pies, x | 0 comments

Sharing Family Traditions, Pecan Pie

Sydney and I are blessed with a plethora of readers, some who have enjoyed sharing family stories, and treasured family recipes. A week or so ago a regular reader, Carolyn K surprised us with her family’s traditional pecan pie. Carolyn wrote how once a year she throws cation and self-control to the wind, and indulges in baking her family’s traditional pecan pie recipe. Even the years she is unable to go home for the holidays she bakes this timeless traditional pie. The aroma as the pie bakes in her oven brings her heart and soul...

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Christmas Almond Apple Pie; The Finale

Posted by on Nov 30, 2011 in Home, Tarts and Pies, x | 1 comment

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 time. While the pie was cooling I thought if I could decorate the edge no one would be the wiser. I had seen a piece of pie with leaves embellishing the back side and thought that might work for my less then perfect pie crust. There are many ways to leaf  the crust; at the time I...

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Christmas Almond Apple Pie, The Holiday Season has Begun

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Creations, Home, Tarts and Pies, x | 1 comment

Christmas Almond Apple Pie, The Holiday Season has Begun

Wow! Thanksgiving was brillant; coming down with the flu not so much. I had planned to bake this pie on Saturday, but my body would not cooperate. This is turning into a tradition (not the flu) baking this Almond Custard Apple Pie and decorating the house. DF and Sydney to my surprise decorated most of the house; they know I love to put the village together and The Crèche so they waited for me to feel better to set those up. Seven years ago, while were living in New Jersey, Sydney and I were tossing ideas off one another for a dessert to...

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Thanksgiving Count Down, Caramelized Almond-Pear Tart Finale

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Creations, Tarts and Pies, x | 1 comment

Thanksgiving Count Down, Caramelized Almond-Pear Tart Finale

As I mentioned in the previous blog this tart recipe has been in my husband’s family for generations; I did completely change the custard and originally the pears were only an accent. I am almost sure each generation has added their mark. Since Sydney adores almond paste and crème frâiche we adapted the flavors for her. This tart has some history since it has been in our generation. About three years ago DF bought me a beautiful cake stand (I collect them). This particular stand is a beautiful Jay Strongwater  light colored brown...

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Thanksgiving Count Down, Caramelized Pear Tart

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Creations, Tarts and Pies, x | 2 comments

Thanksgiving Count Down, Caramelized Pear Tart

Sydney’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert is a Caramelized Pear Tart, an old family recipe that we have tweaked to our liking. I was blessed to inherit a plethora of DF’s Italian family recipes when we became engaged. I can remember spending countless hours trying to decipher a pinch of this, some butter and flour; there were days I thought I might end up bald from pulling out my hair in frustration. I admit it was a grand moment each time I recreated a delicious traditional family treat. I actually do not know if they taste like the...

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Be Still Brent’s Heart, It is A Chocolate Ricotta Crème Tart

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Creations, Home, Tarts and Pies, x | 13 comments

Be Still Brent’s Heart, It is A Chocolate Ricotta Crème Tart

Sydney has a close friend, Brent, who lost his father and mother when he was two; we decided to have him over for Father’s Day. Brent was blessed with friends and family, all whom were willing, able, and ready to help raise him threw his childhood. The honor was bestowed to his God mother and her husband. They loved him as if he was their own. As Brent loves to boast, his God mother was an angel, however the worst baker in the world. Please believe me that is only Brent’s subjective opinion, we have never tried her baked goods....

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Strawberry Tarts, Forever

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Creations, Home, Tarts and Pies, x | 15 comments

Strawberry Tarts, Forever

Sydney and I are Farmer’s Market addicts. Between the warm Colorado early summer air and the aromatic smells of the produce, the Farmer’s Market becomes almost as captivating as Fifth Avenue (almost!). The strawberries were intoxicating this past weekend; I was elated, and bought more than we needed. Since strawberries are Sydney’s favorite summertime fruit we decide to create a Crème Friache Frangipane Strawberry Tart. Generally we add rhubarb to our tarts, but there didn’t seem to be any rhubarb, and the ginger...

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Going to Italy via Daring baker’s Challenge Crostata

Posted by on Nov 27, 2010 in Home, Tarts and Pies, x | 125 comments

Going to Italy via Daring baker’s Challenge Crostata

This is my first Daring Baker’s Challenge, I was elated  to read  the 2010 November Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Simona of briciole. She chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ to make pasta frolla for a crostata. She used her own experience as a source, as well as information from Pellegrino Artusi’s Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well. We, the Noto Family, adore tarts and with Thanksgiving on the heels of this challenge I had the opportunity to try a different and someone else’s recipe, besides there...

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