Tag: Dessert

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cake

Made this for a friend’s birthday party recently that was a Cinco De Mayo theme so this seemed only fitting.  It came out great! I was inspired by Mexican hot chocolate which is traditionally made with chilis and cinnamon. Cake: 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips […]

Oatmeal Cookies Sans Raisins

James loves oatmeal cookies but raisins, not so much…  These were a big hit! 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 […]

Peach and Apricot Crostata

crustata

Crostata, is Italian for pie.  I love the rustic, casual feel of this dessert. 

If you know me at all, you know that I am somewhat obsessed with Giada De Laurentiis.  This is her no fail crust recipe.   I’m constantly experimenting with different fillings and this is my latest venture!

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 egg plus a splash of water for egg wash
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Mix the flour, sugar, and salt in a processor. Add the butter. Pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.  Add the ice water and pulse until moist clumps form. Gather the dough into a ball; flatten into a disk. (If the dough still crumbles and does not form into a ball, add another tablespoon of ice water.) Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Filling:

  • 1 8 oz pack of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup apricot jam
  • 1/2 bag of frozen peaches, thawed
  • pinch of salt

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, jam and salt and set aside.

This mixture yields quite a bit.  You will only use about 1/4 cup of it for the crostata itself but save the rest,  it would be great on toast!

Preheat your oven to 400.

Meanwhile, dust a large sheet of parchment paper with flour and roll out the dough on the paper to an 11-inch round. Transfer the dough on the parchment paper to a heavy large baking sheet. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the dough, leaving a 2-inch border and arrange your peaches on top.  Fold the dough border over the filling to form an 8-inch round, leaving the peaches exposed in the center. Pleat loosely and pinch the dough to seal any cracks. Brush the crust with an egg wash.

Bake the crostata until the crust is golden, about 35 – 40 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack; cool for 10 minutes. Slide a metal spatula under the crust to free the crostata from the baking sheet. Cool the crostata to lukewarm. Sprinkle with almonds and serve.

 Tips:

  • The secret to at great pastry dough is to use the coldest butter possible.  The reason being, while it bakes, the butter creates little steam pockets that result in that flaky, buttery crust we all crave!

Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes

If this combination sounds strange to you, think for a minute if you will about familiar favorites such as chocolate covered pretzels or peanut brittle.  What do these desserts have in common?  The amazing pairing of salty and sweet.  Well, chocolate bacon cupcakes are combining the same two familiar flavor […]