Coconut Cream Pudding

Coconut Cream Pudding

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What makes Coconut Cream Pudding such an Ideal Yummy Dessert?
After preparing a fairly elaborate main course for lunch guests, sometimes I do not want to put a lot of effort in making a dessert.  This is especially true for a casual family Sunday lunch.  Sunday mornings are intended for sleeping a bit late and languishing in bed before summoning all my will power to get out of bed.  Late Sunday mornings (when I’ve finally gotten out of bed and out of my bedroom) I love to cook something.  Anything to …

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Quick Puff Pastry Dough

Quick Puff Pastry Dough

How do you make a Quick Puff Pastry Dough?
What do you do when you want to make puff pastry dough (pâte feuilletée) but don’t want to go through all the effort?  Puff pastry dough is ideal for appetizers, quiches, light desserts and even just on its own with a little flavored sugar drizzled on top.

To make a genuine puff pastry dough, butter needs to be kneaded into rectangular slabs of dough folded over themselves several times.  It’s not terribly difficult but does take a certain amount of patience and repetition.    Many new bakers are intimidated by the effort needed and instead choose…

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Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

What recipe makes my Pumpkin Bread a Fall Favorite?
By now you know that I love pumpkin.  Making food with pumpkin is how I connect best with the season of autumn.   Every year tradition calls for making pumpkin bread at least once.  My kids love it and are always asking me to make it.

I’ve been using the same faithful recipe for almost 30 years. Of course, I’ve tried other recipes, such as one calling for cream cheese to give the pumpkin bread more of a cheesecake finish. Another recipe suggested chopping up and dropping in some stem ginger to give a stronger spicy flavor. I’m always on t…

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Gingersnap Pecan Crust

What Makes This Crust So Delicious With Pumpkin Pie?
For several years I have made this delicious Gingersnap Pecan Crust with pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.  It is easy to make and is so yummy!  As pecans are rare in Belgium, this Gingersnap Pecan Crust can become pricely to make here.  However, if you can afford it or live where pecans are more abundant (In the South in the United States), try it.  You will not be disappointed.

If you are looking for other ideas for pie crust for pumpkin pie, see my recipe for Speculoos Pie Crust.  For those looking for a more classic crust, try my Pastry C…

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Speculoos Pie Crust

Speculoos Pie Crust

What are Speculoos Cookies?
If you are wondering what the heck are Speculoos,  they are a traditional Belgian and Dutch spice cookie eaten all year round yet primarily made for Saint Nicholas day (6 December in Belgium and 5 December in the Netherlands) and the winter holidays.  In some Anglo-Saxon countries, these traditional cookies are known as Biscoff.   In the Netherlands, they refer to these cookies as Speculaas.   In Germany, where these cookies also have deep roots, they are known as Spekulatius.  Many countries in Europe and the Americas follow their own favorite version of a spice c…

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Speculoos Pumpkin Pie To Die For

Speculoos Pumpkin Pie To Die For

What Makes This Speculoos Pumpkin Pie Worth Waiting an Entire Year?
For more than 30 years I’ve been making pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.  I have always considered pumpkin pie to be one of my specialties.    Truth be told, I’ve basically followed the same recipe for the filling all these years, initially inspired by the Joy of Cooking (6th edition).  However, from time to time I’ve tried different crusts.  This year I tried a new Speculoos Pie Crust and found it to be easy and delicious.  Follow the link above to discover the recipe for this amazing pie crust so you can have as much success a…

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Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

Peach, Nectarine and Plum Pie

What fruit pie is your favorite in the summer?
Peach, Nectarine and Plum pie has been my family’s favorite these past few years.  We look forward to the moment when the peaches, nectarines and plums are at their freshest and fill up the grocer’s stalls at a reasonable price.  This week that ideal moment has finally arrived, just in time for my daughter’s birthday celebration.

I should confess that I have not actually waited until this week to make this wonderful pie.  I’ve already been “practicing” for the past 10 days, bringing a pie to a friend’s house for dinner and making another for m…

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Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

Pastry Crust: Pâte Brisée

What is Pastry Crust?
As there are many different names to describe the same pastry crust, it can be confusing to most of us when reviewing recipes.  A new baker may think there are actually dozens of different types of pastry or pie dough.  In fact,  however, the ingredients for a flaky pie crust and a mealy pie crust are mostly the same.

It’s the size of  the fat in the dough that will determine if the dough will bake into a flaky or mealy pie crust.  Larger pieces of fat left in the dough will generally cause the baked result to be more flaky.  So if you want to prepare a more flaky cru…

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Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie

Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie

What makes Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie so delicious?
Uncle Brad’s Sugar Pie recipe is one of Belgian Foodie’s favorites.   It’s been made loads of time by Uncle Brad, always with much success.  I’ve prepared this pie for neighborhood potlucks, friends’ home for dinner, and for serving at home.  
What makes this sugar pie so delicious is the buttermilk, which offsets normal sweetness of this pie.  I’m personally not fond of something that tastes too sweet (to me).  In recipes featuring sugar, I try to add something sour or tart to smooth down the sweetness of the dessert.  The buttermilk in this p…

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