Lemon bars – The power of egg yolks

When I make ice cream or some other sort of custard I would normally ‘cheat’, I’d use some corn starch or regular flour to thicken up my custard. It’s some sort of cheating since it should also be possible without any flours, but by using egg (yolks) only. Nevertheless, those …

Dutch Apple pie

Whenever I somehow manage to gather an excess of apples in my fridge or want to bring a pie to celebrate a certain occasion, I tend to make apple pie. It’s that pie that nearly everyone likes, isn’t too hard to make and eats great with some whipped cream. So …

Preventing soggy pie crust – On moisture migration

Water can be a food’s best friend but also worst enemy. Water keeps cake moist, strawberries juicy and ice cream solid. But water can also make a cookie soggy and lack of water can make an apple hard and chewy. It can also make a pie crust soggy, especially if …

Creamy berry crumble – On using frozen fruits in a dessert

While making a delicious strawberry/raspberry pie the other day, I made far too much of the pie crust. It was about twice the amount I needed for making my pie. So I had to get creative and come up with something else, preferably a dessert since we still had to …

Strawberry pie – On choosing & storing fresh strawberries

Summer’s there! Warm temperatures, sun and long long light days. Living in the Netherlands, summer is no guarantee for nice weather, rain and cold(er) days are no exception. Summer for me is a synonym for berries, more specifically strawberries. It’s the thing we used to eat with our desserts as …

Eggless pie crust + simple Kitchenaid trick for pie crusts

Once I learned how to make a good short crust pie crust (the type that’s flaky and crunchy and makes perfect quiches, beef pies, chicken & leek pies) I got hooked on the pie crust recipe that I found worked best for me. But then, the other day, we ran out of …

Pear pie – On baking pears and their texture

Ever wondered why there’s ample recipes for apple pies and barely any for pear pies? I did for sure, and guess it has to do something with the availability of apples vs. pears and the way they cook. The last has to do with the difference in texture of apples and …