Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Praline Pecans

Praline Pecans

With these last little (unwelcome) bouts of winter-y weather in the beginning of Spring this year, I've been yearning for anything that reminds me of warmer weather. I grumpily took the dog for walks, stomping on freshly laid snow and cursing myself for getting a pedicure and pulling out my Summer footwear. And then I remembered! Hidden behind way too many jars of honey, and some jams that I had canned, was the final jar of summer peaches, canned at the peak of perfection!

I waffled for awhile, wondering if it was too far from peach season and if I'd be sad if I didn't have any next month by opening them now. But I had to. And, in spite of the cold weather, I drove to the store and bought some of my favorite vanilla bean ice cream--the perfect pairing to Summer peaches. But something else was needed (texturally) to add to this pairing, and thus I decided to make praline pecans.

Dangerously delicious eaten by the handful, these pecans are even better atop some vanilla bean ice cream and fruit. Enjoy :)

Praline Pecans

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies!

gluten-free sugar cookies!
 I did some math today. I figured out that in the two-and-a-half years that I've worked at the bakery, I've mixed, rolled, and cut-out an estimated 10,000 pounds of sugar cookie dough. And I've frosted even more than that. 10,000 POUNDS!! It is because of this absurdity that I spent those two-and-a-half years baking just about every pastry possible after work except sugar cookies.

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As a pastry chef by trade and by hobby, being diagnosed with Celiac Disease has not been easy. But through some experimental baking and a whole lot of faith, I'm living a full(er) life.