Basic Shortcrust Pastry (sweet)

Carefully prepared, with fresh ingredients, it literally melts in the mouth. A perfect ‘backdrop’ for all kinds of sweet and fruity fillings and ingredients. Well wrapped, the dough lasts up to 1 week in the refrigerator and up to 3 weeks in the freezer. Try it with  my French apple tart (Tarte aux Pommes)  

Homemade Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is versatile and goes especially well with fish and seafood. It is also the basis for many other dips and sauces. With only four ingredients that you already have in your pantry and 10 minutes of your time, you can make the best homemade mayonnaise.    

How to make your own vanilla sugar

Alongside saffron, vanilla is probably the world’s most expensive spice. This is mostly due to the elaborate cultivation and maturing process of vanilla and also to its undisputed popularity. The fragrant aroma of fresh vanilla enhances and refines many desserts and sweet dishes. But what to do with the scraped pod? It’s too good to throw…

How to make your own applesauce (recipe without sugar)

Applesauce can be a delicious addition to a variety of dishes; the German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer) with applesauce come to mind immediately as the most famous mélange. But you can also mix it with plain yogurt or granola, spread it on a slice of crispy bread or enjoy it pure and simple.   To make…

Brioche à Tête (Brioche Parisienne)

The French name: brioche à tête refers to its shape (tête means head). The classic brioche is baked in a traditional round, fluted mold with a small “head” on top.  It’s often simply called Brioche Parisienne. For best results please use European style butter, like Plugrá, Finlandia or Kerrygold.    

How to make your own sourdough

Baking with sourdough is considered the King’s Discipline of bread baking. Sourdough begins with a combination of flour and liquid and can range from the classic starter made entirely with rye flour and water (like the one I’m sharing here with you) to a liquid batter of milk and cornmeal – with many variations in…