11 Delicious Pie Crusts For This Summer

Summer fruit galette

It is pie season, and I am determined to try making as many pies and tarts as I can possibly eat and feed others! This is a curation of some of the most interesting recipes, for the pie lover in you. Since I moved to North America last year, I have noticed that everyone loves pie and a whole lot of pie gets baked around these parts of the world from now until the leaves change color. I mean I get it, the markets are bursting with gorgeous fruit and once you have eaten fruit in the form of smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch and then again as snack, by the time it is dinner and your stomach is bursting from raw fruit, you probably want to curl up with a big decadent triangle of fruity pie snuggled under a large scoop of dark chocolate ice-cream (no vanilla for me)! Or maybe you are the healthy / purist kinds who shuns fruit in any other form than raw in which case, I will feel extremely sad for you. Well, I spend a lot of time thinking how to use up fruits in cakes, pies, breads, jams, alcoholic beverages, etc. […]

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Caramelized Pear and Mixed Berry Skillet Pie

cast iron skillet recipes - piears and berry pie

Finally, here it is! I got myself to bake in my cast iron skillet, instead of just removing it from the oven drawer, gazing at it lovingly and feeling its weight in my hands. Its not that I haven’t done any cooking in it at all, I seared chicken once to very satisfying results. But mostly in the 6 months or so of having owned it, it has mostly lived packed up in cartons while we were moving around or in my oven drawer. So why did I name my blog the The Baking ‘Skillet’? Because it was an ideal. Every time I saw the amazing pictures of gorgeous dessert in cast iron skillets I went ‘awwww’. But having never used and never known anyone who used it, there was quite a bit of apprehension around it. Then there are so many articles on the internet on the correct usage and what to do, what not to do. Seemed so daunting, like dating a high-maintenance gorgeous model. I know that in the western world, there is often sentimentality attached to these pans because maybe your grandmother or ‘that aunt who cooked so well’ used it. Maybe you inherited it. Maybe […]

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Apple Butter Pie Dough Roll Ups

Apple Butter Pie Dough Roll up Cookies

This is the scrappy baby of leftover pie dough and apple butter. Once you have made them, you will be happy you didn’t throw away the pieces of pie dough after making the gorgeous pie! Last evening we went for a walk and realized that while the US is preparing for Thanksgiving, the Canadians have already moved on to Christmas. String Lights are up, little bushes on front lawns have been tinseled, garlands have been hung up on doors. Obviously, I got a bit worked up about putting up our Christmas decoration – which don’t exist. I used to put up a teensy, very artificial looking Christmas tree in Dubai which I bequeathed to my cousin before leaving for Canada, because I knew that on my first white Christmas, I would put up a big-ass tree with shimmering lights and all my gifts sitting under it. Just like in Home Alone! So soon there will be a frenzy to buy a tree (no clue how to pick one), collect the assortment of ornaments from various sources – Steve’s old possessions, his family, online and in-store. The target is to have everything up and pretty by the first week of December. […]

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Phirni – Indian Rice and Coconut Pudding Tart with Granola Almond Crust

Coconut Phirni recipe Rice Coconut pudding

It is Diwali season in India – the festival of lights and crackers and sweets and gifts and pretty clothes. A rich, creamy rice pudding or Phirni is one of the popular desserts back home. This version is a take on the classic, served in a granola tart base. My head has been full of Halloween, just like the blogging world is full of Halloween desserts. Then the other day I was Skyping with my mom and she mentioned Diwali holidays coming up soon and I realized that it is indeed Diwali season back home. And just like there is thanksgiving and Halloween and pumpkin talk everywhere in this end of the world, plans for Diwali – shopping for clothes, crackers, lighting, home décor, sweets making, invitations – are being laid out in India. It is easy to forget when you are away from home, busy immersing yourself in a new culture, learning its ways and discovering new things; it is fun, but it is also equally fun to celebrate your own culture in small ways in a different country. To share the spirit from back home with new family and friends here. And although the two celebrations are as […]

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Summer Galettes

11 types of pie crust

Make this super easy dough and keep it in your freezer. When you find yourself with lots of fruits that you got at the farmer’s market, make little galettes or one big mixed fruit tart and enjoy summer in its true lusciousness. I think what I really want to write is “10 tips for great Airbnb living”. I think that it has the potential to become a great post. Once I write it. Once I figure out those 10 tips. We are on our 5th BnB right now since we moved to Canada in January this year, and besides the packing and unpacking and the poor quality of beds, we manage rather well I must say. Right now we have settled ourselves in the first capital of Canada – Kingston, also known as the “Limestone City” due to the many buildings constructed using local limestone. This quaint little city, with its beautiful waterfront with hundreds of boats and thousands of seasonal tourists is our first pit stop on our summer escape from Toronto. They have a lovely farmers’ market at the Springer Market Square which is in the heart of downtown and very hard to miss. The quality of produce […]

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