Baked By The Other Melissa: Apple and Cherry Pie

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In which, I showcase my culinary triumphs and failures while I hone my skills as a baker/cook/pâtissière.

Now, readers: this may come as a shock to you. Until recently, I have never made any sort of fruit pie. Pecan pie? You got it. Chocolate cream pie? Many times. But a basic apple pie? Nope. Never. It could be that I’m actually not the biggest fan of fruit pies, but really, it’s because it never even occurred to me to make one. Until now. Here’s how I did it. Continue reading

Baked By The Other Melissa: Mille-Feuilles, Fruit Tart, Palmiers & More!

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In which, I showcase my culinary triumphs and failures while I hone my skills as a baker/cook/pâtissière.

I spent about two days straight in the kitchen last week coming up with an assortment of French pastries for when I had my friends Kristin, Andrew and others over for a night of pizza and video games. “Video games and french pastries go together?” you might ask. Well, duh. French pastries go with everything! Continue reading