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Happy New Year!


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Happy New Year!

For my first post of 2008 I would like to share some highlights from the past year, and let you know what's percolating for this year. 2007 was a productive adventurous year for me, and for pattycake.ca.

busyx2 + Swiss Cookie #1


My favorite cookie (while in Switzerland) from a lovely little artisan bakery in Vevey: made with ground almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts.

Hi!

Been very busy lately~

I'm preparing live video for a new music festival - seems worlds apart from healthy baking, but not so! I bake while rendering video (which is kind of like baking), and it's best to have
healthy snacks on hand when working hard ;-)

...so yes, I've still been baking and researching. I'm excited to share all sorts of amazing recipes in the months to come! (I'm also excited about the upcoming re-launch of pattycake.ca - soon...)

xop

How to cook pizza on a gas BBQ

I'm into baking on the BBQ. Last year I made soda bread successfully; I was stoked. The other week I burnt some muffins; there is an art to it.

I came across this sweet little video tutorial on how to cook pizza on a gas BBQ: nice technique and use of cans Mr. Urban Griller :-)

(saw the video on my first visit to 5min.com. The site's a video wikipedia: people post 5 minute how-to videos on all sorts of topics. Cool. I'll make a few videos soon...)

Beautiful buttery flakey pie crust

Double-crust Sweet Berry Pie

How do you make a traditional flakey pie crust? The answer is here - check out these 2 videos hosted by Julia Child: Harvest Apple Pie, Part 1 and 2

I followed this pie crust recipe and production technique with fantastic results.

(Here's an alternate technique on How to Bake a Double-Crust Fruit Pie with tips and videos.)

This type of crust made with refined wheat flour and lots of butter is not all that healthy. It is, however, delicious - and great as an occasional treat. Using organic wheat and butter does make it healthier!

I filled this superb crust with fresh local blueberries and cherries. This particular pie was made without refined sugar: Double-crust Blueberry Cherry Pie

Good stuff. Here's a shot of the last piece :-)

Double-crust Sweet Berry Pie