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Come Say Hi!

Gibran Hamdan

Come Say Hi!

I am so excited to be participating in the PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair on December 7th and 8th from 10am - 5pm. See more details about the event here: phinneycenter.org/winterfestival I will have all of my of my Holiday Collection items - royal icing cookies, enrobed tea cakes and macarons. Come see me! I will be in the lower brick building.


My Royal Icing Cookie Journey

Ruth-Anne Ford

My Royal Icing Cookie Journey

I started to fall in love with royal icing cookies a couple of years ago when I started watching lots of cookie frosting videos online. I thought, these cookies look amazing, but I bet they are not very good. So, I started researching recipes, looking for a dough that held its shape after cooking and that was super tasty. I finally found a recipe that I love. I add fresh orange zest and vanilla paste to my dough. The royal icing that I use dries hard to the cookie and acts as a perfect seal to keep cookies moist. The...


Cooking Apples For Desserts

Ruth-Anne Ford

Cooking Apples For Desserts

I have an apple tree in my backyard that I planted about 10 years ago.  It does pretty well, but as I am a better baker than a farmer, the apples are sometimes underdeveloped and have blemishes. So, over the past year I have learned ways still use them, even if they are not a perfect snacking apple. For my sister's bridal shower we did a honey theme, and I made Honey Applesauce Tartlets. Cooking the apples first before making the tarts releases a lot of water and creates a more concentrated apple taste. I peeled and cored the apples...


Last Minute Pumpkin Pie Tips!

Ruth-Anne Ford

Last Minute Pumpkin Pie Tips!

My family loves pumpkin pie. When I was growing up we had four pumpkin pies every Thanksgiving for our family of six. That is 2/3 of a pie per person! My Mom always used the recipe from the can of Libby pumpkin. It wasn't until I was out of Pastry school and working at the Fairmont did I realize that pumpkin pie could be improved with just a few tweaks: - Add 1 Tbl. bourbon or rum to the filling. Dark rum is best. The liquor adds a depth of flavor. - Try to make your pie the day before you...