• Whole unbaked peach pie with basil cream cheese crust on wooden table, with black tea towel and small bowl of demerara sugar and spoon. Pie has plaid lattice.

    Peach Pie with Basil Cream Cheese Crust

    “Moving to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches…” Ok, so I’m not actually moving to the country, this is just the song I sing to myself when making this peach pie with basil cream cheese crust. I have always been a city girl at heart, even when I didn’t live in a city. But I must say this pandemic has been the first time that a country life looked appealing to me. I started growing herbs on my balcony during the shelter-in-place order and Y’all… they’re STILL ALIVE!!! This might not be a big deal to you but for me, this is a Big Deal. I’ve developed a…

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    Rhubarb and Ginger Cake: The First Sign of Spring

    It is strange to think that while our lives are on hold right now, nature just… carries on. Awkwardly shuffling through the produce aisles of the grocery store, trying not to get too close to anyone, it struck me how different the world is now. The shops and streets are eerily quiet, and if you meet someone’s eyes above their mask they all share this expression of mild panic mixed with tired acquiescence. I probably share their expression. Just as I’m starting to think how this doesn’t even feel abnormal anymore, I see these little red stalks and I’m pulled back. Hey. Look at that. I guess its May. It is…

  • Quarantine Bakes and Coconut Cakes

    The one time I get the post up by the holiday and we’re under quarantine. And yes, I know that quarantine isn’t the right word, but it sure feels like it. This is just The Weirdest Emergency. There’s this cloud of doom in the air, hasty new laws, everything is on the line, and the consequence of failure is literally life or death.  And yet, there’s nothing you can do. In fact, that is what you are supposed to do: nothing. That much nothing can get to you after a while. And so… I bake. I originally planned this post when I thought we might be back to life as…

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    Pastiera Napoletana – Rice and Cheese for Dessert

    Happy Easter my Crumby friends! This year I decided to go international with my Easter sweets. I wanted to offer a spread of traditional treats from far off lands that I would, of course, post well in advance of the holiday so that you may too enjoy a cultural feast of springtime treats on Easter Sunday. Best laid plans I guess. Unfortunately, when you work in a bakery the majority of your pre-holiday hours are dominated by baking what other people want, so alas, I did not succeed in my endeavor. It was not due to a lack of trying, however. I did my thorough research (i.e. googled) and decided…