• Freeform Galettes: Dare to be Recipe Free

    Sometimes I wonder if the internet has damaged the kitchen. On one hand, yes, it’s wonderful to have a world of information available to you at an instant. If I want a recipe, I no longer have to flip through endless cookbooks or food magazines. If something is going wrong with my recipe, no need to panic, just google it and the world wide web will provide me a solution. But I also feel there is something lost by having everything you need at your fingertips: Creativity. I no longer have to come up with something to do with that accidental two pounds of plums I ordered, the internet will…

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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…

  • 2019: The Year of Kindness

    Happy New Year! Apologies for my absence. 2018 brought a slew of constant changes to my life, most positive, but all the changes have kept me very busy for about, oh, the entire year. As an example, I made these scones sometime in November, I think, and have yet to get around to writing about them. Which presents a problem since at this point I don’t remember a lot of the things that I would usually talk about (time, taste details, etc). I do remember that I made some changes to the recipe because I didn’t have all the ingredients, but for the life of me don’t remember what they…

  • S’mores Cake – Happy Anniversary Crumb What May!

    S’mores. There’s a reason why it’s a classic flavor. Just think about biting into a freshly toasted, warm, delicious s’more right now. It’s crunchy, melty, and gooey; sweet, salty, bitter, and smokey all at once. It’s the perfect dessert in a tiny little square. Good with children, will easily travel. So when some friends and I booked a weekend cabin in Wisconsin for The Hubby’s birthday, I thought what better-flavored cake for a cabin in the woods then a s’mores cake? Long story short involving drinking, spaghetti and meatballs, a complicated board game, way too much corn on the cob, and some other things I won’t mention here… cake didn’t…

  • Lemon Meringue Tarts

    ¬†Introducing the fastest photoshoot ever! Please don’t judge, I have two jobs now (I am a real-life, paid-for-it baker now!) and almost no time. It’s not that I stopped baking at home, I just never have time to photograph the results much less type something up. Well, these little lemon meringue tarts came out so adorable that at the last second before carting them out the door I threw the baking sheet next to the window, and shot off a few pics. No filter for the window light, no cardstock for light bouncing or blocking, didn’t even use a tripod. Needless to say the majority of the photos were garbage,…