Month: July 2017

Honey Mascarpone Tart with Figs and Salty Graham Cracker Crust

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

I know. You’re just dying to read all about this sassy little honey mascarpone tart that requires less than 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to prep. But first, I thought I’d spend a minute talking about making a home in a new city.

When I moved to Selma, it was a culture shock. I’d moved around a good bit throughout my life, planting roots in upstate New York, rural Kentucky, and even central Florida, but not even my decade in Birmingham could prepare me for the small town life that awaited me in lower Alabama. The town of less than 20,000 operated at a slower, more relaxed pace of life. No Starbucks, no Whole Foods, no movie theatre. Most of the people I met had lived there pretty much their whole life, and in a sea of new faces, I sweat under the heat of being the new kid.

I felt kinda like a square peg in a town filled with round holes. People were warm and inviting, but the level of kindness and hospitality around me was intimidating. I didn’t feel polite enough or talkative enough or Southern enough to fit in. I talked different and dressed different, listened to different music. I wasn’t outdoorsy, I didn’t fry chicken, and I couldn’t give two craps about who won the Iron Bowl. I felt like an outsider.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

Normal, social people, maybe ones with fewer insecurities and fears than I had, would have embraced the change. They probably would have welcomed the kindness and warmth that this small community shared so generously. They would have jumped at the chance to be known, to belong.

But to be frank, it scared the mess out of me. I didn’t like the constant show of new faces and I missed the quick runs to Target and my favorite Thai restaurant. I cried in the shower and avoided going to the supermarket because I knew I would be met with unfamiliar faces and awkward conversation. I felt like I had amnesia, like I was lost in a foreign land and I didn’t know who or where I was.

Instead of dealing with it, I pushed back. I cut my hair and put on my best yankee accent. I turned my nose up to the beautiful tastes and sounds that were all around me, retreating to things that were more familiar- throwback playlists on my iPod,  old Converse sneakers, and recipes that reminded me of home. I desperately wanted my own identity, one that wasn’t just “Brett’s wife,” or “the new girl from Orlando.”

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

One day at work, I had a patient ask me how my transition to Selma was going. Obnoxiously, I cleared my throat and with an eye roll or two, I told him that my new life was harder than I thought it would be. The change was more than I expected. I’m honestly not sure what else was said in the conversation, or if I even responded with the grace that man deserved, but what plays clear as black and white in the reel of my memories is the look on his face and the gentle words that came next: “My Mama always told me, ‘Blossom where you’re planted.’ I sure hope you take the chance to bloom here, ma’am.”

Those words affected me. They exposed a stubborn seed of pride in my heart that was unwilling to bend for my new home in any way. I was so busy with my self-deprecation and mourning the loss of outlet malls that I forget to look for the silver lining. I failed to seek out the gold in Selma, the gold in its people.Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

A lot has transpired in the four year since that day. I won’t say much about it now, but what I will share is that Selma has become a home. There are roots now, woven snug to some of the most intimate parts of who I am. Roots that connect me to memories of my children, new smells and flavors, and faces of people who have become “forever friends.” There’s buds here, signs of new life and growth, and I’m certain now more than ever that Selma is the soil I want to blossom in.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.comEvery summer since moving to Selma, I’ve found myself with a basket of figs. My father-in-law has a gigantic fig tree at his home, so when the tree’s fruit ripens, I strap on some boots and sweat, sweat, sweat for the love of sweet summer fruit. Preserves come first, and we enjoy that bounty all year round on toast and biscuits, even inside some sweet little pop-tarts that I plan to share with you all next month. This year, I made a few extra trips to pick figs and this honey mascarpone tart is the result.

A simple, 8 ingredient tart, requiring less than 30 minutes of prep work and zero use of the oven, this honey mascarpone tart is a beautiful vehicle for late summer’s freshest fruits. I’ve chosen to pair mine with figs, but I think any cherry, peach, or berry would find themselves more than at home on this little beauty.

To make this honey mascarpone tart, we start by preparing the crust. Salty, soft, and unabashedly buttery, the graham cracker crust here is anything but subtle. It is the perfect match for the creamy, lightly sweetened cream and fresh figs. A simple stir of graham cracker crumbs, butter, salt, and brown sugar and you’re halfway there to creating the best no-bake honey graham crust a gal could ask for. Press the crumbs into the removable bottom of a tart pan and let the whole thing chill up in the fridge.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

Next, make the filling. Mascarpone cheese, honey, and brown sugar are the main stars here. After combining all three, fold in some whipped cream and spread it into the chilled crust. At that point, the honey mascarpone tart could really be finished. I could easily polish off the entire thing over the course of a few nights without even blinking an eye. Instead, let’s decorate it with some fresh summer fruit, a handful of pistachios, and a drizzle of honey because YOLO, okay?

This honey mascarpone tart feels special. It feels like a dessert worth celebrating over, and yet, it’s just a few simple ingredients that shine their brightest when paired together. Light and fresh, a chilled slice of this honey mascarpone tart is just the ticket on these warm summer nights we’re having. It’s easy enough for a weeknight at home, decadent enough to raise a toast to.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

Give this honey mascarpone tart a try and let me know what you think! Happy Thursday!

If you like this honey mascarpone tart, be sure to check out:

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Strawberry Pretzel Tart Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. A simple, fast recipe that takes less than 30 minutes. A quick brown sugar butter and pretzel pie crust filled with a no bake cream cheese cheesecake type filling and topped with fresh strawberries or berries of your choice. Recipe adapted from Bake from Scratch Magazine. Perfect make ahead dessert idea. Thewoodandspoon.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are simple, individual mini tarts made in removable bottom tart pans. An easy cheesecake and canned pumpkin puree filling swirled together with sugar and fall spices like cinnamon. The press in crust is easy to make and the whole thing is topped with sweet and salty walnuts or pecans or other nuts. Find this great dinner party dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

 

Bruleed Key Lime Pies 

Bruleed Key Lime Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Simple key lime pie tarts made in mini tart pans with removable bottoms. Graham cracker and butter crust with a sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice and zest and sugar filling. These bake up really fast! You can substitute regular lime juice. Sprinkle the top with sugar for a crunchy brûlée topping. Serve with whipped cream. Make these ahead of time and torch when ready to eat! Recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Dessert Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

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Honey Mascarpone Tart

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

This honey mascarpone tart is a quick and simple mascarpone cream dessert with a salty graham cracker crust. The tart is finished with fresh figs and toasted pistachios.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 240
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups (200 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces (230 gm) mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup plus 1/3 cup (320 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • 12 cups of fresh figs, halved (peaches, berries, or cherries can be substituted)
  • ¼ cup (40 gm) chopped pistachios, toasted (optional)
  • Additional honey for drizzling (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined. Press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9-10” tart pan with a removable bottom. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese on medium speed until creamed and no lumps remain, about 1 minute. Be sure the cheese has come to room temperature or you will have a clumpy filling. Add the brown sugar and beat to combine, about 30 seconds. Add in the honey slowly with the mixer on low. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional 30 seconds to ensure everything is well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat 1 cup of the heavy cream on medium low speed until it gets frothy. Increase the speed and beat until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat.
  3. Fold about half of the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture. Add the remaining half and fold to combine. If you notice your filling is a bit clumpy, add in the additional 1/3 cup of cream and beat briefly to smooth out.
  4. Spread the filling into the prepared tart crust and allow to chill in the fridge for several hours to firm up. Once ready to serve, garnish the tart or each slice with figs, pistachios, and an extra drizzle of honey, if desired. Store in the fridge up to 3 days.

Notes

  • In a pinch, you can use cream cheese in place of mascarpone, but I highly encourage the mascarpone! It works perfectly with the honey.
  • If your mascarpone curdles a bit when you add the honey, try refrigerating it and then re-mixing. I have found this helps to minimize the curdles. Most of the lumps disappear with the addition of the whipped cream anyways.

Tomato Galette with Basil Pesto and Feta

Tomato Galette with Pesto and Feta By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simply, flaky butter pie crust filled with ripe heirloom or Roma tomatoes, basil, pesto, and feta cheese. The whole thing is baked as a rustic galette style tart and is topped with parmesan cheese. This is a delicious way to use summer cherry tomatoes and a simple way to use pie crust. Find the recipe for this fun vegetable dinner or appetizer on thewoodandspoon.com

Summer is sending me all kinds of mixed signals. It’s all frozen cocktails, ice cream cones, and beer-battered fish at one minute. The next minute I’m expected to don a bathing suit. Hop in my daisy dukes. Sport a tank top. Well guess what, Summer? I’m over it. You’ve tempted me with your cream cheese-laden dips and funnel cakes for too long. I’m fighting back with this here tomato galette.

Yes, summer shares its bounty of fresh vegetables, ripe berries, and fragrant herbs, but honestly, I’m just not always vibing *salad*. Sometimes, I want to enjoy the summer harvest of noms with a subtle hint of decadence. On a scale of one to milkshakes, I’m not always on a full level 12, but I certainly don’t want to sacrifice flavor and texture satisfaction if I don’t have to. So instead, I look to treats like this tomato galette, a dish that celebrates the season’s juicy ripe tomatoes and fresh basil with a little bit of pie crust and (cough) a whole lot of cheese. Worth it.

Tomato Galette with Pesto and Feta By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simply, flaky butter pie crust filled with ripe heirloom or Roma tomatoes, basil, pesto, and feta cheese. The whole thing is baked as a rustic galette style tart and is topped with parmesan cheese. This is a delicious way to use summer cherry tomatoes and a simple way to use pie crust. Find the recipe for this fun vegetable dinner or appetizer on thewoodandspoon.comGalettes are fab for a number of reasons, but you probably remember that from the blueberry galette post that I shared with you a few weeks ago. All the taste and pizazz of a traditional pie with half of the work and time. This tomato galette is no exception. A simple, straight forward pie crust recipe, buttery, flaky, and perfectly golden every time, filled with bright red tomatoes, feta and parmesan cheese, and basil pesto. Might as well be a bullseye, right?

To make the galette, we start by whipping up some pie dough. If you’ve never made your own pie dough from scratch, please let me be the one to encourage you to take the plunge. My all-time favorite pie crust is delightful here, so try it if you don’t already have a  go-to of your own. Alternatively, you could try the buttery cornmeal crust that I shared a few weeks ago. Hedge back on the sugar a bit and I’m sure that the combo of tomatoes and cornmeal would be over the top delish. 

Tomato Galette with Pesto and Feta By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simply, flaky butter pie crust filled with ripe heirloom or Roma tomatoes, basil, pesto, and feta cheese. The whole thing is baked as a rustic galette style tart and is topped with parmesan cheese. This is a delicious way to use summer cherry tomatoes and a simple way to use pie crust. Find the recipe for this fun vegetable dinner or appetizer on thewoodandspoon.com

Once you’ve got some chilled pie dough, all you need is that summer produce. I’ve used a combination of grape tomatoes and Roma tomatoes, but if you have others in your garden, that would work swell too. The idea is to use a few tomatoes that will release their juices throughout the cooking process (the Romas) and a few bite-sized tomatoes that will retain their juiciness within their skins (the grape tomatoes). Slice up those scarlet beauties and sprinkle them with a little salt. The salt will help to draw out extra water from the tomatoes so that we don’t make our crust sad and soggy. No one wants soggy, okay?

Tomato Galette with Pesto and Feta By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simply, flaky butter pie crust filled with ripe heirloom or Roma tomatoes, basil, pesto, and feta cheese. The whole thing is baked as a rustic galette style tart and is topped with parmesan cheese. This is a delicious way to use summer cherry tomatoes and a simple way to use pie crust. Find the recipe for this fun vegetable dinner or appetizer on thewoodandspoon.com

After the tomatoes have been prepped, we can start assembling our tomato galette. First, roll out your pie dough on a floured surface. Perfection isn’t necessary here, so a rough 12-13″ circle will do. Next, spread a schmear of basil pesto and sprinkle on about half of the feta cheese. Arrange the tomatoes, starting with a layer of the Roma tomatoes and ending with a few handfuls of grape tomatoes. We then finish off the galette with another sprinkle of feta and a bit of pepper, dried herbs, and parmesan. Crimp the edges of the galette just slightly over the tomato filling and then the tomato galette is all ready for the oven.

While it bakes, the tomatoes will render their juices and the pie crust will bake up golden, flaky, and ultra buttery. The final product is a simple yet stunning tomato galette, a true showcase for the best of summer produce, all wrapped up in the delightful packaging that is homemade pastry. Wait one second… I think I can hear a choir of angels singing. 

Tomato Galette with Pesto and Feta By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simply, flaky butter pie crust filled with ripe heirloom or Roma tomatoes, basil, pesto, and feta cheese. The whole thing is baked as a rustic galette style tart and is topped with parmesan cheese. This is a delicious way to use summer cherry tomatoes and a simple way to use pie crust. Find the recipe for this fun vegetable dinner or appetizer on thewoodandspoon.com

Before summer is up, you just HAVE to make this tomato galette. It’s the perfect thing to bring to a summer cocktail party and it’s the answer to every “What’s for dinner?” question your spouse throws at you. You need this, okay? So just make it, let me know what you think, and don’t give another thought to your bikini top and cut-off denim shorts. Happy summer and happy weekend!

If you like this tomato galette, you should check out:

Blueberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Dessert Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Chicken Pot Pie with Cornmeal Cheddar Crust

Cheddar Cornmeal Chicken Pot Pie recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate wood. Adapted from ina garten's recipe, this pot pie is made in a skillet or dutch oven and it super simple. The pie crust has cheddar cheese and corn Meal, thyme, rosemary, and other herbs and is flaky from butter and shortening- it ends up tasting like a cheese straw! The filling has peas, pearl onions, and carrots and is thickened by a roux made of flour and butter. Find this comfort food recipe to serve for a cold weather family dinner on thewoodandspoo.com . pastry, pie.

Cherry Lime Hand Pies

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Cranberry Pear Mini-Pop Tarts

cranberry pear mini pop tarts recipe by the wood and spoon blog by kate wood. this recipe makes mini hand pie type pop-tarts filled with bits of pears (or apples!) and cranberries. They are baked in the oven until golden and flaky and the whole thing gets topped with a powdered sugar glaze. This is a great way to use leftover pie crusts or to make individual pie crusts. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

 

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Tomato Galette with Basil Pesto and Feta

Tomato Galette with Pesto and Feta By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simply, flaky butter pie crust filled with ripe heirloom or Roma tomatoes, basil, pesto, and feta cheese. The whole thing is baked as a rustic galette style tart and is topped with parmesan cheese. This is a delicious way to use summer cherry tomatoes and a simple way to use pie crust. Find the recipe for this fun vegetable dinner or appetizer on thewoodandspoon.com

Made with a buttery pie crust, this tomato galette is a fresh way to use beautiful tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta cheese. 

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced 1/8” thick
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
  • 1 single pie crust, chilled (see notes)
  • ½ cup crumbled full-fat feta cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Extra fresh basil, for sprinkling on the pie

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or ready a pizza stone.
  2. Line a cutting board or dinner plate with two layers of paper towels. Spread the tomatoes out on the towels and sprinkle with the salt. Place an additional layer of towels on top and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the pesto mayo. Combine the prepared pesto and mayonnaise in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Pull your pie crust from the fridge and allow to soften for rolling slightly, if needed. On a floured surface, roll the pie crust out to a rough 12-13” circle. Be sure your circle isn’t larger than your pan. Carefully transfer the pie crust to the prepared baking sheet or pizza stone. See notes.
  5. Spread the pesto mayonnaise on to the pie crust, leaving a 2” border around the outside. Sprinkle ½ of the feta cheese out on to the pesto mayo. Arrange your Roma tomatoes over the mayo and sprinkle the grape tomatoes on top, leaving them cut side up. Sprinkle the remaining feta cheese on top.
  6. Crimp the border edges of the pie crust around the tomato filling. Simply pull up the edges and fold over themselves as if you were wrapping a present. Whisk together the egg and water to create an egg wash for your crust. Use a pastry brush to paint the crust. 
  7. Sprinkle the pepper and Italian seasoning over top of the filling. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on the crust.
  8. Bake the galette in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is set and golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before slicing. This can be served warm, but is delicious at room temp as well.

Notes

  • See the link in my post or look in my blog archives for my favorite homemade pie crust. You’ll need only half of the recipe, so you can store the other half in the freezer for a later date.
  • To transfer your pie crust to your prepared pan, flour your rolling pin and carefully loosely roll the flattened pie crust back on to your rolling pin. Unroll it on to your baking sheet.

YOU NEED TO KNOW: How to Brown Butter

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Brown butter. A sexy ingredient, if you ask me.

If you’ve been around the block a time or two, you’ve probably already become acquainted with brown butter. You know it by its nutty aroma and speckled amber hue. You’ve already been allured by the rich caramel flavors, seduced by the complexity it adds to sweet and savory dishes alike. But for the average home baker, brown butter is a mystery. What is it? Where can I find it? How do I make it?

If you fall into that second category, allow me to make the introduction. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the magical world of brown butter. 

 

WHAT IS IT?

Brown butter, or beurre noisette, is basically regular old butter that is gently melted and cooked until it browns which results in a change of flavor, aroma, and color. Butter is made up of water, fat, and protein. When it is cooked beyond the point of melting, the water will slowly evaporate leaving the butterfat and milk protein to continue cooking. As the proteins cook, they will begin to brown, which will be evident in the changes that you’ll notice in your pan. 

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

 

HOW DO YOU MAKE IT?

A fine question, dear friend. I’m glad you asked. To make brown butter, all you need is a quality stick of butter, a metal pan for your stovetop (I use this one), and a whisk or a spatula to gently stir with. I prefer to use a a light bottomed pan and a whisk, so whip those out if you have them. To help explain the browning process, I’ve taken some photos and notes. Let’s get started!

Step One: Melt the butter

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Place your butter in a pan over medium-low heat. I like to cube my butter into equal sized chunks, and I prefer a light-colored pan so that I can monitor the browning process easily. Use whatever you feel comfortable with. Allow the butter to melt, stirring occasionally, until the butter is entirely liquid. As the butter continues to heat, it will begin to sizzle and foam, which is a good indication that the water has begun to evaporate.

Step Two: Begin browning the butter

Once the water has completely evaporated, the protein in the butter can begin browning! This is when you need to stay glued to your pan. Once you notice that the butter isn’t sizzling as much, begin whisking it regularly to ensure that the proteins brown evenly. We don’t want to burn the butter on the bottom of the pan while the liquid skimming the top remains unaffected. So keep whisking and watching. You’ll notice little golden flecks beginning to form on the bottom of the pan which is a thumbs up that you’re getting super close. 

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Step Three: Brown that butter!

The butter will continue to darken and brown as it cooks. Man your post at the stove and keep that whisk moving to ensure that the milk proteins cook evenly and you don’t wind up with burnt bits of butter. You’ll notice the changing aromas as the butter continues to brown. Trust me when I tell you that it tastes as good as it smells. Keep stirring and agitating the butter until you reach your desired degree of darkness. Then, remove the pan from the stovetop and pour the butter, browned bits and all, into a separate bowl. Don’t leave it in the pan or the residual heat will continue to cook and brown your butter, likely resulting in a burnt finish.

The trickiest part of this process is knowing when to pull you pan from the heat. There are a few different degrees of brown butter. Some recipes may call for a lighter, less-browned butter, while others may encourage you to continuing cooking, even to the point of nearly burning it. So to help identify what you’re looking for, I’ve got you covered with a photo lineup of the different varieties of brown butter. 

First up is a super-light, golden brown butter. At this phase of the game, you’ll notice deep golden flecks forming at the bottom of the pan, but the overall hue is still pretty light. This degree of brown butter isn’t as rich in flavor, but may be just the ticket for a number of dishes. If a recipe you’re using calls for “lightly browned butter,” this is exactly what you’re looking for.

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

Next up is the OG of brown butter- the gold standard. When in doubt, go for this degree of brown butter. Here, the color is darker, and the flavor is richer. This butter will give off a strong nutty, almost caramel scent and those same flavors will be present in the taste as well. This is the brown butter we fold into streusel crumbs, toss in our pasta sauces, and whisk into sugar for a delightfully decadent cake glaze.

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

If you’re willing to take the risk and allow your butter to brown in the pan just until the point of burning, you can score the darkest butter of all. Ultra-dark brown butter adds scads of flavor when chilled and creamed into cookies, cakes, and more. The extra color results in an extra oomph of flavor, so you’ll land terrific tasting treats every time.  

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

 

HOW CAN I USE IT?

I have a very specific rule of thumb about when it is most appropriate to use brown butter. Are you ready? Ok, here it is:

USE BROWN BUTTER ALL THE TIME BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST.

That’s it! Simple, right? Ok, I’m kind of kidding. When making things like pasta sauces, salad dressings, toppings for breads and sauces for proteins, brown butter is a perfectly acceptable substitution for regular butter and oil. However, when adding brown butter to baked goods like cookies, cakes, and pie crusts, there’s a few things to consider. Remember how we cooked all of the water out of the butter? Well, water is a really important part of baking! We need water to add moisture, to create steam in the oven, and to do a number of other nerdy food science stuff that I won’t bore your with here. So if we substitute brown butter for regular butter, we have to remember that our final outcome will likely be affected by of the lack of H2O. To compensate, sometimes you can add a bit less dry ingredient (like flour) or a wee bit of extra water or fat. But sometimes brown butter just isn’t a good sub and we just have to dry our tears and be okay with that. 

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

 

So, do you have any recipes using brown butter?

I thought you’d never ask. Of course! I use brown butter in a number of recipes, a couple of which are already on this site! You can check out my raspberry rhubarb crumb cake (with a brown butter crumb), carrot cake with brown butter glaze, or the ever-delightful hummingbird muffins (with a brown butter streusel) for some delicious and sweet recipe inspiration. I’ll also add the links to a few other personal faves below.

 Chewy, Gooey Golden Rice Krispie Treats

Brown Butter and Peanut Brittle Ice Cream

Brown Butter Pecan Pie

Is there anything else I need to know about brown butter?

Yes. There’s tons. But this isn’t that kind of blog. I’m giving you what I think you want to know as well as a few other science geek tidbits that I just couldn’t hold myself back from. If you have more questions about brown butter or using it in your favorite recipes, please share them with me below in the comments section! I would love to help in any way!

This is the first in what I hope will become a fun and helpful series for you all. Baking becomes so much easier and enjoyable when you understand some basics and have a few tips and techniques up your sleeve to help achieve success in the kitchen every time. So stick around for a few more things you need to know. I can’t wait to share more! Have a great weekend and cheers to you!

 

If you like this tutorial on how to make brown butter, be sure to check out:

Smash Cake Tutorial

Smash Cake Tutorial Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog. Blue Ombred cake- looks like the ocean! Sharing tips and techniques for decorating mini 6" smash cakes to be served at a little boy or girl first birthday party! You'll find out how to decorate a cake with flowers, top with color balls of fondant, ombre layer cake, and rustic frosting style done with an offset spatula or palette knife. Read more about the how to and find some colorful kid birthday party inspiration here! www.woodandspoon.com

Gold Splattered Sugar Cookie Tutorial

Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood and Abby Hollar of The Hollardays Blog. This is a simple recipe for homemade cutout sugar cookies flavored with dried lavender and vanilla bean paste. The icing is simple and dries quick and doesn't require a piping bag or tip like Royal icing. The gold lustre luster dust is mixed with alcohol to create a shiny metallic paint that you can splatter on your cookies with a basting brush. Find the tutorial and how to paint cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Painted Sugar Cookies 

Painted Sugar Cookies Recipe and Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a recipe for almond vanilla sugar cutout cookies that doesn't require chilling the dough. The dough holds its shape for cookie cutters. The frosting isn't like a royal icing- it is a simple glaze made with milk and powdered sugar and flavoring. you can pipe or dip the cookies icing on and then paint with food coloring gel and alcohol. Find the how to on the blog thewoodandspoon.com

Cake Baking Tips

Blood Orange Bundt Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. A vanilla and citrus scented cake made with blood orange zest and juice, this bundt cake is fluffy, moist, and an easy one bowl recipe what to make with blood oranges. The glaze is a simple blood orange juice icing that is pink and so fun to make! This makes a large bundt cake but you can adapt it to make it in round pans or even muffin tins. You could try this recipe in a tube pan with removable bottom as well. Find this winter citrus, festive cake on thewoodandspoon.com

 

 

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How to Brown Butter

How to Make Brown Butter Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a step by step photo tutorial on how to brown butter / beurre noisette. Will give the instruction and science behind browning butter and how to make the best type of browned butter for your baked goods, sweet and savory dishes. Find out what color brown butter should be and how to know if you've browned it enough! DIY here on thewoodandspoon.com

This is a quick and simply tutorial on how to brown butter. Making brown butter has never been easier with this photographic how-to!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cut into equal-sized chunks.

Instructions

  1. Place butter chunks in a light-colored pan over medium-low heat. Allow the butter to melt completely, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  2. Once the butter has melted, you’ll notice it begin to sizzle and foam. Continue stirring occasionally. Once the crackling has subsided, you’ll notice small golden flecks forming on the bottom of the pan. Begin stirring constantly with a whisk or a spatula to agitate the butter and keep it cooking evenly. Continue cooking until the desired level of brownness is reached. Remove the butter from the pan to a separate bowl to discontinue the cooking process.

Lemon Mint Sorbet

Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But if you live in Alabama, it’s the middle of July, and you’re one heat wave away from the surface of the sun, you scrap the lemonade and make lemon mint sorbet instead.

Selma, Alabama summers are relentless. Temps nearing triple digits, 100% humidity, and zero chance of breeze ensure that you spend the majority of your days with bad hair and sweat stains in all of the wrong places. Days lengthened by sunlight feel even longer when you’re cooped up indoors, saving yourself from the sweltering temperatures and relentless sun rays. Trust me, it’s far from glamorous.

Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Some days, I just want a reprieve. I find myself daydreaming of my days as a waitress, longing for just a few brief moments of alone time in the walk-in cooler. I think of our Alaskan vacation and how good it would feel to plant my naked rear-end on the face of those glaciers, making snow angels  just before belly flopping into its frigid run-off water. I think of popsicles and box fans, cold-plunge pools and winter evenings, and perfect beads of sweat cascading down the sides of an ice-cold beer. I dream of being the head coach of a winning team on Super Bowl Sunday- all of that Gatorade and ice, drenching me from head to toe.Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Yes, the Alabama heat will do crazy things to one who, admittedly, already has their fair share of nuttiness. The kids are home more, which is fabulous but also insanity-inducing, because who wants to be stuck indoors with two kids under two? Instead, we seek refuge in the shallow end of the country club pool where both of my kiddos can splash and I can order as many John Daly’s as my concience (and liver) will tolerate. We jump waves at the beach and take boat rides at the lake. Aimee goes barefoot and George hangs out in a diaper while we splash in the hose and eat sno-cones in the backyard. We do what it takes to survive the heat, and in the process, I find that we are actually having fun. Every once in a while, I look around and, miraculously, no one is crying. Instead, there’s smiles and laughter and naked baby buttcheeks and I think, “Sweet mercy, we did it. We’re actually having fun.”

Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This lemon mint sorbet is the number one way to stay cool as a cucumber this summer. A simple recipe requiring only 4 ingredients, this frosty treat is light, incredibly refreshing, and a cinch to make! To get started, we combine some water, sugar and lemon zest in a saucepan and bring it to a simmer to melt the sugar. Once warmed, we add in a handful of torn mint leaves which will infuse the syrup with the herb’s flavors. Strain out the mint leaves and allow the mixture to chill briefly before combining it with the remaining two ingredients. 

Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

To finish off this lemon mint sorbet, you will need an ice cream maker. I have this one, and although it is inexpensive, it does work pretty well. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for your machine to process your lemon mint sorbet and then store it in the freezer until serving.Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This lemon mint sorbet is super lemony without being overly tart. The mint adds a sophisticated, summery touch to every bite that is 100% melt in your mouth delicious. The ratio of corn syrup to sugar to water helps to keep this sorbet from becoming too icy or impossible to scoop. As a result, each bite of this lemon mint sorbet will literally melt right on your tongue. It is magical.

If summer has you feeling all hot and bothered, consider making this lemon mint sorbet. This is the fantastic summer treat you’ll want melting in your cones all summer long. I’d also highly recommend serving scoops with a pour of ultra-dry champagne on top. Boozy sorbet cocktails? Yes, please. Cheers to y’all and Happy Monday!

 

If you like this lemon mint sorbet, you should try:

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Mint Brownie Ice Cream Cake recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. A make ahead no churn ice cream cake recipe. Filled with chocolate ice cream made from cocoa powder, and a mint chocolate chip ice cream. Simple and quick brownie recipe on the inside and hot fudge chocolate sauce. You can adapt this recipe to be semi-homemade and you can make ahead this loaf pan cake in advance to serve a crowd. Great summer frozen dessert idea, coated in cool whip or whipped cream. Add chocolate cookies or Oreos if you want! Thewoodandspoon.com

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake

Peppermint Bark Icebox Cake Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by kate Wood. This is a perfect make ahead Christmas / holiday / winter dessert made with Williams-sonoma peppermint bark. The chocolate cookies are like chocolate wafers and are made with hot cocoa mix. The filling is a mascarpone cheese whipped cream mixture that holds its shape as a frosting and helps to keep the cookies soft. the whole thing is topped by white chocolate and semisweet chocolate peppermint bark. Make this impressive layer layered dessert for you friends or next dinner party. Recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles 

Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk Popsicles Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A simple, summer, frozen dessert made of sweet and rich roasted strawberries and tangy buttermilk cream. These fruit popsicles are simple, make ahead, and a great dessert for outdoor parties and events. Learn about making popsicles without a popsicle mold too!

No-Churn Honey Salted Almond Ice Cream

No Churn Honey Salted Almond Ice Cream Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a no-churn recipe made with sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream, and clover honey. The nuts are cooked baked in butter and salt. Each bite of ice cream is sweet and salty, very creamy and almost naturally sweetened. Make the whole recipe in less than 30 minutes, very fast and easy. Recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars Recipe by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple shortbread crust summer berry fruit bar. The shortbread is lemon zest scented and the blueberry filling is full of more zest and lemon juice. The crumbles on top of buttery and add a crunch to this juicy fruit bar. Make a small or large batch for a crowd. thewoodandspoon.com

Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bundt Cake

Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bundt Cake Recipe Recipe by the wood and spoon blog by kate wood. This is a simple, fluffy, golden and white almond cake speckled with poppyseed and lemon zest and juice. The cake is spongy and perfect for breakfast or dessert. The whole thing is topped with a simple sugar glaze icing and slivered almonds. Find this springtime bundt cake recipe on thewoodandspoon.com.

 

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Lemon Mint Sorbet

Lemon Mint Sorbet Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a refreshing, frozen, lemon and mint sorbet made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint, and simple syrup. This ice cream is made in a ice cream maker and requires very little active prep time. Similar to a granita or frozen Italian ice, this treat is the perfect dessert to serve on a hot day! Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

This lemon mint sorbet is a smooth and silky frozen treat that is simple to make and is incredibly refreshing. 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
Scale

Ingredients

  • 11/2 cups (360 mL) water
  • ¼ cup (50 gm) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
  • ¼ cup packed torn mint
  • 11/2 cups (360 mL) light corn syrup
  • 1 cup (240 mL) lemon juice (from about 6 lemons), strained of seeds and pulp

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, sugar, and lemon zest and stir, cooking just until the sugar has dissolved. This will take about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the torn mint leaves to the mixture and stir to combine. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Check to see if your mixture has the desired level of mint flavor. Steep for an additional 5-10 minutes, if desired. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain your mixture into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the corn syrup and strained lemon juice to the bowl with the mint syrup. Stir to combine. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge to chill completely. Once chilled, process your sorbet mixture in an ice cream maker according to the machine directions. It usually takes 25-30 minutes in my machine. Store in a freezer safe container, covered well, for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • Be sure to not substitute different types of sugar or syrup. This will result in a different texture and flavor sorbet.

Recipe Adapted From: Serious Eats

Cherry Lime Hand Pies

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Everyone cue the candles and the birthday serenades. Today is my old man’s birthday and we’re celebrating with these cherry lime hand pies!

I read something in a book recently that struck a chord. In “Cold Tangerines,” the author, Shauna Niequist, talks about how we often think of our stories as being chiseled in stone- permanent and defined. Shauna suggests that instead, we ought to embrace the art of writing in pencil, living with a willingness to not plan our futures to death. Living in freedom because our story’s uncertainty is one of the few things we get to be certain of. 

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Growing up, I wasn’t a serial dater or anything, but I certainly had my fair share of romances. In middle school, I had a boyfriend who I never actually spoke words to. We’d pass notes in Pre-Algebra and I’d clutch that sweaty piece of notebook paper in my hands until the gel ink bled and the paper curled to the shape of my palm. No amount of writing “Mrs. Katie SanPedro” on the cover of my spiral notebook could have validated that joke of a relationship, but for 12 year old me, that was it.

Later, at 17, I fell for the bad boy. I planned my lip piercing and changed my hair, all in an effort to become his girlfriend/groupie/MySpace profile picture. Thick eyeliner and a new playlist on my iPod wasn’t enough to lock him in, and it finally fizzled when I found out he made out with a girl at his high school prom (HINT: it wasn’t me). I’m kind of embarrassed for that girl now, but what she learned that year helped write the script for the years that followed.

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Over the next 6 years, I fell in love twice and sold out entirely to the idea of being in love. I gave my heart away and planned my future with men who, deep down, I knew would never be my husband. I thought, “If I try harder or loosen up or love more fiercely, maybe it will work this time. Maybe he will be the one.” 

Thank God I was wrong.

I met Brett at an unassuming time in my life and something clicked. He wasn’t perfect. He looked, talked, and walked different from any guy I ever would have cast to play the role of “mine.” He came with a past, a ledger of heartache and broken years, but he carried them with a sincerity that was raw and beautiful. His strength and self-assuredness allowed me the room to be vulnerable, the space to trust and feel hopeful again. I can remember thinking, “Ok, this is it. Now my life is beginning. This is when it starts.”

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Now, 4 years into marriage and a few breaths away from a new decade, my life is still far from what I planned. Getting married, moving to a new town, and living with a man and two tiny humans that call you “Mama” is enough of a change of pace to trick you into thinking that you know where life is taking you. But amazingly, I’m still feeling my way through the dark at times. Bills, tired eyeballs, and a hell of a lot more work than 26 year old me thought she was marrying into are enough to assure myself that I am far from being able to begin writing in ink. I’m the leading lady of a story that will continue to be scribbled in pencil, the ending forever unknown, at least on this side of heaven.

But I’m starting to be okay with the unknown, or at least I’m trying to be. Each chapter I live makes me smile knowingly at the pages that came before it, as if I’m telling those former versions of myself, “Buckle up. You’re in for a ride, and you’re gonna want to stick around for the ending. Also, quit stressing. It’ll be okay.” I’m thankful that 12, 17, or 22 year old me didn’t plan my 29 year old today. I’m finally thankful for this pencil-written story.

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

To be honest, these cherry lime hand pies have zero to do with Brett’s birthday. He’s already requested mint chocolate sandwich cookies for his special day, but I’m sharing this recipe with you today because these little pies remind me of my bowl of cherries life that I live with him- different from how we both imagined it would be, but sweet and beautiful none the less. He’s proof that it’s okay to write in pencil and to trust in something bigger to jot out your endings. So happy birthday, you old man. These pies are for you.

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

I was inspired to make these cherry lime hand pies because of a certain sparkling beverage at America’s favorite chain drive-in. Cherry limeade will forever be the one non-alcoholic, non-milkshake beverage that I am willing to spend calories on, because, let’s be honest- it’s delicious. When summer’s bounty of cherries rolls through, I’m tempted to throw them all in a pie and be done with it, but these cherry lime hand pies are a cheeky and fun way to celebrate those juicy reds. So let’s dive in!

To start, we need a perfect pie crust. No ordinary pie crust will do, so obviously we will make my favorite, perfect every time pie crust. You can make this ahead of time and freeze, if desired, or just make it a couple of hours in advance so that the dough can chill well. Next, we move on to the filling. Fresh cherries, lime zest, and a bit of cornstarch and sugar round out the majority of the ingredients. They all cook, popping and bubbling, on the stovetop until the whole lot of it becomes thick, rich, and syrupy sweet. Allow the mixture to cool in the fridge completely before you start to assemble your pies.

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

When you’re reading to start shaping and filling your cherry lime hand pies, roll out the dough to a thin sheet. Use a large biscuit cutter or a sharp rim of a glass to trim out rounds of dough. Plop a scoop of cherry lime filling right in the middle, and fold the dough over itself, crimping and sealing the edges as you go along. I use a rotary pastry cutter like this to crimp and seal my pies. Give each pie a brush of egg wash and a sprinkle of sugar for color and crunch and then bake them away in a super hot oven.

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

Once baked and slightly cooled, these cherry lime hand pies are flaky, buttery, and full of super sweet juicy fruit. The lime isn’t the star of the show here, so don’t expect a tart hand pie. Instead, you’ll find that subtle lime flavor, cozied up in the background of those syrupy cherries, taking the edge off of what would otherwise be an ultra sweet dessert. Each bite of fruit is surrounded on both sides by flaky pastry, so you can celebrate that extra measure of buttery, flaky goodness. Who doesn’t love the crust the most anyways? So do yourselves a favor- skip the pies and jump straight to the hand pies. Personal dessert, no sharing, extra crust, summer fruit, everyone wins… you get the picture. 

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

If you want an alternative to those summer fruit pies, I hope you’ll give these cherry lime hand pies a try. Make them for your next summer picnic or backyard shindig and think of me when you dive into all that ripe summer deliciousness. Oh, and don’t forget that there is still time to nominate blogs for the legendary Saveur Blog Awards. If you love the recipes, photos, and TMI life stories that you find on this site, I hope you’ll consider nominating moi. Love you guys times a million, always. 

If you like these cherry lime hand pies, check out:

Cranberry Pear Mini Pop-Tarts

cranberry pear mini pop tarts recipe by the wood and spoon blog by kate wood. this recipe makes mini hand pie type pop-tarts filled with bits of pears (or apples!) and cranberries. They are baked in the oven until golden and flaky and the whole thing gets topped with a powdered sugar glaze. This is a great way to use leftover pie crusts or to make individual pie crusts. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. Tart rhubarb, sweet berries and a touch of cinnamon make this the perfect pie. Post includes information on how to use and trim rhubarb, tips on preparing the perfect flaky butter pie crust, and other spring pie inspiration. Can be made with a decorative or lattice pie top. thewoodandspoon.com

Peach Berry Pie

Peach Berry Pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A flaky, butter double crust pie dough filled with sliced peaches, straberries, raspberries, blueberries, and more. This is a perfect make ahead summer dessert and the simple instructions make this an easy pie to share with a crowd. Decorate the top of the pie with a lattice if desired. Bring this mixed berry and peach pie to your next party, BBQ, or outdoor event. woodandspoon.com

No-Churn Cherry Chip Ice Cream

No Churn Cherry Chip Ice Cream Recipe By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple and fast no churn ice cream recipe that doesn't require an ice cream machine. Simply combine sweetened condensed milk, whipped cream, cherry puree and whole black sweet cherries. Add chocolate chips for the best creamy cherry frozen dessert ever. Make ahead in less than 30 minutes, recipe available at www.thewoodandspoon.com ranier cherries, tart cherry, red, black cherries.

Black Forest Ice Cream Cake

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Cherry Lime Hand Pies

Cherry Lime Hand Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This mini hand pies are personal pop tart desserts filled with ripe summer black and red cherries and zesty lime. A great alternative to fried pies, these desserts are sweet, make ahead, and use a buttery, homemade pie crust that gets flaky and delicious. The recipe is simple but learn all about how to make hand pies and homemade pop-tarts here on thewoodandspoon.com

These cherry lime hand pies are flaky, golden pastries filled with juicy cherries and tart lime zest. The perfect personal dessert!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 7 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 Recipe Pie Dough (See Notes)
  • ¾ Pound Sweet Cherries, stemmed, cored, and quartered
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Zest of 1 lime (about 1-1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 egg
  • Turbinado or sparkling sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the cherries and lime juice to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes until the cherries have softened and the juices have released.
  2. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and lime zest. Add the sugar mixture to the cherry mixture and whisk to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Remove to a heat safe dish and allow to cool completely to room temperature on the counter or in the fridge.
  3. Once the cherries are cooled, roll out the pie dough until it is 1/8” thick. Use a 4” biscuit cutter (see notes) to cut out flat circles of dough for the hand pies. Combine the scraps and, avoiding overworking the dough, re-roll it and continue cutting circles. Place the circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Work quickly so that your dough stay chilled. If it gets too warm, put the sheet pan in the freezer or fridge briefly.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Use a pastry brush to paint the perimeter of each dough circle. This will help your edges to stick and crimp together nicely. Spoon out 1 tablespoon of cherry lime filling into the center of each circle and fold them in half, pinching the edge of each half circle to seal. You can use a pastry cutter or the back of a fork to crimp the edges to further seal. Place the sheet pan of hand pies in the freezer to firm up for 2 hours or until well frozen.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush the hand pies with the egg and water mixture and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar if desired. Using a paring knife, cut three small slits in the bottom half of each pie to vent the filling. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the pies are golden and well baked. Allow to cool briefly before enjoying.

Notes

  • See my blog archives for my favorite pie dough. You will need ½ of that recipe. You can save the remaining half in the freezer wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
  • If you don’t have a 4” biscuit cutter, you can use a glass or a bowl with a 4-4-1/2” diameter as your stencil and cut the circles out with a knife. I used a rim of a martini glass for my stencil! Do not use a smaller cutter or stencil, as you will not have enough room to put adequate filling in your pies.

Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Some things you never grow out of. Things like cotton candy at Walt Disney World and flannel on Christmas morning or even treats like these funfetti cookies remind me that there’s a childlike nostalgia in all of us that will never die. Some things are relevant forever.

My best friend Jesse turned 30 yesterday. We met as self-conscious 6th graders back in the late 90’s (cough, what?), and since then we’ve celebrated nearly 20 years of birthdays as BFFs. That length of time does something to a relationship. After a while, you start feeling less like a friend and more like a sister, or maybe a crazy aunt who is terribly overbearing but loyal enough to throw eggs at your ex-boyfriend’s house. Our friendship has evolved over the years and it’s rarely presented itself perfect and shiny like a new penny. But after 20 years, it’s one that is worn in and fits snug in all of the right places of my story. She’s the present that has meshed with nearly ever part of my past, the instant classic that I’ve never grow out of. 

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Last month in Las Vegas. This was right before we went to the Backstreet Boys concert, because, obviously, we love ourselves.

When Jesse and I get together, it’s like we’re in middle school again. Instead of sentences, we speak in strings of inside jokes and outlandish “What If?” scenarios. There’s laughter and sarcastic banter, full freedom to say or do whatever feels right, even if that means absolutely nothing at all. There’s a certain vulnerability that comes with spending time with a person who has known you through nearly every season of your life. There’s safety to share secrets and expose the hidden parts you think no one else will understand, because you’re confident that, ultimately, that person is there for keeps. So I find myself from time to time, even as a wife, mother, and almost 30 year old woman, crawling like a child into the lap of my dear friend who I know will always make room for me, no matter what I bring to the table. That, my friends, is irreplaceable.

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It’s totally cool if I’m not her maid of honor too. Actually, no. I take that back. Not cool.

I feel obligated to embarrass Jess (and myself) with a few photos from years past. If a girl will stick by you through a half-dozen or so break-ups, braces, AND the unibrow phase, you know she will forgive you for a few old photos. Happy Birthday, Jess. Ride or die forever. 

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .
This is real life. Yes, we wore the same skirt to the 6th grade dance. Yes, my eyebrows (and hair) really were that big.

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Orange Beach, Alabama, on the day I got engaged. Jesse surprised me there and photographed the proposal.
Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .
The photo above was for our bug project in 7th grade. See if you can spot the two winners side by side. Hint: I have glasses, she has her eyes closed. Mercy.

Like an old friend, these funfetti cookies give me all the feelings. You never grow too old for cookies, sprinkles, or the nostalgic delight that comes with the taste of box mix cake batter. These cookies are a simple, a one bowl recipe that bake up chewy, crinkled, and colorful every time.  Perfect for the kids you love and the kid in you.

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .To make them, first cream a little room temperature butter with sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Eggs are added for moisture and fluff, and a splash of clear vanilla ensures that the cookies have that delightful bakery taste that we all know and love. Flour and a few other dry ingredients get just barely mixed in before we toss in loads of sprinkles- totally fun and incredibly necessary.

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These funfetti cookies bake into perfect little rounds. The cream of tartar helps to achieve those pretty little cracks on the tops, and the high ratio of granulated sugar to brown sugar makes for a crisp-edged, chewy cookie. This recipe requires less than 10 minutes of prep work, so you can spend less time baking and more time enjoying these hot little numbers with the ones you love. 

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

Give these funfetti cookies a try this weekend. Bake them with your kids, your bestie, or even on your own. There’s no shame in enjoying some cookie dough solo. On another note, the SAVEUR blog awards are underway and I would LOVE if you would consider nominating this sweet little site. Follow the link, type in thewoodandspoon.com and consider nominating it for the “Best New Voice” and/or “Best Baking and Sweet” category. I’d adore your support. Be sure to nominate your other favorite sites too! Have a terrific weekend and happy baking!

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

If you like these funfetti cookies, consider making: 

Funfetti Scones

Funfetti Scones Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Simple, fast, easy one bowl cream scones that taste just like a box mix birthday cake! These scones use clear vanilla and sprinkles to make the sweet confetti flavor. The icing is a simple powdered sugar glaze speckled with more rainbow jimmies. Find the Recipe on thewoodandspoon.com along with more breakfast or brunch ideas to go with your coffee and tea time!

Confetti Ice Cream Cake

Confetti ice cream cake recipe by The wood and spoon blog by Kate wood. This is a simple funfetti cake recipe inspired by momofuku milk bar by christina tosi. The cake is make and layered in a naked style with a no churn cream cheese cake batter ice cream with sprinkles. There's also a salty cake mix crumb inside the cake. This is a fun birthday cake or frozen celebration cake that will serve a crowd and is very festive. Find the recipe and how to make a layered naked cake on thewoodandspoon.com

Trail Mix Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Fun cookies to make with kids! These trail mix cookies have raisins, chocolate candies (m&M's), peanuts and oats! The cookies have crisp edges and chewy centers and are simple and easy to make. Requires short time and one bowl to make. Trail mix cookies are good summer camp recipe, school recipe, craft idea to bake with kids. Find the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood and Abby Hollar of The Hollardays Blog. This is a simple recipe for homemade cutout sugar cookies flavored with dried lavender and vanilla bean paste. The icing is simple and dries quick and doesn't require a piping bag or tip like Royal icing. The gold lustre luster dust is mixed with alcohol to create a shiny metallic paint that you can splatter on your cookies with a basting brush. Find the tutorial and how to paint cookies on thewoodandspoon.com

Painted Sugar Cookies

Painted Sugar Cookies Recipe and Tutorial by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a recipe for almond vanilla sugar cutout cookies that doesn't require chilling the dough. The dough holds its shape for cookie cutters. The frosting isn't like a royal icing- it is a simple glaze made with milk and powdered sugar and flavoring. you can pipe or dip the cookies icing on and then paint with food coloring gel and alcohol. Find the how to on the blog thewoodandspoon.com

 

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Funfetti Cookies

Funfetti Cookies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. These are sprinkle filled sugar cookies, soft and chewy with crunchy edges. Simple, one bowl recipe that uses rainbow jimmies and clear vanilla to get that cake batter flavor in every bite. These taste like copycat cookies from great American cookie. Try these fun and kid friendly dessert recipes now on thewoodandspoon.com .

These funfetti cookies are chewy, crinkle topped sugar cookies with loads of sprinkles and box mix cake batter flavor.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Category: Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons (140 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 gm) sugar
  • ½ cup (100 gm) brown sugar
  • 21/2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup (160 gm) rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare sheet pans by lining them with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla and egg, beating on low until incorporated. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar, and beat on low speed just until the dry ingredients are combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sprinkles. Beat just until combined.
  3. Scoop out 1-1/2 tablespoon sized scoops (I use a medium cookie scoop) and roll each dough ball briefly in your hands to smooth out the rough edges of dough. Place on the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies have just begun to crack and the edges are set. Allow to cool on the sheet pans for about 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to complete cooling.

Notes

  • Clear vanilla extract give these cookie that classic funfetti box cake mix flavor that we all know and love. Pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste can be substituted, however, the flavor will differ.
  • I used 1-1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough for this recipe. If you use larger or smaller balls of dough your baking time will differ. Bake until the tops have small cracks running throughout.
  • If at any point in time you dough gets too soft (or if it gets too hard in the fridge), the baking time and final appearance of the cookies may differ. If your cookies don’t spread enough, it could mean that your dough is too cold. If they spread out too thin, try cooling the rest of the dough briefly in the fridge.

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Dessert Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! If you’re reading this from the States, I hope you’re feeling more patriotic than Mel Gibson circa the Benjamin Martin days. I hope you’re sporting your baddest jean shorts, your stars and stripes bikini top, or maybe a super slick handlebar mustache. Spit some watermelon seeds, fire up the grill, soak up all the sun and PBR that your body can tolerate. Just be sure that if you’re looking for something red, white, or blue to make on this razzle dazzle of a day, you consider this blueberry galette with a cornmeal crust.

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Something about the Fourth inspires me to berry-filled desserts. The colors, the ripe and juicy fruits, and the illusion that you’re choosing something “healthy” for bathing suit weather just makes me want to saddle up to every pie, turnover, and trifle that comes my way. Popsicles, ice cream cones, and cookie sandwiches are great, but on this most American of holidays, we need something that feels like a down-home, true-blue dessert. This blueberry galette is just the ticket.

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Ok, ok, I know some of you are thinking, “A blueberry galette? What about a pie? What about hand pies?” Yes, I hear you. But galettes are totally in the mix for a number of reasons. First, the prep and bake time for this galette is far less complex than a traditional double-crusted fruit pie. No crimping edges, no messy lattices, nothing. Just fold up the edges of your galette and you’re done. Second, we bake this galette in the oven, so there’s no fussing with a pot of hot grease for hand pies or turnovers. And third, the top of the galette is open and exposed, so we get to admire all of the fresh summer goodness that we’re about to enjoy. It leaves very little to the imagination, but honestly, I’m totally okay with that.

If you’ve never made a galette or pie before, this is the perfect way to get your feet wet. They’re faster and must easier to prepare, but still offer the delicious tastes and textures of a traditional pie. Sounds like a win to me.

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

To make this blueberry galette, we start with prepping the cornmeal crust. I adapted the recipe for this dough from my cheddar cornmeal crust that I use to make the world’s most decadent pot pie. It’s nothing more than a little flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, and fat… just what the doctor ordered. If you prefer a traditional pie crust, I’ve got you covered on that right here. This cornmeal crust is completely make-ahead, so you can prep it and store it in the fridge for a few days, or pop it in the freezer for a later time. The cornmeal may sound unusual, but just know that it pairs spot on with the blueberries. The flavor and texture difference is subtle, but that buttery crust flecked with little crunchy bites of cornmeal is a texture like no other. 

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Once our cornmeal crust is made, we get started on the filling for the blueberry galette. Toss a few cups of blueberries with some lemon zest, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Dump that filling into the center of your rolled-out pie dough and fold up the crust over the edges of those sweet berries. A brush of egg for color and a sprinkle of sugar for crunch and this blueberry galette is ready for the oven. 

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

The hardest part of making this blueberry galette is waiting for it to cool off enough to eat it. We want the filling to set up a little so that we don’t have a soupy mess on our hands, but if you’re eager to dive in, there’s no shame in getting dirty. Cut into it quickly and you’ll have some spillage, but it will still taste fantastic. Scout’s honor. I like to top each slice of my blueberry galette with little scoops of ice cream or dollops of whipped cream, but take it dairy-free if you’d prefer. There’s enough delicious flavor, texture, and sweetness to admire in this galette all on its own, so you won’t miss the addition of cream. 

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

Let’s take that all-American dessert of pie and make it even better with this fuss-free, mouth-watering blueberry galette. Less time spent in the kitchen means more time celebrating, watching fireworks, and loving our people, so let’s just do it, okay? Happy Fourth of July to you and happy baking!

If you like this blueberry galette, check out the following:

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Berry Almond Streusel Pie

Peach Berry Pie

Peach Berry Pie Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog. A flaky, butter double crust pie dough filled with sliced peaches, straberries, raspberries, blueberries, and more. This is a perfect make ahead summer dessert and the simple instructions make this an easy pie to share with a crowd. Decorate the top of the pie with a lattice if desired. Bring this mixed berry and peach pie to your next party, BBQ, or outdoor event. woodandspoon.com

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Strawberry Pretzel Tart Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. A simple, fast recipe that takes less than 30 minutes. A quick brown sugar butter and pretzel pie crust filled with a no bake cream cheese cheesecake type filling and topped with fresh strawberries or berries of your choice. Recipe adapted from Bake from Scratch Magazine. Perfect make ahead dessert idea. Thewoodandspoon.com

Blueberry Lemon Crumb Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars Recipe by the Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple shortbread crust summer berry fruit bar. The shortbread is lemon zest scented and the blueberry filling is full of more zest and lemon juice. The crumbles on top of buttery and add a crunch to this juicy fruit bar. Make a small or large batch for a crowd. thewoodandspoon.com

Blueberry Cornbread

Blueberry Cornbread Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a cornmeal and flour skillet cake made with fresh blueberries and sugar. A simple, one bowl cake recipe made in a cast iron skillet, speckled with summer berries and sprinkled with powdered sugar. You can serve this with honey butter or whipped cream as dessert, or eat thick slices of it for breakfast. Find the recipe at thewoodandspoon.com

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake

Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake Recipe A tangy, fluffy sour cream and vanilla cake baked in a cast iron skillet with juicy strawberries, sliced almonds, and a sprinkle of sugar. This is a simple, quick and fast recipe that is easy to put together and can be made ahead. This cake is served with whipped cream and is dusted with powdered sugar. Bake this Southern- style cake for summer parties, bbq, and gatherings. Substitute the sour cream with buttermilk if desired. Wood and Spoon Blog Recipe

 

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Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Dessert Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

This blueberry galette is a juicy summer dessert scented with lemon and folded into a buttery cornmeal pie crust.

 

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup (60 gm) cornmeal
  • 11/4 cup (160 gm) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (85 gm) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) shortening, cold and cubed
  • 34 tablespoons ice water, more if needed

For the filling:

  • 3.5 cups (525 gm) of blueberries
  • 11/2 teaspoons lemon zest (from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons (75 gm) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons sparkling or turbinado sugar (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. In a food processor (or a large glass bowl) combine the cornmeal, flour, salt and sugar, stirring until combined. Pulse (or cut) in the butter and shortening until well integrated and pea-sized clumps form. Add 2 tablespoons of ice water at a time, pulsing (or folding in) until the pie crust clumps together. Add the water little by little so as not to make it too moist. Be sure not to overwork the dough. Flatten the dough into a flat disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge until well chilled, at least 1-2 hours. You can make this ahead and freeze wrapped in tin foil as well. 

To prepare the galette:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a flat baking sheet or stone with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. Combine the blueberries, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, cornstarch, and salt, tossing together to combine. 
  3. Roll the cornmeal crust to a rough 12-13” diameter circle. Move the rolled out crust to the parchment paper.
  4. Pour the filling into the center of the circle, leaving a 2” border around the rim of the circle. 
  5. Carefully fold up the edges of the galette towards the filling, pulling the crust barely over the top of the outer edge of the blueberries. Fold them edges up over themselves, wrapping it up like a present.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg with 1 teaspoon of water. Use a pastry brush to paint the visible tops of crust. Sprinkle the crust with the sugar, if desired.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the insides of the blueberry filling is bubbling and looks slightly thickened. Allow to cool prior to slicing and serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. 

Notes

  • Allow the galette to cool well prior to slicing. This will help to ensure it sets up properly. You can speed this process up by letting it cool in the fridge.
  • Fresh berries may taste better and will look prettier, but frozen fruit is just fine here. Try it out!
  • You can substitute butter and shortening for each other in this recipe but it will affect the final outcome of the pie’s texture and color.