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    Emily Malone

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My Inner Baker.

Yesterday was INSANE.  Sooooo much cooking all in one day – probably the most I’ve ever done – even in culinary school!  For the weekend’s gourmet dinners, I needed to have two different desserts prepared.  I ended up using two recipes that I found in Vegetarian Times – one of my favorite recipe sources. 

The first recipe I started was the Fresh Berry Tart with Toasted Nut Crust.  I started with a bowl of delicious fresh berries, topped with a tablespoon of orange juice.

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And while my nuts toasted in the oven for the crust, I whisked my filling – a mixture of brown sugar, greek yogurt, light sour cream, orange zest, and vanilla extract.

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With all of my nuts toasted, I headed to the food processor – almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, whole wheat flour, sugar, and salt – whirrrrrrrrr!

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Pulsed into a coarse meal-like mixture…

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And then added a handful of diced butter to create moist clumps.

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I pressed the dough into a tart pan, and tried to get it as even as possible.  Believe it or not, I think this was my first time ever making a crust like this.  I almost never bake at home, so my experience is pretty limited to what I did in school.

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You may remember that when I was in culinary school, I completely fell in love with my baking classes, and threatened to stay in school an extra two years to get my Baking and Pastry degree.  Baking all day long yesterday brought back that feeling, so I’m going to start experimenting more in my kitchen with healthy desserts.  I’ll just need to figure out how to get rid of them without eating them all!

Okay back to the tart – I froze and then baked the crust, and once it cooled I topped it with my filling mixture.

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I loved how you can see the little flecks of orange zest.

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Topped with berries and ready to eat!

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I was really excited about how well this turned out.

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The hardest part about making something like this is that I don’t know how it tastes!  Hopefully my boss will save me a piece…

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Moving right along to cake #2 – Chocolate Sweet Potato Torte!  Started with another mixture of goodies in the food processor…

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Inclu
ding a heaping pile of fresh mashed sweet potato – YUM. 

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Whirrred into a delicious batter, to which I added a few fresh egg yolks…

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YUM!  Lots of spoon licking may or may not have occurred.

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In the stand mixer, I whipped some egg whites and sugar…

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Until I got firm glossy peaks!

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Then folded the egg mixture into the batter to create a fluffy cake filling…

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Which I poured into a 10 inch spring form pan.

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I may not get to try the final product, but I can assure you – the batter was deeeeeeelicious!  :)

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Baked for about 50 minutes, until the center was done.

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I let it cool on a wire rack for a few hours while I worked on other dishes for lunch and dinner.

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And finally, the last step.  I melted 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate with 2 tablespoons of soy milk to make a chocolate ganache topping…

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It was very difficult to not slice into this immediately.

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This will be served at Saturday night’s formal dinner for the weekend houseguests.  Hopefully it is a hit!

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I finally stopped salivating and topped it with a cake stand so that I could move on and do the rest of my jobs.  :)

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I made about ten million other things yesterday, but I figured you guys would be most excited about the CAKES!  :)  Lots of lunch and dinner pictures coming tonight!

Happy Friday!  :)

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sassy molassy     at 2:03 pm

Holy moly, that tart looks AMAZING. I want to recreate it now!

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)     at 2:07 pm

I am so with you…I hate making desserts that I can’t taste before they are served. It makes me anxious! They look beautiful and seriously, those flavor combinations…you just can’t go wrong!

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Chelsey     at 2:08 pm

man oh man.. you’ve got some serious self control. Those look awesome! I love baking, but I too will eat everything if it’s in my house. My strategy? Baking things that I can’t eat due to food intolerances. Works like a charm and my fam loves it!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

That’s a good strategy! :)

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Therese     at 2:13 pm

Oh my God that all looks so good! I do love baking! I try not to do too much at home but when I do I enjoy every minute of it!

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Jen     at 2:17 pm

Both of those look desserts look incredible. Berry crisps and tortes are easily my favorite summer desserts. I feel so bad you didn’t get to try any.

And I will gladly help you eat the baked goods you make. Problem solved :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I will keep that in mind!!

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Marci     at 3:07 pm

Looks delicious and so pretty! My trick for not eating desserts within a day of baking is to either bake to serve at a party or take to work/friends (duh), or bake, eat a piece, and freeze the rest in single serving pieces so I can have or serve when ever!

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Victoria     at 3:27 pm

What’s the advantage of freezing the crust before baking? Is that helpful to do with other types of crust?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Honestly, I have no idea. I just followed the recipe! But my best guess is that it helps it hold together better, since this crust is kind of crumbly.

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Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 3:44 pm

those are both so pretty! I love nutty crusts.

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Amber K     at 4:11 pm

They both look SOO good. I hope you get tastes of them.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

ME TOO! :)

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Brittney     at 4:21 pm

Wow, I second Jen’s comment- I can totally help you eat any desserts if you want to try making more at home ;)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Good to know! Thanks! :)

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Ana     at 4:21 pm

Omg, the berry tart looks amazingly delicious, I think I will make it this weekend for dessert, it really looks that good!
Ana

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Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales     at 5:17 pm

Your desserts look heavenly!!

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Catherine     at 5:24 pm

those both look SO delicious! I am drooling on my desk at work! =X

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Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries     at 6:04 pm

Delish-osity all around!!!!!! I bought all the ingredients to make your black bean burgers this week. I can’t wait!

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Adrianne@ Flex-appeal     at 6:31 pm

WOW! I wish I could just whip up these creations!

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Heather     at 7:11 pm

YUM!! I totally had to stop baking because I was taste testing the batter so much!
The chocolate looks fantastic…… :)

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Jessica     at 7:39 pm

The berry tart looks AMAZING! I’m not much of a baker, but your pictures make me want to give it a try.

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Nicole     at 9:25 pm

Those both look fantastic. I could totally go for a slice of the tart right now!

I finally got to eat one the black bean burgers I made last night using your recipe. OMG they are so good! The mix of spices is what I think makes it.

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Jen     at 10:13 pm

Both of your dessert creations look phenomenal! I’m sure they will be big hits. Hope your day turned out okay today. Have fun on your weekend trip and safe travels!

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shorty     at 1:04 am

All I can say is WOW!

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Vickie     at 7:21 am

Whenever I make any kind of sweet or dessert I always give most of it away to friends and family so I’m not tempted to eat them all myself.

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Kelli     at 9:42 am

Emily,

Can you post the recipe for the filling of the yogurt pie? Looks amazing!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Kelli – click the link on the recipe name for the exact measurements. I remember that the filling was lite sour cream, greek yogurt, and I think honey?

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Kelli Reply:

duh – should have double checked before asking. will be making soon – thanks Emily!

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Katie     at 1:14 pm

OMG, Em, that fruit torte looks beyond amazing! If you want to make one for me any time soon I wouldn’t mind! ;-)

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