Name: Teeny Lamothe, pie baker extraordinaire and aspiring small business owner Location: Washington, DC
Last month Apartment Therapy introduced you to 29-year-old pie baker Teeny Lamoth and her adorable apartment in Woodley Park. When we learned that Teeny went on a cross-country "pie tour" and apprenticed herself to pie shops along the way, we had to know more! Here Teeny shares her thoughts on starting a small food business, why it's not the end of the world to throw out a batch of dough, and why pies are so much better than cupcakes.
If I'm not feeling like making something elaborate and just want an easy, warm dessert to top off the evening, this is where I turn: baked apples. Scoop out the core and stuff the insides with a mix of oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The baked apples soften into a spoonable treat while the brown sugar melts down into a caramel syrup.
The only thing that could make this simple autumn dessert even better? A scoop of ice cream on the side, naturally.
Need an ice cream topping that is both easy and mind-blowingly good? Have some spare candy on hand? This creamy ganache, made using an assorted bag of fun-sized chocolate bars, is guaranteed to be your new favorite junk food splurge. But watch out, it's addictive!
Can't eat gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugar? Don't despair — even you can have dessert! In Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free,Ricki Heller (of Diet, Dessert and Dogs fame) shares 100 allergy-friendly and vegan recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, and other treats that nearly everyone can enjoy.
Moist and naturally sweet with gingery bite, these cookies contain just five ingredients (four if you don't count salt) and couldn't be easier to make. Though you can also bake them in the oven, I love eating them raw, just firmed up in the freezer. Sometimes simple really is best.
What would the world be without chocolate pudding? Chocolate and cream, licked off a spoon, is one of the greatest desserts I know, ranked with fresh strawberry shortcake and warm chocolate chip cookies. But pudding has become a lost art, as baking books proliferate yet pudding only shows up in Snack Packs or on restaurant dessert plates. This is a secret opportunity for you as a cook, because when it comes to dessert, pudding is special, it's unusual, and yet it's a snap to make. Knowing how to make pudding from scratch is like having the golden key to winning dessert.
I am biased, I confess — I wrote a whole book about pudding, custard, and no-bake desserts so I've spent some time with these sweets. And yet I love them more and more. Come on into my kitchen and let me show you how to make rich and creamy chocolate pudding. It's a forgotten classic that every sweet-lover should know by heart.
Most nights of the week, about an hour after I've eaten dinner, I wander into the kitchen in search of something sweet. And typically, after pondering for two or so minutes, I emerge with a bit of something sweet, a small handful of something salty, and maybe a mug of mint tea. Everything gets arranged neatly in a little bowl, and voila — the easiest dessert of all time. Here are 6 pairings for a quick, satisfying dessert to round off any meal, any night of the week:
A discussion of chocolate cake should always be prefaced by Gourmet columnist Laurie Colwin: "Anyone who spends time in the kitchen eventually comes to realize that what she or he is looking for is the perfect chocolate cake." Each cook has decided preferences when it comes to his ideal chocolate cake, but they usually fall somewhere on the spectrum of Colwin's three types: flourless, fudgy, and cocoa.
Today what I have for you is the third on that list: a tender, moist, fluffy cocoa cake that is still deep, dark, and chocolatey. Oh, and super quick.
I firmly believe that banana bread is something you should be able to make anytime and anywhere, with a mixer or with a fork, in a loaf pan or in a muffin tin — whenever you have a few bananas going freckly. Banana bread, I'm pretty sure, is at least 50% of the reason bananas exist. Here is a very basic and very forgiving recipe that takes all of 10 minutes to whisk together. An hour of waiting while your house fills with tempting aromas, and you will be snacking on your very own slice of warm, fresh-baked banana bread.