The Dessertations

Two unfinished dissertations and the baking in between

Month: November, 2014

Jules and Jim Pie

by margarkolb

As you may have suspected, pie-making has gone a little crazy around here. And there will be more: two expat Thanksgivings are coming up, and I am in charge of pie for both.

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pie pre-glaze

This past weekend, the pie was a Jules-and-Jim production: French-inspired, with three distinct flavors in passionate dialogue.

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pie post-glaze

It was quite possibly the prettiest pie I’ve ever made. And so it was not great for the dissertation part of dessertations. I spent an entire afternoon looking at it. Poor Nick had to confirm repeatedly that it was, in fact, a lovely pie.

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ready for its close-up

I wish you had been there to eat it, and advise. Because though it was compulsively watch-able, I did not find it compulsively edible. Perhaps the pie was making some kind of moralistic statement about Jules and Jim? Or perhaps I had spent too much time watching the pie to enjoy it properly? Deep questions. And the only way to answer them is to make it more pie…….

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Continuing adventures of your cakestand

by Jessica

You have been prolific lately (and if this applies to your dissertation, too, all the better!). I wish to know what an aquathon is!

We have had a series of November birthdays, and with it, upside-down pineapple cake. Your cake stand traveled to a four-way birthday celebration.

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Hot from the oven! Steam courtesy of a magical gif.

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Courtesy of Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery Cookbook. I don’t make pineapple upside-down cakes frequently, but I have been told there is a more traditional version involving maraschino cherries and pineapple rings. Which I am now eager to try.

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Your cakestand was a stalwart vehicle, and prompted a number of questions about your absence: we miss you!

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American apples, with pears on the side

by margarkolb

And then there is this….

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…a pear bread, almond-pear, leaning towards cake. Which is always a nice way to lean.

And starry-American apple pie, to celebrate a friend’s new citizenship.

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These days, where there are big pies, minis are sure to follow…

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Happy Halloween!

by margarkolb

Sweet potato pie, courtesy of Joy the Baker.

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Games. Friends.

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And an aquathlon in the morning.

Dessertating was never lovelier.