I am the kind of baker who goes with real butter, full fat milk and heavy cream because I truly believe that full fat dairy makes the best desserts. Being said that, I never go crazy with sugar. I love my desserts with the right amount of sweetness. And I do always try to adjust the amount of sugar in my baked goods. Except it doesn’t work all the time. For example, buttercream frosting can be notoriously sweet thanks to the crazy amount of powdered sugar. Cutting down the sugar will only compromise the buttercream flavour and all you can taste is butter in your frosting!
It’s been a really busy baking time for the past few weeks. Clients’ weddings, birthdays, friends gatherings, year-end gifts to kids’ teachers. A lot of cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies…
Like I’ve mentioned so many times, the best gift is something edible. And I love to bake for my loved ones. It’s hearty, homey, cozy. It’s the sweetest gift! I honestly think a beautiful lattice pie is a better gift than any gift cards.
This lemon meringue shortbread tart is very similar to these cute tartlets that I’ve made before. If you have noticed, I did pick another hot day to turn on the oven and bake this tart! The stupidity of me can only blame my vicious craving over something lemony.
For a very long period of time, my go-to perfect pie crust is shortbread crust. Because one, I’m more confident making a good shortbread crust than a pastry one. And two, shortbread means a lot of butter, and everyone loves a lot of butter!
I think I’ve up-ed the banana cream pie game a little here. By adding coconuts! Isn’t that genius?! No? Cause everyone is doing this? Oh! WHATEVER!!!
I made an extra mini pie crust last time when I was making this amazingly delicious mango lime cream tart. The crust had been sitting in the freezer for a few days until I decided to fill it with banana cream filling. Honestly I can’t pick which one I enjoy more, graham cracker crust or this toasted coconut crust. The pie filling goes equally well with both. I think it’s just the matter of how you like coconuts.