blackberry galette with mascarpone and orange marmalade

I made my first galette a couple of weeks ago, and it has quickly become one of my favorite desserts.  I love its simplicity and rustic quality, along with its versatility. Short on time this past Labor Day, I opted to make this quick “semi-homemade” Blackberry Galette. Instead of pastry dough, I used a sheet of ready-to-bake puff pastry.  The light and flaky puff pastry encased a trio of ingredients – blackberries, mascarpone cheese, and orange marmalade. The tart blackberries made a nice contrast to the slightly sweet orange marmalade and rich mascarpone cheese. It was a simple dessert, yet very pretty and full of flavor. Served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this galette was a perfect end to a nice holiday dinner.

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Semi-Homemade Scones

I enjoy cooking from scratch and I have chronicled many of my kitchen adventures making cultured butter, pasta, ricotta cheese, and ice cream.  However, there are times when the convenience and ease of “semi-homemade” cooking results in something just as good, or even better.  Cooking from scratch tends to take longer and I don’t always have the time or the energy, especially after my long commute.  Also, once in a while, I get lucky and discover the perfect pre-packaged mix that is both delicious and easy to make.  Such is the case with King Arthur Flour Company’s pre-packaged scone mixes.  They come in a huge variety of flavors and convenient to make.  The mixes are a bit pricey at $7 each, but King Arthur Flour often offers discounts.

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