Two weeks back in school and we have already covered a great deal.  Last week, we conquered flaky pastry.  This amazing little player can do nearly anything: base for tarts, lids for pies, rolled up into sugary palmiers.  And it is a fun little math and physics puzzle: every time the pastry is rolled and folded, the number of layers triple.  By the end, the pastry comprises 729 layers of pastry interspersed with 244 layers of butter and lard.  You knew it wasn’t puffy and delicious for free, right?  In class we used our pastry to top a chicken pot pie. It got rave reviews at home that night – the husband is already brainstorming more fillings to put under that delicious lid.  Lobster pot pie, anyone?  Stick around and I promise to share once we have this one worked out. Read More →