Pie Fries with Strawberry Ketchup

“LEFTOVERS IN THEIR LESS VISIBLE FORM ARE CALLED MEMORIES.  STORED IN THE REFRIGERATOR OF THE MIND AND THE CUPBOARD OF THE HEART.”  Thomas Fuller

Pie Fries with Strawberry Ketchup | From My Sweet Heart

I often find that most food tastes better as leftovers, when it’s had time to sit and let the ingredients and flavors meld.  But what I am really finding, as I bake, is that an ingredient for one recipe often drives the idea for another.  I simply don’t want to waste, an often costly ingredient, and I want to use it up to the extent that I can.  And so this morning I was making a pâte sucrée for some Pineapple Coconut Tarts.  And I decided to turn the scraps into these delicious little cookies to be dipped in the leftover strawberry jam that I made from my Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream. 

Honestly, these were so surprisingly good, I’d consider making sweet pastry crust just for the purpose of making a big batch of these cookies!  Or if you need a quick and easy dessert, you could even buy the pie crust dough, roll it, cut it and toss a little sprinkling sugar before baking for about 15 minutes.  Serve with your favorite jam for dipping.  I’ll never throw out those scraps again!

 

Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup

“FOR MY PART I KNOW NOTHING WITH ANY CERTAINTY, BUT THE SIGHT OF THE STARS MAKE ME DREAM.”  Vincent van Gogh

Starfruit with Ginger Thyme Syrup | From My Sweet Heart

You may find it ironic that I write a dessert blog when I tell you that I am a former Weight Watcher!  What I have learned over time, about myself, is that over eating was never about hunger.  And for me to lose weight was a matter of eating less and moving more.  And to maintain good weight and good health, I need to eat well, eat the right things, and indulge in moderation.  But my passion for baking rarely allows me to cut corners and I always try to use the best ingredients to achieve the best product.

This holds true, even as I work with fruit.  Sometimes I just like to play on the lighter side of sweet.  And this starfruit and ginger recipe is a perfect example.  You may use sugar or substitute with Splenda.  Both are equally good.  But this exotic fruit is quite stunning, and a special way to serve fruit as dessert.  If you have never had starfruit before,  then you are in for a treat. . . . . [Read more...]