The Pastry Affair

Photographer, writer, and baker of all things sweet.

As a self-taught baker, my love affair with pastries began in my own kitchen. The voice behind the blog, Pastry Affair, I develop recipes for the home cook, combining a mixture of rustic, homespun flavors with honesty.

Chocolate Almond Cake

Time is the most precious commodity we possess. These words of advice have been somewhere in the back of my mind for awhile,...more

Brûléed Lemon Tart

The cold weather that winter brings provides the perfect reason to turn on the oven. Warming the home with the scent of butter and sugar lifts spirits, countering the doldrums that can follow when we hibernate indoors. In winter, I turn to pastries with bright and bold flavors to counter the rich comfort food ....more

Cacao Hot Chocolate

Like so many of us do, I hibernate when the weather grows cold. I find reasons to stay inside,...more

Coconut Matcha Chia Pudding

A new year has dawned, carrying with it optimistic aspirations and a hopeful outlook. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I can breathe. The future carries a rosy tint;...more

Swedish Tea Ring

Starting the morning with sweet rolls warm from the oven makes the holiday season feel more special. Whether on Christmas morning,...more

Pear Spiced Sangria

After moving to the cities in August, there is now enough distance between my family and me that it's easier to board a plane than drive a car to cut across it. With my loved ones no longer so near, I appreciate the time we have together on a different level. It was easy to take our time together before the move for granted,...more

Rosemary Olive Bread

The season of comfort foods and warm stews is upon us. Along with the holiday table classics, my dinner table features homemade breads for soaking up gravy and mashed potatoes. In years past, I have filled the bread basket with soft honey rolls, sweet cranberry orange brioche buns,...more

Caramel Apple Crumble Pie

The days have been blurring together, an amalgam of daily commutes, hastily pieced together dinners, and the bright glow of the television screen. Each day feels the same in color and energy as the one that came before it. This routine,...more

Pumpkin Espresso Bundt Cake

The changing of the leaves from green to hues of red and orange marks the arrival of autumn flavors. When the weather grows cold and the coats come out of the closet, turning on the oven feels right. In partnership with King Arthur Flour, each month I will challenge you with a new recipe, filled with step-by-step explanations and techniques, to help you grow and develop as a baker ....more

Pear Almond Tart

In the Upper Midwest, October is ordinarily a cold, rainy month with the occasional dusting of snow. It marks a change in seasons....more