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There are thousands of cooking blogs -- each week, we bring you highlights from the best. This week, we've got tarts on the brain.

Pear Galette

Who is Joe Pastry? "A guy who believes that if a man feels like whipping up a nice almond cocoa genoise or a few madeleines, well ... he should be able to do so." He's not afraid to throw together anything from homemade doughnuts to dog biscuits, and show us how to do the same. And his blog, Joe Pastry (one that even Harold McGee might find himself poking through), is a library of helpful baking techniques, history and science.

Joe himself started baking in a serious way when, while working in advertising, he was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. At the suggestion of a chef friend, he turned to pastry for a healthy dose of positivity. "So far I've enjoyed a decade of full remission and indulgence in something I love to do," Joe told us. "I started the blog, after a baking business I started in Louisville failed, specifically on basic techniques and preparations, since there seemed to be so little of that out in the blogosphere."

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Filling this void, Joe brings us Joe Pastry, his sweet and doughy doppelganger. "From the beginning, I promised myself that if I was going to start a blog, I was going to treat it like a job," claims Joe. True to his word, Joe Pastry is the Rolls-Royce of pastry blogs, a veritable dessert tray of tips, techniques, recipes, and discussion about all things baked.

The recipes are the clear heart of the website, each accompanied by an exquisite slideshow of Joe's process (no step left behind!). His instructional captions take you through an elaborate Buche de Noel or Joe's current favorite, jelly doughnuts, ensuring success for elementary and expert bakers alike. With late winter tarts on our minds, we're delving into Joe's pastry section: Cornish Pasties! Galette des Rois! Rehrucken! Bakers, sharpen those pencils and get ready to take notes! Let Joe be your inspiration in this week's special contest, and mitts off to all of you rolling, pinching, piping, and egg-washing your sweet way to victory!

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Comments (16)


over 4 years ago lookyloocooks

Thanks Joe! Your a great teacher!
I really enjoying your site. Every visit I learn something new :)


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks for sharing this great site. I just gave a link to my friend's daughter who has wanted to make their dog biscuits!


over 4 years ago Bob Vivant

In just a five minute surf at Joe Pastry I learned why you add dry milk to bread, the secret to a Tres Leche cake, and how to un-seize chocolate. I know what I'll be doing over lunch today - more Joe Pastry for me please. Thank you for putting this on my radar. All the best to Joe - what a touching story of finding wellness in following your true passion.


over 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Wow! Absolutely lovely.


over 4 years ago Sunchowder

Blog is gorgeous! I am looking forward to reading on a regular basis :)


over 4 years ago mcs3000

Whoa, thanks for sharing. Can't wait to dig into Joe's blog.


over 4 years ago Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

What a cool web site - so in-depth. Great work. Will definitely be popping in to look things up. :)


over 4 years ago FrancesRenHuang

I love your blog Joe. I saved it.


over 4 years ago Lena S.

I heart pastry and I heart Joe.


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Thanks for highlighting this one. Great instructional photos. congrats on your remission, Joe!


over 4 years ago Minimally Invasive

Thanks for sharing! I've just added the blog to my feed, as my baking skills are sadly lacking.


over 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Signing on, too, Lizthechef!


over 4 years ago Jaynerly

So inspirational! Now pastry & bread I need help with- blog looks great!


over 4 years ago MaryMaryCulinary

I love Joe Pastry! It's one of the very few sites I check daily.


over 4 years ago Lizthechef

Wonderful! Talk about following one's bliss - best wishes to Joe. And now on to explore his blog!


over 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Great blog! And congrats on Joe's remission. Thanks for the share, editors.