ORANGE BEACH — Kimberly Asbury has been a pastry chef for over 20 years and is the general manager at BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets in Orange Beach. Her sugar-coated brain creates creative …
ORANGE BEACH — Kimberly Asbury has been a pastry chef for over 20 years and is the general manager at BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets in Orange Beach. Her sugar-coated brain creates creative dishes that she and her staff bake to fill the bellies of hungry visitors.
Her years of experience and awards are why Gulf Coast Media sat down with her to secure baking tips for our home cook readers. The holidays are upon, entertaining is in full swing, and this time of year tends to be when people want to try their hand at baking something to impress. It's OK, we have all been there at least once. But a lack of experience, an untested recipe and pressure can be a recipe for disaster.
Asbury's top tip is that this is not the time to try something new. She suggests testing a recipe in advance to ensure it works.
Along those same lines, Asbury stressed that bakers should make sure their recipe source is reliable. Anyone can take a couple of recipes, switch and adjust ingredients and publish them online, but baking is science and a small shift in the amount of an ingredient could result in a failure.
"Go to our comment section. What you are going to find in the comment section are people that have tried the recipe," Asbury said. "You will see people that have attempted the recipe and people that tried and it didn't work. If you see too many of those then you know it is not for everybody."
One of the sources Asbury trusts and uses regularly is America's Test Kitchen. She said the reason she trusts their recipes is because they are tested repeatedly by more than 60 test cooks. They try new recipes with different types of ingredients until they are satisfied before sending the recipe to home cooks to test. If you are looking for a recipe to try this holiday season, www.americastestkitchen.com is the place to go. (The website does require a membership, but they are currently offering a 14-day free trial.)
Coconut Impossible Pie
What is a baking article without a recipe? Asbury shared a recipe her mother makes that is also on the BuzzCatz holiday pie ordering menu.
The interesting thing about this pie is it makes its own crust. Yes, you read that right. Asbury said it isn't a traditional crust, but it is good and worth trying.
"My mom used to say it is impossible to mess it up. She is right," Asbury said with a smile. "The only way you'll mess it up is if you mix it and you have too many bubbles. You have got to make sure there are no bubbles."
If you are looking for a pie to bring to a holiday celebration, give this one a try and watch the magic happen.
"In the baking process, as it settles and starts to heat that flour that has been mixed in starts to sink and settles. The coconut floats to the top and what is caught in between is the egg mixture," Asbury explains. "It is not like a classic pie crust, but it sets itself and has a funny sort of doughiness to it."
Makes 1 – 9-inch pie