Martha demonstrates how easy it is to make a tender, flaky pate brisee crust - one of the most versatile and essential elements in the baker's arsenal. This crust can be used to make sweet or savory dishes; Martha offers a variety of options, including mile-high apple pie, a sumptuous tomato tart and more.
Is there anything more indulgent than rich, creamy cheesecake? In this episode, Martha creates a feast of cheesecakes in a range of sizes and flavors, including an Italian ricotta cheesecake and individual cherry cheesecakes, and teaches viewers how to achieve perfect results every time.
Pound cake makes excellent use of the basic building blocks of baking - butter, sugar, eggs and flour - and offers nearly unlimited opportunities for adaptation (incorporating cream cheese or semolina, for example). Martha takes the viewer through variations, starting with the most traditional and finishing with a version inspired by her travels through Asia.
With Martha as your guide (and a little elbow grease), learn to make delicate, buttery puff pastry in your own kitchen. Martha demonstrates how to create the layers upon layers of buttery pastry, and then how to use it in a variety of sweet and savory treats, including the iconic French napoleon.
Angel Food Cake
Follow along as Martha shares her tips and tricks for making light-as-air angel food cake, then learn how to vary the flavors with a few simple additions. Martha bakes a classic version, a coconut variation with Swiss meringue and mini brown-sugar cakes. As a bonus, she shares a recipe for espresso ice cream to serve alongside.
Devil's Food Cake
Devil's food cake has never been so tempting as it is with Martha's sinfully good adaptations. Learn to make "hi-hat" cupcakes - topped with a fluffy meringue frosting - irresistible fudgy brownies and more, all featuring the rich flavor of deep, dark chocolate.
Pate A Choux
Martha demystifies pate a choux by demonstrating how easy it is to make. Though it may seem intimidating, it's made with only four ingredients and cooked on the stovetop. Once mastered, it can be used to make cream puffs, eclairs, profiteroles and cheesy gougeres.
Join Martha as she shares the secrets to foolproof meringue, such as using a copper bowl and adding a touch of cream of tartar. Once the basics are mastered, Martha teaches one of her favorites, pavlova with passion fruit, plus an impressive ile flottante and a Huguenot torte.
What most people know as simply "tart dough" is called pate sucree, or "sweet pastry," in professional kitchens. Martha demonstrates how easy it is to create elegant desserts based on this classic crust. Learn how to make a traditional lemon mousse damask tart with candied lemon peel, and a contemporary chocolate tart shell layered with homemade caramel and chocolate ganache and finished with a sprinkling of sea salt.
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, you'll welcome Martha's expert tips and tricks for making a tasty and versatile yeast dough. Martha's recipe incorporates both butter and sour cream; in this episode, she uses it to make a variety of breakfast treats, from pecan sticky buns to pull-apart monkey bread that's as much fun to make as it is to eat.
Biscuits and Scones
Biscuits and scones are the perfect way to start the day; with Martha's recipes and tips, they're easy to make anytime. Learn how to make buttermilk biscuits, angel biscuits and cream scones. If it looks easy, that's because it is - the key is actually to work the dough as little as possible.
Muffins and Popovers
Breakfasts and brunches call for homemade muffins or popovers. Martha makes her blueberry muffins two ways, flavored with a little spice or finished with a crumb topping. She then demonstrates how to make airy popovers, equally suited to serving with fresh blueberry preserves or savory creamed spinach.
If you love coffee cakes as much as Martha does - you'll love learning all four of the indispensable recipes featured in this episode. Watch as Martha demonstrates a rhubarb upside-down crumb cake, jam-filled crumb-topped coffee cake muffins, a streusel cake with a confectioners' sugar glaze, and a glazed lemon blueberry coffee cake.
You don't have to be Scottish to love shortbread, and this deliciously dense treat is easier to make than you might think. Martha demonstrates how to make shortbread wedges, brown-butter shortbread lemon bars, brown-sugar pecan shortbread cookies, and a pumpkin tart with pressed-in shortbread tart shell - perfect for fall.
Brioche is light, airy and one of Martha's favorite breads. In this episode, she starts by making the brioche dough and then turns it into three wonderful brioche variations - brioche a tete, brioche loaf, and baba au rhum. She also creates Martha's French toast, a breakfast favorite.
There's nothing like a great cookie. In this episode, Martha makes truly delectable brown sugar chocolate chip cookies - the recipe comes from Martha's daughter, Alexis. Next Martha demonstrates how to make an old-fashioned lemon-sugar cookie, a chewy chocolate ginger-molasses cookie, a sable cookie, and glazed citrus doodles.
Custard has never been so tempting as with Martha's many variations. Join Martha as she shares her recipes for a classic creme brulee, a cherry clafouti, creme caramel - and to top things off, mocha custards.
A buttery croissant can be the perfect way to start the day, and with Martha's recipes and tips, you'll be able to make them at home. Learn how to make a classic crispy, light, flaky croissant - perfect with jam and butter. Next it's everyone's favorite - pain au chocolat, and then on to mini ham and cheese croissants and pain aux raisins.
Join Martha as she shares her secrets for making three of her all-time favorite breads. First, an Irish soda bread that she serves every St. Patrick's Day, always a hit. Next: an olive and cheese loaf - a no-knead bread that's baked in an enameled cast iron pot. Then a simple and delicious bread called Sally Lunn. And finally, a memorable custard-filled cornbread.
Tuile is a French word for tiles, and when these paper-thin cookies are presented in rows, they're meant to look like the curved tiles on rooftops. Learn how to make five variations, beginning with the basic tuile batter. Martha then demonstrates lacy nut cookies, brandy snap cups, the ubiquitous fortune cookie, and chocolate tuile ice cream cones.
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro, you'll welcome Martha's expert tips and tricks for making basic breads at home. In this episode, she shares a variety of options, including white, multigrain, rye, and Parker House rolls.
Focaccia and Pizza
Everyone loves pizza, and making it at home can be easy and fun. In this episode, Martha teaches you how to make a wonderfully crisp and delicious oven-dried heirloom tomato pizza, a delectable grape focaccia, a perfectly thin tarte flambee, and a three-cheese gluten-free calzone using pizza dough.
Follow along as Martha shares her expertise on how to make three lovely celebration cakes, including a four-layer genoise cake with passion fruit buttercream, an orange-almond cake with Italian meringue buttercream piping, and an unforgettable chocolate-rum roulade.
Tarts and Tartlets
Have you ever made a tart at home? Join Martha as she shares her secrets for making this simple and delicious dessert in four variations. First, she demonstrates an apple tart tatin - an upside down caramelized apple tart - with a pate brisee crust. She then shows you how to make a chewy chess tart with a cookie crust, lemon meringue tartlets, and mini rhubarb and raspberry galettes.
Never thought you could master making a souffle? Well think again. In this episode, Martha demystifies the art of the souffle with some of her favorite variations, including a spectacular savory cheese souffle, caramel souffle, chocolate souffle, lemon souffle and finally - iced lemon mousse.
Old Fashioned Fruit Desserts
Nothing beats an old-fashioned fruit dessert to show off the lusciousness of fresh, ripe fruit. In this premiere episode, Martha creates four of her favorites: peach cobbler, blueberry crisp, blackberry buckle, and pear brown betty. Each of these is delicious on its own or paired with creme fraiche or a scoop of rich vanilla ice cream. All are surprisingly simple to make - and perfect for a warm summer night or anytime fruit is at its peak.
Martha loves having guests over for breakfast, and in this episode she shares four delicious recipes for that first, all-important meal of the day. Join her to make oven-baked French toast, a quiche filled with peas and ham, a strata made with fontina cheese, ham and onion, and a German pancake known as a Dutch baby. Each is a mouth-watering way to start the day with friends and family.
Bar cookies are one-pan wonders, delicious and simple to make. Join Martha as she prepares four different kinds - peanut butter and jelly bars inspired by everyone's favorite childhood combo, a rich and decadent brownie with a surprise ingredient, pecan bars with a sticky toffee-like topping, and a healthy fruit and nut energy bar. Each is a guaranteed to be a hit with friends and family or at the next bake sale.
In this episode, Martha turns the modern stereotype of pudding upside down. She prepares a traditional bread pudding spiked with Armagnac, called a Kris Kringle, a baked chocolate custard, steamed cranberry pudding prepared in a mold, and a light and airy lemon pudding made in individual ramekins. Each one is a delicious rebuke to the notion that pudding is supposed to come in a box.
Join Martha as she demystifies four French classics found in patisseries all over France. Learn how to make the macaron - the festive, brightly colored cookie that looks like a tiny sandwich. Come along as she prepares a Paris-Brest - a wheel-shaped ring of cream puffs filled with pastry cream. She also prepares madeleines, the delicate shell-shaped sponge cakes with the literary tie, and an elegant Breton butter cake that will complement any lunch or dinner party.