About

My very first experience with baking was when I was around five years old. I was given an Easy Bake oven for Christmas – what fun I had with that!  This is what piqued my interest, so my mother bought an Aunt Jemima coffeecake mix, I am showing my age with these old time favorites.  I put the milk and eggs into the mix bag and squished and smushed away.

The spark was ignited and my passion for baking inflated like a well-risen yeast bread.

I started to experiment with recipes that I had unearthed from baking books from the library. I enjoyed adding or tweaking ingredients to enhance the flavor.

To further my knowledge I went to a pastry arts academy.  I learned the science behind baking and why you must measure ingredients, unlike cooking.

I was a Pastry Chef at Treesdale Golf & Country Club – what a superb learning experience! I worked under a wonderful chef, Bob Malone, he gave me the freedom to make whatever desserts that I wanted to create. I continued to go to the local library and search for old and new recipes to add to my repertoire.

I opened a bakery is Aspinwall, PA after I had left Treesdale.  It was a bakery/café called Artsy Tartsy.  My sister and I combined her love of painting furniture with my love of baking. What a grand time we had!

I am now starting to bake for individuals out of my home in Sharpsburg, whether you would like a tart, torte, deep dish pie, celebration cake or a dessert buffet, I will deliver to your sweet tooth need.  I truly believe in “scratch” baking, contrary to grocery stores.  I use real butter and the finest of ingredients.  The taste says it all, if you are going to indulge, then it should be top quality not processed baked goods.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. Brings back so many wonderful memories of you and mom, also Aunt Katherine, that is where you got your niche. I have never ever been disappointed with anything you have ever baked and I have too many favorites, but some that stand out and make my mouth water at this moment is your Chocolate Kahlua Fantasy and one of my favorites, THE ONE OF A KIND PUMPKIN ROLL…..I CAN SMELL IT NOW…..YUMMMMMMM…..BAKE ON ….

    • Our Aunt Katherine was quite the baker. She would bake so many different kinds of cookies for the holidays. When we went to Erie to visit her she would always send home with us a metal tin of various cookies. One of my favorite cookies she would make were the small cinnamon stars, called Zimsternes. I believe they were a German cookie. They were very delicate and they would melt in your mouth. Has anyone else tasted these cookies and have a recipe for them. I am salivating just thinking about them. The last time I tasted one was over forty years ago, this is not a cookie that is easily found at your local bake shop.

      • I think one of the hardest things to make those zimsternes is finding the small star cookie cutter, I know you and you could make them this Christmas..HINT HINT 🙂

  2. Jane! Thanks for stopping by mine! 🙂 I’m drooling over that photo you’ve got up top of sweets! Can’t wait to check out more from your blog!

  3. When the fall season is here and my birthday comes around, I cannot wait to see what Jane has whipped up for me and this year was her Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Ginger Snap crust, needless to say it was huge and melted in my mouth. Beyond delightful, smooth, dense yet creamy and the cinnammon captures the taste bud perfectly..YOU MUST TRY….

  4. i JUST THOUGHT TO MYSELF WHEN I SAW THE PICTURES OF THOSE COOKIES, HUMMM I NEVER TASTED YOUR HOMEMADE OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES EVER…AND I BELIEVE THEY WOULD SHIP WELL TO ERIE….HA HA……I AM CRAVING A SWEET AND YOURS ARE THE ONLY ONES I DARE TO EAT….THIS GIRL WILL NEVER EAT STOREBOUGHT OR OTHER BAKERY PRODUCTS EVER…..

  5. On the cold cold days in Erie Pa, I so miss the smell of Jane’s kitchen, whenever I would stop over when I lived in Pittsburgh, I always knew something luscious would be baking in the oven, half the reason I would stop by…ha ha….I miss that and have found no one even close in Erie PA who can bake pastry or anything for that matter like Janie….I was so elated to recieve my homemade nutroll for christmas this year, oh my what a treat, the sweetness, the right amount of nuts, cinnamon and her other secrets, no store bought filling here, all make from scratch and that makes all the difference in the world. It was devoured by me in 2 days, this I would not share it was all mine….A few of my favorite things……

  6. Having a Pastry Jane craving this week, when you under the weather nothing more comforting than a cup of tea and warm apple cobbler right out of the oven….

  7. Just sitting here and thinking what delicious things you bake in the cooler months, but we still get to enjoy your spring and summer pastries also, you never cease to amaze me with some delightful and refreshing dessert when it is warmer outside and you come up with some type of irresitable tastes. One that comes to my mind first is when you made homemade shortcake with strawberries and homemade whip creme. Flaky and yet moist shortcake you whipped up so fast it amazed me, how does one know how much of this or that to put together something so wonderful and satisfies the sweet tooth but convinces me I am eating something healthy..HA HA.
    I remember we use to use Bisquick for our shortcakes, now after I had Jane’s homemade, I cringe at the thought…..Cannot wait till spring comes and you surprise with yet another one of your remarkable springtime masterpieces…..

  8. I JUST WAS THINKING ABOUT AND I DO NOT KNOW WHAT MADE ME THINK OF THESE BUT REMEMBER MOM USED TO USE THIS SILVER FLOWER SHAPED THING AND DIP IT IN BATTER AND FRY IT AND DUSTED THEM WITH POWDER SUGAR…ROSETTES MAYBE…DO THEY SELL THAT THING ANYMORE….SOMETIMES MEMORIES JUST SNEAK UP ON ME……

  9. What adorable cupcakes you could make for the Easter season for people in need of that special holiday treat, of course there is always the Easter Bread we would watch mom make with the hardboiled dyed eggs in the middle…We looked forward to that winning bread every Easter…..Just a thought…hint hint…Are you seeing that imagine of that bread in your head like I am…can just taste it….Have not had it in years, so maybe this year?

  10. Sister, You continue to amaze me with these desserts, I am speechless, however I wish I was speechless because my mouth was full of one of those smores or walnut squares…..Both look so delicious, but I know that the Walnut squares are definetly up my alley, one of my favorite combinations, now if only I would be in Pittsburgh on these occassions when your baking mod attacks and could be a taste taster….Love the pictures also, my mouth waters everytime I look at them.

  11. You have to continue to bake, these desserts are beyond anything I have ever seen in all my years, your time will come because the world is missing out on Pastry Jane and her perfection and bevy of desserts.

  12. I enjoy your blog so much that I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award.

    In acceptance of this award please complete the following tasks:
    1. Blog a post linking back to me.
    2. Answer the questions on the post and nominate up to 10 bloggers, linking their blog to my post
    3. Leave a comment on the blogs you have nominated
    Many thanks
    Nancy

  13. Your photos and blogs I totally look forward too, the desserts you make are simply fantastic as someone who has had the pleasure of tasting them…..Bake On…..

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