Yes, I said it. I just watched the next part of the pastry technical challenge and I say, NO. It calls for two kinds of cheese that are difficult to find in the US and two mystery seasonings that will cost an additional $20-30 just to TRY this recipe. And it has raisins… Fans of… Continue reading F*** The Flaounas
I know I’ve been away from the baking for a while–I’ve been working on my weaving for an Arts & Sciences event coming up at the end of June. I have a long list of historical woven bits to complete, so I pushed aside the baking. I decided to watch a little bit of the… Continue reading Frangipane Dreams
Wow…I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I posted about a baking thing! I was trapped inside for several days due to a snowstorm, did a bunch of weaving, started some KonMarie on my closets, and cleared off the table in my sewing room/creative space/Area51 (where there are more UFOs than Nevada!). This week’s… Continue reading Cheesecake of Dreams
I have never made crème brûlée before, so I thought this was going to be really difficult. It really, really wasn’t! Well, it *shouldn’t* have been really difficult, but again oven temps and timing are really throwing off my game. I plan on trying this again sometime. I’ll have to experiment with cooking the custard… Continue reading Crème Brûlée!
When I saw that this was the famous “Lion Bread” episode, I knew I was going to have to do something that was rather spectacular. Or at least a bit showy. Then the details: 3 types of bread (flavors), one of them stuffed, and 3D. Now, first I thought maybe it would be fun to… Continue reading A Bread Sculpture Fit For a King
Another opportunity missed on photos…but it was only marginally successful, so I guess you didn’t miss much. Using the Paul Hollywood no-fail recipe, I somehow…failed. Or at least had a number of frustrations in the process. I opened a brand-new jar of yeast, so I know that was not an issue. I used all purpose… Continue reading Les Baguettes, s’il vous plait!
Episode 3, Season 3…quick breads are the challenge! Any flavors or fillings, but it must be made on a flat pan–not in a tin. That kind of ruled out a few recipes that I found online, since they were mostly put into bread tins, like the cinnamon-sugar quick bread I found on divascancook.com…I might make… Continue reading Quick! Bread!
36 biscuits in a box made of biscuits…of course, this is cookies, not what Americans call “biscuits”, which are savory or only slightly sweet muffins, but not what Americans call “muffins”. English-to-English translation is so confusing. So essentially, we’re looking at shortbread or gingerbread box filled with macarons (not to be confused with macaroons, which… Continue reading Biscuits in a Biscuit Box
This next bake is something I’ve never heard of and is a weird inside-out puff pastry method, where you wrap the chilled butter around the dough…very odd. I seem to remember another baker had done this but for another challenge, and it didn’t turn out as well (or didn’t make a difference…) The list of… Continue reading Arlette Biscuits
I don’t know if it’ll actually be bliss, but I’m going for a little alliteration here. So I’m thinking about cranberry-white chocolate…maybe cranberry-orange and dipped or drizzled in white chocolate. Cruising around on the web, I found this recipe on Epicurious. Pretty easy to mix up–dry stuff, wet stuff, mix the stuff, add the dried… Continue reading Biscotti Bliss