The next challenge is flatbreads! First–I love bread. I love making bread, I love eating bread, and I love the simplicity … and yet complexity … of bread. I’ve never made flatbreads before, so this is a new experience! I’m going to start with the easiest of the challenges, a non-yeasted flatbread. This usually involves… Continue reading Flatbreads
The third challenge in cake week is a hidden design in a cake. Contestants did flowers, crowns, cupcakes, a bird and a nose, and many other great ideas. A long time ago, I bought a checkerboard cake kit from Pampered Chef. I’ve made a few cakes with that (with varying results) so I thought I’d… Continue reading Bog Body Loaf
Next episode in Cake Week: The Beginnings was Paul Hollywood’s Rum Baba. This is some kind of 70s throwback that I had never heard of, but it sounded good, so let’s go. The recipe is found here, on the BBC web site. Easy enough to follow and it has some American translations for temp and… Continue reading Baba BOOM!
It’s been a while–taken a bit of a vacation from the British Baking–but I felt the itch to whip something up for a visit from a friend. Beks is one of the best people I know in the world and we have a great time being weird together. Having tea and all the trimmings is… Continue reading Back in the Kitchen
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!