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
The Showstopper challenge this week is three types of puff pastry treats: there should be one filled; one iced; and one baker’s choice. 12 of each and it must be FULL puff pastry, not rough puff. There are a bunch of different types that they make, and I’m rather excited about this. I like making… Continue reading Puff Pastry Party
So the next challenge, a technical challenge, is a French dessert called Les Religieuses. It’s choux pastry filled with creme patisserie and topped with chocolate ganache, then stacked and decorated with whipped cream. It’s supposed to look like a little nun. Or a Webble-Wobble. I found the recipe at the BBC page again (of course)… Continue reading Oh, Unholy Mess
Americans, of course, snicker at the name, but I can’t laugh too loudly since my Dad’s name is Dick. Then I just imagine him with a bad rash or something…maybe I’ll change its name to Bespeckled Richard. Getting ready for this recipe has been quite the ordeal. Besides finding the right recipe–which I looked at… Continue reading The Infamous Spotted Dick
The baking is going fast and furious this week. Instead of taking a week and a half to do 3 challenges, I have gotten 3 done in 4 days! OK, not *quite* done, but I did get the baking bit done yesterday and now have to do the filling and tasting. Unfortunately, I didn’t get… Continue reading Eclairs
When I first heard about the next challenge, I thought they said Queen’s Alman. I thought, “Wait, isn’t that an English country dance?” Turns out they said ‘kouign amann’, a French caramelized-sugar buttery pastry. This recipe looks like there’s a lot of butter and flour and folding to make puff pastry…which I kind of enjoy… Continue reading Can I Have This Dance…or a Roll?
This week’s challenge is about pastry! Short crust pastry, puff pastry, yeast pastry…but filling it with savory goodness instead of sweet. The first challenge is a meaty pastry and I thought I’d start with shepherd’s pie pasties (my favorite!), and I think it’ll be fairly easy and delicious. I’m betting I can get the big… Continue reading Savory Meat Pastries