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
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
…an Opera Cake! OK, this is yet another thing I’ve never heard of. Layers of sponge and jam and things. Traditionally coffee and chocolate, but of course, we know that I’m not going to do that. Any flavors we want… Layers of Joconde sponge, buttercream, ganache… Contestants made: Lemon cake, white chocolate ganache and lavendar… Continue reading The Fat Lady Bakes…
The next is Charlotte Royale. Not satisfied with just the normal Charlotte Royale that they made in the show, I found a photo of one that looked *amazing*! A CHOCOLATE Charlotte Royale! OMG, I’m drooling already. So you start by making a Swiss Roll, although in this case, it’s chocolate. Prepare the pan: Butter and… Continue reading Chocolate Charlotte
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
The next challenge is to make a tea loaf. This is a sweet, yeasted bread, best made in a loaf tin to ensure structure and even baking. Several of the varieties that were made by contestants were really inspiring–gosh, wouldn’t you know it, several made CHAI FLAVOR! Did I mention I love chai? I found… Continue reading Time for Tea and Loafing Around
I got through two challenges in two days and forgot to blog about the first one, so I’m going to combine the efforts in one post. First challenge is a double-crusted fruit pie. I got some Fuji and Granny Smith apples at the store and sliced up about 6 of them–4 Fuji, 2 Granny. I… Continue reading A Pair of Pies
CUE THE MUSIC! We’ve been having a heat waaaaaave…a tropical heat waaaaaaaave… OK, not a tropical heat wave…just a regular one. The thing is, most people living in the upper left corner don’t have air conditioning in their homes, so baking when it’s already 90 degrees in the kitchen makes you tired before you even… Continue reading Petit Fours: A Duet in 3 Parts
Welcome to bread week! The first challenge is making breadsticks! This has been pretty fun since it’s NOT sweet. Having a little bit of savory is nice. I started with a Betty Crocker recipe here, which is easy and basic. A good place to start. This is a basic breadstick with olive oil and coarse… Continue reading Breadsticks!