…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!
This next challenge is to make a chocolate cake using two or more types of chocolate. This includes decoration, so you don’t have to have a white chocolate cake batter *and* a dark chocolate batter. I’ll just have to make some white chocolate decorations to put on the top. The recipe I chose is from… Continue reading Matilda Cake
The third and final challenge in the basics triple-challenge is scones. I grabbed the recipe from BBC Food. There are lots of ways you can customize this simple recipe by adding dried fruit or spices or adding jams and clotted cream. Really is simple! Mix flour, a pinch of salt and butter and crumble together.… Continue reading Scones!
Oo la la! French desserts! That sounds fancy! What could that be? Don’t get too excited. It’s apple turnovers. Mine aren’t too pretty but I’m a little lame at the moment. First I made rough puff pastry. The butter was a little soft because it was room temperature, but I didn’t want to do all… Continue reading Chaussons Aux Pommes