Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXVIII

Croquembouche It’s not quite as ambitious as it may seem. I’ve made both cream puffs and eclairs without posting anything about it. I was inspired by the Jamie and Julia effort: Erin’s pate a choux was a great learning experience: But I like Helen’s recipe better because it includes the filling: The recipe doesn’t seemContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXVIII”

Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXVII

Chocolate Baguette with Lemon “Why on Earth?” is a fair question. I’ve been experimenting with baguettes. Brian Lagerstrom is my inspiration for that: I’ve not had good luck. I don’t get much rise in the oven. I believe this is due to the last rise and slicing the top. I will probably never find outContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXVII”

Learning 2 Bake from Scratch

Baking Powder I had read that people used to make their own baking powder and scoffed at those who purchased it, rather than baking “from scratch”. I never bothered to track down what they did. Apparently, it’s a “thing”, again – 150 years later. I found this video very interesting: Adam Regusea is good –Continue reading “Learning 2 Bake from Scratch”

Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXIV

Pecan Tarts I still haven’t found The Joy of Cooking, which contains “my” award-winning pecan pie recipe. So, off to the Intertubes I went. William’s Sonoma had a tasty-sounding maple syrup pecan pie, so that’s what I used: 1 rolled-out round basic pie dough2 cups pure maple syrup2 eggs, lightly beaten1/4 cup firmly packed light orContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXIV”

Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXIII

Macarons Attempt the second (see attempt the first) turned out much better. Following the established format, first the recipe: 2 egg whites1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar3/4 cup (70g) almond flour3/4 cup (90g) powdered sugar1/4 cup (30g) cocoa powdersaltcream and chocolate for the ganache (very small quantities) Beat the egg whites until fluffy, then beat inContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXIII”