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”

Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXI.75

Oreo Cake As you can see, I did it. I’m very pleased with the result. Why is this better? This is my first recipe by weight with a scale. I have to think that’s a factor. There’s a big height difference between an eight-inch and a nine-inch pan. My cake is shorter than the videoContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake from Scratch – XXXI.75”

Learning 2 Bake – from Scratch XXX

Boule After the semi-failed poolish attempt, I decided to follow the recipe (well, mostly). Since one of Brian’s commenters (Joseph) typed it up, here it is: INGREDIENTS POOLISH150g or roughly 1 cup of flour150g or roughly 2/3cup of water (room temp)1 small pinch yeast Let the poolish ripen on the counter 4-24 hours, preferably atContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake – from Scratch XXX”

Learning 2 Bake – from Scratch XXIX

Poolish Poolish is a pre-bread mixture of flour, water, sugar, and yeast that one allows to grow a bit (e.g. overnight) before making bread. I’d never heard of it until I saw it on a YouTube video. Rather than attempting a new recipe, I thought I’d give it a try with my known-to-work bread recipe.Continue reading “Learning 2 Bake – from Scratch XXIX”