Monday, June 29, 2015

Pecan Praline Meringue Ice Cream Sandwiches

We like these! 
Dulce de leche, vanilla and coffee ice cream;
we tried them all.

I was surprised how easy they were to make.
It's almost magical watching the egg whites and brown sugar
turn into a thick fluffy cloud.
It's been unseasonably humid here but this afternoon
the humidity dropped and didn't seem to affect the batter.
Folded in the pecans and ready for the pans.

I got out the Kouigns Amann rings
and also tried free hand shaping.

Honestly, this would be great as a nine inch
round cookie cake and sliced into wedges.

I wasn't thrilled with the texture of the ganache
and I'm certain it's because I used a different
brand of white chocolate.
That will teach me trying to save a trip to the grocery store
which carries my favorite Lindt White Chocolate.
There's a lesson to stick to tried and true ingredients.

So for someone, namely me, who does not like meringue,
these are really delicious.
That's two for two TBB meringue cookies.
Now if Rose could just make a chocolate version
 I'd be very happy.

Rose Levy Berenbaum

Monday, June 22, 2015

Double Damage Oblivion


The Double Damage Oblivion is finished.

Rich and decadent is an understatement.
To off set the extreme chocolateness,  a syrup from 
Moreno cherries with almond extract was brushed over the cake layers
which made it incredibly moist and light.

And then served with the remaining jarred
Trader Joe's moreno cherries
thickened with cornstarch.

Here is the step by step process.
I did not take one picture while making this dessert.
I had a house full of granddaughters
and made Tasha Tudor Brownies
in the middle of the Oblivion.
Truly a double chocolate damage day.

By the end I was so exhausted 
I skipped the ganache instructions and instead 
opted for throwing chocolate and heavy cream
into a glass bowl and microwaving for two minutes.
After stirring in the vanilla the result was perfect ganache.
I am very grateful to the Alpha Bakers who shared this techinique
once upon a time.
I can't even say how relieved I was the three components
were finished and ready to put together.

It is a very rich dessert but so far everyone has liked it.
I can see the basic recipe being enhanced
with so many different flavors.
It's definitely best served at room temperature. 


Monday, June 15, 2015

Red Velvet Rose Cake

This latest version of a Red Velvet Cake is from Rose's newest book,
The Baking Bible.
I tend to shy away from any Red Velvet cake unless it's for someone's
special occasion, such as a birthday.
Like many others, I don't care for artificial coloring in food or  beverages, for 
myself or my family.  I'm a real stickler for reading labels. 
Rose gives the option of roasting beets for the added color.  I wanted
to try India Tree's natural red coloring.

It was a beautiful shade of red coming out of the bottle but didn't hold up
in the batter during baking.
As eldest granddaughter noticed, it looked like a spice cake.

This cake has a wonderful flavor and light crumb.
Honestly, it doesn't need any coloring at all.

It was also easy to mix together.
After baking, a delicious raspberry
sauce was brushed over the cakes.

The extra raspberry sauce was mixed into whipped cream.

To me this cake far surpasses a typical Red Velvet cake
and could aptly be named
Raspberry  Velvet Rose Cake.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Classic Brioche Loaf

I can scarcely believe it.
Could it really be this simple
the second time around?
It was a snap
compared to the Panettone.
I kept flipping pages back and forth, reading over and over again,
certain I'd left out major steps.
And quite certain I killed the dough during the
deflating step.
It was so hard; seeing the beautiful dough magically
emerge from the proofing sauna, all puffy and gorgeous,
only to be felled down in its glorious prime.

But the moment the oven door is opened and this emerges,
it is all worth it.
The mixing, the proofing, the warm rise, the cool rise,
the overnight rise.
The folding, the turning, the wrapping, the waiting.

Because it can be turned into this;
warm brioche coffee ice cream sandwiches.

Or this

glorious French toast.

It isn't difficult, this brioche.  It just takes a bit of concentration.
And blind faith that it will all turn out in the end.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ricotta Loaf

 Rose's Ricotta Loaf is a bread that defies classification.
It just can't be pinned down.
Not a fluffy yeast bread.  Not a dense tea bread.
It lies somewhere in the middle with a flavor 
all its own.

It definitely is a simple bread to make.
Flour, sugar, yeast are stirred together.
Ricotta, butter, egg and salt are then added and 
eventually water to guarantee it is a nice, moist dough. 
Ten minutes in the mixing bowl with a dough hook and

Lovely dough.

I was so pleased that I promptly sent off a picture to my 
Bread Bible Baking daughter
as proof I'd finally gotten underway.

But this is what I sent instead~

Which is why one
should not bake without
one's glasses, 
let along text pictures.
They look exactly the same with my blurry vision.
Image result for fawlty towers they're on your head mrs. richards images

They're on your head, Mrs. Richards

Into the microwave with cups of hot water
for a steamy rise, although why I just
didn't let it rise outside in the humidity is beyond me.

I blame the weather for melting any and all 
common sense I might have had left.

Proofed and ready for the oven.
Wish I could say the same for wedging
ice cubes into the pan lying on the oven floor.
It's like some mad cap ring toss carnival game at the fair
and I sure didn't win any prizes.

A few cursory adjectives may have been
uttered when I noticed the instructions to
turn and tent with foil.
See above about humidity.

Luckily no harm done.
As a bonus for clearing out the freezer
a forgotten jar of lemon curd was found.

This bread is good.  It's very good.  It's too good
with jam.

And tea with the Earl.