Sunday, April 22, 2012

Christening Cake - Pearly Gates

Bottom Tier - Vanilla cake with Vanilla Bavarian Cream and fresh strawberries.
Top Tier - Chocolate cake with Chocolate Bavarian Cream and fresh strawberries.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting / covered in fondant / gumpaste flower and edible pearls.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2012 Baking

what i've done so far this year:

 Apple and almond cream tartlets with crumble topping
 Mini Birthday cake - Black Forest with Mascarpone Whipped Cream
 Black Forest Birthday cake - Mascarpone whipped cream with handmade chocolate trees
Lemon Napoleons

Monday, October 10, 2011

Christening Cake

Bottom tier is Vanilla almond cake, top tier is chocolate - both layered with raspberry mousse and chocolate ganache.
Buttercream and fondant accents with gumpaste flowers.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Mmmm Bakalava!

Erica of Erica’s Edibles was our host for the Daring Baker’s June challenge. Erica challenged us to be truly DARING by making homemade phyllo dough and then to use that homemade dough to make Baklava.

I was super stoked for this challenge - I've never thought of making my own phyllo dough before. It was so much fun!

I used a recipe from Michael Roux (I didn't have regular oil, only olive oil on hand) - but used the standard filling with a couple changes:

Instead of walnuts, I used almonds and hazelnuts (with a few pistachios thrown in). Also added in chinese 5 spice powder and some orange blossom water. I was able to use some awesome local honey - raw and unpasturized - yum!

Here are my photos!

Phyllo dough in balls ready to roll:

Rolling out the dough:
You can almost see my tattoo under the dough in the last one. It was pretty transparent.

Buttering the layers:

Ready for the oven!

Baked and soaking in syrup:

a finished slice:

so good - and not as hard as I thought it would be! I think I'll add chocolate next time :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Baking weekend - June 11/12

I ended up baking a couple of items this weekend.

I've started receiving a Freshbox again to take advantage of the local produce this summer. Even though I work here, I don't always have access to the stuff that is brought in. Sometimes, there's just not enough surplus for the employees to get some of the goodies. So, as long as I'm getting a Freshbox, i'm sure to get all the fruit and veggies available that week.  Last week, we got some fuji apples and the first round of peaches. The BC apples, were crisp, juicy and wonderful, as usual. The peaches were underripe, so stuck them in a paper bag for a couple days to ripen enough to use for the tarts.
I had some Frangipane paste made earlier in the week, so incorporated that with some sliced apples and peaches for some mini tartlets. The apple tarts are covered in cinnamon sugar, and the peach are topped with cardamom sugar.

Also, DH was looking for something sweet last night, but wasn't sure what he wanted. So, I decided to make some mini chocolate turtle cakes. - that's homemade caramel on these babies. SOOO YUMMY!! I'll definitely be making these again.

Friday, June 3, 2011

My First Daring Baker Challenge!

 The May 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Emma of CookCraftGrow and Jenny of Purple House 
Dirt. They chose to challenge everyone to make a Chocolate Marquise. The inspiration for this recipe comes from a dessert they 
prepared at a restaurant in Seattle. 

So, I've never done a marquise - come across a few recipes for it, but had never tried it.

 Instead of making a square pan and having to cut it into squares, i lined a silicon muffin pan.
 Mise for the marquise with my chocolate base in the background.
 I had some leftover sponge strips from a joconde cake i did last week, so used them to line the pan.
 MMMMarquise ready to go into the freezer!
 So this was a different meringue than I was used to doing. Instead of whipping hot syrup into the egg whites, you actually heat all of the ingredients on the stove first before whipping. No problems at all, I really liked this method - I think I'll use it more often for my meringue.
 Can't really see the joconde under that caramel. I wish I could take better photos!
But here you can see it on the edges, sort of. I think I'll try to get some better photos.

It was really yummy! I used rum instead of tequila for my flavouring. 

So, i enjoyed the first challenge, really looking forward to the next one!