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    bittersweet by alice medrich

    Claire, which ones did you make? I've heard good things about the all cocoa powder ones. I need to put this book to work again sometime soon. Poor thing has been neglected. Shame on me!
  2. Welcome to my baking blog. As a home baker (a novice one at that), I’ve whipped up chocolate chip cookies and the odd pie. I’ve delighted in watching my family’s face smile in joy as they take their first bite and declare it better than store bought. Of course, they just see the plated results. What they don’t see is the throwing together of ingredients and me simply hoping for the best. So, I have set myself the challenge of truly learning how to bake. I invite you to join me on my ride. First things first, my baking background. My “baking efforts” began a few years ago as a newlywed. This included cookies from a bag. I believe you just had to add water. It all seemed so easy, but alas, I recall not even getting that right. Another favorite was opening a pudding mix, adding milk and beating it with a hand mixer. If I was feeling adventurous I’d also serve it with Jell-O. Before going any further, in my defense, I must say that I made killer Butterfly Cakes as a kid. Of course, since then, I have learned that one can create desserts without the aid of a premixed batter. Gone are the days where I walk down the baking aisle ignoring the bags of flour, baking powder and other essentials to get to the ‘bag’ of cookie dough. My baking pantry (okay, so it’s two drawers but you get the idea) was transformed. Hence, the real baking began … or did it? My leap into the baking world immediately began on the wrong path. At the time, I was of the mindset that all fat was evil. Hence, butter and whipping cream was the enemy. I recollect trying to make a pecan pie with a crust made from tub margarine! Needless to say, it was a major flop. The actual filling was quite delightful scooped from my pathetic crust though. Since, I have made many wonderful lower fat desserts that family has devoured. However, was I making progress as a baker? Sure, I could follow a recipe and produce pleasing results, but what was the point of creating a pie crust if I didn’t understand why the butter was there in the first place (and reduced at that!). Why replace whipping cream with the stuff you can buy in a tub for a Banana Cream Pie if I haven’t experienced the joy of the pie at its greatest? I soon found myself wanting to understand the ingredients and their place in recipes. To garner this knowledge, I decided I needed to embrace the recipes in their truest form. I needed to see and practice baking at its best. Hence, I have armed myself with baking books that inspire and leave me intrigued by the procedures followed and the resulting outcome. I’ve stocked my kitchen with the necessary tools and ingredients (of which I’m sure more will follow). So, I am all set. Let the games begin! My plan is to bake something on a weekly basis (if not more) and share with you my experiences, successes and failures. I look to you to share your knowledge and expertise, offer advice and understanding. Questions are welcome and I hope that over time, if related to baking, I will be able to clearly answer them without referring to books. So, inspired by the following quote: "A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." — James Beard (1903-1985) … my journey begins. Bring on the butter and whipping cream!
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    Blog: The girl who’s learning to bake

    Hey Mamsue, Do share what you try. I haven't fully explored the book yet. Get making that ice-cream! It's divine. Everyone, sorry for being AWOL lately. I've been super busy and out of it lately. I have guests coming for 2 weeks, so will resume this blog after if there's still interest. Adele
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    Hey Everyone, I'm on the look out for a good coffee ice-cream, ideally using instant espresso. I'm don't mind if there's add ins either, though it would need to pair well with chocolate and almonds. Cheers. Adele
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    I just got done making the base for the WS coffee ice-cream recipe. Oh my, it tastes very good. I went ahead with the 3tbsps of espresso powder and it's spot on. Thanks for reassuring me it would be okay. Can't wait to try it churned tomorrow. Gifted Gourmet, are you still doing it this weekend?
  6. Hey all, I want to stock up on some baking supplies (equipment that is). What are you favourite places to go to? I usually head to Williams-Sonoma but they don't have a 'huge' selection and often don't have what I'm looking for (i.e. individual flan rings). Thanks.
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    Blog: The girl who’s learning to bake

    Anna, I'm going to throw it together after dinner on Saturday night along with the ice-cream. What's interesting is the the souffle looks much higher in the shot in Bittersweet than mine was. Though I suspect I deflated it alot when I took it out of the oven to add the flour/almonds. Let us know how the pie is. Are you baking in a pie pan? I don't recommend a tart shell unless you want it all to spill out. Though there must be a way as I've seen pecan tarts before. Anyone know the secret?
  8. Anna N, I've visited Golda's Kitchen (online only) and it does seem like a great place. I'm hoping to get out there for a skeg at the store soon. marlowe, thanks for the store. I'll check it out. allezcuisine, I don't get downtown often but thanks for the stores. I'll be on the look out next time I'm down that way. Katharine, oohh thanks. I'm going to have a good look around the website later. I actually want to WS last night and walked out $150 poorer *L*. I do like their bakeware though (I buy the pro regular, not non stick). Very heavy duty. I wish they'd branch out a little as the store I go to (Yorkdale) has slim pickings.
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    Ted, I agree. If you going to have ice-cream, have ice-cream! Michael, Is their a formula you’ve found to achieve the perfect balance of fats? I see recipes that use as little as 2 eggs and as many as 8. All of course, will offer a variation of richness. I also see no pattern to the dairy used. Even those not attempting to be ‘light’ will sometimes use just light cream and half and half, depending upon the actual flavour (fruit, chocolate or whatever). I do remember reading if the only dairy used is whipping cream, this will produce a ‘greasy’ cream. phaelon56, Thanks for the info on coffee. I do have a recipe that calls for roasted beans which I will have to try out. Is there a particular bean (not necessarily brand) you’d recommend?
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    Blog: The girl who’s learning to bake

    Week 2 So I’ve just finalized my plan for the coming weekend. Here’s what on the menu: - Danish Braid with Apricot Filling and Confectioner’s Cream – Baking with Julia (Dorie Greenspan) - Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake – Bittersweet (Alice Medrich) - Coffee Ice Cream– Williams-Sonoma Website I’m rather excited about the Danish I’ll be making. It was one of the first recipes that caught my eye when I first got the book. It’s also a test run for a potential ‘show-off’ for when my parents visit next month for 2 weeks. I have actually made the Fallen Chocolate Soufflé Cake before but I made a bit of a boo. After a few minutes in the oven, I eyed the almonds and flour on my counter. Yes, they were supposed to be in the oven with the rest of the soufflé. I had to quickly pull the soufflé out of the oven and fold them in. I’m sure it affected the recipe somewhat but thankfully it turned out okay. So, I’m going to go another round with it and get it right this time. The ice-cream will be an accompaniment to the cake. I’m a little skeptical of the source as my last ice-cream recipe from there was a total bomb. Let’s see if it can redeem itself. I am also a little dubious about the amount of espresso called for (we discussed it a little here), but I’ll give it a shot anyway. Tom (my husband) eats anything - mistakes and all - so it’ll go to a good home.
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    Ted, I just reading earlier on baking911.com that the egg yolks in ice-cream act as an emulsifier. Therefore, because they help disperse fat droplets evenly, the ice cyrstals are forced to be smaller resulting is a much smoother end product with a more desirable 'mouth feel'. This explains why lower fat ice-cream (at least those made at home) just don't cut it. You're right about the change in coffee taste when I put in milk. I never thought to look at it way. Thanks.
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    That's true. I remember reading the same thing is true of sugar.
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    Thanks Tan319. It does help but what I don't understand (bear with me ) is why fat mellows the bitterness of the espresso. Is it because of the added richness? Good idea about reconstituting the espresso. If I decide not to throw caution to wind and just do it, I'll do that instead. Based on your findings with the eggless PB ice-cream am I right in thinking perhaps fat brings out the flavour of ingredients? Kind of like how salt works?
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    Blog: The girl who’s learning to bake

    Great idea Anna. I actually have a scrap piece leftover from the roll I bought to line some of my drawers. Thanks for the idea!
  15. Hey Guys, I've decided to tackle the Danish Braid this weekend, probably Sunday morning for breakfast. What is everyone else doing? I've already got the apricot filling ready (yum!). I recommend you make this ahead of time if you ever try it, if definately gets better and thickens up. Adele
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    Blog: The girl who’s learning to bake

    Rebecca, The recipe I did called for Lyles, but the author said you could sub it with dark corn syrup with no changes, so I'm sure you can take your favorite PP recipe and make the change.
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    Blog: The girl who’s learning to bake

    To add onto mktye's locations for finding Lyle's Golden Styrup. In Canada, you can find it at Loblaws. At least in Toronto.
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    Blog: The girl who’s learning to bake

    Rebecca I looked into the use of Golden Syrup (she offers the sub for dark corn syrup) for you. She chooses to use it because she thinks it prevents the pie from being sickly sweet. Also, it adds a 'special' mellow flavor. I imagine this will all be personal preference. I love Lyles Golden Syrup. I'd recommend you try to find some. It can be hard as it's an import from England. I also looked in the back of the book on ingredient info and it seems golden syrup has less water content (15 to 18 percent) compared to corn syrup (about 24 percent). I'm not sure if this would make a difference too.
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    Chocolate mousse with water?

    Dan, I'd kill for a good yorkshire pud with all the fixings ... mmm ... roast potatoes, onion gravy, stuffing ... aarrgghhh ... thankfully my parents are coming over to Canada (I'm a Brit) next month so my mam will give me my fix. Back to mousse ... I'll give you her recipe for Albert's Mousse as her intent for this recipe was to use water to allow her brother, that's Albert, to eat it (he can't have dairy). I realise that's more info than you actually needed, but, well, I'm a gabber so what can ya do? Btw, she uses a 3/1 ratio (6oz chocolate, 2oz water) so it seems you was on the right track. Albert's Mousse - Bittersweet, Alice Medrich 6 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 1/4 cup water, coffee, or milk, or 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 tbsps brandy, rum or liquor of choice (optional) 3 large eggs, at room temperature 3 tbsps water 3 tbsps sugar Whipped cream or Cocoa Bean Cream (page 304) (optional) Special equipment Instant-read thermometer Six to eight 4 - to 6-ounce ramekins or dessert cups Add the chocolate and water (or whatever liquid you wish to use) to a medium heatproof bowl. Place it in a wide skillet of simmering water (it should be barely simmering). Stir it until the chocolate is almost melted. Remove the bowl from the water and continue to stir until all melted. If you want to use liquor, add it now. Set aside. Take another mediurm heatproof bowl, add the egg, 3 tbsps water and sugar. Whisk until blended. Place the bowl in a skillet of water (you want to water to not be simmering) an stir constantly until the reach 160 on your thermometer. You might want to remove the bowl from the water to take the temp. Once you reached the correct temp, remove from the water and beat the mixture at high speed for approx. 3 to 4 mins using an electric mixture. You are looking for the texture of softly whipped cream here. Take 1/4 of the eggs and fold it into the chocolate. Now, fold the chocolate mixture into the egg whites and fold until everything is evenly incorporated. Put your mousse in the ramekins. You need to chill for 1 hour or so. Basically until set. If you going to be holding them for long, protect them with plastic wrap. About the chocolate Standard bittersweet or semisweet can be used. Also any marked 50% to 62%. If you want to use 64% to 66% chocolate, decrease the chocolate amount to 5 1/4 oz and up the sugar to 1/4 cup. If using 70% to 72% chocolate, only use 4 1/2 oz of chocolate. Up the sugar to 4 1/2 tbsps. You will need to add 1 tbsp of butter in the melting step if you are using water or milk.
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    Chocolate mousse with water?

    Hi Aidensnd, I haven't tried it myself, but Alice Medrich does offer mousses in Bittersweet where you can use water (or milk/cream). She states using water will provide the lightest mousse. So, I wonder why you found yours too firm. Did you perhaps use too much chocolate? Or are you using gelatin too? I can give you her recipe if you wish.
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    Could you explain why? The recipe has 6 egg yolks.
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    You know, I think it is a misprint. I was just looking at the Cappuccino recipe in Ben & Jerry's. They use the same ratio of dairy but call for 3 1/2 tbsps of instant coffee, which would be roughly 1 tbsp of instant espresso.
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    Perhaps they mean 3 tsps? I'll be honest, I'm a little weary of trying a WS recipe (well for ice-cream at least). I tried one the other week that was a total bomb! To much liqueur and so it never froze. I had to freeze it manually (i.e. threw a tub in the freezer and hoped for the best). I actually have a yummy looking recipe (in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Book ) for a Kahlua Amaretto Ice Cream, but I'm worried the cream won't freeze as there is a total of 1/2 cup liqueur in it. Mmmmm
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    Coffee Ice-Cream anyone?

    The WS recipe calls for 3 tbsps of espresso powder. Seems like a lot. Actually, wait let me check, I'm good for calling it wrong! Yep, 3 tbsps. That would add a lot of bitterness no? Excuse me, I'm just a regular coffee kind a gal! As for were we can post our results ... I'll be charting it on my blog so you're welcome to post there, or here. I'm easy!
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    Lying yields

    I did, that's how I knew my cookies were 13 grams rather than 12. Just obought a nice digital scale for baking purposes The weights could still throw it off though depending on which weight you used for your flour. The weights will vary depending on whether the author intended you to dip and sweep, lightly spoon or sift (though for sifting it would tell you). I imagine typically, they would assume you're going to dip and sweep so your flour amount would need to be 5 oz (or thereabouts) per cup.
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