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  1. The Cranberry Lime Galette -- one of my favorites -- was a big hit at Thanksgiving dinner. And, since I was baking during daytime for once, I got a few decent pictures!
  2. Ghiradelli is a nice all-purpose baking chocolate. If you want to buy in larger bulk and have the room to store it, go with a 5.5kg block of Callebaut or Guittard. I find good prices at Chocosphere.com.
  3. Hey, Nina, what a wonderful project! I did something similar over the summer, with a weekly bake sale to raise money for research for polycystic kidney disease, which has affected 3 generations of my family. This is a lovely tribute to your mother. I don't have a lot of intelligence to offer re: pies per se, but in terms of doing production style baking in a home kitchen, I found that organization is key. My project spanned 2 months, and I did a huge bulk purchase of ingredients and pantry items at the beginning, which was really helpful. And you always wish for more counter space, so an
  4. Can we assume that you're doing your best to not stretch the dough as you fill the pan? That is a killer, right there. How long are you chilling/resting the dough after filling the pan and before baking?
  5. Orange County, NJ? September-ish? My SIL was in that class.
  6. i also ask...all your gumpastes, fondants, etc. are made without gelatin? ← No shortening, but vegan margarine (not soy). The gumpaste and rolled fondant is made with tylose, and instead of eggwhite I use linseed gel (linseed boiled, then strained, the water turns to gel). ← Sif, your cakes are stunning. It's hard to believe you've only been at it for a year!
  7. I made the black-and-white banana cake yesterday. Dorie makes it as a loaf; I doubled the recipe and baked it in a turban pan. Delicious and moist, and just the right amount of rum.
  8. I find that the "after taste" of Splenda is best concealed in desserts that are primarily lemon-flavored. Good luck!
  9. The difficulty with making curls has everything to do with temperature. After the chocolate is tempered and spread out on your surface, keep an eye on it until it begins to set up and then start testing. If your curls shatter, the chocolate is too cold. If it collapses and won't hold a curl, it's too warm. As with most things, as you practice more you'll start to get a feel for it.
  10. I have just started perusing my cookbooks for inspiration -- no lists yet! I will definitely be making Dorie Greenspan's cranberry lime galette again, and I hope to make some entremet (French multi-layered cakes) this year. Macarons for sure. Still musing.......
  11. Gail Gand's recipe for Langues de Chat. Dorie G's Old Fashioned Almond Cookies (from Paris Sweets).
  12. I ate a lot of arroz con leche when I lived in Panama. ←
  13. Thanks, Marigene -- I'm getting a Wikipedia page defining HTTP with that link.
  14. As part of a class United Nations project, my sixth-grader needs to bring in a traditional Panamanian dessert next week. We were going to go with Tres Leches Cake, but I'm getting mixed information from my web research as to whether that is really representative of Panama. Plus, the rum in the soaking syrup might not be the best to inflict on the sixth-graders! Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
  15. Dorie's chocolate oatmeal drops and her butterscotch pudding (with Glenlivet). Yum!
  16. I recall Chef asking for the 180mm rings so I would say 18cm for the large rings and 3" for the smaller. I think the flexipans for the larger cakes were 16cm. He remarked that the larger cakes at his shop were 9", so you can adjust it as you want as long as you make the outside ring slightly larger than the insides. ← Cool, thanks. Did you get my PM?
  17. David, on a related matter, did you make note of the ring sizes Chef Love was using for the entremet? My memory is 18cm and 20cm; does that sound right to you?
  18. David asked me to fill in some photos of the raplette in action. This is how Chef Love finished off his joconde sheets before baking -- a nifty tool that spread the batter in a neat, even layer over the Silpats. Pictures speak louder than words. A pause to reload the raplette mid-way through: Placing the Silpats on the sheet pans. Nice to have extra hands helping.
  19. A few more thoughts on that list of questions -- the cakes were being layered with mousses and creams, so they picked up a lot of moisture from their surroundings. Soaking the layers really would have been unnecessary, and possibly overkill in a bad way. Watching Alan glaze those cakes really was poetry in motion. I love the technique of raising the cake on a cake ring, rather than the traditional recommendation of using a cooling rack to support the cake. Less mess along the bottom edge of the cake. Chef Love spoke of finding the "sweet spot" when doing one (and ONLY one) swipe across th
  20. How the time has flown! Congrats on the anniversary, Dorie.
  21. I love beginner's luck -- well done!
  22. I'm glad you had success, Anna! I am a huge devotee of this buttercream. I'm not sure why your cream (I assume you mean the meringue) turned slightly gray when adding the butter. Are you using a new stand mixer? I have heard of situations where the new beaters can have some residue on them that can come off in the bowl, but that's the only thing I can think off.
  23. David, I'm so glad you posted -- you got MUCH better pictures than I did! The class was amazing, and I agree in recommending it (and Chef Love as an instructor) to anyone with passion for pastry.
  24. Probably not. The window of temper is pretty small. If you can't keep your full chocolate mass in temper during your work session, you'll need to retemper as needed.
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