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  1. Peanut Caramel?

    This is a very, very "un-technical" recipe. I would make this peanut butter rice crispy recipe: 1 cup sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter 4 cup rice crispies Combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and let boil for about a minute. Then take off heat and stir in peanut butter. Then pour over rice crispy treats. But I would have leftover peanut butter mixture. This leftover mixture gets poured on to parchment a left to cool and i would wrap them up in parchment squares like I would for caramels. It's good and chewy and peanut buttery, but very sweet. Maybe you can start off with this recipe minus the crispies and refine it even more?
  2. Macaron: the good and the bad

    Is there a proper way to reduce the sugar content(to make them less sweet) without losing texture for the macaron shells? I went with the French meringue method and reduced the powder sugar, filled and let them sit in the frig overnight, but the outer shell is really thin and delicate and would get squish really easily.
  3. Why freeze after baking?

    Thank you for all of your responses! It is probably just a quirk. Sethro, a number of interns have questioned the quality of this place because we do take a few "shortcuts." But since this is the first time I am working at a cake bakery, I assumed it may be normal practice. In the bakery's defense, they do know what they are using and how to use them well. I wish they would explain why, but I guess that's why it's an internship and not school. This place does excel at frostings and and fillings and making cakes look pretty Again, thank you!
  4. Why freeze after baking?

    Hi JeanneCake, All cupcakes are put in to the freezer immediately when when they come out of the oven. All baked goods go into the freezer and used within about 3 days. So they stay in the freezer until needed. And the freezer is bigger than the refrigerator. Is this a normal practice in a cake bakery? I used to work in a cafe awhile back, but the pastries and sheet cakes are usually made and and served the day they are made. When the cakes are cut, layered, and finished, they are quite delicious. So, I'm assuming quality is retained and not lost during freezing.
  5. Why freeze after baking?

    When we bake layer cakes, we usually let it cool before placing them in the freezer, but for cupcakes, we don't. I guess I'm a little thrown off by it.
  6. Why freeze after baking?

    Hi eGullet, Just to introduce myself, my name is Anna and am starting a career change to baking. I am currently interning at a local bakery that specializes in cakes. A few days ago, I prepared and baked off a variety of cupcakes and was told to throw them right into the freezer after taking them out of the oven. My supervisor did not know why we have to do this, but it's the process that the bakery takes and we have to follow. Is there a reason behind freezing cupcakes that came straight out of the oven? I always thought it would produce a soggy cake if the cake was not cooled to room temperature before going into the freezer. Thank you in advance.
  7. You can get the mini baguettes at Lee's Sandwiches on Larkin St (cross street, Ellis), but the mini baguettes usually come out of the oven after 9am. Sometimes later They also have the regular sized baguettes, if that is what you are looking for. Also, in the Mission, many Mexican panaderias have mini rolls that are exactly like the mini baguettes. Pillowy soft in the middle, with a crusty, yet not hard, crust. There are so many in the Mission that I can't really pinpoint one.