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  1. I always mix the butter and sugar until fluffy and light, add the eggs and yolks, followed by the juice. It will look curdled, but that’s okay. I put it into a small enameled cast iron pot-not a double boiler- over low heat until it smooths out and doesn’t look curdled anymore, stirring all the time. Then turn up to medium and stir until thick, (making sure that it gets to at least 160F to kill bacteria). Just don’t let it boil. Once thickened, take off heat and add the zest. Turns out perfectly every time!
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    This is the layered inside. I also added vanilla bean seeds to the dough.
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    Thanks for the lovely comments. Here is the link: https://www.withspice.com/blog/chai-spiced-breakfast-buns-cruffins/ Please note one that I doubled the yeast because I was shaping and freezing the dough before baking. Also, I use Active Dry yeast due to freezing prior to baking. I changed the proportions of the chai seasoning as I found it way too intense for my chai-loving family. I would advise you to look at this recipe closely before combining ingredients as I had to throw out the first batch. In addition, I would halve the sugar chai mixture-way too much left over. With these few tweaks, these rolls were astonishingly delicious. I’ll be making these again later this month for visitors coming in February, so again, make ahead and freeze. I will only be adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the sugar this time, as I will be serving them with a clementine curd (I have an obscene amount that will go bad unless I use them soon lol!). Please post your results-I’d love to see them. Happy baking!
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    I did these for New Year’s Eve breakfast with a chai spiced sugar coating. I fell in love with making them and the best part was that I made them, shaped and froze them ahead of time to bake off on the morning of the 31st. My first attempt and I am hooked.
  5. Thanks so much for the responses I really appreciate it!
  6. I was watching an Irish baking show and the expert said that an easy way to temper/keep temper is to melt it to a temp no higher than 35C. As long as the chocolate doesn’t creep beyond that it will stay tempered. No need to heat and cool. Has anyone ever heard/tried this?
  7. I use a ratio of 3:1 chocolate to cream for white choc ganache. Place choc in heat proof bowl. Heat the cream to just boiling. Pour over chocolate. Swirl the bowl to make sure the choc is submerged. Mix to incorporate. I let it set up overnight. It is then ready to stir and use. The white choc ganache is especially good with a little cinnamon added to it. Good luck!
  8. Thanks everyone. My piping is pretty solid, I just want them completely uniform. I like the idea of the template but I only have rimmed baking sheets, so I wouldn't be able to pull the template out from under the piped meringue. As long as I know it can be done, I will try it and report back. I really appreciate your responses.
  9. No. Not macarons. Meringues like the meringue mushroom type. I just want them all exactly the same size. Thanks.
  10. This may be a silly question, but when would you add the coconut cream powder? Do you melt it with the sugar and egg whites or do you add it at the end with your vanilla? If you do that, does the powder dissolve or does it become grainy? I am really interested in this product, but not sure how to use it in this application. Thanks.
  11. I also agree with Tri2Cook, but I also think that people might think that it would be too hard to eat because it would stick in their teeth-kind of like lollipops if you bite them right away. LOL. I made a cake once covered with flavored isomalt tiles. I took so much time deciding how to flavor them, and of course, not one tile was eaten! "Parsley sprig" of pastry to be sure!!
  12. I know that the recommended way to make macarons is on parchment vs silicone, but I am asking specifically about meringue cookies. I want them all to be uniform in shape and was wondering if I could pipe these into mini round silicone molds, would it work? Would spraying with a light coat of PAM deflate them too much or prevent them from drying out? I don't want them too dry, but I want the bottoms to set. Thanks for your responses!
  13. Thanks so much for the input. I wanted to wait a few days and track results. So, Chocolot: I let them set up and remelted with butter and added the rice krispies just like when you use store-bought. Tri2cook: I had been reading that the extra liquid content of homemade marshmallows breaks down the krispies. I decreased the water in the syrup and cooked to 250F. Everything worked fine. The only problem was that I couldn't scoop them into silicone molds because they didn't hold their shape unless I pressed them in making a denser treat. I guess it is cookie cutters for me! JAZ: Thanks for the butter tip. As for stale-ness, I made them on Friday and they were gone by Sunday, and with this marshmallow technique (reducing liquid, higher temp) the Krispies were just as good on day 3 as they were on day 1. Thanks so much to everyone. So sorry about the opening rant! I was having a bit of a panic.
  14. I just did this yesterday. I do an egg white-free marshmallow and I mixed it for 5 minutes at speed 8 on my Kitchen Aid and then 3 minutes on speed 10. I filled 2 disposable piping bags with the marshmallow and had a third, empty, "master bag" fitted with a french tip. I cut off the bottom of one filled bags and put it into the "master". When I finished with that bag, I took the whole thing out and replaced it in the "master" with the second filled bag. It cut down on the time (you have to work quickly with this stuff) as well as the mess. Hope I explained this well enough.
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