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  1. Matthew.Taylor

    Macarons – Baking

    Ah, my bad. thanks for telling me, anyone who can is free to delete this thread.
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    Macarons – Baking

    OK, First, MERRY CHRISTMAS Everyone! Second. one of the gifts I got this year was Pierre Herme's book on Macarons. These delightful little buggers continue to elude me, and hopefully this boo can help me find a good recipe (My one attempt at making them tasted good, but clearly needed improvements) So I thought i'd make this thread. Feel free to discuss your own attempts at these occasionally insufferable things.
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    Chocolate Chip Cookies -- Bake-Off III

    Normally, i'm severely against resurrecting old threads, but I found this and felt I had to add something. My current go-to chocolate chip cookie is this one. I got it from this website. http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2011/06/29/infamous-jacques-torres-chocolate-chip-cookies/ TORRES CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. INGREDIENTS 1. 2 Cups Minus 2 Tablespoons Cake flour 2. 1 2/3 cups Bread flour 3. 1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder 4. 1 ¼ teaspoons Baking Soda. 5. 1 ½ teaspoons Coarse salt 6. 2 ½ sticks Unsalted Butter, at room temperature 7. 1 ¼ cups Light Brown Sugar, packed 8. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Granulated (white) sugar 9. 2 Large Eggs, room temperature. 10. 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract 11. 1 ½ pounds bittersweet chocolate discs or feves, at least 60% cacao content. Or substitute a bag and a half (or 2 bags) 60% Cacao chocolate chips, or type of your choice.) 12. Sea Salt or Fleur De sel, for sprinkling STEPS. 1. Sift together the Flours, Baking powder and Soda, and Salt in a medium size bowl, and set aside. 2. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the Butter and Sugars until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes 3. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until well blended, scraping down the sides as needed. 4. Add in the Vanilla and mix until combined. 5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, until just moistened. 6. Fold in your chocolate until it is evenly distributed throughout the dough. 7. Take a piece of plastic wrap, and cover the bowl, pressing it against the dough, and making sure it is completely covered. 8. Refrigerate dough for at least 24 hours, to 72 hours. 9. When ready to bake, set dough out to get to room temperature, and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 10. Line with parchment, or grease your cookie sheets. 11. Scoop out dough at size you want, but do not press the dough balls down. 12. Place dough balls on cookie sheets, and sprinkle with Fleur de Sel, or sea salt. 13. For smaller cookies, bake for 10-12 minutes. For larger cookies bake for 18-20 minutes. 14. Allow them to cool slightly on the sheet, before moving them to a cooling rack. 15. Let cool till edible (or warm), and serve. Store at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for 2 months. As I said, this is the infamous Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe attributed to Jacques Torres. I got it off of a website that said it was the Jacques Torres recipe, I don't know how accurate that is, as I haven't seen the original, but it is the best chocolate chip cookie I've tasted. I use normal chips, as I don't know where to get those chocolate disks, and something in me is just against the use of those coverture discs. I'm currently trying to merge this Recipe with the idea behind those extra large cookies you get from Levain bakery in New York. (Cornstarch and baking after freezing seem to be the answer, just need to fins a good ratio). edit: Added the website I got it from. Hope that helps with any rules I may have broken. I am very sorry about that.
  4. Frankly, I'd choose a Cheeseburger in paradise over that.
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    Suitable size cake for dowel rods?

    Cool. This will be the most....elaborate cake I've ever made, so far (I've been studying on sugar art), and I want to cover all my bases.
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    Suitable size cake for dowel rods?

    I mean one cake with three layers. I just want to make sure I have everything ready by the time February rolls around. This cake is going to take some planning and design to get right. My idea at the moment is this: Two bottom layers, made from vanilla cake, and the third layer will be a cut out of a unicorn head. There will be frosting flowers on each corner of the lower two layers, with green frosting vines connecting all four. I may also purchase some candy molds and make some sugar jewels to put on the side alongside some sun and moon cutouts of fondant.
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    Ok, i'm gonna deep fry a turkey.

    Well, it's done! And I have to say it was a mostly-smashing success!. I used Alton Brown's brining recipe (1 pound kosher salt 1 pound dark brown sugar, 5 quarts hot water, 5 pounds ice) and made sure to let it sit for at least half an hour out of the brine before putting it in. I also made sure to pat it down and remove any excess moisture. I say mostly because the thigh's weren't done, as there was a little blood spurt when I tried to cut them, but the rest of the bird was done. I ran them through the microwave a few times, and hopefully they're now finished. I now know that i can deep fry a turkey, so now we have another potential option for Thanksgiving (not that anyone will take it, not in a family as traditional as mine, but que sera sera)!
  8. Not bad, not bad. Though I feel the sugar on top could be toasted a bit more, plus I would suggest making sure the sugar is spread from edge to edge. Despite the criticism, this is a good piece of work. Well done.
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    Suitable size cake for dowel rods?

    OK, My niece has asked for a unicorn cake for her birthday in February. I have a big idea planned for it, but the cake should be about three layers total, and still be rather wide (as I expect alot of her friends will be there). I have to ask though. how many layers would be necessary for the use of dowel rods? I don't expect a three layer cake to need them, but there will be decorations, and I've made enough layer cakes to know that they can be heavy.
  10. Nothing wrong with getting a recipe off of a container. I'll wager that alot of the great recipes we take for granted these days started that way. Look at Toll House chocolate chip cookies? I've heard that this is one of the few recipes where you actually have to work to get wrong. Key Lime Pie was created strictly to capitalize and show off Sweetened Condensed milk. I occasionally get the impression that a lot of bakers today might "look down" upon such origins, but it's really fine place to put a recipe, right on the package for one of the main ingredients.
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    Ok, i'm gonna deep fry a turkey.

    I've heard plenty of stories, so i'm gonna be very careful here. The biggest problem is finding a place to put the fryer. The only real flat place we have is the back porch, and it's not that far from the condo. The front driveway is slanted just enough to give you the willies for this kind of thing. I know to make sure the bird is completely defrosted, and dried from any excess moisture.
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    Ok, i'm gonna deep fry a turkey.

    I'm a few years behind here, but I've decided that in one week i'm gonna deep fry a turkey. I've got the turkey (13.50 pounds), I've got a fryer that should be big enough. I will have a good amount of peanut oil before next Saturday. But I really need some good advice. I know the turkey has to be completely defrosted, and there should be no, to very very little excess moisture, but that's about it really. Techniques for cooking, and times are all over the place that I've heard.
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    A thread for "unusual" recipes

    By unusual, I mean stuff that generally isn't something that most people would think of. Stuff outside the normal thoughts on baking and pastry. Stuff that would make someone who isn't aware of this kind of stuff go "Huh?" Just things that you guys were trying when you were really being creative.
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    A thread for "unusual" recipes

    Now I have no choice but to try to create that dish. I don't care if you're joking.
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    A thread for "unusual" recipes

    Yep, that was him.
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