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Your Daily Sweets: What are you making and baking? (2012–2014)

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ALFAJORES

I attended a class by Sandra Gutierrez at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC. She is the author of the cookbook, "Latin American Street Food." I used the alfajores recipe from her book. I love the cookies, not just because they are delicious, but because they remind me of the roskette cookies we make on Guam. Both goodies use plenty of cornstarch in addition to all-purpose flour. And then of course, there is the coconut -- born and raised on Guam, I love coconut! The filling is dulce de leche.

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@Baselerd, do you have a blog? If not, start one and you have one dedicated follower in me. I haven't started digging my heels into plated desserts yet but your stuff is wicked good. I've been looking for a bowl like that everywhere. Where did you get yours from?

Didn't like the turtle cheesecake recipes on the net (oreo crust? What?), so I ran with my own: Pecan-Graham Crust, Chocolate Swirled Cheesecake, Ganache, Salted Caramel, Roasted Pecans, and Chantilly Cream.

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@Baselerd, do you have a blog? If not, start one and you have one dedicated follower in me. I haven't started digging my heels into plated desserts yet but your stuff is wicked good. I've been looking for a bowl like that everywhere. Where did you get yours from?

Thanks for the compliments - I do put photos of some of my food at this link. I don't really write anything on it though. I actually got those bowls at World Market (link), and they were only $4 each. I like them because you can use them as a plate or bowl, and have a nice modern look to them.

That cheesecake looks great too, btw.


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Do you have your recipes up anywhere? While I know whatever I made wouldn't look nearly as delicious, I can hope that it would taste as delicious as that looks!

@Baselerd, do you have a blog? If not, start one and you have one dedicated follower in me. I haven't started digging my heels into plated desserts yet but your stuff is wicked good. I've been looking for a bowl like that everywhere. Where did you get yours from?

Didn't like the turtle cheesecake recipes on the net (oreo crust? What?), so I ran with my own: Pecan-Graham Crust, Chocolate Swirled Cheesecake, Ganache, Salted Caramel, Roasted Pecans, and Chantilly Cream.

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Do you have your recipes up anywhere? While I know whatever I made wouldn't look nearly as delicious, I can hope that it would taste as delicious as that looks!

If you're talking to me then my cheesecake:

http://thesocraticcook.com/2013/09/27/turtle-cheesecake/

I noticed some grammatical errors (ugh!), so excuse those.

If you weren't talking to me ... well, shameless plug.


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This is one of my last experiments, I called it "Hippie Cannon" ("Cannone Hippie" in Italian, "cannone" means both "cannon" and "joint").

I found on sale a package of flour made from cannabis sativa seeds, this flour is legit in Italy because it doesn't have psychotropic effects. So I bought it out of curiosity and thought about making a cannolo / fake joint. Since in Italian they are called "cannoni" they recalled me the hippie saying "put flowers in your cannons", so I decided to fill it with a flower-flavoured cream. I tasted some pairings and rose was the best one. Then I decided to add a sort of "flower field", looking like the cannon is shooting out a flower field. It's made with the "soil" technique using the cannabis sativa flour. Underneath the soil there is a helicrysum jelly, I think it pairs really well with rose and that flour. The garnishes are rose buds, rosemary flowers and some helicrysum branches. I would have liked to put a lot of edible flowers of different colours (just to make a rainbow and insist on the hippie concept), but unfortunately I did not have them on hand.

I have to admit I laughed quite a bit while realizing this dessert, loved the dual joke fake joint / cannon shooting a flower field. Disclaimer: I never smoked in my life and I'm against drugs.

If you think I re-used some ideas from Jordi Roca and Albert Adria then you are totally correct.

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Pretzel and chocolate bread pudding with smoked salt caramel ice cream and chocolat nib tuile


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Oooooooooooo!

Im a student of Bread Pudding.

Id Die for a taste of yours!

would you share the Rx?

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how does the "special" flour taste?

I would say it tastes like a crossing between hay and chicory. I don't know if the taste is similar to the smoked stuff, I don't suppose so since the flour is made from the seeds, while people smoke the leaves. I'll ask to one of my smoking friends next time I'll see him/her.

Teo


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Working on a couple of new menu items... favorites today are chevre panna cotta with huckleberry compote, rosemary infused honey, and pecan tuile. Also, dark chocolate cremeaux with Fernet Branca zabaglione and double chocolate cookies. Fernet & dark chocolate - try it!!!

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Those desserts sound great! I recently put together a dessert: strawberry-goat's milk ice cream, vanilla cremeux, vanila-poached rhubarb (sous vide), vanilla shortbread crumble, basil fluid gel, crispy rhubarb (poached in vanilla syrup sous vide, then roasted at 220F for ~1 hour). The only problem was the transfer of the basil to the ice water bath after blanching - I guess I waited too long and the color faded to dark green. At least it still tasted delicious.

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emmalish – those lemon-poppy seed cookies look and sound delicious. One of my favorite combinations, too. Thanks for giving the recipe link. I’ve printed it and will give it a try when I can!

A couple of recent desserts – the first is a chocolate éclair cake from Cook’s Country:

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This dessert has been a guilty pleasure for years at potlucks and office lunches. This version is made with a from-scratch custard and chocolate glaze and it makes a world of difference in the flavor.

I also did a Blueberry Breakfast Cake:

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The recipe is from a friend who got it from Pinterest, I think. We still have a couple of gallons of blueberries that we picked and I stuffed a good 2 cups into this cake! Delicious.

Sunday I made Ruhlman’s angel food cake for a family birthday celebration. It was a special request (angel food cake is Mr. Kim’s traditional family favorite) and just evaporated!

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Served with a choice of blueberry sauce or caramel sauce.

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I made my favorite deep dark Devil's Food Cake, filled and frosted with a chocolate ganache. Adapted from Chocolatier Magazine.


There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE.

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I recently made a plated dessert, kind of inspired by the Ben'n'Jerries Chunky Monkey flavor:

-Banana ice cream

-Soft chocolate dome (milk + sugar + agar + dark chocolate)

-Walnut brown butter powder (finely chopped toasted walnuts, brown butter, walnut oil, n-zorbit maltodextrin, powdered sugar, salt)

-Whipped vanilla creme fraiche

-Puffed pastry

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Look at this beautiful buttercream! It's duck eggs, my own home made butter - and the most important ingredient - the patience to wait until the egg mousse cooled sufficiently before adding the butter. Not something that I often get right!

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I'll use it later to assemble two small layer cakes (even though it doesn't really show - these are about 6 inches). It's my dad's 95th birthday tomorrow - and he allowed as he'd enjoy a chocolate cake.

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