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By mixmaster b
I am interested in getting some cookbooks that cover the basics of pastry and baking--not bread, necessarily, but dessert, cakes, cookies, etc. I searched a few other cookbook threads but did not have luck on finding books on pastry.
My interest is in fairly classic French and European style baking, and I need a book that covers technique. Pictures would also be much appreciated--I like both the step by step pix or great pictures of the end product.
Right now, I have Desserts and Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme. (I love these and have had good results from the recipes, but feel I should start with a more classic approach.) La Varenne Pratique has provided some good starting points, but I would like to find a book with more focus on baking.
I was thinking about the Payard book. Any comments? Suggestions would be much appreciated! In case it applies, I am a home cook and am slightly more skilled than a total beginner.
By Anonymous Modernist 760
Thanks for putting up this forum 🙂
I would like to bake using a combination of sous vide and a conventional oven. Would it be possible to put the dough in a vacuum bag cook it sous vide at 37C for the dough to raise optimal and then put it in a conventional oven?
Congratulations are due to Fuchsia Dunlop, whose "Food of Sichuan" has just been published in a Chinese language version - a rare honour here. I've ordered a couple of copies as gifts for local friends who loved the Engish version, but struggled with some language issues.
Olla podrida sous vide
Not rotten pot, but mighty or rich pot! Originated in 16th century Spain, olla poderida became olla podrida and was falsely translated into French as pot-pourri.
For two servings
* 100g Brisket well marbled, cooked SV 48h/55°C, large dice †
* 100g Pork meat well marbled, cooked SV 24h/55°C, large dice †
* 100g Lamb chops without bone, cooked SV 4h/55°C, large dice †
* 100g Chicken breast, cooked SV 2h/58°C, large dice †
* 100g Chorizo, sliced approximately 4mm †
* 125g Chickpeas (garbanzos), soaked overnight in water †
* 1 Onion chopped medium-fine †
* ½ Savoy cabbage approx. 200g cut into pieces, thick leaf veins removed
* ½ Celeriac approx. 200g quartered, sliced about 2mm
* 2 Carrots sliced approximately 120g about 3mm
* 1 Leek approximately 20cm / 100g sliced about 5mm
* Extra virgin olive oil
* Rice bran oil
* Dried parsley qs, aromatic, black pepper
† Beef, pork, lamb and chicken (or at least two kinds of meat) as well as chorizo, chickpeas and onions are mandatory ingredients, other vegetables vary according to desire and availability.
Boil chickpeas in water for 30-60 min.
Sauté onions in olive oil, add chorizo, continue sautéing, add chickpeas including its cooking water, add remaining vegetables, cover and cook to the desired softness, stir from time to time. If additional liquid is needed, you may add Sherry instead of water.
Reduce heat. Season to taste. Add parsley.
In a heavy skillet, sear the meat dice in just smoking hot rice bran oil (very high smoking point allows very quick sear, not overdoing the center of the meat).
Sear one kind of meat at a time and transfer to the pan with the vegetables.
By Chef Hermes Blog
Warm Onion Bavarois
* 300g Sweet Onion purée
* 250g Whole milk
* 150g Whipping cream
* 150g Chicken stock (or fresh vegetable nage, not stock cubes)
* 3.5g Gellan gum
Lightly grease with vegetable oil the moulds you intend to use (darioles, ramekins etc) and set to one side.
In a pan (but not on the heat), whisk together all the ingredients.
Place on a medium heat and whisk continuously, the mix will start to thicken slightly. Carry on whisking for a further 3-4 minutes when it has started to bubble. Then quickly pour into the greased moulds & chill.
To reheat for serving, just place the ramekin in a pan of water and simmer gently for 8-10 mins.
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