Monday, July 6, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - 4th of July Cheesecake


This was a wonderful cheesecake but there are a couple things I would change about the recipe:

  1. The cheesecake part should be first. I had all the components made only to discover that the cheesecake had to be refrigerated before assembly. This was rather frustrating. Making the cheesecake first would have allowed me to make the other parts while the cheesecake was cooling and save time.
  2. Why was there lemon juice in the cheesecake recipe? It should have said it was a lemon cheesecake. There are several other cheesecake recipes that Rose has surreptitiously slipped in lemon juice. Why?? 
  3. I used the same spring-form pan as the cheesecake recipe and did not have to cut or modify the shape of the bottom layer. Not sure what the idea was here to use a different pan than the cheese cake.

Mis en place

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Cake batter

Cheesecake batter

Toaster shot

Lovely red cake. Someone seems to have taken a 'nibble'...

Not sure why we strained these, but I went with it. 

No bath, just a cake strip.

Everyone enjoyed it.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Pecan Praline Meringue Ice Cream Sandwiches


Lulu said: "These are awesom-azing!

Toasted Pecans. They really did add a nice flavor to these.

I was thinking, "That is a lot of muscavado. These better be good!" 

 They were a little runny...

I atcually like that they came out nice and thin.

 These really were more delicious then I expected them to be. A real treat. However, most of the kids slurped out the ice cream and left the cookies with the offending nuts un-eaten.
 דְּבַשׁ וְחָלָב תַּחַת לְשׁוֹנֵךְ
song 4:11
"…honey and milk under your tongue…"

Monday, June 22, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Double Damage Chocolate Oblivion


Coming soon… Pictures… Maybe.

Can't find the pictures I took.

However, like all of Woody's recipes so far, this cake was fantastic. I still have dreams of the 'Lemon Luxury' from Heavenly Cakes.

I made this cake in two pans. The flour-less cake I made in a regular cake pan (parve) inside I roasting pan filled with water. I covered the top with a silicon pie pan. Too bad I can't find the picture. ;)

The second cake was a standard chocolate cake. I did not have time to make the ganache but it really would have helped bring it together and cut the dryness.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Classic Brioche

What can I say? Rose's Brioche recipe is wonderful. The best!


Also Made Rus 'The Caboose' some chocolate cake for her birthday.

 The dough coming together.

French brioche molds. According to Jewish law we can't make dairy bread unless it has a known shape, lest we come to eat it unknowingly with meat, ח''ו.

Oh, brioche, I am so glad you have a special shape.

Toaster shot.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Orange Cream Tart


This was such a fantastic recipe. Thick, tart consistency thick, orange/lemon curd in a delicious tart crust.

Omi Girl Helped me with the lemons.

Getting a hand of this crust thing little by little...

Making the curd. I cut down on the lemon juice because I did not want the lemon flavor to over-power the orange.

Toaster shot!

I forgot all about the flame-thrower part...

Truly a fabulous dessert! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Blue Cheesecakes


What can I say about these things. We did not like them very much. The flavor was too strong and not sweet enough to really pass as cheese 'cake'. We all took one bite that was it. Really too bad since we made these for Shavuot holiday. That's O.K., the orange cream tart that we also made (next week's recipe) completely redeemed these nasty little buggers.

blue cheese mixed...

Ready batter.

Toaster Shot

 I tried to add some powdered suger to save these but it was too late.

Looks good. Just don't put it in your mouth.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Blueberry Rhubarb Pie!


This is, admittedly, a bit of a boring post so click on this link for some mood-music.

This pie was pretty good but I may have preferred straight blueberry. The one thing I did discover thought was how much I like Hodgson Mill Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.

Flour mixture.

I decided to simply roll the butter without any covering. Seemed to work O.K.

After tossing the vinegar etc.

Kneaded by hand, no cover.

"Omi girl" was with me for moral support.


Put the crust in the freezer and then simply flopped it over the pie plate and pulled off the paper.

Still working on pinching.

For the filling.

Just a picture of Rhubarb and Blueberries.

Toaster shot.

One small spot left open from the tin-foil burnt.

Really fantastic pie-crust. Filling was good too.