Monday, June 27, 2011

Heavenly cake - Puddin' Cake


This cake was O.K. but something of a disappointment. The cake had tuff, chewy pieces in it and the flavor was just so so. The toffee was too lemony and, at any rate, I didn't have any more muscavodo.

The dates and beer.

I did process the dates for a good while. I am surprised they still gave tuff texture. I am not sure it was really the dates. Perhaps it was nutmeg pieces from the nutmeg mill I used.

The batter and the dates.

Ready for the toast...

The worst part is that we also found a bug in the cake. Not Kosher!! Needless to say we threw out the cake. Oh, well I must be loosing my touch being so out of practice baking, having moved and all.

My bookshelves are set up. Now for some lighting...

I don't know if it seems worth it to me to make the red fruit cake. The genoise is from another recipe and the fruit, is well, just fruit and does not seem to challenge enough.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brioche 2011 and mis en place for a Heavenly Cake


Well, the cake is not done yet. Here is some brioche I made recently though, for the Shavuout holiday. I have come to the conclusion that Rose's Brioche Recipe is the best! I have made several versions of brioche from 'The Bread Baker's Apprentice' and Rose's is just all that much better.

This is about as far as I got tonight. Mis en place! I'll have to try and finish tomorrow.

And here are some random flowers from our new neighborhood. I was disappointed to see that the fancy big suburban supermarket in our new dig has mostly cake mixes, whereas the overcrowded urban store in our old brooklyn neighborhood had what I can consider now a nice selection of baking supply goods.   

Rose! If you are reading this, we still are only 1/2 hour drive from brooklyn in West Hempstead, LI! You are welcome to drop by anytime. :)

Old link

I have been so overwhelmed. I hope to post something this week if I can. In the mean time here is the link to my attempt at the mud turtle cupcakes.

Mud turtle cupcakes

Monday, June 6, 2011

Heavenly cake - Chocolate Raspberry Trifle


Better late than never.

A lovely trifle. Very good chocolate and raspberry flavors. Nothing, when compared in taste to the honore trifle though...

Slicing and spreading.
In case you were wondering, no our kitchen is not set up yet...

The chocolate. It would have been better with a higher percentage chocolate.

 The creme englaise turned out a little weak for my taste.

 The genoise seemed to get a good height but them seemed a little dense. Perhaps it was all the chocolate or perhaps it was because I did not use Wondra, as I usually do.

Checking the raspberries for (non-kosher) bugs by soaking them in cold water and dish soap (found two or three...)


Dear old toasty is up and running again.