Not as indulgent as the Bostini but still pretty fab!
If you get bored at any point during this post just play some Bach:
I know I did. :)
Mis en place:
I only got three cakes out of the first batch of genoise batter so I made a second batch. My little spring-forms must be bigger than maryanne pans. The first batch, shown below, came out pretty spongy. I actually forgot to add the sugar to the eggs until I was half way through the beating.
The second batch came out a bit denser for some reason and I only got two cakes out of it, even though I added the sugar at the right time and made sure the eggs were good and warm before I beat them. Perhaps it was affected by the mixing bowl that I neglected to clean in between genoise batters (since I'm being honest here, and would like to figure out what went wrong.)
After cutting the holes. I wonder if there is a more precise method for doing this?
After the syrup. I used cheap brandy since I was not about to blow $53 on a bottle of cognac. One of these days..
Bubbling apricot preserves...
After straining. I added apricot brandy.
Looking good. That chocolate stuff sure is yummy!
On closer inspection, I think I see Hello Kitty...
Maybe its just me, but I'm starting to see that face in everything since we got my daughter one of these toasters for Chanukah. :)
I poured the drizzle into only one side of the sandwich bag so it would not all squirt out when I cut the other end.
The "Ez Man" wants more chocolate...
The apricot syrup and glaze added a really nice flavor and chocolate center was really tasty and creamy.
We also made some Jewish ginger bread from our new favorite cookie book:
On the BBA bread baking front, some Vienna bread torpedos. These made the most incredible peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. :)
With this, I officially finish my way baking through The Bread Baker's Apprentice. There are just a couple variations of breads I have already baked I would like to try. Maybe I'll bake trough it again using the mixer with dough hook, since I have never really gotten used to using the mixer/dough hook. Or, Maybe I'll start going through Maggie Glezer's book.