Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Honey Cake for A Sweet New Year


We have actually made Marcy Goldman's honey for the last 3-4 years. Rose, I challenge you to use your expertise to make a unqiue 'Rose' honey cake. I know you've got it in you.

So good strong coffee

Mis en place 

Omi-girl explains how oranges grow. The truth is, I could not bring myself to use something as astringent as orange juice on the eve of Yom Kippur in a recipe. I used apple cider instead which seemed sweeter.

For "Avinu Malkenu" - Our father our king. The true judge.

Imagine all of the sweetness, good and blessing you want in for the upcoming year. OK, now put it in the bowl.

The custom is to ask for a piece of honey cake at the end of the pre-fast meal as a sign that this should be the only time you have to beg this year.

 I should have waited a little longer before removing but I was a bit impatient. 

May you all be sealed for a good sweet year.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Apple Pie


All right. I got fooled. This is really supposed be a 'caramel' apple pie but I did not figure out that the apple maceration liquid (that had lots of sugar in it) was supposed to actually turn into a caramel. The recipe says it will be 'caramel-y' but I thought that was a euphemism. Now I realize it was meant literally. 

At any rate the end result is that this tasted like just a regular apple pie without any thing special about it. Now, if you could actually taste caramel with it, I could see that it might be special. It is too bad I could not figure out that this intention from the recipe.

 The 'caramel' that wasn't. Conceptually caramel apple fits perfectly with the apples and honey theme of Rosh Hashana

 Wasn't sure what we were going for here either but at least the recipe said that I should expect it to be 'very thick'. Really it did not thicken until it cooled down a bit.

Toaster shot.

Not very flattering but the only picture I really have of the completed pie. It really looked O.K.

 It was delicious but it was hard to tell when the apples were really soft enough with out eating it.

Multi-colored honey carrot for Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana Challah

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - Flaky Cream Cheese Scones


These scone were O.K. A bit rich and not enough blueberries.

They were still pretty darn tasty though. You just can't really eat more than one.

Mis en place

My wife made some kaak. She finally found 'mahlab' (ground cherry pits.)

My 'jazz hands'.

At the last minute I remembered to soak the blueberries in hot water.

I made a double recipe and added a tad extra honey, so the non-blueberry bites would be more tolerable.


Omi-girl was with me for moral support.

Toaster tray shot.