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Plain Sponge Cake

This cooking school class is about technique because the thing about sponge cakes is that they’re not very exciting. They have a wide, open crumb and a relatively coarse texture when compared to butter cakes. This texture is, of course, what gave them the name “sponge cake” in the first place. Though they are not usually the cakes most likely to melt into your mouth, ... Read More »

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes

With Easter coming up, I knew that I already had the perfect idea: egg shaped cupcakes, thanks to Reynold’s Fun Shapes bakeware. How’s that for product placement? Actually, I really liked these. They are small foil pans, cupcake sized, that come in three shapes: hearts, stars and, of course, eggs. They sell them in the baking aisle of my grocery store, along with their usual ... Read More »

Silken Raspberry Mousse

A lot of tofu mousses involve chocolate. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but they can be rather heavy and, frankly, I like fruity things during the spring and summer far more than I like chocolaty things. I haven’t done many mousses with fruit and tofu, but, in this case, decided to give it a shot. And I’m glad that I did. While ... Read More »

Kissables Cookies

When I first saw the new Hershey’s Kissables a few months ago, I wanted to eat them by the handful. They are smaller than a regular Hershey’s Kiss and covered in a thick, bright candy shell. They are very similar in principle to an M&M, but larger and rather more substantial. Like M&Ms, the different colors do not have corresponding flavors; they are just there ... Read More »

Pumpkin Gingerbread

The recipe comes from Epicurious and is actually for muffins, not for a loaf. There are several problems with this. First of all, I love muffins, but I love loaves more. They transport easily, wrap well and can be served in any size portion. Personally, I like to work my way through a few thin slices during the day and spreading out the enjoyment, as ... Read More »

Rustic Country Baguettes

These baguettes are a variation on the Rustic Country Bread that I did a few weeks ago. That dough is not only delicious, but versatile. It works well in any shao, whether it is a large loaf, individual sized dinner rolls or baguettes. The one thing that changes is the baking time. As I have mentioned before, though it is definitely worth rehashing, the best ... Read More »

Spicy Carribean Ginger Stew

One of my favorite restaurant dishes is served at the Delta of Venus in Davis, California. Davis is a small university town outside Sacramento. The area is agriculture-heavy and, combined with the naturally liberal atmosphere of college towns, there are a lot of good food options there. Delta of Venus is a restaurant/café just a few blocks away from campus. The best descriptor of the ... Read More »

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