Category Archives: Baking

Classic White Cake with Buttercream Frosting

another piece of cake

White cakes are very much underrated. It’s often hard to find them and many people seem to be under the impression that they will unfailingly be dry and not worth eating. I, on the other hand, love them. Which is why I was so pleased with class today, where we made a beautiful, layered, wedding-style white cake. Most great cake bakers will have one great ... Read More »

Perfect Ciabatta

This loaf is one of the finest I’ve produced in recent memory. The interior was moist and chewy and the exterior was wonderfully crisp. It tasted so perfect. I think the reason that the texture turned out so well is probably the fact that it received only the barest minimum of kneading during its rises, hence there was very little risk that I would over- ... Read More »

Garibaldi Biscuits

I would say that these take me back to my childhood in England, but I didn’t grow up in England. So perhaps they take me back to Sam‘s childhood in England. After all, I found the recipe for these delightfully simple shortbreadish cookies on her post here. The recipe is somewhat problematic because it gives measurements in both grams and ounces, but the measurements are ... Read More »

Choux Pastry for Cream Puffs

Today was not the most exciting day in class due to the fact that I spent much of my time sitting around waiting. We made souffles and choux pastry. I’ve done souffles before, both at a chooking class and at home, so they were nothing new to me. We made cheese souffles with gruyere, which were not very interesting. I also found them to be ... Read More »

Custards, Ice Cream and Bread Pudding

Today in class, we discussed the various properties of milk (from skim to devonshire cream) and eggs and their uses when preparing custards. Interesting stuff. For example, I didn’t know that if you over beat heavy cream you will end up with butter. You will also end up with quite a bit of whey because cream is somewhere from 36-40% fat. The main point of ... Read More »

Cheese and Tomato Galette: It’s not a pizza. Really!

Retrospectively, given that I had never made a galette before, I would say that adding one to the Easter brunch menu on Sunday morning, mere hours before the guests arrived, was necessarily the wisest decision. But I was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough food and I wanted to add something savory, as I had the sweet pretty well covered. A galette, I had heard, ... Read More »

Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Streusel Muffins

I’m taking baking class at a cooking school here in LA and today the focus was on quick breads. We made scones, carrot cake and muffins. The class is very small and everyone gets to make everything on their own, an advantage that not all schools can offer. The Apple Streusel Muffins were my favorite of the day. The general reaction was something along the ... Read More »

Jam N’ Butter

Due to popular demand (Dr. Biggles) I decided to photograph my sourdough in a state of non-nakedness today. Sourdough was baked in a very hot oven that had been sprayed with lots of water to make it nice and steamy. Sourdough then took a long, relaxing cool down on state of the art cooling racks. Sourdough was sliced and dressed, in both strawberry preserves and ... Read More »

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