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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 »

Homemade Whole Wheat Crackers

Due to my recent cracker making success, I decided to try my hand at making savory crackers. After much searching, and realising that there are not a lot of simple cracker recipes to be had, I came across this one by Mark Bittman. How can a man who wrote a book titled How to Cook Everything be wrong? Of course, I didn’t want some boring, ... Read More »

Orange Julius

How lovely for Foodgoat to announce this month’s Is-My-Blog-Burning theme as orange. I, rather appropriately, chose to use both the color and the fruit in my entry. I also chose to relive a childhood treat by making an Orange Julius at home. An Orange Julius is a cold, frothy orange drink. It is thinner than a smoothie, but thicker and creamier than plain orange juice. ... Read More »

Homemade Graham Crackers

I’ve been wanting to try homemade graham crackers for some time now. I even went out and bought a cookbook, Retro Desserts by Wayne Harley Brachman, that I knew would have a recipe for it. These grahams use both honey and molasses, so the flavor of molasses isn’t overwhelming and the cookies have a nice sweetness. The cookies turned out to be amazingly tender and ... Read More »

Classic Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

Classic Chocolate Cake, slice

Today we had our chocolate class. We started with a taste test of chocolates. 56% is baking percentage and, unless otherwise specified, this is the percentage called for in all chocolate-using recipes. If you want to use a higher percentage, you’ll have to increase the butter (or other fat) and sugar in the recipe to keep the texture. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a more ... Read More »

Artichokes

I love artichokes and always look forward to their first appearance in the stores. They’ve been around of a while at this point, and I’ve been steadily munching my way through them each week. I like to boil or steam them and pluck off the leaves one by one. My favorite dip involves roughly 4 parts mayonaise to one part dijon mustard, spiked with a ... Read More »

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Anyone who says that chicken is boring is missing out. I prefer to think of chicken as being versatile. I’ve made this recipe from AllRecipes a couple of times now and I really love it. It’s just chicken breasts glazed with a honey and mustard mix. It’s incredibly simple and very flavorful, with the sweetness of the honey countering the mustard nicely. Tonight I mixed ... Read More »

Sunday Brunch: Bill Granger’s Scrambled Eggs

If you have ever visited or read a review of bills in Sydney, Aus., chances are you are aware that Bill Granger produces exceptional scrambled eggs. They are incredibly light, fluffy and creamy. They also contain 1/3 cup of cream for 2 eggs. Now, I am so fortunate as to have had the eggs on a visit to bills and can assure you that it ... Read More »

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