Thursday, December 29, 2011

New year hamper: Chilli Biscuits

 Actually I made a promise that I will post this recipe ^^, but yesterday my life was in hectic mode and I didn't have enough time to type the recipe.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cognac Chocolate Cake: Let's enjoy the grown up taste of chocolate cake together.

When I think about chocolate cake that people will enjoy, there are many kinds of it. But for this time,  because I want chocolate that grown up will enjoy so I'm looking for more complex flavor.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

New Year of the two of us: My gifts of Love!



I got a question from my friends, "What will you do for New year?". Actually I rarely do anything special, being with the people that you love everyday means everyday is special for me ^^.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Symphonie: Strawberry and cheese mousse, Refreshing Entremets from PH10




 I can't help buying any book that has............... on top of it, ^^", and from that point I bought ............ one of his remarkable book (Ok, the remarkable point is the price, hehe).

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Green tea and Jasmine Delice: Great smell and good taste

 I don't have enough time to play with my food lately, due to my work and family, ^^", anyway I try not to keep anyone who want to try something new waiting, hehe, it's my job, right?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Black forest Rolled Cake, La forêt noire roulade: My (not) traditional yule log cake.

I know that it's strange, haha, because when I started to bake I thought about making the traditional yule log cake (as someone requested me to make it for her ^^). But I had this idea and suddenly I change my mind.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Choc A Block Trifle: 1 Chocolate 2 Chocolate and 3 Chocolate again!

Last week I baked chocolate cookies for my sister but because she had to hurry back to work (she came to stay with me for a while ^^), she forgot to take the whole box of cookies with her.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fruit and Nut Bars: I'm good for you !!

One bar that's full of good things for you ^^, and it's great because you can bake it by yourself, so you can put anything that you like into it too.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Chocolate and Orange tea cake: There're jewels inside!


Orange and chocolate are one of the best pairing. I remember that one of my reader ask me about the Jaffa cake, she wanted the recipe.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Basic Genoise


Versatile cake that can be used in many recipe, plus this one is very easy to make too. This recipe didn't contain butter, but has extra amount of the egg yolks instead. Anyway, sprinkle the cake with syrup will make the texture of the cake much more better (esp. when the other component doesn't contain a lot of liquid).

How to temper the chocolate in microwave and How to make chocolate disk

How to Temper the chocolate in microwave:


Friday, December 2, 2011

Orange Madeleine: Little cake for relaxing afternoon.

 For the lazy afternoon, nothing will be better than a small piece of cake and a cup of tea ^^, it's my ideal way of relaxing.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chaleur: Strawberry and white chocolate mousse entremets: My time to play!

 I dreamed about making this cake for a long time ^^. There were a lot of problem lately (the flood and the people, hehe), but now I feel that I have enough time to do something I really want to.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Café-chocolat Cake: Soft but intense chocolate cake.

 I always bake something I want to eat, well it's the best way to pamper yourself, right? Plus when you baking the one that you like you will know instantly "Does it has a good taste or not!!!!"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Brown sugar banana nut cake: Simply the best!

 I wake up this morning with a feeling that I want to bake something, ^^, well I always be like this, I know. But I really had no idea which recipe I want to test or try. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Orange Macaron with Cream cheese filling: Playing with macarons, again!

I rarely make the macaron lately, because I don't have much egg white in my fridge ^^. It's a strange reason, right? Anyway I find my way back to the macaron and using some of my special ingredient, hehe.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! Rocher Cupcake

 Cupcake is equal cute cake for me, ^^. I always love to make it. This month I join the Aspiring Bakers #13: Enjoy Cupcakes! There are a lot of recipes to choose, well they are so tempting.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Marble Crumb Cake: I know you need it!

I know that you have the same feeling ^^, someday you just want some cake that easy but delicious enough to comfort you. Crumb coffee cake is one of it.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Paris Brest: Deliciously rich choux pastry



 A Paris-Brest is a traditional French pastry named after a bicycle race between Paris and the city of Brest in Brittany, it was created in 1910. The shape of the pastry represents the wheel of the bicycle (it's better than the real wheel because you can eat it, haha).

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Home made praline paste

As I promised that I will show you how to make the praline paste, this is the one that you can do. It's very easy. The only problem is the home made one is not as smooth as the commercial one but you can use it in any recipe that calls for praline paste. The look might be different but the taste is very good.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Nutty Biscotti: Keep it or give it!

 Biscotti, the cookie that's so dry and hard ^^, but dip it into your coffee and let it soak, it will be soft and become so delicious that you might want more and more. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Financier Matilda: Today I bake for my mind.

Sometimes baking is not only a way to produce food, for me it makes me feel better too.  I don't have to tell you anything more about the situation in Thailand, I wish that everything will return to normal soon. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Poussière d’étoile: Chocolate and coffee tart with stardust!

I just got new books last month, large box from Amazon France ^^. I'm so afraid that I won't be able to get it because of the flood. One of the books that I looked foreword to read it is .............. a new book from .................... 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies: "Wish you a happy day!"

I have a lot of my relatives stay with me, their houses are covered with water right now, and they can't stay. So it's my duty to bake (a lot of) sweet to make them happy.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Valencia: Orange, Chocolate and Nut Entremets, wonderful recipe from chef Sadaharu Aoki


As I told you that I'm crazy about chef 青木 定治 (Sadaharu Aoki) right now ^^, but his recipe is not easy to find (I told you already that he has only 2 baking books). I still want to try more recipe from him.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Home Made Orange puree

It's hard to find in my country, but it's not hard to make. Boiling the whole orange for a long time will erase the bitter taste from the peel, without being bland.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Brown sugar Chestnut Pound Cake: Delicious cake with natural taste

  I opened my cupboard and saw a bag of steamed chestnut, I wondered what I planed to do with it at the first place. Something's fancy or something's easy, with a bag of it there are a lot possibility.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pistachio Macarons: To you my sister!

The last time that my sister came to visit me was not a right time for me. After I took her (and her family) to Pattaya, I got a cold and had to stay at the hospital for a week.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcake: Cute cupcake, to put a smile on your face.

Red velvet cupcake is cute ^^, and the look of it always bring a smile on people face (well some of them are surprised, haha). The bright red color of the soft and moist cake, and the light chocolate flavor make this cake many people favorite.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Green tea Dacquoise: Delicious sandwich cookies

For my sister, she loves everything with the buttercream, ^^. So, after I decided to make the butter cream  from "................................" I need something to accompany it, haha. 
Actually, my sister asked me why don't I use the Matcha macaron from the same book, I have to say that I want to try  "Green tea Dacquoise" from the book ................... too. Because my friend once told me that it tastes so good, I must give it a try. But I have so many things to try, haha. So it took me a long long time, until I'm ready to make this one.
The Dacquoise can be used as a cake layer, or as a cookies on its own ^^ (the amount of the ingredients will be different, depends on the texture of the dacquoise that you want). Mostly it made from egg whites, sugar, icing sugar and almond. The one that I made this time, seems like a rustic kind of macaron (in my own opinion, hehe) but it's a lot easier to make and it gives you more mouthful feeling and less sweet than macaron too.
You can add many kinds of flavor into the dacquoise batter, or in the buttercream, with your imagination, the variety that you can create is endless.
This time I had a chance to use my dacquoise mold, that I got it for almost 2 years by now, haha. I already told you that I love to collect all the kitchen gadgets and equipment, but I don't want to keep it "I want to use them ALL!" But if you don't want to  buy the mold , just pipe your dacquoise into a disc, it will be great too. 
The dacquoise will be done when it's puff, soft on the inside and firm on the outside, don't bake it too long or it will be hard. Finally I did it, the Green tea Dacquoise, and if you ask me is it as good as my friend said, I have too say, "very good!", now it's your turn to try it too ^^.






Green tea Dacquoise 
Makes 16-18 pairs

Green tea Dacquoise
180g ................................ Almond powder
80g .................................. Icing sugar
10g ................................... Green tea powder
40g .................................. Superfine sugar
2g ..................................... Egg white powder
200g ................................ Egg whites
.......................................... Icing sugar for dusting 
Green tea buttercream
300g ................................ Any kind of butter that you like (You can choose from this page, I use La crème au beurre)
10g ................................... Green tea powder


Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Line baking sheet with baking paper or silicone baking liner.
Sift almond powder, icing sugar and Green tea powder, together twice.
 Make French meringue by whipping the egg whites, egg white powder until foamy then add the superfine sugar. Whip until glossy, stiff peaks form.
 Fold the almond mixture into the meringue. 
Put the mixture into a piping bag with large nozzle.
Pipe into 3.5cm disc or in Dacquoise ring.
Dust with icing sugar twice.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Let them cool completely.
Make the green tea buttercream by beating the green tea powder into the buttercream.
Sandwich the dacquoise with the buttercream, and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Green tea Dacquoise: Delicious sandwich cookies

La crème au beurre


This one is very good, the taste is not too sweet and not too rich, well I love it that's all ^^.

La crème au beurre
Makes  about 600 g
43g .................................. Egg yolks
182g ................................ Sugar
73g .................................. Milk
300g ............................... Unsalted butter
50g .................................. Egg whites
1tbsp ............................... Water

 Mix egg yolks with 82g of sugar and bring the milk to boil.
Pour the milk into the egg yolk mixture, stirring all the time.
Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring all the time. until the temperature reaches 82°C.
Pour the mixture into large bowl, let it cool completely.
 Beat the butter into the custard base, until fully combine.
Make the Italian meringue using 100g of the sugar and 1tbsp of water (see how-to here).
When the meringue cool mix in the butter and custard mixture, beat until fully combine.
Add the flavoring of your choice.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chicken Farm Baker's Project # 40 : Play me please!!, Pâte à choux, Éclairs Forêt Noire

 It's not easy for me to create anything fancy at this moment, well, there are a lot of bad news on the television, so I'm not in a happy mode -*-.
Anyway, life goes on, we can't stop anything by ourselves, give other people a hand when you can, it's the most important thing that you can do at this moment. My family bought a lot of drinking water, food and some clothes and send them to the people who face (and still facing) with heavy flood, it's the best thing that we who still live a normal life can do. 
So for this month, Chicken Farm Baker's Project # 40 : Play me please!!, Pâte à choux. I felt like I lacked of an energy to make it. Well, like every month I have a lot of idea and a long list. Pâte à choux is very interesting, making it is different from other kinds of the pastry, it's a cooked flour mixture with a lot of egg! I once read that the Pâte à choux will be very good if you can add as many egg as you could into it. So you can see that when making the pastry, we need to stir the flour mixture over the heat to dry it and when the batter become dry, it can accept a lot of egg too.
Baking it is quite tricky too, the key is to make it puff up as much as it can and dry it until it holds its shape. I choose to use high heat at first part of baking and reduce the heat to dry it, but you can go on with lower heat (180°C) and bake longer than me. Remember that don't open the oven door until you're sure that the choux start to hold its shape or your choux pastry will collapse in front of your eyes.
  Actually I really think about making the Choux Pastry Mille feuille, by using the Pâte à choux instead of puff pastry but I really can't concentrate. My aunt came to stay with me because her house has a fat chance to be under the water too, so she watches the news on the TV all the time and and it makes me concern too.  
So finally, I choose to make something easier "Éclairs Forêt Noire", it's a simple éclair with a new filling idea and lovely decoration. It's a mixture of  Pâte à choux, Crémeux au chocolat, cherries, Crème chantilly, and some chocolate decoration. 
Because I made this for my niece too, so I skip the kirsh, but you can add it if you like, by mix 10ml of it into the Crémeux au chocolat after mix in the chopped chocolate. 
If you love chocolate and like black forest cake, this éclair will be a great idea to try ^^, and I hope that you will love it too.






Éclairs Forêt Noire
Makes about 15 pieces 




 Pâte à choux
160ml ................................. Water
3g ........................................ Sugar
70g ...................................... Unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3g ........................................ Sea salt
15g ...................................... Milk powder
90g ...................................... Bread flour (or all purpose flour)
3 ........................................... Eggs (about 160g)
Egg wash
1 ............................................ Egg mix with 1tbsp of water 
Crémeux au chocolat
110g ..................................... Dark chocolate (70%), chopped
150ml .................................. Milk
160g ..................................... Whipping cream
3 ............................................ Egg yolks
15g ........................................ Sugar
½ tsp .................................... Vanilla paste
Filling
200g ..................................... Dark cherries in heavy syrup, drained and cut into small pieces
Crème chantilly
190g ...................................... Whipping cream
10g ........................................ Icing sugar
Decoration
500g ..................................... Dark chocolate, tempered and cut into 13x3 cm pieces
............................................... Chocolate curls



Preheat the oven to 200°C
Sift the flour and set aside.
Line the sheet pan with baking paper.



 Bring water, butter, salt and sugar to a boil. Add the milk powder and bring back to boil.
Remove from heat, add flour all at once, blend well, stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture no longer sticks to pan and forms into a ball. Reduce heat to low and return pan to stove, beating for 3-4 minute Remove from heat. Whisk in eggs one at a time (a little at a time, you might not need all of them).



When the batter is smooth and glossy, test with your finger, you will be able to stretch it.
Fill a pastry bag with the pastry and, using a 2.5cm star nozzle, squeeze the pastry to make 12.5x 2.5 cm éclairs on to the prepared baking sheets allowing space for them to rise separately.
Brush with egg wash.

Bake for 20minutes  then lower the heat to 180°C and bake for another 15-20 minutes or light and holds its shape.


 Make Crémeux au chocolat:





Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla paste together in a small saucepan, boil the milk and cream, then slowly whisk it into the egg yolk mixture.
Put the saucepan over low heat, stir all the time and heat until 82°C.
Take the pan off the heat and stir in the chocolate, stir until melt.
Place some Clingfilm over the surface and chill until required (the Clingfilm will prevent a skin from forming)


Fill the éclairs:

Use a 8 mm nozzle to cut small holes under the éclairs.
Push the cherries into the holes, about 6-8 small pieces per 1 éclair.
Filled with Crémeux au chocolat and chill in refrigerate.


Decorate:
Make Crème chantilly by whipping the whipping cream with icing sugar.
Pipe small amount of the Crème chantilly over the top of the éclair and place 1 piece of the chocolate on top of it.
Pipe the Crème chantilly over the chocolate and place another piece of chocolate on top.
Dot a small amount of Crémeux au chocolat on the chocolate and decorate with chocolate curls.


Chicken Farm Baker's Project # 40 : Play me please!!, 
Pâte à choux, Éclairs Forêt Noire

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