All posts tagged: Recipe

Black Sesame Orange Tart

What better to do with a Saturday afternoon than to hole up in your kitchen for several hours experimenting? It all started with my relatively simple idea to actually practice some of what I learn in school on my own time and in my own kitchen, but then as all ideas I have tend to do, it quickly snowballed as it encountered the semi-jilted feeling I had of not having my recommendation to use black sesame in an entremets be well received. One thought led to another, and before I knew it I was dragging three bags of groceries home filled with more butter and eggs than any normal person would consume in an entire week, and I was ready to go. Even when I started baking though, I can’t say that I really knew what it was that I would be making. I knew the elements and I thought of ways I might combine and shape them into creating one dessert…but it wasn’t until about an hour into the process that I had an ‘ah …

Dark Chocolate Jasmine Cakelettes

I wish I were cool enough to pick a random word and use that as the title of my new flavor combination. It can’t be something too mundane, it probably shouldn’t be in English, and it has to be vague enough that allows for it to represent several flavors and an entirely new idea of dessert. But alas, I am a relatively boring person who lacks creativity in the naming department. So this little “cakelette” or small cake is just named for the main flavors it carries–dark chocolate and jasmine. It also features raspberry and tonka seed, though those are a bit more subtle, and are present to enhance and deepen the flavors of chocolate and jasmine in the rest of the dessert. The idea for this dessert came to me while I was on the train from Agde to Paris last weekend as I was traveling to London. Though I should have been studying French, I was instead doodling in my sketchbook, thinking up new ideas and jotting down thoughts I’ve had on previous …

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Matcha Cake

I think this cake is my spirit animal. I can’t stop thinking about it! Seriously, it is so lovely with so many of my favorite flavors and yet it resists the urge to be ombre or monochromatic as so many other of my favorites have been. In the past few months, I had seen several cakes online–usually smaller cakes–that had one single chocolate covered strawberry that seemed to be dripping chocolate down the sides of the cake. Usually the strawberry was covered with dark chocolate, but when I saw that I thought 1) if one strawberry is good, a bunch must be better, and 2) why not use white chocolate and then add matcha to bring out the color and flavor of the red strawberries? So I did. For the base of the cake, I used my favorite Miette Hot Milk Cake Recipe, but I added Matcha Powder to half of the batter and spooned the batter into my prepared cake pans in spoonfuls to get a nice mix of green and white/vanilla and matcha …

Milk Chocolate Macarons

If ever I have to choose between milk and dark chocolate, I will 99% of the time choose milk chocolate. I don’t mind the more bitter taste of the dark chocolate, but I want something to melt in my mouth and be able to taste a creaminess along with my chocolate. That said, when I bake I tend to use dark or semi-sweet chocolate because of all the added sugar that goes into cakes and buttercreams. Last week though, as you may have read in my post about Raspberry Macarons, I was baking on commission, and my client was looking for raspberry macarons and milk chocolate macarons. So I stepped out of my realm of baking with dark chocolate and used milk chocolate in every element of this macaron–which I was somehow skeptical of even though I am a total milk chocolate person. I was worried that the added sweetness and creaminess of the milk chocolate would lead to problems in my macaron shell and an overwhelming sweetness in my buttercream. But to be honest …

Raspberry Macarons

I love baking for other people. I love knowing that something that I have made with my own two hands has brought a smile to someones face and a happy moment to their day. But I also like these moments of giving baked goods to be spontaneous, because up to this point in my life I only bake when I am in the mood or I randomly change the path of what the end result will be mid way through the baking process. So while I would love to bake on commission and take orders for cakes and things, I am always hesitant to do so. I have yet to have an actual bad experience with baking on commission, but since I bake to make myself and the people around me happy, I live in fear of the promise of cake that never works out. A couple weeks ago a friend of mine told me how much her coworker loved the pictures of all my cakes and how she was really hoping that she could …

Triple Chocolate Cherry Cake

This technique is so much easier than you would ever dream it would be. So you have no excuse for not trying it out. Basically, you build your cake upside down, then chill it, flip it over, remove the old base and voila! You end up with a perfectly flat top…and ganache that looks like it is defying gravity! I would go out and make a dozen more cakes in this style, but I am down to counting the days (16) before I leave for France, and I am getting more into packing-and-freaking-out mode than I am into lollygagging about in the kitchen. There will be more kitchen adventures once I get to France though, so never fear! (Though you may want to fear a little bit…because I am not the most reliable at blogging-while-abroad as you may have noticed from my time in Japan and Korea đŸ˜› ) Anyway. This cake was marvelous. The filling was not as put together as I wanted it to be, but since I made it without thinking in …