Archive for the 'Pastries' Category

23
Mar
09

Macaron Round 2, Chocolate Bread pudding, and more

While I usually like to plan what I want to bake days in advance, sometimes little things just pop up in the middle of the day that remind me of a certain dessert.  Last week at the grocery, I noticed some croissants on sale as “manager’s special” because they were a bit old and thought, “Perfect!  Stale croissants for bread pudding!”  Normally I’d prefer to make my own brioche or challah than either let them go stale over a couple days, but croissants are nearly as rich as brioche so I figured I could make do with these cheaper alternatives.  Plus, since bread pudding uses more egg yolks than whites, I could use the spare egg whites for more macarons!

Chocolate bread pudding

Chocolate bread pudding

Pistachio macaron with ginger chocolate ganache

Pistachio macaron with ginger chocolate ganache

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18
Mar
09

First attempts at macarons!

Well it’s been a long time coming, but finally… after lots and lots of prodding from my good friends… I’ve attempted the lovely macaron 🙂  No, these aren’t those strange lumps of coconut “cookies” (I’m not a fan of those anyway).  Macarons are some of the loveliest French creations ever made, as made popular by Laduree and Pierre Herme.  These pastries are egg shell thin and crispy on the outside, yet chewy and substantial in the middle, with little “feet” at the bottom of each cookie.  The filling can vary from buttercreams, swiss meringue, ganache, even fruit curds.  Macarons are known for their versatility, and places like Laduree churn out new flavors every month!

Raspberry white chocolate macaron

Raspberry white chocolate macaron, and I am very tired

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10
Dec
08

Cream puffs and pate choux

Well, Vox Pop is now over and I’m happy to say we raised over $1000 for Search (a homeless shelter in Houston)!  The event was fantastic and I met many intriguing personalities!  Hopefully everyone who went had a good time as well!

I’m thankful for the cooking group that helped me prepare some of the goodies I contributed to the bakesale.  The meeting reminded me of the very first time I met the cooking group at Yvonne’s house… at the time, we were preparing for the launch of our church.  For this event, I aimed to bake over 100 cream puffs (a variation of the pate choux recipe, generally filled with a sweet or savory filling, topping optional).  In this post, I’ll try to explain how to create the best cream puffs I’ve experimented with.

More than a hundred cream puffs!

More than a hundred cream puffs!

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