Tagged: ‘almond extract’

A Peach of A Cobbler

Good summer desserts should be able to be made with little fuss: a pile of fragrant, ripe fresh fruit and a few staples from the everyday pantry. After eating your fill out of hand, a lightly sweetened stewed fruit filling can be topped with a roughly-shaped layer of biscuit dough and made into a homey cobbler.

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Holiday Baking: Hungarian Poppy Seed Roll

Christmas is not considered complete without special occasion baking and Hungarian poppy seed roll is the premier of the genre. Recipes for Hungarian rolls with a poppy seed-raisin filling are known as Mákos es Dios Kalacs (known in village slang as a Beigli). Every home has it’s own recipe for these rolls and they are a favorite sweet bread.

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The Microwave: Chocolate-Covered Fresh Strawberries

Who in the world invented chocolate covered fresh strawberries? I certainly never would have thought of such a combo, but here it is and it is one of the premier ways to use those beautiful over sized strawberries to their best advantage. One day they just appeared and every catering job I did after that wanted to have the dipped fresh berries for dessert. Dipped strawberries are really expensive, a few dollars a piece, if you buy them.

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Desserts That Cook Slow and Never Fail to Delight

Desserts in a slow cooker sounds kinda weird, but once you have gotten used to using the appliance, the sky’s the limit. When Julie and I went to research and test dessert recipes we had a problem we had not predicted—there were too many things to make instead of not enough.

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Sour Cream Almond Cheesecake with Winter Berry Purées

Cheesecake in the slow cooker? Absolutely and it just might be one of the best I ever made for the texture is fabulous—unbelievably silky with no crack on top like in regular oven cooking. And it cuts into picture-perfect wedges.…

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Fruit Sorbets

Refreshing fruit ices are simple and relatively quick to assemble from a wide variety of fruits. The beauty of sorbet lies in its simplicity: It’s basically just frozen water or juice sweetened with fruit, chocolate, liqueur, wine, or even fresh herbs.

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The Universal Crescent: Croissants

Long the domain of the professional baker, croissants are made by following a logical set of simple instructions to create a dough with over 150 layers, the same technique used in creating Danish pastries, another Viennese invention. When I review my past baking class schedules, I find that making croissants has been a top request from students for years; I have taught this workshop dozens of times with great success. This recipe not only makes fabulous croissants, but the stuffed variations are worth the time. This is a skill to be practiced many times, so if you feel gawky in the beginning, be assured you are on the right track.

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Slow-Cooker Almond Sour Cream Cheesecake

Cheesecake cooked in a slow cooker has an unbelievably silky texture because the machine steams the cake as it bakes. The toughest part about making it is resisting the urge to peek inside the slow cooker—the lid must stay closed to retain heat.

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Holiday Baking: Butter Cookies with A Filling

What is Christmas without Christmas cookies? I have friends who start at Thanksgiving with their baking and bake right on through the month of December, ending up with a cache of beautiful cookies in different shapes, styles, colors, and flavors. For my holiday catering, I used to always offer the cookie tray, which was wildly popular and worth all the hours of baking that went into creating it.

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French Mousseline Buttercream

I can tell I am getting wound up about the upcoming royal wedding when I have buttercream on my mind. Mousseline Buttercream are two sweet words that slide off the tongue. Also called a French buttercream or Swiss buttercream, leave it to the French to find a way to make one of the richest, most luxurious frosting preparations in all of pastrydom. How do they do that?

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