I recently got a Masterclass subscription on a whim to see if the investment to learn from the experts was worth it. One of the first classes I tried was the Dominique Ansel’s Pastry Fundamentals class. He is a famous baker from NYC and France. He is known all over the world and is a true expert. Though, I was still skeptical to take his class. An expert may not be a good teacher since they maybe unable to convey his knowledge adequately.
I love baked goods. The sweet ones and the savory ones. You can never go wrong when your creation comes from the oven.
I love the holidays. The seasonal flavors. The celebrations. The gifts. What is not to love?
I also love The Great British Baking Show. It is one of my favorite shows.
So combine all those elements together and you get The Great British Baking Show: Holiday Edition, which you can binge on Netflix.
Sometimes, I love a different take on the afternoon snack. Sometimes, I want sweet. Sometimes, I want salty. You never know what you could be craving, but what if there was one little Chinese inspired cookie that could be the salty and sweet bite you need in the afternoon? I came across this interesting recipe on Bake for Happy Kids called Melt-in-your-mouth Pork Floss Chinese Cookies. It is a one of a kind recipe that I just had to try.
Flour is one of the top bakeries in the United States and the head baker, Joanne Chang, is a genius. Her understanding of flour and sugar leads her able to have inventive bakes that you can’t find any where else. If you don’t live near Flour like me, never fear there is one way to try her goods without stepping foot inside her bakery. I recently purchased her latest cookbook, Pastry Love. Pastry Love is filled with recipes from the bakery and a few of her personal favorites.
Tucked away in a strip mall in Richardson, there is a bakery that has delicious creations. Creations come in different forms of pastry dough such as puff and normal dough. The treats are flavored with both savory and sweet tasting that can satisfy any palate. This magical shop is called La Casita Bakeshop, and you can only get treats on certain days and times.
I love bread. It is the downfall for many of my attempts at getting more physically fit. However, I have rarely tried to make a sweet bread or shape bread into complex shapes such as a Challah bread. If you are unfamiliar with Challah, it is a sweet light eggy bread that many make during the holidays. However, I recently came across an Orange and Chocolate Challah recipe from Delish. It looked delicious. It looked pretty. So, I decided to try to recreate this recipe with my amateur skills.
It went like this……
Nothing is more homey than an apple pie. I love the warm spices with the sweet apple taste.
Easter has many traditions from searching for hidden eggs to attending church with family. However, in some parts of the world Hot Cross Buns are a special Easter treat. It graces their breakfast tables and as afternoon snacks. I have to say this is not a personal tradition for Easter, but why not try a new bake. I might even be making a new tradition for my family.
As the saying goes, an apple a day is suppose to keep the doctor a day. So why not take that apple and make it into a cake or a series of cupcakes. I turned to my trusty cookbook from King Arthur Flour to try out their single bowl Apple Cake recipe (not featured on their site).
When I make Buttercream Frosting for my cakes, I want it to be light and fluffy. It can’t be too sweet or would make the cake overly sweet. There is perfect happy medium that needs to be obtained when it comes to the perfect buttercream. I think I have found a fool proof recipe that anyone can use.