Impress-Your-Friends Baking Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2009)

Impress-Your-Friends Baking

 
Feb. 24, 2009 1:28 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2009 6:41 pm
      I love a good coconut cake. As a Northerner, I'm not a part of any coconut cake-baking tradition, so I've just made it a minor goal in life to try coconut cakes whenever I see them. Through my tasting travels, I've established a few ground rules: I don't like… MORE
Coconut trio: powdered coconut cream, unsweetened shredded coconut, and coconut puree.
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Scooping batter
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Piping custard filling (Next time I'll use fewer egg yolks so it'll be lighter both in color and tex
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Baked cupcakes
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Feb. 20, 2009 4:08 pm 
Updated: Mar. 27, 2009 6:33 pm
      I made a cake for a friend this weekend: an almond cake layered with raspberry curd and raspberry buttercream. I think fruit curds make a much nicer filling than jams, which I find to be too sticky and sweet.       My favorite cake… MORE
Vanilla buttercream
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Adding raspberry curd
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Raspberry Buttercream
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Spreading raspberry curd layer
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Feb. 20, 2009 3:39 pm 
Updated: Feb. 20, 2009 10:07 pm
To make the individual Danish, I cut the dough into 3-inch squares. These make fairly petite pastries even after they rise (that way, you don't have to feel guilty for eating one of each flavor). The dough should be rolled out to about a ¼-inch thickness and refrigerated until… MORE
Shaping Danish pinwheels: fold in every other corner (4 total), pressing to seal.
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Shaping diamonds: fold the borders to the opposite sides, lining up the edges of the pastry.
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Individual Danish pastries: mixed berry & pastry cream, and apricot & cheese filling.
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Doughgirl8

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Northfield, Minnesota, USA
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About Me
I'm a professionally trained baker/pastry chef and also, as a friend would say, an intrepid eater. My favorite foodie character in literature? Ben Gunn, the marooned pirate in "Treasure Island": "You mightn't happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many's the long night I've dreamed of cheese—toasted, mostly—and woke up again, and here I were."
My favorite things to cook
Laminated doughs. Elaborate dishes that require a day of prep work. Comfort foods, spicy foods, all kinds of food. (Although I am also happy eating a bowl of cereal.)
 
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