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Impress-Your-Friends Baking

Jul. 13, 2009 5:58 pm 
Updated: Jul. 16, 2009 9:34 am
My husband P. and a close friend F. share a birthday. This year, it was their fortieth—and our friend, who is a caterer, was planning a blow-out bash. Since F. was making incredible food, it was up to me to make an incredible cake—and a big one, for up to 70 people. The flavor request? A… MORE
Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Filling
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Chef Budd's Peanut Butter Cup Filling: peanut butter, milk chocolate, and cocoa butter
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Peanut Butter Bavarian Cream Layer in makeshift cake mold
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Semisweet chocolate ganache
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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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