What’d You Do Last Weekend?

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  • user warning: Table './db21429_purple/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>For as long as I can remember, I\'ve wanted to go to Paris. My family\'s full of anglophiles, and dinners were opportunities to discuss the Tudors and Stuarts, Victoriana, and Gilbert and Sullivan. I went the other route, to the east. By the time I graduated college my romantic notions of the place were in full bloom. I\'d studied French history, knew my art, and spoke passable book-French. The only thing left to do was go. </p>\n', created = 1419189726, expire = 1419276126, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:453d8f0b217cf110540f813fe8644cbb' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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  • user warning: Table './db21429_purple/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of<a href=\"http://www.littlemisscupcakeparis.blogspot.com/\"> Little Miss Cupcake</a>.<br />\nCat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.</p>\n<p>Recipes can be found at the <a target=\"_blank\" href=\"http://www.thedaringkitchen.com\">Daring Kitchen</a>. </p>\n<p>A couple of tricks I\'ve learned over the years might help:\n<ul>\n<li>Bake all the cream puff dough in a single day, dry them, core them, and then put them in containers in the deep freezer. They\'ll keep for months, and it\'s a great way to get enough baked to build a tall tower. </li>\n<li>My choux were filled with a combination of pastry cream and stabilized whipped cream (whipped cream in which warmed, bloomed gelatin is added and then whipped). Make your filling and refrigerate it well before you fill the choux so you know it\'s thick enough to hold. </li>\n<li>My tower was about 18\" - 22\" tall, and I did not build it on a mold. I did, however, put puffs in the middle of the tower to fortify it. I baked 100 puffs of varying sizes and used about 80.</li>\n<li>I build onto a cardboard cake round that\'s sitting on a lazy susan, that way I can move in a circle pretty quickly when working with spun sugar. </li>\n<li>For this tower, I wound up making 2 batches of caramel. The first set too hard to keep using it, so I started pulling threads before I was even done building it up. </li>\n<li>The first ring of puffs on the bottom is the most critical to get right because everything rests on these. I find my biggest choux (all the same size) and dip the side in caramel, not the bottom. I place that caramel-side down and then do the same for the next several until a ring is formed with the bottoms of the choux facing the inside of the column. I can then build up the middle a bit (without caramel) and give the rest of the sides something to stick to as it gets taller. I repeat this (outer ring, inner fill, outer ring, etc) until it\'s as tall as I want it or it starts to look silly. This tower was built on a 10\" cake round with a base of 8 or 9 big choux.</li>\n</ul>\n\n</p>', created = 1419189726, expire = 1419276126, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:bcb10996a32898fda1ebde2fb12e61d5' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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  • user warning: Table './db21429_purple/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><strong>Gluten-free Graham Crackers</strong><br />1 c sweet rice flour (also known as glutinous rice flour)<br />1+1/4 c coconut flour<br />1 c light brown sugar, lightly packed<br />1 tsp baking soda<br />3/4 tsp Kosher salt<br />7 T unsalted butter (Cut into 1-inch cubes and frozen)<br />1/3 c honey, mild-flavoured such as clover.<br />5 T whole milk<br />2 T vanilla\n<ol>\n<li>In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, combine<br />\nthe flours, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pulse on low to<br />\nincorporate. Add the butter and pulse on and off, until the mixture is<br />\nthe consistency of a coarse meal. If making by hand, combine<br />\naforementioned dry ingredients with a whisk, then cut in butter until<br />\nyou have a coarse meal. No chunks of butter should be visible.\n</li>\n<li>In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the honey,<br />\nmilk and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture until the dough barely comes<br />\ntogether. It will be very soft and sticky.</li>\n<li>Turn the dough onto a surface well-floured with sweet rice flour and<br />\npat the dough into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in plastic and<br />\nchill until firm, about 2 hours, or overnight.\n</li>\n<li>Divide the dough in half and return one half to the refrigerator.<br />\nSift an even layer of sweet rice flour onto the work surface and roll<br />\nthe dough into a long rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. The dough will<br />\nbe quite sticky, so flour as necessary. Cut into 4 by 4 inch squares.<br />\nGather the scraps together and set aside. Place wafers on one or two<br />\nparchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm, about 30 to 45<br />\nminutes. Repeat with the second batch of dough.\n</li>\n<li>Adjust the rack to the upper and lower positions and preheat oven to 350F.</li>\n<li>Gather the scraps together into a ball, chill until firm, and<br />\nreroll. Dust the surface with more sweet rice flour and roll out the<br />\ndough to get a couple more wafers.\n</li>\n<li>Prick the wafers with toothpick or fork, not all the way through, in two or more rows.\n</li>\n<li>Bake for 25 minutes, until browned and slightly firm to the touch,<br />\nrotating sheets halfway through to ensure even baking. Might take less,<br />\nand the starting location of each sheet may determine its required<br />\ntime. The ones that started on the bottom browned faster.\n</li>\n<li>When cooled completely, place enough wafers in food processor to<br />\nmake 1 ¼ cups of crumbs. Another way to do this is to place in<br />\na large ziplock bag, force all air out and smash with a rolling pin<br />\nuntil wafers are crumbs.</li>\n</ol>\n</p><p><strong>German Chocolate Nanaimo Bars</strong>\n</p><p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">Bottom Layer</span><br />\n1/2 c unsalted butter<br />\n1/4 c granulated sugar<br />\n5 T unsweetened cocoa (I used Drost Dutched process cocoa)<br />\n1 large egg beaten<br />\n1+1/4 c gluten free graham cracker crumbs (see previous recipe)<br />\n3/4 c pecans, roughly chopped<br />\n1 c large flake coconut</p>\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">Middle Layer</span><br />\n1/2 c unsalted butter<br />\n2 T+ 2 tsp heavy cream<br />\n2 T vanilla custard powder (Such as Bird’s. Vanilla pudding mix may be substituted.)<br />\n2 c powdered sugar </p>\n<p><span style=\"text-decoration: underline;\">Top Layer</span><br />\n4 oz German\'s sweet chocolate<br />\n2 T unsalted butter</p>\n<ol>\n<li>For bottom Layer: Melt unsalted butter, sugar and cocoa in top of a<br />\ndouble boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat.<br />\nStir in crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press firmly into an ungreased 8 by 8<br />\ninch pan.</li>\n<li>For Middle Layer: Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing<br />\nsugar together well. Beat until light in colour. Spread over bottom<br />\nlayer.</li>\n<li>For Top Layer: Melt chocolate and unsalted butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, pour over middle layer and chill.</li>\n</ol>\n', created = 1419189726, expire = 1419276126, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:11e8f3e167b8ab905ca0931499a54c5a' in /nfs/c02/h06/mnt/21429/domains/purplehousedirt.com/html/includes/cache.inc on line 109.
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Daring Bakers

Croquembouche

Croquembouche

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to go to Paris. My family's full of anglophiles, and dinners were opportunities to discuss the Tudors and Stuarts, Victoriana, and Gilbert and Sullivan. I went the other route, to the east. By the time I graduated college my romantic notions of the place were in full bloom. I'd studied French history, knew my art, and spoke passable book-French. The only thing left to do was go.


Traditional Savory English Pudding

Traditional Savory English Pudding

I push the button and look around. I'm alone. It's silent except for the passing cars and the occasional station identification from the music they pipe into these places. I hear five clicks and it's my turn to punch the keypad again.


Tiramisu

Tiramisu

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.


Gluten-Free Graham Crackers and Nanaimo Bars

Gluten-Free Graham Crackers and Nanaimo Bars

The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen. Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and www.nanaimo.ca.


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