Frangipane

Team Shambles Frangipane is basically a sweet almond cream that gets baked into things. We didn’t actually make this in pastry class, but we did fill some brioche dough with it and it was thoroughly delicious. It was also “home-made” (at the home of a professional pastry chef) so that presumably added to the flavour. … More Frangipane

Croissants

Team Shambles For our annual trip – twice makes it annual right? – we decided to hit up NYC and go on a full pastry tour. This included eating an obscene number of pastries, but also taking a Croissant and Brioche course at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). We made plain croissants, almond croissants, … More Croissants

Brioche

Team Shambles As mentioned in the previous post on croissants, the other thing we made in our pastry course was Brioche. Brioche is a viennoiserie, or a “baked good from a yeast-leavened dough in a manner similar to bread, but with added ingredients …and approaching pastry” (Wikipedia, 2018). In case it wasn’t obvious, that is code … More Brioche

Funfetti Cheesecake

Roopa It was my good friend Chris’ birthday!!!! …in August. I’m clearly a great friend. In all seriousness, things got busy right around his birthday, I started travelling a lot for work, and then I just forgot about it entirely for some months. It came back up again recently and I committed to actually making … More Funfetti Cheesecake

Macarons 2

Roopa Now that I’m on a macaron making mission, there will likely be a few macaron posts on here. I had some ideas of things to improve from last time (and a lot of excess ganache) so round 2 happened. I fixated on all the imperfections in the last post, but I neglected to mention … More Macarons 2

Macarons

Roopa As per usual, I prematurely volunteered myself to bake for a work event and didn’t plan well or leave myself much time. It was a high tea, and after waffling between several options I decided on madeleines. I considered macarons, but I felt a bit nervous making them without having tested them in my … More Macarons