Roopa I know, I know. Why English gingerbread in a German baking class? They’re actually quite different, as German “gingerbread” (lebkuchen) doesn’t use any ginger; rather, it uses rye flour and honey to get that particular flavour. German lebkuchen tends to be quite soft and not ideal for making gingerbread structures, which is why we … More (English) Gingerbread
Roopa The Eierschecke originates from Saxony and Thuringia. Apparently, the name originates from a men’s article of clothing called ‘schecke’ that was comprised of a tunic with hip belt. The cake was named after the schecke because of the three distinct layers.
Roopa This is less of a dessert cake, and more of a breakfast cake to be enjoyed with tea or coffee. This one doesn’t stay fresh for more than a few days, which is a good excuse to eat lots of it quickly!
Roopa An Esterházy cake is a Hungarian cake that was one of the most famous cakes in the Austrian-Hungarian empire.
Roopa An obstkuchen is a cake that layers a pie like crust, custard, and fruits. It’s more of a spring/summer cake that uses seasonal fruits and flavours. I definitely want to remake this next summer with locally grown berries!
Roopa The next German cake we made in pastry school was the Frankfurter Kranz or “Crown of Frankfurt”. It is a super rich modified pound cake with German buttercream, jam, and almond nougatine.
Roopa I’ve gone back to pastry school! This time, my friend Marcus came down from Edmonton to do a one week German baking course at the Vancouver Pastry Training Center. I knew very little about German baking going in, so this was very educational in a few different ways! This schwarzwälder kirschtorte or black forest cake … More Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)
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
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
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