Frankfurter Kranz

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.

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)

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)

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