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

Macaron Class

Team Shambles Team Shambles went to pastry school again!!! As a Christmas activity while we were both in Edmonton (because Alana is the bestest friend ever), we went to a Macaron course at the Duchess teaching kitchen! Making a good macaron involves a lot of technique, so it was nice to get some actual instruction. … More Macaron Class

Creme Brulee

Team Shambles Neither of us ever go out of our way to have creme brulee, but this was pretty good… Creme brulee is actually a very simple dessert to prepare, however the real challenge is baking it properly. Chef Marco also insisted that using proper ramekins is mandatory; you must achieve the proper ratio of … More Creme Brulee

Creme Caramel

Team Shambles Creme caramel and creme brulee are a big part of why we were excited for the cheesecakes course. Alana has made creme brulee a few times, and talked a little bit about the differences between creme brulee and creme caramel here. The main points referred to the differences in presentation, but didn’t actually look … More Creme Caramel

Camembert Cheesecake

Team Shambles Camembert cheesecake? What? We were taken back a little bit when we saw this recipe, because the cheesecakes that people are most familiar with use cream cheese and not, well, Camembert! Roopa (who is admittedly not a connoisseur of most things) had not even heard of Camembert cheese before! Regardless, it’s not an … More Camembert Cheesecake

Japanese Cheesecake

Team Shambles A Japanese cheesecake is a light and fluffy style of cheesecake that resembles a sponge cake, rather than a cheesecake. This unique texture is the result of the emulsification between cornstarch and eggs. Another interesting feature of this cake is that it is traditionally made without a crust. You could use a crust … More Japanese Cheesecake

Apple Pie

Team Shambles We’ve all had apple pie at some point in our lives, but this pie takes the cake! (Insert giggle for questionable baking joke?) The filling isn’t runny at all, and the pie crust is nice and flaky. Chef Marco also gave us some really helpful tips to judge how well the dough needs … More Apple Pie