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    Buttercream or fondant ?

    I recently made a cake for a family member who wanted the cake covered in buttercream only. My problem begins when they start asking for decorations. It doesn't always go easy as expected. I made this cake the other day, thought I'd share. It is a chocolate/orange cake with various layers of...
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    Achieving really WHITE chocolate.

    This might sound like a stupid question and if no one replies , I'll totally understand. Why is it when I melt white chocolate, it's not technically white ? Not only that, its somewhat transparent. For instance , the other day I wanted to dip my biscotti cookies in white chocolate and it...
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    December Challenge 2014 - Flour

    The challenge for December is Flour my friends, yes, in all varieties !  As we know, there are many types of flour, here is a list you can start with and if you can think of others, please add them in a post.  All-purpose flour, Almond, Amaranth, Barley, Bread, Buckwheat, cake, Chickpea...
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    Potato Garnish

    If anyone is looking for an idea to garnish your beautiful plates/platters , this takes minutes to make, costs barely nothing. It starts with the humble potato.  You will need : one new potato, warm water bath, tablespoon of vinegar in water to keep potato slices white, and a mandoline. One...
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    Apple Rose

    With fall almost at a close , I was having fun with some puff pastry and just wanted to share. Two different colored apples for effect. Warm water (soften apples) with lemon juice to prevent oxidation. I used a mandoline for even thin slices.   I chose apricot jam and I use this a lot in my...
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    Wedding Cake / Support / assembly

    For those that like to make Wedding Cakes, here is video of a professional creating a cake with a design plan. He will show you how to layer the flavors, create a support for the cake, the details of transporting the cake, to the final set up and fine detail. An incredible video showing the...
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    Panforte (chocolate)

    Dear Cheftalk friends, After going through the freezer and cupboards , I ended up with some nuts and dried fruits that I wanted to use up. So after thinking things through I thought of making Panforte. Maybe some of you have made it before ? I know there is a big history behind the...
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    Smoked Salmon Terrine (simple)

    This is a Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese Terrine that I made the other day. But that is not what this thread is really about. The  easiness of a terrine comes from picking your favorite ingredients and then layering all those flavors together. It is summertime and I thought of making a terrine...
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    Puff Pastry - Oh for the love of puff !

    Yes folks, I have to post this song to this thread because I have been playing it every morning in the car and it just gets me going !  Sliced up some berries and tossed in some sugar to coat  Rolled out pastry dough about 8 x 9. Slit the corners , brushed on an egg bath along the sides...
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    A Croissant - doughnut hybrid. So what is all the talk about the "Cronut". For the second time this month I read about it. Has anyone tried it ? Is it as good as everyone says ? Anyone have a recipe to share ?  What's your take on it ?  They look amazing to me...
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    Challenge June 2013 - Pasta !

    Thank you GeneMachine for passing the torch.  The Offal challenge was met with great success by everyone. I gave this new challenge some thought and hope that this new challenge would be met with interest. Challenge for June ,  Pasta ! Yes Pasta, made your way.  With spring almost gone and a...
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    Banana Bread 1-2-3

      Banana Bread  Easy  1-2-3 Enclosed is some banana music for your easy listening: This is a basic banana bread recipe, there are  hundreds like it on the net. I  came into work and saw  these ripe bananas sitting in the basket so I thought I would whip up a banana bread. This is just about...
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    David Chang

    New TV show: The mind of a Chef PBS Nov 19, 2012. "What it is, Mr. Bourdain hopes, is a new type of cooking show, a kind of intellectual biography. “We’re exploring the creative process, the...
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    Black Forest Cake

    I have been asked to make a black forest cake for my niece , it must be delivered by saturday 2:00. I was just looking for a different assembly of the cake. I really don't want to put shaved chocolate all around the sides. Does anyone have a unique idea for the assembly of the cake. There 4...
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    What goes on in the garden when your not looking Just beautiful.
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    Tomorrow's Food

    I read this article and thought "Am I reading correctly ?" What is happening ?
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    I read an article the other day and it used the term, 'Osmazome'. So I did some research on it and found this so far: That osmazome is the soluble part of the meat that dissolves in boiling water and which makes for a nutritious broth, gives it taste, ordor, etc. Is it true that it is only...
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    I have a weak spot for movies. Whether it be a good comedy or sci-fi or action , romantic. I have watched the "The English Patient" more times than I can remember. Why ? I don't know why, its based on many levels. I took nursing right out of high school because it was " the thing to do ". Many...
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    Victoria Sponge

    Victoria sponge cake This recipe is good for one 8-inch sponge cake or 20-24 cup cakes Simple basic recipe 200g  salted butter, softened 200g  sugar 4 medium eggs 200g  self-raising flour 100 ml of sugar syrup (your choice-recipe at end) Preheat the oven to 180 C , 350 F or gas 4 1)...
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    Sugar / Coconut palm sugar

    I was with a friend today who was telling me about how much she enjoys using coconut sugar . She likes to use it when making  tuiles (sprinkle sugar on them when hot) and other dessert dishes. So I was wondering it anyone has any experience with this sugar ? Since I have not tasted it , what is...
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