May 27, 2010

Daring Baker Challenge: Piece Montee


The May 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Cat of Little Miss Cupcake. Cat challenged everyone to make a piece montée, or croquembouche, based on recipes from Peter Kump’s Baking School in Manhattan and Nick Malgieri.

I failed at the building the structure for a true Piece Montee. I even built a cone made out of carboard as the center, but couldn't pile the individual puffs on top of one another. I also didn't make the honey or chocolate glaze as "glue" because I was too tired and frustrated by the end of my third batch of pate a choux. 

May 12, 2010

Brown Butter & Sage Gnocchi


Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the mothers out there!

I don't cook much, but once in a while for special occasion I like to kick my dad out of the kitchen and make something more "restaurant quality." And no surprise, it is another Italian dish. I honestly don't know to make a non-Italian dish.

May 4, 2010

Greeting Card Cookie


I felt inspired to post after such a long rest in April. Since I missed out my coworker's birthday last week, I decided to make some cookies for her. I'm not a very confident cookie baker since I never seem to get the temperature correct and always end up with burnt cookies. This time I actually tested out the temperature with 1 cookie and adjusted accordingly for the rest. However, decorating the them was the most fun. I even made some with my neighbor's children's names and gave out some to them.