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Pareve Candy Melts for Cake Decorating

I'm getting into cake decorating and chocolate candy melts aka chocolate wafers aka confectioners' candy are recommended for the decorating. When surfing the web, I can only find dairy melts. I'm having some success making wonderful dense layer cakes with pareve buttercream and would like the melts for another kind of decoration. I read somewhere Callebaut had pareve melts but I found only dairy. Any ideas/sources? Thanks.

Nov 23, 2009
pkr914 in Kosher

Earth Balance Too Salty for Baking?

Thank you all!

Oct 28, 2009
pkr914 in General Topics

Earth Balance Too Salty for Baking?

Thank you both for your replies. Ididn't know about the shortening.

Oct 13, 2009
pkr914 in Kosher

Earth Balance Too Salty for Baking?

I'm trying to find a pareve or vegan recipe for buttercream. Most seem to recommend Earth Balance. While Earth Balance is great, my experience is that in baking with it, one can taste the salt (there doesn't seem to be a non-salty Earth Balance), and it can soften too quickly.

Does anyone have advice on baking with Earth Balance, and especially making a buttercream frosting?

Oct 12, 2009
pkr914 in Kosher

Earth Balance Too Salty for Baking?

I'm trying to find a non-dairy or vegan recipe for buttercream. Most seem to recommend Earth Balance. While Earth Balance is great, my experience is that in baking with it, one can taste the salt (there doesn't seem to be a non-salty Earth Balance), and it can soften too quickly.

Does anyone have advice on baking with Earth Balance, and especially making a buttercream frosting?

Oct 12, 2009
pkr914 in General Topics

Tuna Burgers for Wedding Shower Brunch?

Thanks so much. Do you think the tuna burgers could be made and refrigerated the night before, then grilled right before the shower?

Jun 23, 2008
pkr914 in General Topics

Tuna Burgers for Wedding Shower Brunch?

I'm considering making small tuna burgers for a Sunday 12:30 wedding shower brunch for 40 people. Is this a crazy idea? I thought I could make the burgers the night before and then grill them right before the brunch. I would love to do this but I'm wondering whether this is too much work for one person if I have to it all the day of.

Does anyone have any ideas on buns for the burgers? Probably mini ones. This is a shower for women so the less bread the better. All ideas welcome.

Also would welcome suggestions for the rest of the menu. Thanks so much.

Jun 22, 2008
pkr914 in General Topics

What to serve on Pesach

A huge hit at my seder is the meat tsimmes which I serve along with a roasted turkey. I make a kind of sweet one, with flanken bbq ribs but I think Mario Batali's recipe for short ribs would also be a huge hit. I've made it several times and it's delicious.

Apr 01, 2008
pkr914 in Kosher

Israeli Wines

For Pesach, I would recommend the Anav cab. Very reasonable and tastes very well for its price. It's from the Ella Valley. For a white, I would recommend the sauv. blanc from Cloudy Bay. I know it's Australian but it's very, very good.

Apr 01, 2008
pkr914 in Kosher

Parve Kosher wedding cake in NY

I just wouldn't spend a lot of money on a pareve wedding cake. I don't think it's worth it. It'll look good, but won't be that terrific. For my daughter's wedding we ordered the wedding cake from Foremost (they were our caterer). It was fine but nothing spectacular. Which was fine with us because we thought the hype on the wedding cake - and how important it was - was completely overdone, and not in line with what we considered important.

Apr 01, 2008
pkr914 in Kosher

Chopped Liver [moved from Kosher board]

Thank you all. The problem with the 2nd Ave. deli recipe is that it's made with corn oil, which doesn't work for Pesach.

Has anyone tried the Ina Garten recipe? Thanks.

Apr 01, 2008
pkr914 in Home Cooking

Chopped Liver [moved from Kosher board]

Does anyone have an extra-special, knock-'em-dead recipe. I haven't served it at our seder for years and want to re-introduce it. Thanks.

Mar 28, 2008
pkr914 in Home Cooking

LEMON MOUSSE FOR A CROWD- what went wrong? [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

It doesn't say to whip the cream beforehand, maybe that's the glitch? Also, you don't really have a curd from the first whisking, not with whisking the egg whites. I think you get a lemon curd with eggs, or egg yolks.

Oct 03, 2007
pkr914 in Home Cooking

LEMON MOUSSE FOR A CROWD- what went wrong? [moved from General Chowhounding Topics]

I finally tried this NY Times recipe from a few years ago for lemon mousse for 18-24 people (I was making it for a party), and it didn't turn out! The recipe calls for whisking 1 c. egg whites with 2 c. confectioners' sugar and 1/2 c. lemon juice in the top of a double boiler until smooth and thick, then add 1 c. light corn syrup. Refrigerate for 1 hour then whisk in 3 c. heavy cream. All went well until the heavy cream was whisked in - it never came together - just had that curdled look. I used organic egg whites from a jar that said specifically it was fine for baking, but maybe not? Anyone have any idea what went wrong? Could there be a mistake in the recipe? This is a terrific dessert for a crowd, so I'm reluctant to throw in the towel. Thanks.

Oct 02, 2007
pkr914 in Home Cooking

GREAT KOSHER INEXPENSIVE WINE

I meant Anav, not Anat

Jul 01, 2007
pkr914 in Kosher

Suggestions for Cookware purchase

I find Emeril's 12" no-stick frying pan as good if not better than the All-Clad one I also have. Emeril is made by All-Clad.

I have both Paderno and Sitram skillets and I like Emeril better. Also agree - Bridge Kitchenware is a fabulous store. The original owner was a famous curmudgeon and not that helpful, but maybe the staff has changed.

Jun 29, 2007
pkr914 in Cookware

GREAT KOSHER INEXPENSIVE WINE

Just found it before Pesach and ordered online. Anat Cabernet Sauvignon. 2002 - about $10. per bottle. I haven't seen it mentioned in wines on this board and wanted to alert everyone if you haven't heard about it. It's from Israel and kosher for Passover.

Jun 29, 2007
pkr914 in Kosher

earth balance no substitute for the real thing

I've found that it's risking to use Earth Balance in baking, very unfortunately, because it's a good product. However, it is salty ( salt is used as a preservative, as in Smart Balance, and they can't remove it), and it's unclear how to compensate for that exactly when baking. If the recipe calls for salt, you can omit it, but sometimes even taking out that 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon isn't enough and the dessert is ruined, especially when trying to make a non-dairy buttercream. Anyone have any ideas on how to compensate when baking (and cooking, for that matter)?

Jun 29, 2007
pkr914 in Home Cooking

CREATIVE IDEAS ON A DAIRY PARTY MENU?

Thanks to azcohen and christnp. Any ideas on wine?

Jun 29, 2007
pkr914 in General Topics

NEED CREATIVE MENU HELP

Thanks, labrat, good idea.

Jun 27, 2007
pkr914 in General Topics

NEED CREATIVE MENU HELP

Thanks -

Jun 27, 2007
pkr914 in General Topics

CREATIVE IDEAS ON A DAIRY PARTY MENU?

Thanks to both of you. On that smoked salmon cheese cake, do you know where I could find a recipe for that? And I like the idea of tastycakes layed with fruit. Thanks again for the ideas.

Jun 27, 2007
pkr914 in General Topics

CREATIVE IDEAS ON A DAIRY PARTY MENU?

I'm giving an evening party for my brother's birthday and am stuck trying to plan a menu and am looking for help. His favorite food is lox, bagels and cream cheese and Tastycake Jrs. I would like to plan a party for 20-25 using these foods but can't think of anything fun, different or unpredictable, much less sophisticated. Maybe tiny bagels with lox as appetizers, but those tiny bagels really aren't good. A few pastas as a main course?

We keep a kosher home so there couldn't be any meat products in this menu.

Any and all ideas very, very welcome.

Jun 27, 2007
pkr914 in General Topics

NEED CREATIVE MENU HELP

I'm planning an evening party for my brother's birthday and am stuck trying to plan a menu and am looking for help. His favorite food is lox, bagels and cream cheese and Tastycake Jrs. I would like to plan a party for 20-25 using these foods but can't think of anything fun, different or unpredictable, much less sophisticated. Maybe tiny bagels with lox as appetizers, but those tiny bagels really aren't good. A few pastas as a main course?

We keep a kosher home so there couldn't be any meat products in this menu.

Any and all ideas very, very welcome.

Jun 27, 2007
pkr914 in General Topics