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What's with cupcake mania?

I've been on a cupcake baking binge- for me, it's because I want to bake, but it's too darn hot to have the oven on for too long, so 30 minutes and it's done- I've also started filling the cakes, which makes it more interesting. I made a yellow cupcake with lemon curd filling and a raspberry swiss buttercream frosting yesterday- they were/are quite tasty.

Jul 20, 2011
Carpe in General Topics

What are you baking these days? June 2011 [old]

Hmmm..come to think of it, I don't know if I've ever had brioche. Any ideas where I can get a good one in NYC? Would one bought at Fairway be an accurate representation?

Jun 01, 2011
Carpe in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? June 2011 [old]

I've never made Brioche...I'll have to try it and then see if I can gussy it up more as the challenge calls for. Could be interesting. More likely, could be a disaster:)

Jun 01, 2011
Carpe in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? May 2011 [old]

New to this the concept. I love to bake- love to cook, too, but baking just hits that spot, you know?

I baked cookies yesterday- chocolate chip, but added orange zest and cranberries. Oh, and pecans, because I am constitutionally unable to NOT add pecans to everything that they make sense in.

I love the look of James Peterson's 'Baking' book, and was going to bake my way through it, but the first recipe I wanted to make, Puff Pastry, looked wrong. It called for sticks instead of cups- I searched the internet and found the correct measurements on his blog, in a post he did about puff pastry. I found no reference to the error in the book. So, now I'm leery, a bit. I'm checking other sources, etc, to see if they 'match', so to speak. The puff pastry that I made from Julia Child's 'Baking w/Julia' book was really good. I need to make it more so I can get better, too many butter leaks for me. I did make JP's hazelnut fragipane, which was really good.

Last weekend I made a cherry pie. I'd never made one, and don't think I ever have had one made with anything but Comstock. I got the cherries(jarred) from TJ's, and used a Cooks Illustrated recipe. It was good, but I don't think I loved the little bit of cinnamon and allspice added. Next time I'm going to leave that out.

Not sure what is next. Croissants, maybe?

May 31, 2011
Carpe in Home Cooking

What obscure recipe book do you have and love?

My go-to favorite ever cookbook- I'm not sure how obscure it is- I got it in the '80s and use it for many many things- Fannie Farmer's Baking Book. I had her Cookbook, and it was ok, but the Baking Book is amazing. Great Cinnamon Roll recipe- and an amazing fruitcake recipe. Mine no longer has a cover(which I won't throw away, it's got the Hershey's Collector Cocoa Cake recipe on it), and is stiff and stuck together, but I do love the thing.

Nov 11, 2010
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What discontinued products do you miss?

Yeah! I remember those...Teenager in Denver, loved them-Clover club, maybe? And Aspen Soda, an apple soda that was really yummy. And Chocodiles. Nomnomnom

Oct 15, 2010
Carpe in General Topics

Favorite popsicle, creamsicle, fudgesicle, etc

When I was growing up in the San Fernando Valley ('70s), my mom used to buy Popsicles from the drive in dairy- they called them 50/50 bars, and they were like creamsicles, only the outside was popsicle, not sherbet. They came in orange, lime(poison), cherry, and I think grape? Does anyone else remember them?

Jun 08, 2010
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Best Ratatouille recipe?

Thomas Keller's recipe that they used in the movie Ratatouille is really good- but a but work intensive- technically not a ratatouille, he calls it Confit Byaldi, but it is really good.

Aug 25, 2009
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