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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I was in the mood for a baking challenge, so I decided to try to make deerback pound cake, this is a picture of what it's supposed to look like http://www.dessertprofessional.com/in..., I think my loaf pan ended up being a little too long, so it wasn't as tall, but things were going well, the cake came out looking like the back of a baby deer, and the bits I trimmed off to make the bottom even were very tasty. I realized as soon as I started cutting into it to make the v shape that I had made a mistake. I cut into the wrong end. Instead of cutting in the cake, I was cutting into the meringue shell, which was cracking and falling apart. So here it is, all glued together with ganache. Still tastes good.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I love the combination of chocolate and mint, but it can be hard to get right.

Mar 24, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I really like the sound of the mint tea instead of coffee idea.

Mar 23, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Not that this would happen to your cupcakes, but it reminded me of a recent family gathering where a thirteen year old relative was so proud that she had made "thin mint" cupcakes. Everyone ate them, I managed to get through half of one, without saying a word about how they tasted like scope.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

That is fabulous!

Mar 23, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Me too, I had a lame, but I gave up on it and I always use a wet, serrated knife now.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Oh yes, also called ears! I believe the boulangers I talked to use grigne to refer to the ear and the overall bloom.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I guess the bread gods were just smiling down on me yesterday.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

D'oh! That's what I was always afraid of when I had a gas oven.

Because it was a pretty wet dough, I made the slashes almost perpendicular to the surface, and they weren't deep at all. I also managed to resist the urge to go over the slashes more than once, that may have helped.

Mar 22, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Pretty much, I don't spray the oven at 30 second intervals, but that's because I lack a spraying implement. I also cook them a little longer than the book says because I like my baguettes darker than they get in that time, and I suspect my oven is running cooler than it claims to be.

Mar 22, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Thanks! It's the french bread recipe from The Bread Baker's Apprentice.

Mar 21, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I made baguettes to go with dinner tonight, chrxk out the gringne I got on one of the loaves!The photos were taken with my tablet, so not the best quality.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I've been absolutely buried at work the last few days, but I wanted to show off my cake decorating skills, such as they are. This is the birthday cake, I think the decoration turned out not too bad.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Thanks! He did really like the cake.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Making birthday cake for the husband, a chocolate cake with a peppermint filling. I'm really excited about the cake, he's going to love the filling, it came out like a softer, more pliable york peppermint patty filling.

What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Spring is in the air! Despite the fact that there are still snow piles seven feet high (no hyperbole) along our driveway, and the walkway to our house will be an ice skating rink again tomorrow morning, it's warm, things are melting! I'm making some nice, springy strawberry lemon bars to celebrate!

Mar 09, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I would heat the lid, but turn it so the handles aren't lined up, that way it will be easier to pick up without burning yourself.

Mar 06, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

How fancy, and what a great deal!

Mar 04, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Are your canel├ęs molds made of copper?

Mar 04, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Oh, I have a Cook's Country cookbook at home, I'll have to check to see if the recipe is in there when I get home! Thanks!

Mar 02, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I have a recipe request, the husband's birthday is coming up next week, and I'm wondering if anyone has a dark chocolate cooked flour frosting recipe? Does cooked flour frosting hold up for piping? I'm not planning on anything too elaborate, I just want to write happy birthday on the cake.

Mar 02, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

Thanks!

Mar 02, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy winter's almost over, I hope, March 2015 edition!

I made the pain de campagne recipe from Flour Water Salt Yeast this morning. It is one big loaf of bread. The weird thing is, it didn't split or open up in any way while baking, it's a perfect dome, but I finally got giant holes! And it tastes really good.

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

If I recall correctly, the fat in the butter acts like a barrier, keeping the layers from adhering to each other. You could try an egg wash instead, the protein would have the opposite effect, binding the layers together

Feb 28, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

Does the recipe call for using butter or some kind of fat before spreading the cinnamon mixture? That could cause the separation. The loaf could also be under proofed, or it could be a case of not enough gluten development.

Feb 28, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I agree with Roxlet, it looks like a shaping issue to me. They don't look concave in the way that bread that's been over proofed is. I would try to get it in the pan without tucking the ends under.

What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I have primary Raynaud's (no underlying autoimmune disease) and I wear socks to bed, even in the summer, because my feet get so painfully cold, and purple.

Feb 27, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I made some black pepper crackers that I have been eating with a dab of orange marmalade that I made recently. I also have a loaf of oatmeal seed bread going in the bread machine because we unexpectedly ran out of bread for our lunches today. It should go well with the mushroom barley soup I'm making for dinner too.

potato flakes

I use it in cinnamon roll dough.

Feb 24, 2015
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What are you baking these days? Happy Valentine's Day February 2015 edition! [OLD]

I think who will have heard of anadama will depend on how old guard New England they are. My mother (first generation American) had never heard of it before she met my father, whose ancestors on his mother's side came over before there was an America.

Feb 23, 2015
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