Valentine's Day has come and gone, but chocolate truffles are always in season. For years I've used truffles from fancy chocolate stores as, what I call, "prescription-strength chocolate" for my friends when they're feeling down. If your friend is a sobbing mess curled up on the couch in sweatpants and a ratty blanket because she got in … Continue reading Chocolate Truffles (Dark, Milk and Vanilla)
Oh choux-t! Guess who learned how to make cream puffs?! Like many who grew up in Wisconsin, I think of cream puffs as nostalgia in pastry form. My dad took my brother and me to the Walworth County Fair every year to accomplish two things: attend the demolition derby and eat a massive, messy cream puff. The crisp pastry … Continue reading [Archive] Mini Chocolate Glazed Cream Puffs with Flavored Pastry Cream (Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee, Peanut Butter)
I've been on a losing streak. During two of the last three weekends I've gone on back-to-back baking binges that were fueled at least in part by frustration over my failures. I spent the better part of those Saturdays and Sundays baking, failing, getting mad about it, baking something else, failing, repeat. The only thing … Continue reading [Archive] A long story about failure that ends with gingerbread cookies.
Here's the thing about frosting. It's what makes a cake a cake. I'm not talking about bundt cakes or mini pound cakes other things that generally forgo fluffy frosting. I'm talking C-A-K-E. Birthday cake. Wedding cake. That thing you pick up at the bakery and eat by yourself when you've had a bad day. So why do most frostings I come across taste so disappointing?