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Brownies

March 2, 2013

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This is my mom’s recipe, which I’ve tweaked, which she tweaked from the old bakers’ chocolate recipe on the box.  She used to make it in one bowl  – but I prefer to dirty every dish I can.  I like these because they taste like brownie mix brownies, but aren’t.  (Weird right? We all have […]

Southern Biscuits (My Granny’s recipe)

January 21, 2013

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Technically speaking, this is not a sweet recipe, but it is very good with honey-butter on it, or with a bit of sugar, and some strawberries. This makes about 14 biscuits 1.0 Biscuits Ingredients: 250 grams  _________________ Flour (all purpose, ~2 Cups) 1-2 TBSP ____________________ Baking Powder (BP, she never measured) 1⁄4 tsp _________________ Baking […]

Calibrating a Scale

January 13, 2013

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Recently, I made a semi-impulse purchase from the modernistpantry.  Among the various chemicals – which will go into various chocolates that you can’t have the recipe for (sorry) – I bought a scale that measures down to 0.01g.  I promise not to make recipes that specific for this blog.  Hopefully this scale will be useful […]

Cream Puffs – pâte à choux (pate a choux)

January 11, 2013

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Another classic, basic pastry, pâte à choux, can be used to make all sorts of awesome things fairly quickly.  From cream puffs, to eclairs, to savory gougères, it’s a good trick to have up your sleeve. The Alton Brown episode where he makes pate a choux is awesome, by the way, like most things he does. 1.0 pâte à choux Ingredients: 1 1⁄2 […]

Puff Pastry

January 10, 2013

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Also known as pâte feuilletée. There are many recipes for “quick” puff pastry, with a food processor – but this one turns out nicer.  It is based on an old post from my favorite food blog   (she’s since moved and is now ) You make two doughs, and then role them together.  The first is the […]

Assembling a Piping Bag

December 29, 2012

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At some point recently – it was brought to my attention that people aren’t born with the innate ability to assemble pastry bags. I don’t remember ever being taught this – though I’ve been decorating cakes since like pre-school – so it’s a bit unfair of me to assume people know how to do this. […]