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March 2, 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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. […]