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French Cherry Macaron Tutorial

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Home, Macarons, Tutorials | 7 comments

French Cherry Macaron Tutorial

During this day of thanks, Thanksgiving I wanted to take the time to show you my appreciation for your support and comments. I thought it would be deliciously perfect to share one of our favorite holiday French macaron recipes. French Cherry Macarons not only is the filling cherry, but shells are flavored with organic cherry dehydrated powder. French macarons can be intimidating at first glance; however they are actually fun to create, with a little patience, few materials, and practice. In fact I enjoy baking macarons with Sydney so much I bought an adorable set of macaron ornaments for our...

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Italian Buttercream & How To Frost a Cake

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Cakes, Tutorials | 9 comments

Italian Buttercream & How To Frost a Cake

Sydney and I were having pedicures when the woman in the next pedicure bath next to us over heard me talking and asked how can buttercream be frosted smooth. At first I was confused, but Sydney knew exactly what she was asking. After about 20 minutes of listening to her explain that she becomes frustrated when frosting a buttercream cake so much so that it bring her to tears and she has no idea what to do. She has never tried an Italian buttercream, she usually buys store bought. As I was explaining a few tricks Sydney thought it would be helpful to write our Italian buttercream recipe and...

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French Macaron Terms and Components

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in General Information, x | 4 comments

French Macaron Terms and Components

Macaron Terms:  Tant pour tant: Half and half, half almond flour and icing sugar Meringue: whipped egg whites French Meringue: Egg whites, room  temperature, whipped with high percentage of sugar Italian Meringue: Liquid Egg whites, room temperature, whipped with a sugar syrup Macaronnage: Folding the almond flour mixture with the meringue Macaronner: The final batter Pied: Baked Macaron with crinkled foot Colorant: Powder or gel food coloring for the the macaron shell and filling Fillings: A creamy delicious crème anglais, buttercream, crème frâche, jam, or ganache flavored filling..you...

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Mousse au Chocolat, to Brighten up The Day

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Home, Mousses and Pudding, x | 0 comments

Mousse au Chocolat, to Brighten up The Day

DF is a chocoholic, he adores almost any chocolate dessert, but his ultimate favorite is chocolate mousse. Between the intense rich flavor and the mousse’s light texture he is in heaven. He has been having a trying few weeks, between traveling, missing his family, keeping his family (sydney and I) happy, and remembering to show his  appreciation for his employees. He wants all of his employees to know how important they are to him and the company. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day to achieve all the goals he has set forth for himself. He arrived home feeling drained...

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L’Opéra Cake Gâteau, The Opera Cake that Sydney Loves

Posted by on Jan 6, 2012 in Cakes, Home, x | 3 comments

L’Opéra Cake Gâteau, The Opera Cake that Sydney Loves

Last Christmas, 2010, I introduced Sydney to a white opéra cake, with a crème bavaroise filling; she became an admirer from the first bite. I can still see her eyes wide and the glow of complete palate satisfaction. She normally prefers bittersweet chocolate over the ivory; however there was something about the ivory opéra cake that grabbed her attention. L’opéra gâteau blanc (white opera cake) is her favorite cake; she was hoping to be able to prepare, bake, and enjoy one for this Christmas, 2011. This year, however was DF’s turn to choose the Christmas dessert, he chose a...

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Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 10 comments

Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Besides the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, summer has to be my favorite season; I love the high temperatures (92 degrees and I am in heaven), long days of sunshine, warm nights, and the aroma of herbs and flowers. Lavender, Poppies, Roses,Peonies, Amaranthus, and Calla Lily; I could go on and on, but I am enthralled  with the flowers that I can use in my baking. This summer has gone by so quickly, I can’t believe it is already August. Between celebrations, graduations, and weddings I had not realized Sydney has been macaron deprived; she had been reminding for a few...

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Just a Spoonful of Lemon Meringue, No Medicine Required

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011 in Cookies and brownies, Home, x | 11 comments

Just a Spoonful of Lemon Meringue, No Medicine Required

Lemon Meringue Spoons!! Time flies by so quickly, it has already been over year since Sydney and I took our mother-daughter vacation to Paris. Its April, the first week has almost past, and Easter is just around the corner. Speaking of Easter Sydney and I have been trying to compose an Easter Dinner for family and friends, we have tested and eaten quite a few recipes and treats (no complaining here). Most of the celebration menu is filled with DF’s and Sydney’s favorite foods, but this year I insisted on a lemon pie or tart. My favorite flavor of all time is...

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Something Sweet With My Morning Coffee

Posted by on Mar 29, 2011 in Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries | 28 comments

Something Sweet With My Morning Coffee

Crème Chiboust Brioche Coffee Cake The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake. Sydney flashed back to the wonderful stollen challenge in December. She wanted to have an almond center with the meringue, so besides the Daring Baker’s challenge we were also challenged with creating a coffee cake in which all the elements for the Daring Baker’s challenged were met and were compatible with marzipan, which Sydney...

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What’s in a Macaron? By Any Other Meringue Method Would Taste as Delicate?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 5 comments

What’s in a Macaron? By Any Other Meringue Method Would Taste as Delicate?

I wanted to compose an article for AskMissA.com which the reader would be intrigued and curious. The French Macaron debate; which method is considered superior has been an issue contention. The tantalizing enchanting macaron has been apart of the European culture for centuries, most like so has the argument of the proper construction of these adorable little biscuits. I have a fool proof recipe for both methods; by no means will my  article stop the debate, hopeful this will put a little light on the issue! In the last five years French macarons have made their way...

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It’s a Christmas Card

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010 in Cakes, French Macarons, Fruit Desserts, Home, Mousses and Pudding, x | 10 comments

It’s a Christmas Card

With one day to go and still so much left to do, I must admit I  feel like a child waiting anxiously  for Santa. I actually become a santa helper on Christmas Eve Day. Sydney and I run all around Denver and hand out our homemade goodies to all the people who are special to us. I am sure that there are some of the same people in your life, the ones we tend to take for granted. I am speaking of the the postman,UPS driver (I know mine), the hairdresser, esthetician, the group of men and women who graciously pick up our trash, and maybe your favorite restaurant server. It is...

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Winter Wonderland of Snowflake Petit Fours

Posted by on Dec 19, 2010 in Cakes, Home, x | 95 comments

Winter Wonderland of Snowflake Petit Fours

I was contacted by a panicked client, who over the years has become a good friend (RG), she had volunteered to bring holiday treats to her son’s third grade class party. This phone call was initiated late Saturday evening and  the party is this Thursday; as my client anxiously explained she had forgotten about the commitment, between work and her other children. Knowing this time of year, we are inundated with obligations (I also have a tendency to hardly ever say no) she felt bad asking if I could bake sweet goodies for her son’s party. Did I mention she hates baking. Without...

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Christmas Opéra Cake

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in Cakes, Home, x | 183 comments

Christmas Opéra Cake

Each year our family takes turns picking out what our Christmas dinner will consist of; this year Sydney is the person to choose the main course and it is my turn to choose all of the desserts (generally there are about three different ones). Lucky me! Last year Sydney chose the the desserts a Pavlova, a Panetone with Zabaglione Trifle, and  Special Noto Cheesecake with a mini chocolate chip crust. I wanted to have a truly unique dessert that would be festive. After days of contemplating I arrived on The Opéra Cake, it is elegant, delicate, and beautiful. A  traditional...

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