Posts Tagged ‘custard’

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TWD – Summer Fruit Galette

July 29, 2008

For this week Michelle from Michelle in Colorado Springs selected Summer Fruit Galette on pages 366 – 367

This recipe, like so many of Dorie’s recipes for the masses, was super easy.  And I mean that in a good way.  While I do love a good challenge every once and a while that takes my whole day (or several) to reach tasty goodness, a nice simple recipe is lovely for day to day.

You start out with Dorie’s Good For Almost Everything pie crust.  Just need a food processor.  Don’t have to drag out the mixer.  I say drag because my oh-so-light KitchenAid is stored in the basement due to lack of counter space, so when I can grab an in-the-kitchen appliance it’s like Christmas, but I digress…

The crust came together beautifully (as always) so it was onto the custard.  Now custard here seems to be a loose interpretation.  In my mind (which is a frightening place) custard is very thick and very high in eggs.  This one, however, was looser, i guess is the best word, and contains only 1 egg… but hey, what do I know.  Maybe a custard is defined by the ingredients, not the quantity of ingredients.  Don’t care, damn tasty anyway.

For the fruit topping, Dorie’s suggested apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums or rhubarb, but… I’m a tad bit picky about cooked fruit.  On a whole I find it repugnant.  The only exceptions to this are berries.  And not all berries.  Cherries? Gross.  But blackberries, raspberries and blueberries? Delish!  On their own or any mixture of the three and I’m there.

I did my assembly a little differently than the directions say.  You’re supposed to put the fruit down then add the custard once it has cooked for a bit.  Well, from reading other peoples’ comments on the TWD blog, several people had overflow issues, so I opted to put my custard down, then my fruit.  It still came out very well!  If I make it again, I think I’ll try the confectioner’s cream I used with my DB Danish Bread and see how that works!

Pics will be on in the morning as I’m for bed as it’s almost midnight!

Happy baking!

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David Lebovitz’s German’s Chocolate Cake

May 24, 2008

German\'s Chocolate Cake corner shot

I made this cake for my hubby’s work.  They had two people having a birthday and his boss asked me if I would make something.  It is, I must say a *very* healthy cake.  I mean, how can you go wrong? Rich chocolately cake… a custard based filling/icing… and a dark chocolate icing… very low fat.  yup.  not a heart attack on a platter or anything.

And the real bummer is that I didn’t even get to try it.  I’ve never made this recipe before and will all that wonderful butter and cream and eggs and coconut and pecans… sigh.  Ah well, hubby said it was very rich, but he’s not a fan of sweets (and yet he married a baker… foolish man).  I was worried that the super dark icing would overpower the rest of the cake but hubby thinks it helped to counter act some of the fillings sweetness.

Guess I’ll have to make it again so I can judge for myself!

German’s Chocolate Cake

One big, tall 9-inch cake; about 16 servings

For the cake:
2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
6 tablespoons water
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ¼ cup + ¼ cup sugar
4 large eggs, separated
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
3 ounces butter, cut into small pieces
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1 1/3 cups unsweetened coconut, toasted

For the syrup:
1 cup water
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons dark rum

For the chocolate icing:
8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 ½ ounces unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream

1. Butter two 9-inch cake pans, then line the bottoms with rounds of parchment or wax paper. Preheat the oven to 350°.
2. Melt both chocolates together with the 6 tablespoons of water. Use either a double-boiler or a microwave. Stir until smooth, then set aside until room temperature.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, or by hand, beat the butter and 1 ¼ cup of the sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the melted chocolate, then the egg yolks, one at a time.
4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
5. Mix in half of the dry ingredients into the creamed butter mixture, then the buttermilk and the vanilla extract, then the rest of the dry ingredients.
6. In a separate metal or glass bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold soft, droopy peaks. Beat in the ¼ cup of sugar until stiff.
7. Fold about one-third of the egg whites into the cake batter to lighten it, then fold in the remaining egg whites just until there’s no trace of egg white visible.
8. Divide the batter into the 2 prepared cake pans, smooth the tops, and bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool cake layers completely.

While the cakes are baking and cooling, make the filling, syrup, and icing.

To make the filling:
1. Mix the cream, sugar, and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Put the 3 ounces butter, salt, toasted coconut, and pecan pieces in a large bowl.
2. Heat the cream mixture and cook, stirring constantly (scraping the bottom as you stir) until the mixture begins to thicken and coats the spoon (an instant-read thermometer will read 170°.)
3. Pour the hot custard immediately into the pecan-coconut mixture and stir until the butter is melted. Cool completely to room temperature. (It will thicken.)

To make the syrup:
1. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and water until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat and stir in the dark rum.

To make the icing:
1. Place the 8 ounces of chopped chocolate in a bowl with the corn syrup and 1 ½ ounces of butter.
2. Heat the cream until it just begins to boil. Remove from heat and pour over the chocolate. Let stand one minute, then stir until smooth. Let sit until room temperature.

To assemble the cake:

Remove the cake layers from the pans and cut both cake layers in half horizontally, using a serrated bread knife.
Set the first cake layer on a cake plate. Brush well with syrup. Spread ¾ cup of the coconut filling over the cake layer, making sure to reach to the edges. Set another cake layer on top.

Repeat, using the syrup to brush each cake layer, then spreading ¾ cup of the coconut filling over each layer, including the top.

Ice the sides with the chocolate icing, then pipe a decorative border of chocolate icing around the top, encircling the coconut topping.

(It may seem like a lot of chocolate icing, but use it all. Trust me. You won’t be sorry.)

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Our First Daring Bakers Challenge! We’re so proud!!

October 30, 2007

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The custard came out perfectly! It had a wonderful creamy texture and set up quickly! We took the suggestion of a fellow DBer and let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating it. Worked like a charm!

We did, however, take our cake out too early so the center was not done. The middle had the consistency of scrambled eggs. I also forgot my whisk attachment, so it may not have been as “airy” as it should have been. There was enough around the edges to make 5 or 6 though, so everything worked out.

The sauce…there are no words. We had to stop ourselves just eating it straight.

This recipe is definitely not on the diet, but boy was it tasty!

Photos coming later today!

Bostini Cream Pie
(from Donna Scala & Kurtis Baguley of Bistro Don Giovanni and Scala’s Bistro)
Makes 8 generous servings

INGREDIENTS: Custard

3/4 cup whole milk
2 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch
1 whole egg, beaten
9 egg yolks, beaten
3 3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 vanilla bean (EDITED: vanilla extract is okay)
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar

Chiffon Cake

1 1/2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup beaten egg yolks (3 to 4 yolks)
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup egg whites (about 8 large)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Chocolate Glaze

8 ounces semi or bittersweet chocolate
8 ounces unsalted butter

INSTRUCTIONS

To prepare the custard:

Combine the milk and cornstarch in a bowl; blend until smooth. Whisk in the whole egg and yolks, beating until smooth. Combine the cream, vanilla bean and sugar in a saucepan and carefully bring to a boil. When the mixture just boils, whisk a ladleful into the egg mixture to temper it, then whisk this back into the cream mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Strain the custard and pour into 8 large custard cups. Refrigerate to chill.

To prepare the chiffon cakes:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray 8 molds with nonstick cooking spray. You may use 7-ounce custard cups, ovenproof wide mugs or even large foil cups. Whatever you use should be the same size as the custard cups.

Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the oil, egg yolks, orange juice, zest and vanilla. Stir until smooth, but do not overbeat.

Beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold the beaten whites into the orange batter. Fill the sprayed molds nearly to the top with the batter.

Bake approximately 25 minutes, until the cakes bounce back when lightly pressed with your fingertip. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, remove the cakes from the molds. Cover the cakes to keep them moist.

To prepare the glaze:

Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place the butter in a saucepan and heat until it is just about to bubble. Remove from the heat; add the chocolate and stir to melt. Pour through a strainer and keep warm.

To assemble:

Cut a thin slice from the top of each cake to create a flat surface. Place a cake flat-side down on top of each custard. Cover the tops with warm chocolate glaze. Serve immediately.

Edit from Beth~

In all, I think Katie’s right – a success! I cannot speak much for the custard part of the deal, as I’m a bit allergic to eggs and just a taste of it was enough to tie my stomach in knots, but the few bites of it I had were nice and creamy. The cake came out tasty (although still – so many eggs), and the chocolate sauce… Way rich, but I could have eaten that on just about anything. Of course, what’s not to like about chocolate and butter, right? Whoever dreamt up that combo deserves a statue in their honor. A gooey, chocolate statue.

But anyway, on to the show!

Bunch o' Custards

Pretty Custards all in a bunch

We tried the tried and true “glop on a plate” method:

Glop

But it was not so beautiful as we had hoped.

This one was probably our best, despite some, ahem, disagreements as to the orange zest:

Pretty Custard

So there you have it! We daringly baked. And it was tasty, if I do say so myself.