A couple of notes from this recipe, fortunately, nothing major ;-)
A cake that is closer to a brioche than a typical cake. It is actually very close to a cinnamon bun. Delicious with coffee or hot chocolate.
I am very happy with the result! And proud of myself too! :-D
This is a recipe I have been wanting to try forever! I lived in Louisiana for a few years and just loved this tradition, how people eat this cake all Mardi Gras season. It was a neat way to end the day on Fridays at the office. People in Louisiana are always very convivial and I've learnt so much about the various traditions (besides what people see on TV) of the Carnival season in Louisiana. So this is a salute to those whose friendship made these years fantastic!
The recipe I found was this one. I don't remember when I found it but apparently it comes from the February 2006 edition of Southern Living. Well, I can tell you I am incredibly happy with the end result, so this recipe goes into the family recipe book!
I had some egg whites leftover, 6 of them to be exact, and I was looking for a way to use them. So I tried meringues. I was a bit leery but am I glad I made them. They are just DELISH!!!!
I looked around for simple recipes, found one I could use but ended up modifying it. My final result is a keeper!
The recipe I found called for 4 egg whites and 350g of sugar. Now, meringues are supposed to be sweet but this sounded like a huge amount of sugar. Many comments on that recipe called for less sugar... So this is what I came up with...
6 egg whites - 200g sugar
Start beating the whites. When they start getting foamy, add the sugar a little at a time. Keep beating until firm and glossy. The egg whites should form a beak on the whisk when you remove it from the whites. Pour the preparation into a pastry bag with a large star shaped tip. Place your meringues on a parchment-paper covered cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart. Put in the oven at 195 degrees for about 2hours.
Have you ever made meringues? Do you have recipes to share?
I love this time of year! I love decorating my house for Christmas and I go crazy! I dream of making tons of cookies and decorating them... Notice how I said “dream”? Yes, with my last batch of cookies, I seriously hurt my hands trying to ice them. Hard to imagine, I know, that icing could be a dangerous job, but there you have it. I started decorating with white icing and had to wait for it to dry before starting on color. Well, that never got done. My hands still hurt, almost two weeks later, and unfortunately, my job requires me spending my days in front of the computer, which doesn’t help...
But enough whining, I did manage to do some baking during this past holiday, but forgot to take a picture. I made a sugar pie, a traditional pie from Belgium. It tasted good, but always better the next day. I’m not sure I enjoyed the almonds too much though.
Another aspect of baking I need to work on is the crust. Not the recipe itself, it’s the Flemish piecrust (with yeast), but the baking. I don’t know if I’m using the wrong pan (9” pie pan) but I seem to have such a big edge to this pie and it gets too brown during the baking. I tried covering it with foil but I think I’ll invest in one of those pie edge protectors.
With my husband making his pumpkin pie and a friend making a pumpkin cake, my pie was not the most popular, except for me since *gasp* I don’t like pumpkin... but my daughter did help me finish it in the following days.
I think I will definitely remake one, probably during my Christmas break...
So, after a short break on the blog – it’s not that I didn’t bake, it’s just that it was such a huge flop I felt ashamed to talk about it – I picked another project for yesterday. I collected two recipes from one of the blogs I mentioned last time (sweetopia.net) and decided to try them. Now, this woman, Marian, does fantastic work with decorating cookies. I’m so jealous... but it also gives me incentive to try. I love the recipe I used before, the sablé recipe (a French recipe), but I wanted to try sugar cookies. Marian had two recipes, one with white sugar and one with brown sugar. So I tried both... :-)
OK, lessons learned from this:
Quite a few lessons... Next step, icing... But in the meantime, here are some pictures and links to the recipes.
Brown Sugar cookies