The second project of the weekend was to revisit meringues. I tried a different recipe and, although the result tastes ok, it was not my favorite. I did not manage to get the mix stiff enough to pipe it the same way I did before. So I ended up with little buttons. They're cute and could easily be used for cake decorating. Right now, I made little sandwiches with chocolate ganache.
Can you believe it has been almost 7 months since my last post?!?!? Crazy work schedule, a trip and a broken leg have prevented any baking since March. And I mean that: NO BAKING WHATSOEVER!!! Can you say "withdrawal"? Anyway, I am at a point now, where I can start walking around again and can stand in the kitchen instead of using the family as my personal servants and fetchers. And so I decided to start again. Some of you have been asking about the blog, so here I am. Please leave comments, they are always appreciated!
I decided to start with a tried and true recipe, my country bread. I love it! It is so versatile. When it is fresh, it is delicious with just butter, jam, or chocolate spread. Use it for sandwiches, croque-monsieur or French toast. Toast it with your favorite topping (mine is goat cheese), use it for croutons or in bread pudding.
And the final project of the weekend was my first attempt at making a cheesecake. This is my husband's favorite dessert and we had some of of those graham cracker pie crusts that needed using. I found a recipe on a French website that gave a wonderful result. My husband loved it. Lessons learned here: warm up the cream cheese before using for a smoother filling (although the end result did not show any lumps). I also need to figure out how to cut it neatly. I passed a knife under hot water after a couple cuts, and it helped, but do you have a better suggestion?
So, let me know what you think. I cannot promise a weekly post, but I promise not to wait another 6 months! Happy baking!
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