Posted at 3:33 pm , on November 20, 2016
These black sesame shortbread cookies make for an addictive, not-too-sweet afternoon treat. We finished ours by dipping in matcha white chocolate, and topping with a sprinkle of candied black sesame.
Sesame Shortbread (Yields 20 x 11g rounds)
50g candied black sesame (1:1 ratio of sugar to sesame seeds) (extra for topping, if desired)
75g butter (at room temp)
100g all purpose flour Continue reading
Posted at 10:45 pm , on November 1, 2016
Last week, my students have been super busy creating treats for the school and a group of elementary students that are staying with us for a short period of time. Here is some of their work:
Spiderweb sugar cookies
More decorated sugar cookies
Posted at 8:48 pm , on October 27, 2016
A few weeks ago, an old student of mine came to Jean Augustine Secondary School as a guest baker to show our students how to make decorated sugar cookies. This student is now the proud owner of MistryCo Cakes where she creates stunning, one-of-a-kind designer cakes for any occasion. My students were super excited to have the opportunity to talk to a former student about their pathway in pastry arts — of course, it didn’t hurt they would get to hear someone besides me talk for a few days, either.
The cookie decorating was split up into 3 days. On the first day, the students rolled the dough out to a specific thickness. The dough was then baked at 375F for approximately 10-12 minutes or until it became slightly golden brown around the edges. The cookies were cooled on a rack, ready to be dipped on the following day. The next day, students dipped the cookies in royal icing in the follow colours: Yellow for Pikachu, Green for Bulbasaur, and so on. During the last day, students added the finishing touches with either icing or edible markers.
Pokemon sugar cookies from MistryCo Cakes.
Posted at 8:15 pm , on August 29, 2016
It likely won’t come as a surprise that food was a big part of our trip. We’ll be sharing some notes on a few of the highlights shortly:
- Noma (no surprise here)
- The bakeries
- Carlsberg Brewery (yes, really!)
If you read the backstory on our trip, then you’re probably aware that this wasn’t exactly a typical vacation. It wasn’t until after we’d booked our flight that we began some attempt at planning how we would be spending our time in Copenhagen (when we weren’t eating). If I’m being honest, most of this didn’t happen until a week or so before the trip itself.
Posted at 1:51 pm , on August 28, 2016
With a basket of Ontario plums left over from our recent cottage trip, we have decided to make a plum and almond tart. We used Pierre Herme’s pate sucree
recipe from our previous post as a base and added the ripened plums and an almond cream filling .
The tart is first blind baked at 400˚F for approximately 20 minutes. The almond filling is then added with plum halves and sliced almonds. The tart is then baked at 375˚F for another 45 minutes or until golden brown. We served each slice with a generous serving of vanilla ice cream.
Posted at 1:22 pm , on August 18, 2016
Acai Smoothie Bowl with bananas, Ontario peaches, hemp hearts, chia seeds and granola.
Posted at 8:05 pm , on August 17, 2016
It’s tomato season! On this plate is a tomato salad with pickled jalapenos, goji berries, arugula, fresh herbs, and a tomato water vinaigrette.
Posted at 11:43 pm , on August 14, 2016
So, Royce and I just returned from an amazing trip in Copenhagen. We have tons of photos and stories to share with you, but I thought it would be best if I started off with a quick backstory on how this all came about. Continue reading
Posted at 8:27 pm , on August 2, 2016
Perfect timing for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: These matcha cookies have a few fun add-ins, and a soft, cakey texture that’s great for cookie sandwiches (recipe below). What better way to eat them then with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?
Posted at 3:03 pm , on July 25, 2016
Having some extra days to play around, I have decided to make a couple of fruit tarts with what’s available at the local farmer’s market and supermarkets.
This is just a simple fruit tart elevated by the shape of a half pipe
. In this version of a fruit tart, we have strawberries, red currants, and raspberries sitting on top of a pastry cream. The fruits are then glazed and decorated with gold leaves.