Thursday, October 11, 2012

Inspiration..... Mestres em Doces Conventuais Lisboa

I stumbled across Mestres em Doces Conventuais - "Masters of Dessert" - while shopping in the mall of the Expo area of Lisbon.

What pastries! Masters indeed!
Mestres em Doces Conventuais - Dig the Moorish head dress
Mestres em Doces Conventuais - Famous custard tarts
Mestres em Doces Conventuais - Palmier covered with Sweet Egg, Papiros
Mestres em Doces Conventuais - Eggs of paradise
Mestres em Doces Conventuais - Food of the Gods, Bacon from Heaven, and Brown Eggs (Chestnut Eggs)
Mestres em Doces Conventuais - Some kind of egg custard filling in a shell. Do you know?
Mestres em Doces Conventuais - Divine Gluttony
If I have labeled anything incorrectly just let me know!

Monday, October 8, 2012

French Almond Nougat

For two Christmas's in a row I made this candy to give away in Christmas boxes to friends and family. It is definitely a huge success. Thanks again Martha Stewart!

If you have made butter cream icing before then nougat will be a snap. The timing can be slightly, and only slightly, tricky but the results are worth any effort.
French Almond Nougat - Wrapped nougat in the Christmas Boxes
I generally make 4 recipes filling 2 - 1/4 baking sheets.

For 1 Baking sheet I used:
4 Large Egg White - room temperature
1 1/2 Cups Light Corn Syrup
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup Water

then:

3 Cups of Light Corn Syrup
3 Cup of Sugar
8 Tablespoons of Melter Butter
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract - (1 TBS if you want more vanilla flavour)
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
7 Cups of Whole Raw Almonds with the skin on

More after the jump.......

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cinnamon Swirl Cookies

I made these Cinnamon Swirl Cookies to give away. I did have just a few.

They were part of my Christmas gift boxes last year. They also features in 2 hospital ward Christmas parties and our own annual Yule party. Crunchy, not overly sweet, and tasty leads me to make these again some time soon. This recipe came from the Martha Stewart site. Until recently they had a cookie of the day post. The post is now called dessert of the day.
Cinnamon Swirl Cookie
You really need to try these:

I made 4 batches in order to have enough to give away.

In total I used:

8 Cups of All Purpose Flour
4 Teaspoons of Salt
2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
2 Pounds (8 Sticks) of softened Unsalted Butter
4 Cups of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of fresh Orange Zest
8 Large Eggs

For the filling I used:
8 Ounces (2 Sticks) of softened Unsalted Butter
2 Cups of Brown Sugar
2 Cups of Dark Brown Sugar
2 Cups of Chopped Walnuts, lightly toasted
2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

I made theses Cinnamon Swirl Cookies in 2 batches making about 24 dozen cookies.

More after the jump.......

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Earlier in the year I was looking for something a little different for Saturday breakfast. Why? Just because. So I set out to find a new pancake recipe. I came across Recipe Girls post for Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.

I had some canned pumpkin puree left over from a recipe in the fall so I thought that not only did the combination sound great but I had the things to make the pancakes with out having to run to the store at 10:00 PM!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
For this recipe I used:

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