• Pecan Pie from Baking by Dorie Greenspan
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    Pecan Pie from Baking by Dorie Greenspan

    My very first job was at a sandwich store called Gourmet Fast & Fresh. It wasn’t any ordinary sandwich shop, it was like a supermarket of sandwiches and baguettes. It was housed in a two storey building. The top level was where the sandwiches were made and packed, then downstairs was were they were displayed and sold. Customers simply came in and chose their pre-made sandwiches, selected a drink, picked up a sweet dessert and paid for them at the register. The managers were a married couple and they were very charitable and kind. At the end of every night they allowed the employees to take home whatever they did not sell and if there was anything left after that, they gave it to…

  • Whoopie Pies – Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercream
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    Whoopie Pies – Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercream

    I’ll admit it right now. I am not very good at taking orders from people, especially when it comes to food. My eyebrows furrow and my toes curl up when I hear a command. The kitchen is the one place that I want complete control and complete freedom to do what I please. However, when Pizzaboy sent me an email with a picture of something he saw on the internet, my toes started to curl and I pursed my lips. ‘What is it that you want now?!’ I ask. The attachment was the most enticing picture of a whoopie pie. “Hell yeah! I’ll make that!” “Really?” “Yeah!” “Oh… cool!.” The things we do for love. I’ve never eaten…

  • Mini Croquembouche – Not for the Faint-Hearted
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    Mini Croquembouche – Not for the Faint-Hearted

    Inspiration taken from Delicious Magazine Dec/Jan Issue Recipe for Pate a Choux adapted from Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard Recipe for Caramel Sugar from Delicious Magazine Dec/Jan Issue Pate a choux 1 cup of bread flour or plain flour 1 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup of full-fat milk 85g unsalted butter 4 large eggs 1 large egg for egg wash Caramel Sugar 250g caster sugar 100ml water 2 tablespoons glucose syrup A tub of good-quality vanilla ice cream To make pate a choux 1/ Sift together the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. 2/ Bring the water, milk and butter to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. At the boil, remove the pan from the…

  • Fattouch with a twist
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    Fattouch with a twist

    In an attempt at being a little more healthy I converted one of my all-time favourite salads to include a wholegrain and less fat. I went on an accidental healthfood shopping spree with a friend and I picked up a packet of the ancient grain, quinoa, which seems to have suddenly taken the health-conscience western world by storm. It was simple to prepare and its addition did not seem to interfere with the true essence of the recipe. Instead of deep-fried flatbread, I used toasted, leftover sourdough bread. I must confess, the inclusion of these croutons was more out of frugality than mere health concerns. We had a remaining half a loaf from the previous nights delicious beef bourguignon. I…

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