Archive for May, 2009

27
May
09

ah…the Strudel

StrudelSo it’s been a year since I became a Daring Baker and after a variety of challenges I didn’t think that they could pull out something I hadn’t tried.   Luckily for me these people have creativity and ideas running out of their ears.  

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.   Dough 2Dough

  How appropriate that here at The Bistro we get to serve the Apple Strudel.   This challenge was one of the easier challenges, and quite possibly one of the easier recipes I’ve made.  I started with the dough since it needed to rest about 90 minutes and according to our hosts, the longer it rests…the better.   This dough was amazing!  I’ve worked with all kinds of dough and I’ve never used one that felt like this.  It is absolutely smooth, not sticky and it’s ability to stretch blew my mind.  The beauty of this dough is that it doesn’t need to be rolled out.  You just pull it or use it’s own weight to stretch it till it’s paper thin.  I’m talking THIN.  filling

We could then choose to fill it with the apple filling or be creative and come up with something else.  I did both.  I used apples…but I also used pears, almonds and craisins.   I’ll be honest….while this was an easy challenge and it looked very nice, I wasn’t falling face over tongue for it.  I used TASTE salt in the dough and drizzled a lemon frosting (recipe to follow) over the top and that did make it pop a little more. 

Pearple StrudelAll in all a great challenge and a great dough that could be filled with a myriad of things.  I’m thinking breakfast strudel with potatoes, eggs and the like.   Seriously, you could go on forever with ideas….well you could-me not so much.

 

Lemon Creamy Frosting

6 tbs. butter

1/4 cream

1/4 tsp. salt

3 cups powdered sugar

lemon flavoring

In a bowl beat butter, cream, salt and flavoring until smooth.  Then add powdered sugar and beat very well until smooth.  Spread on anything and everything you can.

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14
May
09

Oh the HORROR!!

The Daring Cooks have finally arrived and I’m so excited that the Daring Bakers have branched off into another group that will make me even more amazing than I already am. (I’m so kidding about that last part people…I’m really just medium amazing)  Our first challenge was brought to us from our BRILLIANT co-founders Lis and Ivonne.  They have chosen the gnocchi for our first gig.  We were given a great recipe and I had this great pumpkin sauce that I was going to use to dress it…..but then I got mad at them and just used pesto.   We were given this great tip to just do one gnocchi first so that we would be able to see if our mixture needed more stability.   If we dropped a gnocchi in and it floated to the top without busting open, then everything was just right.     gnocchi   See it’s totally floating………that means success.

I then proceeded to make the rest of the gnocchi and threw them in to cook.  I was super anxious waiting for them to be done so I could eat them.  Instead of waiting for them to finish I went to the one I had already cooked and taken out…but when I looked at it, it had changed…to a blob….of mush.  WTH?  I decided to wait till the others were done to try it and pushed Mr. irritation to the back of my mind.   After my gnocchi had spent their due time in el jacuzzi I took them out to cool when to my HORROR they all melted into a blob while they rested.  Okay not all….I saved 3.  3 gnocchis made it through and by the time I fished them out of the mess they were unattractive.  Absolutely unworthy of the pumpkin sauce I had planned to robe them with.   Mr. irritation was now out of hiding and I couldn’t think past the failure and just pulled out the pesto.  (love pesto…it’s the bandaid for food)  I took my food photo outside in the glaring sun to try and minimize the ugly…notice my grass…it’s looking really good right now.   final product

Daring Cooks 1~Me 0

Game On




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