Fudge, The Intern (Part VI): Second Taste Test Round-Up

You saw the pictures yesterday. You know you want them. Now let’s get down to business.

Lemon Bars

Your standard but oh-so-much-better lemon bar. The lemon bar is beautifully tangy, erring on the more solid side as consistency goes (versus the more “liquidy” or “jammy” versions of lemon bars), keeping its shape well. The lemon filling is accompanied with a satisfying crumble by the shortbread crust on the bottom, the flavor of which offsets some of the sweetness. All in all, a very well-rounded dessert.

Chocochino Cupcake

This is probably my favorite combination of cupcake (chocolate) and frosting (cappuccino) from the bakery.  The semisweet coffee flavor in the buttercream brings out and compliments the dark, intense flavor of the chocolate cake, resulting in a very grown-up version of the cupcake we all know and love.

Also, Forget about this particular picture; Girlfriend and I didn’t care about the looks of this cupcake when it was in our mouths :).

Vanilla Cupcake with Cappucilla Buttercream

If chocolate cake and cappuccino frosting is my favorite combination, the vanilla cake is my favorite standalone component of the three standard flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet. Guys, this is vanilla, without question. The flavor is absolutely there and spot on, and your palate will dive headfirst into a sea of fluffy, moist vanilla. Also, cappucilla buttercream? That’s the vanilla and cappuccino buttercreams that got mixed while I was practicing. A serendipitous combination, I say! It’s like eating a vanilla cappuccino.

Oreo Brownie

The bakery’s incredibly moist, deliciously fudgey brownie studded with pieces of Oreo cookies. Now, who has a problem with that combination?

Currant Scone

I didn’t get any of the currants, as I only took a tiny slice to try it before I gave the rest to my mum, so I’ll talk about the general scone itself–and what a scone it was. Nothing like your store-bought or day-old scone, this had just the right amount–but barely any–crunch on the outside, a slightly sugary taste before giving way to an absolutely delicate and tender center. This was probably my favorite of the bunch because it was barely sweet and was a joy to eat.

Coconut/Dream Bar

A teeny bit dry (perhaps because it had been sitting out for an hour or two, but very awesome nonetheless. Layer after layer of goodness: toasted sweetened coconut flakes, walnuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and a nice crunchy shortbread crust. This morsel was gone in seconds.

…?

Now, for the last sweet of the round-up!

So, I don’t know what this is. It has chocolate. It’s got some powdered sugar on top.  It tastes…different. Other than that, though, I’ve got nothing. More on this one later.

Well, that’s it for the second taste test round-up! Tune in tomorrow for another day at the bakery.

Advertisements

Fudge, The Intern (Part V): Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect

There’s only so much new stuff one can do in a bakery before it all becomes repetitive. Thus today wasn’t a day full of new lessons and surprises in baking, but a day of perfecting technique, a day of getting into the groove of things, and, of course, a day of sweets galore.

One thing I’m very proud of today?

That. My first cupcake approved by N for sale in the shop (although I was too proud of it to give away so I took it home for my mum…it didn’t quite survive the bike ride, though :/). I’ve finally (almost) got the technique down! I would say that is miles ahead of the first cupcake I frosted today…

Yeah. I’m proud to show that mess because the photo before it. At least the camera makes this cupcake look pretty.

Like I mentioned earlier, today was a day of getting into the groove of things. Cookies were mixed quicker, scooped easier; doughnut muffins were finished off with more finesse; samples and trimmings were sampled less and less frequently ( 😉 ).

I could really tell the difference of how I was baking last week versus my first day this week. Everything “flowed;” I was able to do more in less time and more efficiently. I was also given the reigns by N to really work how I (i.e. the bakery) needed, working to make I saw that we needed versus having N follow me step by step to tell me what I needed to do. That doesn’t mean that I asked a few questions along the line; I’m still learning here.

OH! Did you all know the Bourbon vanilla extract is actually called “Bourbon” because of the name of the islands off the coast of Madagascar, not because of the alcohol content in a jar of vanilla extract? Just a tidbit I learned that I thought I should share.

HEY. I was excited when I heard it, and this is my blog. 😀

Anyways, at the end of the day, I felt fulfilled as all this work was starting to become second nature, even though I only have two more days of work at the bakery (:(). However, N and fellow baker “G,” the only other guy in the bakery, said they would love to have me work more at the bakery over the summer until I go to college! I think that would be a great experience…I’ll keep you all updated as we go on.

For now, I will leave you all with a little preview of what I’m blogging about tomorrow…

Convenience (Rice Cooker Coconut Oatmeal)

Putting great amounts of time, love, and effort into cooking a great meal is always great, but sometimes you really just don’t have that time and effort to make some food in a hurry.

I love to create recipes which allow me to create great flavor with minimal effort, and this is definitely one of them. Using your handy-dandy rice cooker, you can create fluffy, warm, and scrumptious oatmeal in no time! There are basically 4 steps: Pour, pour, press, and scoop. It’s just a great recipe for any student, parent, or worker on the go. Read more to see the recipe and to learn why it is so darn simple!

Also, before you do that, big news: I start my internship at a local bakery tomorrow! 🙂 I will be blogging about my experience there for the next two weeks and will try to get a new post up every day about the bakery or about a new recipe. Now, onwards to the recipe!

Continue reading

Happiness (Angel Food French Toast with Strawberry-Ginger Sauce)

It’s nice when you can say that you are truly happy. At this moment, I can definitely say that I am.

Everything in life seems to just be falling into place. First off, I just got an internship at Big Sugar Bakeshop for my two-week senior project at the end of the school year, something that I am incredibly excited about. Working in a restaurant as a cashier and barista is one thing, but being able to work behind the scenes and BAKE ( 🙂 ) is going to be awesome.

Second, all my college acceptances, declines, and wait-list notifications have come through, and I’m happy to say that I’m going to Columbia, my first choice college. I couldn’t be more ecstatic about my future four years in New York; don’t worry, this blog will still be up and running as I travel from the west coast to the east coast! (Also, the fact that the above two things happened on the same day was an awesome double whammy :D)

Angel Food French Toast, pre-sauceification

Third, I’ve got awesome friends, Girlfriend, and Mom. I’m always happy about that. Enough said.

What could make me happier than all of this? Well…probably cake for breakfast. But that’s unreasonable…

Or is it?

Continue reading