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Archive for the ‘Lemon’ Category

Lemon Ginger floating Macarons – MacAttack IV

Posted by osakaben41 on April 5, 2010

That time once again for all Mac-obsessed bakers to strap in and get with the piping.  Our challenge this month was to base a macaron on an April Holiday.  My son turns two on the 5th, but you have no idea how hard it is to make Thomas the train macarons.  In Boston we celebrate Patriot’s day, so thought of a red/white/blue cookie, but it seemed too obvious.  Rather, I went with an April Fools day approach. Read the rest of this entry »


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Tonka Bean Madeleines

Posted by osakaben41 on April 4, 2010

Let me start by saying, I don’t expect this post to land me in jail, but I’m not 100% on that.  In the endless search for new things to experiment with, ingredients, techniques, or kitchen toys, it’s a rare and beautiful thing to find one that’s illegal.  Unlike most countries in Europe, The US does not allow the import of Tonka Beans (at least those to be used in food preparation).  The general concern is that these seeds contain the chemical coumarin, which can act as a blood thinning agent.  Taken in large doses, it can be fatal.  Oddly enough, you would think it’d be important to define “large doses”, but I haven’t come across that yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rosemary Caramel Pine Nut Tart

Posted by osakaben41 on March 7, 2010

It’s March, what the hell am I doing baking with Rosemary?  

It’s over 50 degrees outside, the kids played on the monkey bars without their coats, and I’m looking at the sad state of our yard and all the work it’ll need before we can cook outside again.  Spring is coming to Boston and I’m cooking a Christmas dinner?  Anybody with a lick of sense is going citrus crazy right now, if they aren’t scrounging early spring berries that is. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lemon-Chevre Cheescake

Posted by osakaben41 on March 1, 2010

(Updated below)

One of the first ‘high end’ restaurants my wife and I tried in Boston, Rialto, stood out for two reasons.  It was her introduction to how good a well built martini could taste, and I discovered goat-cheese cheesecake.  Many years then pass before Helen at Tartelette casually throws one out there, bringing me right back to that night.  The other night some friends – for us, they happened to be big fans of all things lemon, so really what choice did I actually have?  What a perfect thank you gift. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by osakaben41 on February 26, 2010

Other than some pizza dough, and the occasional english muffin, it’s been awhile since I’ve baked anything other than cookies and sweets.  It’s arguable that these sweet rolls could count as savory, but it’d be a stretch.  As with most projects, the inspiration came from a picture, this time from Francisco Migoya’s The Modern Cafe.  There’s a savory recipe I wanted to work on this weekend that requires brioche dough, but impatient baker that I am, I cut the dough in half to rip off something a little more straightforward. Read the rest of this entry »

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Checkerboard Icebox Cookies

Posted by osakaben41 on February 11, 2010

My daughter turns 4 soon, and while we’re working on a small party for a her friends, her school does something called “the birthday walk”.  Each kid, on or near their birthday, walks in a circle around their class the number of years they are, singing, “the earth goes ’round the sun, the earth goes ’round the sun.  All year long, the earth goes ’round the sun.” 

…and then they give out cookies. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chocolate Creme Chiboust Fail (and a giveaway)

Posted by osakaben41 on January 26, 2010

The pre-fail shot

There have been a few baking fails along the way, most of which I try to ignore and pretend they never happened.  Except of course when they’re really spectacular and noteworthy.  Under those standards have I got a whopper for you.

The idea was to recreate another Johnny Iuzzuni creation, which Aran did so beautifully some time ago  (how is it that every time I get inspired it turns out she’s already beat me to it?).  It’s a chocolate tart shell filled with a lemon custard and topped with a Chocolate Chiboust (Chocolate meringue stabilized with some gelatin, baked ever so briefly).  Having never had chocolate and lemon together I was initially skeptical, but there are some examples out there to look to. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lemon/Lavender Macarons

Posted by osakaben41 on September 14, 2009

A study in the many ways to ruin a perfectly good cookie

A study in the many ways to ruin a perfectly good cookie

In honor of Lance Armstrong and the LIVESTRONG foundation, WinosandFoodies is hosting another Taste of Yellow challenge.  In short, those of us that are either biking fans, or just care about cancer research, bake something yellow in honor of the man and his cause.  It isn’t in itself a fundraiser so much as a reason to mark the day, and something you’ll come across often in the food blogging world.  If you enjoy seeing just how creative a dedicated army of home bakers can be, go and click through some of the past entries.  Humbling and inspiring work, that I was itching to be a part of.

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Lemon Layer Birthday Cake

Posted by osakaben41 on August 15, 2009

Lemon cake

Working under the directive that I need to dispose one way or another of each ‘project’ before starting the next one, it’s nice now and then to get a commission.  It means I get to bake late into the night, take some pictures, pass off a cake that hopefully makes somebody happy, and immediately dive back into the next idea. 

With that in mind, I was asked to make a birthday cake this weekend for a friend.  The general idea was to do something with Lemon, but without nuts, coconut, or other fruit.  It’s for a birthday, so we need to stay relatively traditional (nobody wants to blow out a candle stuck in a flan), the Lemon should make for the centerpiece (no lemon buttermilk sorbet as an side to a white chocolate bread pudding), and no exotic flavor pairings (lemon/kiwi parfaits).

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Lemon Cream Tart

Posted by osakaben41 on July 31, 2009

Dressed Tart

I need to be more careful about calling myself a “baker”.  It gets me in trouble.  Recently one of our dog-walking friends asked me to make a wedding cake for her father.  Of course my immediate reaction is “hell yes”.  What a great project it could be, and as far as projects go, this would be hitting the big time.  Years ago I had made our own wedding cake, but that was a small intimate affair, and there was a margin of error I was allowing myself.   This however would involve logistics, storing/transporting something substantial, pricing out the raw materials, how much would my time be worth as an amateur, or just finding the time between work-kids-dog to do it right.  That said, if you’re going to call yourself a baker, you best get to baking.

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