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Archive for the ‘Sauce’ Category

Chocolate Oeufs a la neige (Floating Islands)

Posted by osakaben41 on March 25, 2010

They say the 100 pleats in a chef’s toque represent the number of different ways to cook an egg.  If that’s true I’ve got at least another 70 to learn, but this at least was a step in that direction.  More commonly known State-side as “floating Islands” Oeufs a la neige (translated from French as “eggs in snow”) usually consists of poached meringue in a creme anglaise sauce. 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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Hazelnut Tiramisu – DB’s September challenge

Posted by osakaben41 on February 27, 2010




Hazelnut Tiramisu with Cardamom-Caramel sauce and Kahlua Jelly


It’s that time again for another Daring Bakers entry.  This one holds a special place for me, as Tiramisu was the first dessert my wife and I made together (we were dating then).  You’re going to think this a made up story, but it was while spending a week in a Tuscan villa just south of Florence.  Lazy mornings reading the Herald Tribune while sipping cappuccinos in town.  spend half the day shopping for dinner, then back to the house to cook with family and friends.  Seems almost unfair to get a taste of retirement before even getting into a career, but I digress…

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.  (recipes as always, listed below)

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Oranges with Rosemary Sabayon

Posted by osakaben41 on August 22, 2009


Just a quickie this time. I found myself with a leftover Orange right around the same time I came across yet another inspirational Pastry blog.   Something that I’ve come across time and again that I’ve yet to get a chance to try is a simple Sabayon sauce. Charlie Trotter does a number of variations of a standard Crème Anglaise (Tarragon, Brown Butter, etc.) and I’ve come across a number of Sabayon interpretations as well (White Chocolate, apple cider, Sambucca etc.) that they both seemed like good basic things to have in the repertoire.

This recipe was nothing more than some slices of Orange served with a Rosemary Sabayon. Simple, elegant, light. A nice break from the heavy 35-layer chocolate cakes out there. I’m not yet at the point where I’ll be inventing sauces like this, if for no other reason than just about every idea I’ve ever had has already been done and written about online (thank you Google and Flickr).


Otherwise, I’m going to call this a victory for the better angles of simplicity. No tuile garnish, no Dried fruit chips. It was hard to do, but still encouraging to know that restraint is possible.

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