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My very first gingerbread house

So busy again as usual around Christmas.
I had full internship week, and also working at 2 jobs.

At my internship we made about roughly 200~300 dessertcakes of 1 sort.
Two days I was assigned to something specific like crème and chocolate whipped cream. (and made that like 7 times or more in huge volumes)

But for the first time I finally got time to experiment again. 😀
And I experimented with a gingerbread recipe.

This is what I made:
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It says happy holidays!

It looks a bit amateurish and I don’t know if I got the right recipe at all.
But it tastes great and it is also somewhat sticky/chewy.

Found the recipe on some german site and then followed half of the instructions and added some other things here and there.
(And besides coming short of certain ingredients I just guessed the oven temperature and time :P)

But it looks like a real gingerbread house at least, even though I never tasted one, saw one in real life or have even seen it made before.
My recipe:

  • 180 gram flour
  • 120 honey
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 coffeespoon cacao powder
  • a little bit of cinnamon
  • 1 ground up clove
  • a little bit of ginger and nutmeg

Add it all into a bowl and mix until you got a ball, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Next day roll it out to 3 mm (it will rise in the oven) and cut out the desired shapes. (Do make the roof a bit longer since mine was way to short.)
Bake it at 150 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.

If you have a better recipe, please let me know ^^ thank you!
Have a merry Christmas!!

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Goudengard: Talents contest

Yesterday became a full, educational, fun and inspiring day.
I went to the contest with a lot of classmates, so that made it even more fun.

The result……I came 20th out of 32 people! (and proud of it)

It wasn’t an easy contest at all, the contestants all delivered a high quality dessert cake.

My cake for the contest

The mirror on the cake slipped a little, because of the defrosting.
I had a wonderfull idea the night before the contest, but that was too late too make it and put it into the design. (did make a note for next time)

The next time I will talk about another thing from the contest, because I have too much to talk about and too little time to post it since I have the rest of the week my internship in the bakery. (Wake up at 4:20 means I need to sleep in a few minutes :P)

Some of the other cakes were:

 

 

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A lost cake and my garden

Last week I didn’t post anything, because my grandfather got through a rough time.
He was almost pronounced dead and some days later the doctors didn’t think he would survive it that day resulting in a very chaotic weekend. Continue reading

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Heart cookies :P

I’ve seen stacked cookies come by on the internet a multiple times.
And thought: Why not try myself?
So I wanted to try the decorate part as well, because every cookie should look deliciously cute, no?

So I took my cookie recipe book and thought it was a bit off, then I searched through our schools digital database for a cookie recipe, but I kinda put in too much flour.
So the fresh dough was made of:
97 gram butter (some sort of belgium kind that melts kinda quick :S )
40 gram sugar
A squirt of vanilla flavour (I have a huge bottle :P)
1/3 teaspoon of cookiespice
1/2 teaspoon egg white powder and some water added
120 gram flour

I just kinda followed half /half the recipes and then just added some on feeling.
Think I do that a little bit too much, but you learn when it goes wrong. 😛

So after rolling out and stamping out with my only set of hearts I baked them at 160 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.
Decorated with fondant and silver sugar balls.

Tadaaa!

In close up

I think I should do this recipe some more, because  it tasted like some cookie you can buy here in stores.

Next week I think I will post some cooking again.
Maybe some time in the present I will try out asian food as well. (soo much I want to make from scratch! that you can’t find recipes or ingredients for 😦 at least not so easily)

Eventhough I’m a pastry chef I just love to make food.
For others, with others, to teach, to comfort or just to eat and enjoy.

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Not much but biscuit cupcakes

Yes I know, no fancy stuff today.
I wish it was different.


But look what a cute baking shapes!

Got them during the birthday party and tested them out.
Then the people from the café downstairs got a treat, my dad took some to work and I didn’t have much left for a meet up with someone.
He didn’t mind having only one cupcake covered in chocolate.
Still I felt I should have taken some more, but I felt a bit awkward since this was my first time going out with a guy. (not planned by other friends or planned to do with friends who can’t go the last minute)

These cupcakes are made of simple flour, sugar eggs and afterwards covered in chocolate that easily melts.
In other words if it is hotter than 25 degrees celsius the dark chocolate takes a soft butter form and smudges the face of who eats it.
My father looked funny with the smudge on his face.

The cupcake shaped biscuit was hard to remove sadly enough, but on the other hand the heart shaped slipped out as soon as I turned over the bakingplate.
So I think I’m going to use the heart shapes a little bit more than the cupcake eventhough it is really adorable.

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The cakes aren’t a lie

So yesterday a really fun day.
Yes I’m back from the party.

 Had a lot to talk with friends I haven’t seen for a while.
And had a good friend to talk with, since most of them were unfamiliar for me and where friends from friends.
BUT the cakes came out pretty…. for my good friends at least.
My cake came last place since theirs was birthday present from me.
Look!

Strawberry, chocolate and coffee

 

Chocolate,chocolate and after eight (peppermint with chocolate)

Yesterday I was really afraid I wouldn’t make it and then my friend found out not a lot of people had seen the invite.
So last-minute called a few who we didn’t want to miss and I didn’t have to bake extra stuff.
That saved a lot of time and stress and I could make the marzipan roses quickly. (10 minute per piece completely by hand)
I even made some extra roses but didn’t make anything for my cake beforehand, so here is the result for that.

Like about 15 mintes or less for the decoration on top, but my cake was the first to be almost completely gone!
Mostly also because people found the cinnamon flavour for a cake interesting. (and not a big fan of chocolate)

The black birthday cake cost the most amount of time since I had to paint without a picture and without ruler.
I ended up a little bit higher than starting point, but you can’t blame me for this was my first time painting a cake.

My friends were happy with it, I was happy with it and the guests as well.
I love getting comments for my homemade cakes!
And I did it all without professional stuff! (improvisation can come out pretty well :D)

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Project halfway?

Since half 10 I’ve been busy trying to figure out how to fill those cakes without it staying runny. It is 2 pm right now.
My first problem was keeping it solid enough without sliding through everything and second was I did not have enough big round rings to go over the cake and keep the bavarois in a round shape.

Well I figured it out today!
Just use enough leafs of gelatine and it will be okay. ^-^’
Second was kind of  a crafty solution, but it works!

I made a barrier with baking paper and made sure it fit snugly around the bottom cake piece.
I was afraid it would let go, but it didn’t.

A good idea for if you only have one baking ring and still have to do 2 more. 😀

Only have to make buttercream, decorations and 1 filling and I will be done.
Luckily tomorrow is another day I can work on.

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