BRIOCHE BREAD+ A DILEMMA…

…..oh hey there. Didn’t see y’all there.

So hopefully y’all prepping yourself for Thanksgiving.

(Sidenote: HOLY CRAP! We almost through November!!!

WHERE THE HELL TIME GO??!!!)

Me? I’m prepping for a FRIENDSgiving. And this is my dress rehearsal.

Im making an Apple Cheesecake, CornBread Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes Puree w/ Pecans…

I take rehearsal very seriously.

But that we shall discuss next week (I promise, I swear!)

But currently, I have a dilemma. And maybe you

(YEAH YOU! Sitting there reading this could answer. Listen up)

My 10 year High School Reunion is coming up…YIKES!

However, I dont know if I should go…its the weekend of Thanksgiving…

Not sure who’s genius idea it was to have it that particular weekend.

But I have debated about it for the last few months.

On one hand I’m like, “Hell Naw! I aint going!”

On the other half, Im like, “Its tradition and you never know…FOMO!!!”

That’s “Fear Of Missing Out” for those who don’t know…

What y’all opinion?

Really, I’d like to know…

(That’s where y’all comment….)

Anyways, back to the matter at hand. BRIOCHE

BRIOCHE

Sexy, aint it??

What makes Brioche so special?

Eggs. SO MANY EGGS!

Here’s a secret: We used about 30 eggs in our batch…sexy.

AND BUTTAH! About 2 and 1/2 pounds of it…

But we made  about 12 loaves. So it aint ALL BAD

But rolling out the dough, you can feel the butter seeping through….

(Another Sidebar the word “Seepage”. Real Awkward)

But it looked so good…

BRIOCHE

Word of advice. When you let bread “Proof” LET IT PROOF!!

Take 30-40 minutes to let it do its thing.

NOT every 5 minutes. Cuz then you doing the most and it wont do squat.

People do it at school, its annoying.

Then you sit there like “WHY AINT IT RISING??!”

End Rant.

Anywho, that’s all I got for now.

Next week, Thanksgiving.

It’s one of my all time favs….yeah I said it.

But Comment and/or Subscribe.. I do read what y’all say.

Til next week…I got nothing.

 

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Decorative Bread…Looks Pretty. Dont know if I’d eat it though….

Well, here we are world.

It’s November. Hopefully y’all remember what yesterday was…V prolly did.

Well now that the elections is behind us. There 2 things we can agree on

1. NO MORE DAMN POLITICAL ADS! (LOOK AT GOD!)

2. Thanksgiving is upon us and we need to prepare!

Yeah I said it. THANKSGIVING! Sorry, Not Sorry X-Mas Lovers.

Y’all just gonna have to wait.

That Turkey not gonna cook itself…wait. Nevermind.

Anywhos. Why do I love Thanksgiving more than Christmas?

Well, cuz I actually do most of the cooking. ITS MY TIME TO SHINE YALL!!!

Also, its a chance to sit down with folks and enjoy each others company over a meal…

Plus there’s football on TV all day. If that’s not a beautiful thing, I dont know what is…

Well, we’ll get to that next time. I PROMISE IT WILL HAPPEN.

In the meantime, My Bread’s and Rolls class has been interesting.

I didnt think I’d be good at it.

Who knew there was so much Math and SCIENCE!! behind it all…

Also mostly cuz of using yeast. But I’ve somewhat master it!!!

HUZZAH!!!

But last week, we made Decorative Bread. Basically, it’s Bread “DOUGH” that you can

mold into shapes and pieces that are more for show.

Folks did variations of baskets. I was hungry and wanted Pizza. And so….

Decorative Bread

I made a decorative bread piece into a pizza.

I may or may not have a Pizza addiction…#firstworldproblems

I would highly suggest not eating it. Not saying I HAVE..really I havent. Honestly.

The reason why I say that is, it felt ridonkulosly tough even in the dough form.

When you overwork dough= glutens are formed. And making it REAL tough to chew.

There’s your #funfact for the day…#youwelcome.

Some of my classmates had some good ideas.

One had An “Easter” themed one where she had made a basket with “chicks” in them.

I could only say “DAMMIT MAN! WHY COULDNT I THINK OF SOMETHING LIKE THAT!!!”

Others….not so much. No shade. But I dont know what was going on in their minds….

Decorative Bread

 

FYI if y’all wanna know a tip with the colors on the bread.

Paint AFTER it has baked.

You could before, but you run the risk of it turning a gray-ish color.

I forget “Gray” can be spelled like “Grey”

In real life, I wouldnt have Bell Pepper on my pizza. But Thats just me.

I’m kinda a plain pepperoni and cheese guy to be honest.

I’ve come to realize: I dont venture out much when it comes to food.

And I’m a pastry chef…#dontjudgeme

Don’t know if it was a contest. Prolly wouldnt have won.

But I’d like to think I did well enough, people like the idea…

Welp, that’s all I got for now…

Follow along, I swear I do try and update this sucker when I can…

Til then “CHEESE CLOTH” is an awkward word.

Along with “Seepage” ….

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A long detailed explanation of my absence…that word is hard to spell…

Well, well. WELL!

When’s the last time I posted? BEFORE Labor Day??? YIKES!…

I have a reason for that. And here it goes…

Well for the month of September, a lot happened.

I’m a year older. For those keeping score, I’m a ole 28 years old. Thats a weird age….

Also juggling School plus 2 part-time jobs was no easy feat.

How I did it? Clearly the Big Guy Upstairs…

And I figured once the season ended at one of my jobs, things would be a bit better..

However. That job, I got fired from. (YIKES!)

What happened you ask? Welp, its a long winded tale to write.

But a person’s wild(and fairly weird) complaint got me fired basically.

Did i apologize for any wrong-doing I was unaware of? Yeup.

But in the industry of “The Customer is always right” even if you dont agree w/that person.

They win out. And I got axed.

Was I bitter? yeah.

4 years there. Never getting into any trouble.

And one crazy bogus thing happens, I get the walking papers. Was not fun.

Nobody said “I LOVED GETTING FIRED! TURN UP!!!”

What sucked was: A. It was less than a week after my b-day. and B. I was in the middle of school.

You know how hard it is to hear “You’re Terminated” and make Jalapeno Cheddar Bread the same day??

Fortunately, my group members were understanding and helped me through it.

Also, I have my other job. Pretty sure I couldnt get fired, even if I tried….too soon?

I also got help from fwiends and as well as from Ace of Base. “The Sign” go hard people….

Sidenote: I thought it was “I saw the Sun”… did anybody think that too??

Having said that, enough time passed to where I was able to not be bitter and crack jokes.

I’m a “comedian” if you hadnt noticed.  But if I was to have come back, it would’ve been my last year.

I’m nearly done w/ school. And Pastry is the field, I’m going into.

Am I grateful for the opportunity working where I was? yeah. I try not to hold grudges…

Do I tend to dwell on past experiences? Yeup. But I’m working on that. See me next week about that….

Having said all that. I did whilst away, managed to pull off a groomscake for a wedding.

As seen here:

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The Groom is a friend of mine, and also a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan.

Thus why the “Fleur De Lis” and The “WHO DAT”

Fun Fact: After 3 days. I was able to get it all put together.

Also, the smell of chocolate lingered around my kitchen for a few days. It got gross after while.

#bakerproblems

It was a pleasure though to get it all done once and for all. And people liked it.

Guess you’ve done your job when the Groomscake goes faster than the actual wedding cake.

Tempering Chocolate= SUCKS!!!

But it did pay off in the end. Thanks Pastry Arts!!

Welp. That’s all I got for now. I promise y’all, I wont wait damn near 2 months to get back with y’all.

With that said. Next week, I will bring y’all those bread pics.

My freezer hates me at the moment…

 

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Lost at (Chocolate) Sea Cake…or BP Oil Spill Cake #SHOTSFIRED #JKJK!!

Well world,

A post within 2 weeks?? PROGRESS!!!

Like I’ve said a bajillion times. I’ve been SOOOO busy being a workaholic.

Hopefully y’all had a good Labor Day. I spent 3/4 of the weekend Working.

31 hours in 3 days….YAH!!

Actually Friday, I somehow managed to work both jobs AND go to skool in the morning…

That was nothing but a miracle from The Big Guy Upstairs…

But this week, should be decent. Work wise.

Labor Day I discovered something: NETFLIX.

So this may or may not be my last post for a very long time…jk.

I did that all summer. HELLO!!!

Anyways, there’s a show I discovered from my co-workers called “The Mind of A Chef”

Holy Crap

Found me a new addiction. I now see where “Bing Watching” comes from.

Anywho’s I survived the first week of Skool. During the fall, you’ll see a lot of pics of bread.

Why?

Cuz that’s the lab class I’m taking for the semester. So HELLO CARBS!!!

And Im chuckin the deuces to my current waistline. Kidding. Not Kidding.

So before I start posting a bunch of pics of Bread. I wanted to do a Throwback if you will.

I know it aint Thursday, but Whatevs. This is the Chocolate Sea Cake  I did over the summer.

CHOCOLATE

It’s made up of entirely chocolate. Dark and White Chocolate. It was beach themed.

Or as some of my housemates and I dubbed it the “BP Oil Spill Cake” #SHOTSFIRED!

I liked this cake we did, mainly cuz it wasnt covered in Fondant. I’m not real fan of it.

Although, it just reminded me I got a cake in the fridge I need to work on soon…yikes.

We shall see what idea I come up for that one. Although I’d prolly wont want to eat it.

Alot of sweat, tears and Chocolate went into that cake.

You have no idea how many stains of Chocolate I got on myself…The Struggle.

Welp. That’s all I got for now.

Feel free to subscribe, I do update this sucker, fairly often.

Til then, don’t wear white and work with Chocolate.

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!!

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So WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO???

Hey Gang!

Sorry for the no post for the last 50-11days. I cant keep track, anyways.

I have been a ridonkulousy busy boy for the last few months..and I will explain why.

No, not in like those soap opera shows where it’s vague and dragged out for 2 weeks.

But here in a nutshell is what: I was in Summer School and I work 2 Jobs.

No. That aint a typo. I currently have 2 jobs…

Both take up a lot of mah time when I work doubles (aka Both)

So finding time to write to y’all has been a struggle.

And THAT STRUGGLE IS REAL!!!

I’ve come to terms with something: I’m a workaholic.

There have been weeks where I’ve worked around 40-50 hrs.

Which to some seems like WHHAAAAAAA???

And I would look forward to working that much…is that weird???

Part of me was like “BRING IT!! I CAN DO THIS!!!”

Then there was the rest that was like “THE HELL WRONG WITH YOU???!!!”

But I think I’m in work detox as I’ve had the last few days off.

Which Lord knows when the last time that was, I think the 4th of July week.

Seems like a distant memory.

But I wanted to update y’all w/a cake. (I KNOW FINALLY!!)

Explosion Cake

This cake right above you is my Cake Decorating Final.

We had to do an “Explosion” Cake w/a Theme.

As for me, I chose Football as my theme. Its coming…and THIS GUY IS READY!!!!

It’s not my best execution of the cake. But I think the creativity was there.

If y’all saw how I was w/Fondant back in June. I think this shows improvement.

I was very new to Fondant. I’m still “Team Buttercream”, but Fondant aint so bad.

Hopefully I don’t have to make too many fondant cakes.

But it’ll happen I’m sure of it. But at least I can make my own Fondant.

Explosion Cake

BTW, these pics were taken by my former rommate’s wife Hailey. #SHOUTOUT

The Orange and Brown colors were down for all those newly acquired Cleveland Browns fans.

I’m kinda over a lot of things. The Manziel talk is one of them.

Also this whole dumping water on yourself to avoid donating money for charity…

I hope nobody nominates me cuz then I’ll have to donate money (OH NO!!!)

Btw, what happens after 24 hrs if you get nominated?

Do you get egged? Tar’d and Feathered? Somebody hits your knee w/a bat?

Just curious…

Anyways, that’s all I got.

No promises, but I think in September, things will be a lot less cray cray.

And you’ll hear from me more often.

That’s for the few that actually read this thing. And the rest of y’all that sees the pics.

Anyways, til next time….

 

 

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So To Recap: I suck at keeping up with y’all…#mybad

It’s been a full 30 days, I believe since I last wrote on here.

And I owe it to yall to keep y’all in da loop about what has happened in the past 30 days.

The previous post, I was doing a wedding cake.

However. THAT Didnt work.

Now before y’all get all sad and like “AWW WHAT HAPPENED??!!”

It was mutual decision. And No, nobody had any diva demands.

My schedule for the last few months has been what people would call “CRAY CRAY”

Basically, I work 2 jobs and I’m in summer skool (yeah I spell/say it that way)

I pretty much one week can work 40-42 hrs. Crazy right?

And for them, it wouldnt be fair for me to try to work at odd hours of the night, baking/frosting/decorate a wedding cake and it not be up to par.

So I held no grudge. Hell, I even went to the wedding.

It was lovely. Ironically, I left before they cut the cake.

NO, not being bitter. But I was running on 2 hours of sleep the night before working.

I was working the Beyonce/Jay-Z concert. That is another post in itself.

So that’s why, I haven’t been able to keep up w/the posts regularly.

Hopefully, once work slows down a bit in October, I’ll have time to keep y’all updated with stuff.

But the least I could do for y’all is to post a pic of some of the work, I’ve been doing in class.

Now it aint fancy, or what I like. But people seem to like it I guess.

EXPLOSION

 

I call it the EXPLOSION cake…emphasis on EXPLOSION!!!

I’ve learned in my cake class so far this summer is this

FONDANT IS THE DEVIL!!!

Not really. But I rather not work with it, if I don’t have to.

But that’s life. You gotta make due w/stuff,even if ya hate it.

That’s all I got right now.

I’m pretty sure once October rolls around (OCTOBER???!!) things will somewhat slow down.

I’ll try keep y’all posted…keyword TRY

Fun Fact: this post took me a week to write. Not cuz I couldnt think to write anything.

But I forgot to push send….OOPS. #MYB

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The Weddin’ Cake Project…

Well, Well, Well….

I go nearly 30 days w/o as much as a “HI” or a “SUP”

That’s gotta be a new record for me eh??

Well, alot has happened.

Mostly, I’ve been working. And Working. AND WORKING…

Yeah that’s pretty much as what One Direction says “THE STORY OF MY LIFE”

It aint easy juggling 2 jobs at the same time peoples.

Well I was supposed to do some guy’s b-day cake 10 days ago…THAT DIDNT WORK.

No, not the usual, falling out amongst the client and baker.

I hadnt heard from him about the major stuff:

i.e. Where it was?  What time?  How Many people are gonna be there?

Those are important if you makin a 3 tiered b-day cake…

Thus why they charge by the slice at weddings…

Cuz you make as much for how many is assumed will be for the # of guests.

#FUNFACT: I worked last Friday a 14 hr day working both gigs….oofh.

Thank God for Planners/Calendars…

Cuz other wise I’d be SOOOOOOOOOO confused.

Well anyways “THE WEDDIN’ CAKE” Project is as follows.

On July 19th, I’m doing a Wedding that will be about 200 guests…oofh.

This Thursday, I’m doing a Cake Testing w/ 2 Cakes Below

The Wedding Cake Proj

Red Velvet

And Chocolate Cake w/ Cookies & Cream Filling

The Wedding Cake Proj

Those are the cakes in the “CRUMB COAT” stage… obviously…

But needless to say, It’s a pretty big deal attempting to pull this off.

And this will be part 1 of a series…I promise I’ll try to keep this updated next week.

Seriously, next week is the week of the 4th, so thats my vacay week.

HOLY CRAP! WHERE’D JUNE GO???

Anyways, that’s all I got for nows. I gotta finish frosting Zee Cakes!

ZEE CAKES!!!

That’s me tryna be french….

this  boys and girls is a “GO HOME YOUR DRUNK” moment here…

 

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