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The Napoleon….That Dessert everybody does on Chopped

So world,

I’ve been a busy boy….in a good way.

School is nearin the end for the semester…SCHOOLS OUT!!…except I got summer school.

#wompwompwomp

No I didnt fail…I just chose to try and finish up skool faster…

But I got some news. I got a new job and its in Culinary!!

That’s right, yours truly is a Kitchen Assistant at Sur La Table.

What does that mean???

In a nutshell, I’m a TA in a College Professor’s class.

Survived mah first day Tuesday, so HUZZAH!! and HUZZAH! to future more!!!

So back to skool…who’s ready for a vacay? THIS GUY!!!

This semester has been a lesson in learning that “PATIENCE IS KEY” and “COMMUNICATE!!!”

Basically a lot of unnecessary chaos/drama in 6hrs will make you wanna take a drink after while.

My drink of choice? LEMONADE!

So help me, if you ruin a pitcher of lemonade. I will not forgive you for it….

Anyways, Napoleon. (There goes my usual short-attention span, self)

Napoleon

It’s the dessert of choice on CHOPPED. Or PAN PERDU (French Toast)

PORQUE?

Cuz it’s easy to assemble and you can pick and choose what you want to go in it.

Also only having 30 minutes in a dessert round is straight up nuts.

It’s in that realm of “LASAGNA” where you can layer it w/Puff Pastry and Cream.

What exactly is “PUFF PASTRY”?

Basically A lot of Flour and Water and BUTTER! SOO MUCH BUTTER!!!

You fold cold butter into flour and run in it through a sheeter machine cuz otherwise, it’ll take FOOORREEEEVVERRRRR to do it by hand.

And when you put the Puff Pastry in the oven to bake. The BUTTER! has water and the water will turn to steam and cause the layers to rise or “Puff” up and become flaky layers.

Flaky is a weird word….

There ya have it…. SCIENCE!!!!

The Magic School Bus taught me everything I know about Science…#dontjudge

Napoleon

In said “NAPOLEON” there’s Kiwi, Strawberry and a Raspberry on top…

Totes Adorbs right???

Anyways, it’s all layered with Pastry Cream. Which is basically: MILK, Heavy Cream, Egg Yolks, Sugar and Corn Starch.

ET VOILA!! NAPOLEON.

You think it was named after that guy cuz it’s real short?? Who knows.

Anyways, its all I got for nows.

Subscribe/Like/Comment on Stuff..I do read it.  SERIOUSLY. It pops up in my e-mail box.

Til next time….

I’ve ran outta clever sayings….OH WELLS

 

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An Empress Torte and I know “YOU STILL POST???!”

(*Looks at the ground while shuffling feet)

Hey Guys….so whats happening?

Oh you know, when work+ school happens, it gets a bit cray cray….

My bad for not posting nothing for 2 weeks, this day n age, folks attention spans aint what it used to be.

Now I sound Old…

Anyways, so it’s nearing the end of the semester for me…and who’s ready for a Vacay??

THIS GUY!!!!!

A few weeks away and then…SUMMER SCHOOL!!! (whoopie)

Fortunately, I’m only taking 1 class this summer and its 7 hours long each week.

Culinary school makes you jaded by what makes most folks spazz about.

“What’s that?? Recipe calls for 3 pounds of Butter? Okay…”

I will say, something that I’ve learned in school that’s prolly the most valuable:

How to deal with people’s personalities and conflicts….

We are around each other for 6+ hours and sometimes drama happens.

And it don’t matter if you in a Culinary program at the local community college or the C.I.A.

That’s Culinary Institute of America, not that government agency thingy….

Sometimes you’ll have good weeks, and there are weeks where you literally are doing everything solo.

Cuz you group sent a memo that you missed out on that said “HEY Y’ALL, LETS NOT SHOW UP THIS WEEK”…

But how you handle that challenge will more or less in a cliche way will test your character.

#OLEBILLPHILOSOPHY

anywho, that was mah thought for the week. On to the Empress Torte:

Empress Torte

What the heck is it?

Welp, its a Torte that has an Almond Genoise Cake, Lemon Curd Filling, Raspberry Moussiline on the outside, With Strawberry Gelee on top whilst it sits on a Dacquoise.

What’s that? In ENGLISH?? (Btw, remember #SPEAKAMERICAN from the SuperBowl? Hilariously Dumb, am I right??)

  • Almond Genoise Cake= Almond Paste+ Eggs whipped for 20 minutes,w/Cake Flour folded in
  • Lemon Curd= Citrus Custard
  • Raspberry Moussiline= A Mousse with Gelatin added  in it to give it shape.
  • Gelee= A fruit puree with Gelatin added to it.
  • Dacquoise=  Meringue with Almond in it and baked. It’s on the bottom to hold it all together.

And that’s tempered White Chocolate on Top

Empress Torte

Basically, it aint a Cheap Dessert. It’s something a fancy country club would serve or some fancy frou frou place.

Yeah I used “Frou Frou” in a sentence #dontjudgeme.

Welp, that’s all I got for now…

I promise to try n do better. And not go weeks w/o posting something.

Oh btw, the Torte tasted pretty good…

Til next time, WILL SOMEBODY FIND SPRING???!!!

AND LET HER KNOW WINTER’S STILL DRUNK WITH POWER!!!

 

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A Cinnamon Roll and Some Thoughts….HMMM

This post was based on what happened Friday thru Sunday.

Basically, the weekend pretty much sucked. In a nut shell.

So the cinnamon roll seen below…

Cinnamon Roll

Is from my Laminated Dough class. Basically it’s 90% female, and when have some “Queen B” personalities….get the hell out the way.

I’ve watched “Real Housewives”…some chicks are nuts

Anyways, in my group, one of my members has been flaky (no pun intended) with her attendance.

Another table felt that we should report that to our chef teacher aka “throw ___ under the bus”

However I went to speak w/my group member. Turns out she has an illness called “Lupus”.

Basically, it weakens your body to where you get extremely fatigued real quick.

And our teacher knew the whole time, good thing I asked her instead of what the other table “suggested”.

I felt like I had a “Jesus Moment”

NO, not a “I turned Water into Wine” moment.  But rather a “Compassion and Understanding” moment rather than Judging.

I see why people like him, he was ’bout that life.

Being compassionate that is.

I think that shocked her more than anything cuz she didnt want to be bullied or viewed as being lazy….

Amazing how if we just take a minute and ASK how that one person is doing makes a whole world of difference rather than just judging and forming your own opinion of said person.

After that moment, I realized sometimes your gut trumps what other people say. ONLY in certain scenarios though…

Then on Sunday, a friend of mine’s father suddenly passed away.

It’s never easy dealing w/death. Esp. when its a parent. She such a sweetheart and to hear that made my heart drop.

I guess if I learned anything last weekend it was that certain things we make a HUGE fuss about, don’t really matter in the end.

Yeah we could be frustrated having to make SO MANY CROISSANTS…but when you think about it. They’ll still be there,  people wont.

So pick and choose what you wanna “fight over” is what I would suggest.

Cinnamon Rolls

My bad for the somewhat sad yet thought provoking post.

But I felt that this was something was on my nogging and felt COMPELLED to say/write this…

For those curious “Operation: Wedding Cake” is going according to plan.

Day 1: Bake The Cake and Day 2: Dye the Frosting and Make Lemon Curd are in the Books…

Day 3: ASSEMBLE! is tomorrow.

Fun Fact: Its Rodeo Season and I REALLY want something deep fried.

That is all… til next time. Dont worry, I’ll tell y’all all about the cake, even post a pic or two.

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The Return of the Red Velvet Cake…and Spring…maybe.

Oh hey there world…

I know I forgot to say somethin last week. I have no excuse…

It was kinda one of those days where you kinda just say “NAHHHH”

I think we all are entitled to have a day where we just say “NAAHHH” and start over another day.

Speaking of Starting Over, SPRING.  WHERE THE HECK ARE YA???!!!

Saturday, it was in the 70’s down here and it felt WONDERFUL.

Then what happened?? Sunday Night: 30’s… PLEASE COME BACK!!!

#THESTRUGGLEISREAL

That’s my new saying for the year….kinda like w/ FOMO!!

FOMO= Fear Of Missing Out

Anyways, Red Velvet…

Red Velvet

As seen above,  that is from my Cake Decorating Class…not the best design I’ve done.

Dont Judge…I’m workin on it.

I’ve found reason to bake little 6 inch cakes SOLELY to practice my decorating skillz…Crazy.

Shoot. I might even do that on my Spring Break. Which apparently is next week.

Had I’d known, I may have done something for it…CANCUN!!!!

Prolly not, If I went down there for Spring Break, I’d be viewed as a Senior Citizen.

Although that wouldn’t be too bad cuz I’d get decent discounts on stuff.

But alas, I will not be doing any traveling. I shall be working

I’ve got cookies to ship and a Wedding Cake to make on the last day of the holiday.

So I’m gonna need another break from “Spring Break”

Hopefully I wont go stir bat crazy though…that would suck.

Anyways, if there was a “TIP” I would give y’all for the Red Velvet Cake seen below

I was trying to be cute and make it look fancy or from Wal-Mart, whichever….

Red Velvet

It is this: Depending on your recipe, if the cake dont have butter in it.

  • Start by Whipping the Sugar and Eggs together til they get nice and pale and fluffy….then your oil
  • Finally alternate the Dry Ingredients (Flour, Baking Soda) w/ Liquid (Buttermilk)
  • If you try to add all the flour at once to your wet, you run the risk of the batter being tough, I found to be at least. Because you need something liquid to help mix it.
  • Also the less Cocoa Powder, the more RED your RED VELVET will be…

Welp, that’s all I got for now.

I would try to post something about piping. But I’m NOWHERE near that stage yet.

Maybe by the end of the semester.

Anyways, if any of y’all find Spring, tell them that they suck and need to get to work.

Winter’s too drunk w/power.

#MICDROP

 

 

 

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Cake, Cake and More Cake…and an Announcement…Ooohhh!

Hello there world…

Some of y’all thought I’d forgot to post yesterday huh?

And prolly thought “Y U NO POST?!!?” I need one of those memes for that….

Anyways, I had somethin cray cray happen a couple days ago..

A friend of mine who’s gettin married in a month, asked me to put together a Cake Tasting…

I had to whip up Three Cakes, yeah thats right 3 of ’em..

Cake Trio

As seen above

The one on the Front Left is a Strawberry Cake w/ White Chocolate Frosting

The One on the Front Right is Red Velvet

And the One in the Back Middle is  a Lemon Cake

And I had roughly 36 hours to put it all together…

So what does all this mean???

Basically, THIS GUY! (me…) is doing a wedding cake..

That’s right a REAL LIVE WEDDING CAKE!!

Moving up in the world, no?

It was kinda a moment, you take a step back and say “HOLY CRAP ITS REAL NOW!!!”

I believe the wedding will be roughly around the time 5 years ago, (I KNOW!!!) that I first baked dinner rolls from scratch…

And now I’m doing a wedding cake… HOLY CRAP ITS REAL!!!

Oh and if y’all wonder “WHICH ONE DID THEY PICK??!!!??”

Cake Trio

 

They went with the Lemon Cake…

In this pic above, its the one in the Back Left…

See how helpful I am w/this…

Anyway, that’s my announcement and I’m stickin to it…

That’s all I got for this week, if y’all like what y’all see: Comment, Like and/or Subscribe..

With all this cake, WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH IT ALL??!!!?!!

#BAKERPROBLEMS

The Struggle is Real!

 

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BEHOLD!! A Rubies Torte….for V-day…#youwelcome…i guess

I’d like to first warn y’all….

I’ve been cooking like a cray cray person the last few days… and I’m kinda “Toopy”

“Toopy”= Tired and Loopy. It sounded better in my head.

I’m cooking for a singles dinner for my class tonight.

Lasagna two-ways: Regular and Zucchini (Gluten Free)

It was a good idea at the time….so I thought.

You try and make Lasagna for 60 people….yeah 60…

So much zucchini…..I’ve been mentally fried as of late so if this post seems weird….

But anyways last week in class, we made a “Rubies Torte”

Rubies Torte

As you can see right above y’all…it’s quite fancy

What’s in it?

It’s a chocolate-almond cake w/a Raspberry Gelee , Raspberry Ganache topped w/ Chocolate Gelee…

Rubie's Torte

All the other stuff on the side is tempered chocolate…

Figured since it’s V-day tomorrow, that it’s only right, since chocolate is what anybody wants…

Fyi, for those like me who are, once again, single on this holiday….

You don’t need a “Lover” on Valentines Day, you just need “Love”

But hopefully you don’t let the holiday let y’all down….

Yeah I had some poetic thought and it went out the window….

Told y’all I mentally fried….

I got “Love” for tomorrow…it’s called Ice Cream. She wont let me down.

That’s all I got…I’ll hush and let y’all gaze upon this sucker…

Rubies Torte

 

 

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How about some Tiramisu for all those strugglin in the “Snow Storms…

I know, I know, it aint HUMP DAAYYYEE!!

But I at least remember to post right??

So, down here in the south we’ve been struggling w/the “Snow Storms”

Here in Texas, we’ve got Rain + 30 degree weather aka PANIC!!!

I lived in Kansas for 6 years, and I’ve driven in snow and sleet…its the others who have no idea what to do…

Fun Fact: A car behind me on the highway spun out…they were okay though.

Anywho, shout out to anybody in Georgia…that HAD to be tough.

The struggle was real for y’all.

With that said…how bout some Tiramisu:

Tiramisu

You’ve prolly heard of it…but WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!

Tiramisu= Italian phrase for “Pick Me Up”…seriously.

It’s like a dessert version of Lasagna…layers and layers of stuff.

  • You take “Ladyfingers” as they are called. Basically mini sponge-cakes.
  • Then you take Marscapone Cheese (Italy’s Cream Cheese) make a “mousse” like filling
  • Layer it up, ladyfingers first, then filling, then ladyfingers. You then finish off w/filling
  • Then coat w/some chocolate.

Tiramisu

I was trying to be “Fancy” w/those lil chocolate designs or whatever…

We did a chocolate “Gelee” on top…what is that? Basically anything w/ Gelatin in it to give it body and not be soupy…

So…that’s all I got for now…kinda had a brain fart and forgot what I was gonna say.

It was prolly gonna be something random. But I’ll get back to y’all on that.

Til then, do Subscribe and/or Like this page…even better: COMMENT!

Seriously.

Anyways, y’all stay warm..HOLY CRAP! February is almost here…dangit man.

The Struggle Is Real!

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The Red(Raiders) Wedding…for all y’all GoT nerds…

Oh hey world…

I have an announcement, that’s the realm of that “Game of Thrones” episode….

You know where you SHOULDA read the book but you didnt and are just straight up shocked..

I will no longer post on Thursdays….WHHHHYYYYY!!!!! OOHHHHHHH!H!!!!!!

Instead I will post on Wednesdays for a while aka HUMP DAAAYYYE!!!

To answer that question, I got class on Thursdays in the morning so I wont be done til late so…

It aint like I’m forgetting y’all like that time over the Holidays (SHOTS FIRED!!)

So remember that time I said I did a groomscake for a wedding?

Welp, here’s the pic of the cake (warning, it’s not on a “Smartphone” #dontjudgme)

 

Texas Tech Cake

Like I said, dont judge the “quality” of the pic, I used my non-smartphone to take it cuz I forgot my normal camera…

So anyways, THAT is for y’all Texas Tech fans out theeyah (there)

The groom was a Tech grad and insisted that he have a Texas Tech Groomscake…

It took a day and a half (the half day was the actually wedding day)

Note: It’s important to eat WHILE you are working…

Working on an empty stomach= LOOPY Behavior…

Needless to say, the groom was happy and all the people there were impressed. I was impressed.

Not sounding arrogant, BUT it’s kinda like taking a step back and saying “Dang, I did that…”

Welp, after I finished the cake, I had A LOT of cake “Scraps” left over and got bored and frosted some leftovers

Chocolate Cake

As seen above…

I had a lot of cake and a lot of frosting so I figured why not FOMO!!

FOMO= Fear Of Missing Out aka 2014’s YOLO.

Afterwards I pretty much gave that all away to friends…apparently food wins people over.

My Piping Skillz is slowly but surely getting better though…#progress

Chocolate Cake!!!

As seen there…

But I am gonna be taking Cake Decorating this semester, so it’ll be (hopefully) 10x WAAY better than what I’ve done so far at this point in my “Career”..

So, what’s the next thing to take down???

Well I’m unofficially/”officially” doing a groomscake involving Kyle Field…

That’s for y’all Texas A&M Aggie lovers out there….

Welp, that’s a mouthful of stuff I just typed…hopefully that entertained y’all

Til Wednesday…

Btw, anybody watching GoT after that “Red Wedding” episode anyways??

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Shortbread Cookies for 2014….FINALLY!!

SO…Hey World….

Long Time, huh…..

It’s been a WHIRLWIND of the last couple weeks…well ya know

Christmas+ New Years Eve+ A Wedding = Not likely to post anything

No, I didn’t get married. BUT I did do a Groomscake for a wedding…

Took me a about 2 days to pull off…I’ll post about that next week. I SWEAR!!!

But I just wanted to catch up on what I did for gifts for X-Mas…Shortbread Cookies

Figured it would work on theses reasons…

1. I had NO IDEA what to get anybody

2. It’s financially easy to pull off.

3. Who DOESNT like cookies? Seriously…you have no soul…kidding/not kidding.

So I made a CRAP TON of Short Bread Cookies:

Regular

Shortbread Cookies

and Chocolate.

Shortbread Cookies

I tried to temper chocolate and dip them, however, I was running low on chocolate and just started drizzling the chocolate over them as seen above.

AND I even made them festive for the holiday…btw speaking of which, anybody catch themselves listening to x-mas music now?

I still drink Egg Nog…dont judge.

Well, I know I’m behind on my annual “LETS LOOK BACK ON THE YEAR”

But 2013, was cray cray…doing a groomscake for 2 different weddings, enrolled in culinary school, running a whole bunch…that was just some of the highlights.

What are y’all Resolutions for this year??

2014, I look to finish school, maybe attempt a half-marathon. Oh and get a smartphone.

I know, I know.. HOW DO YOU NOT HAVE A SMARTPHONE??!!!!

Well, when it comes to those, I am an 85 year old man..they don’t call me “Ole-Bill” for nothing y’all….

Til next time…

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Cranberry-Apple “Pie”/”Tart” and I used too many quotes..

So, apparently SOMEBODY (i.e. Me) forgot to update this sucker….

#whoops #mybad

I’ve had a busy week and a half…

Projects, Exams, Certification Exams…and all of this in Culinary…#sheesh

So after today, I will have survived my first semester of Culinary Skool (thats how I spell it)…

And what have I learned?? That I’ve eaten more Raspberry Jam in the last few months than I have in  the previous 26+ years in my life…

I’m pretty sure I’ve got Raspberry seeds somewhere in my jaw, and I’m prolly growing a Raspberry tree in my gut.

But no doubt I have enjoyed every day that I’m in the kitchen…even if I may not been “in the mood” (that don’t sound dirty)

7am classes also are tough, both physically and mentally. But it is quite purrty seeing the sunrise though…but it may/may not be a cause in my somewhat insomnia.

But nonetheless, I have learned a lot and I am proud of me for going through it and surviving this 1st semester…

GO ME!!!!!

Anyways, for my assignment in my “Pies, Tarts and Teacakes” class, we had the option of writing a paper (something about pastry chefs and the holidays) or make a pie and take a pic of it….

I wonder what sapp ACTUALLY wrote a paper?

So as you can tell, I chose option #2…And here it is:

Cranberry-Apple Pie/Tart

Cranberry-Apple Pie. See I do my homework!

I ended up using dried Cranberries, if you stumble upon those, let’em sit in some orange juice for about 10 minutes…

I told my chef-teacher, that it was pretty fun having my fam (thats family) watch as I work like a crazy person in my aunt’s kitchen…

Thanksgiving is my Holiday like I’ve said prolly a bajillion times.

After the storm of the dinner, I was in my PJ’s drinking Eggnog.

Y’all can have your “Black Friday” shopping..I prefer NOT to get into an awkward taser battle w/some rando over bath towels, bed sheets or SKYFALL on Blu-Ray…

I enjoy my Eggnog, I would drink it year round, however the Summer Time would be a bit tough on the stomach..

Well that’s all I got for now, I’ve got 1 more final to do and I gotta prep for my friend comin into town this weekend.

Til next time, I’m gonna make Eggnog…I may or may not have a problem…

 

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