Chocolate and Vanilla by Lisa Weiss, Gale Gand

By Lisa Weiss, Gale Gand

Love Vanilla?
Award-winning pastry chef and meals community big name Gale Gand considers vanilla the underwear of baking: It’s an invisible crucial, the object you place on sooner than the rest; but if given the highlight, it’s each piece as horny and welcoming as chocolate–vanilla enthusiasts could say much more so. during this flip/cookbook, Gand bargains tips about operating with either vanilla beans and vanilla extract, revealing that is top for what, and encompasses a priceless substitution consultant. after which it’s directly to the great things: recipes for impossible to resist chocolates that show off vanilla’s beguiling style. With one part dedicated to truffles utilizing complete vanilla beans–think Vanilla Raspberry Rice Pudding with Lemon-Vanilla Caramel and Late-Night Vanilla Flan–and one other concentrating on extract–such as Vanilla-Blueberry Crumb Cake and Boston Cream Cupcakes–these are recipes which are something yet simple vanilla.

Love Chocolate?
Say the notice chocolate and a chocoholic’s face lighting fixtures up with visions of completely fulfilling, wealthy pleasures. during this enjoyable flip/cookbook, award-winning pastry chef and nutrients community famous person Gale Gand stocks her favourite how you can indulge family members and friends–and your self.

Gand bargains tips about purchasing and dealing with chocolate, together with demystifying these ever-confusing cacao possibilities, sooner than setting out to enterprise with greater than thirty luscious, tempting recipes. geared up by way of kind of chocolate–dark, semi-sweet, milk, and white–they run the gamut from basic treats similar to Chocolate-Praline Cake in a Jar and Creamy Dreamy Walnut Fudge to impress-the-guests cakes that come with Mexican sizzling Chocolate Fondue and Chocolate-Almond Upside-Down Cake. observed by way of fun anecdotes, precious make-ahead notes, and transparent, easy options, Gand’s creations are as a lot enjoyable to make as they're to consume.

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Whilst still warm, use a skewer to make holes in the top of each biscuit so you can thread them with string or ribbon to hang on your tree. 5 Leave to cool on the baking sheets until the sweets have set hard, then transfer to a wire rack. Once completely cool, thread with a string or fine ribbon and hang on your tree. Stained Glass Tree Biscuits MARY’S GINGERBREAD HOUSE YOU WILL NEED: 3 LARGE BAKING SHEETS; A STAR PASTRY CUTTER; 2 MEDIUM PIPING BAGS FITTED WITH 2 PLAIN NOZZLES, 1 MEDIUM AND 1 SMALL; 1 × 30CM SQUARE CAKE BOARD; 2 NIGHT-LIGHT CANDLES; 6 COCKTAIL STICKS 375g unsalted butter 300g dark muscovado sugar 150g golden syrup 900g plain flour 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons ground ginger icing sugar, for dusting For the icing 3 egg whites 675g icing sugar, sifted 3 teaspoons lemon juice To decorate 15 yellow or orange boiled sweets 200g giant milk chocolate buttons 1 Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.

Cut the back door into 3 pieces to use as props to keep the trees upright. Decorate the Christmas trees with piped icing and fix them onto the cake board with icing and gingerbread props. Dust the roof with icing sugar and light the night-lights using a candle lighter through the open back door. Do not leave the candles lit unattended, and it is best not to burn the candles inside the house for longer than 15 minutes or they may singe the inside of the roof and start to melt the chocolate buttons.

Seedy Flatbreads for Cheese HOMEMADE PRETZELS These are the perfect nibble to accompany a glass of fizz. If you prefer, you can make them sweet rather than savoury by sprinkling them with demerara sugar instead of salt just before baking. MAKES 8 175ml warm water � teaspoon caster sugar 1 × 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting ⅔ teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda 1 medium egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon melted butter rock salt, for sprinkling 1 Mix the warm water with the sugar and yeast and leave to stand for 5 minutes until the mixture starts to bubble.

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