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GDBO: Angel Food Cake

When I saw this challenge, my heart sunk. I’ve never really liked Angel Food Cake. It’s always had this stale, weird flavor to me. Everyone I know has always raved about Angel Food Cake, and I’ve thought to myself, “What am I missing here?” This cake is quite large, 10 inches, and being the only one in my house who would eat this, I decided to make it a gluten free recipe so I could give it to my friend with a gluten intolerance to help me eat. Thankfully, this recipe is really simple to do that with. It only has a little bit of flour in it that I subbed in some Bob’s Red Mill gluten free 1:1 flour...

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Mango, Vanilla, Ginger: an experiment

For my birthday, my thoughtful husband gifted me two of renowned pastry chef Cedric Grolet’s books: Fruit and Opera. So of course the first thing I had to do was find a recipe I could make immediately. Mango is one of my absolute favorite things, and lucky for me, there are several mango recipes! So I settled on a recipe I found in Fruit: Mango, Vanilla, and Ginger (it’s on page 161 for further reference). This little treat has a mango and ginger center on top of an almond dacquoise all covered with a whipped white chocolate ganache.  I had to substitute several things in this recipe that I either couldn’t get in time or just couldn’t find. The mango...

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GDBO: Spanische Windtorte

Throughout the pandemic, my friend and I have been baking our way through the Great British Bake Off’s many challenges. We dubbed our challenge attempts The Great Distanced Bake Off, as she lives in Korea, and I’m on the East Coast of the United States. This is our 27th technical challenge! To follow along and to see what else we’ve baked up over the last year or so, follow the hashtag #greatdistancedbakeoff on Instagram. This gem is called a Spanische Windtorte, and it’s a confection of two different types of meringue, berries, whipped cream, and fondant violets. For any of you Harry Potter lovers out there, this is the pudding Aunt Petunia made for the Masons in Harry Potter and the...

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