I do not know when and who invented fondants,
but it is such a amazing food material for people.
It allows chefs to express their creativity and turn cake into a piece of art.
Many of my customers asked for fondant cake with whipped cream or fresh fruit.
I have to apologize that I have not yet figure a solution for fondant to contain water base cream and filling.
The marshmallow fondant I made would melt once it gets too much moisture.
That is why fondant cake always go with butter cream.
It is also the reason why I recommend my customer to leave fondant cakes in room temperature.
Because if once the fondant is refrigerated and bring back to the room temperature,
it would SWEAT!
the shape might change and food colors might leak to other parts
A lovely cake would totally lose its original look. In the past, we only use fondant on wedding cakes. After a TV show Ace of Cakes has reintroduced fondant to public, now it has became more welcome in cakes for Birthday and other occasions. It is a edible dough made with confection and food-grade glycerin.
According to the dictionary,
"...is one of several kinds of icing-like substance used to decorate or sculpt pastries...the sugar pliable and creates a dough-like consistency. It can also be made using powdered sugar and melted marshmallows."
The fondant I use in my kitchen is simple, I prefer to make my own fondant because there are too much artificial ingredients in those pre-made. It is just icing sugar + marshmallows. Personally I think the taste and texture are also better. Read more...
Felt like baking once again.
This time I did not prepare much.
I did not have a menu; I did not plan for decoration; I did not remember I invited my friends over till the morning.
After I got up, I spent one hour in grocery store,
grabbed all the key ingredients for a tea party.
I realized people actually prefer to have more savory than sweet in the afternoon.
So I got puff pastry, filos, asparagus, Italian aged prosciutto, a baguette and fresh Cali strawberries.
All time cake Something I always have at home are sugar, egg and flour First thing I made, was to make the sponge cake batter, pour half in one mold (6") and then add 2 Tsp of cocoa powder to the other half to create another chocolate flavour sponge cake (6"). Bake! When they are done, let cool Use whip cream and strawberry to decorate
Asparagus filo pie In the meanwhile, I cook 4 mini potatoes in microwave for 3 mins Very easy, wash the potatoes, cover them and set your microwave timer. Smashed them with 1/3 cup of cheese and 1/4 of 35% cream, I like the skin so I just leave them inside Oh! I secretly added 1 egg too Give it a magical pinch of salt and pepper.
Next, butter down some filo on a pie mold (I used about 3Tsp of melted butter and 6 layers of filo) spread your yummy smashed potato inside. One last step, lay the beautiful asparagus on the potato bed Bake 360'F until its golden. Let cool for 30min before removing from the mold tare prosciutto on top before serving
Turkey salad sandwich, in French style! Next thing I did, was to cut up 1/2 a cup of cooked turkey breast with SCISSORS(Thanksgiving was only a few days ago, Why not using them!?) save your time cleaning a knife and cutting board, wink wink! To season them, use 1/2 Tsp of whole grain Dijon mustard, 1.5 Tsp of mayo I just made a quick turkey salad let the turkey salad, roman lettuce and tomato to dance inside the baguette (You could use some butter on the bread, they are best friend forever!)
Raspberry cheesecake mini pastries By this time, my two cakes and asparagus pie are done, I took half a brick of cream cheese (125g) and mix with 2 Tsp of homemade raspberry jam Some lemon juicy if you like Cut the puff pastry into squares( about 3"X3"), fill them with the brilliant cheese cake-like-filling I made triangles with them Use the fork to close all sides, poke a few holes on top to allow the steam to escape Brush egg wash on top, sprinkle a little sugar to make them pretty 360'F Bake until golden.
I was done within 3.5 hours. All my friends had a great time! Read more...
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