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Pistachio Macarons with Citrus Plum Buttercream

In cookie, fruit, nuts on February 19, 2011 at 22:41

Week 51 | February 19, 2011

Into the hands and heart of a construction worker.

Ginger Shortbread & Pinenut Buttercream

In cookie, nuts on February 5, 2011 at 19:28

Week 49 | February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the year of the rabbit with a sweet treat to forecast a sweet year ahead.

These cookies are little beauties. Candied ginger create little tile mosaics in the spicy ginger shortbread. I also toasted off some fresh pinenuts for a roasted, nutty buttercream filling.

Flourless Whiskey-Chocolate Cake & Sunflower Meringue

In cake, chocolate, nuts on January 25, 2011 at 19:57

Week 48 | January 24, 2011

Whiskey + milk chocolate. A surprisingly nice pairing. How about in the form of a flourless chocolate cake? I like that idea, with a crisp meringue top to cut through the richness of uninterrupted chocolate. But wait, there’s more. The other day I came across “suncups” in the chocolate aisle of Berkeley Bowl. Treenut-free Recess cups, how novel. And now presenting, Flourless Whiskey-Chocolate Cake & Sunflower Meringue.

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Roasted Chestnut Snowballs

In cookie, nuts on January 24, 2011 at 05:37

Week 47 | January 17, 2011

Whoops, I’m late posting this past week’s treat. Fresh chestnuts are still in the market. I usually skip grabbing a bag because they’re so much trouble to peel. But I always hesitate too – warm, roasted chestnuts straight from the oven is a joy I’m willing to dedicate a lot of time to occasionally.

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These cookies have the best of chestnuts in them. They have the earthy, nutty flavor of roasted nuts in a chestnut-sized cookie. The recipe is nearly identical to Russian wedding cookies – butter, powdered sugar, ground nuts, and a touch of cinnamon,  but chestnuts are moister than walnuts so the cookies are chewier.

Pithiviers for the Epiphany

In cake, nuts, pastry, Uncategorized on January 10, 2011 at 13:29

Week 45 | January 3, 2011

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Happy New Year! Welcome back!

It’s good to be back in the kitchen at the start of a new year. Scrolling back through the archive of treats I realize it has almost been a full year since I started Bakery Bites. What a year it has been, and more to come!

It is the perfect week to introduce pithiviers. I made a version of these way back in March using chocolate pastry and pistachio cream filling. This time I’ll stick with tradition and pair it with the backstory.

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Fig, Goat Cheese & Thyme Shortbreads

In breakfast, cookie, fruit, nuts on December 16, 2010 at 16:20

Week 42 | 12.16.2010

Wow, what an incredible outcome. This is an involved, multi-step pastry but much of it can be prepared in steps ahead of time. Figgy jam poached in wine and spices, sweetened goat cheese layer, herb-citrus shortbread and a nutty crumble topping. Too much? You might think so until taking a bite, and then another, and perhaps a tiny slice more.

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Mango, White Chocolate & Pistachio Cake

In cake, chocolate, fruit, nuts on November 3, 2010 at 11:24

Week 37 | 11.3.2010

I’m in a mood for pistachios. Last night my friend came over and we whipped up these delicious pistachio-caramel eclairs (only after a minor mishap with doubling the water for the choux batter). A few days before I tested out this pistachio biscotti ball recipe with a hint of lemon zest and now, staring into my freezer, I realize I have enough mango curd leftover to fashion something delicate but delicious to fit into my pistachio-themed week.

Monday

Clove genoise (sponge cake)

Tuesday

Pistachio-almond dacquoise, a nutty meringue base layer.

Wednesday

Assemble dacquoise, feuillete, genoise, and mango curd cream.

Matcha Sables (& Financiers)

In cookie, nuts on October 21, 2010 at 07:06

Week 35 | 10.21.2010

Oh my goodness, is it already Thursday? It’s been a hectic few days and I haven’t managed to pull together a post for this week yet. Luckily in anticipation, I’ve already prepped my sable dough and financier batter, which are awaiting afternoon baking in my fridge. Smile, pat on the back.

Matcha. Maccha? 抹茶. I love the fragrance and slight bitterness of this musty-green tea powder. I recall my trip to Japan – my traveling group and I met with a couple of Japanese students and observed a traditional matcha ceremony. The thick, frothy liquid that we were offered was rich and bitter, no milkiness or sugar to dilute the flavor.

But…I will be adding both butter and sugar (and eating my French-style cookies with a cup of milk tea). Afternoon come sooner!

Almond Poppyseed Teacake

In breakfast, cake, fruit, nuts on October 12, 2010 at 12:48

Week 34 | 10.12.2010
It WAS cold, a few days ago when I thought of this treat. Cold enough to dream about a cup of tea warming my hands at any hour of the day. Tea with a teacake… at least that was the plan. Today it’s hot hot hot. I had the fan rumbling at 6:30 this morning, not a baking mood. But maybe you can persuade me.

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Lemon & White Chocolate Macarons

In chocolate, cookie, fruit, nuts on October 4, 2010 at 10:52

Week 33 | 10.4.2010


Another week for macarons. Why? Because they’re all the rage, and fun to make. I’ll be trying a different flavor (no surprises here) with some lemon zest ground in the almonds and lemon curd folded with white chocolate ganache for the innards – at least that’s the plan. Stay tuned!

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