Guglhupf | Kougelhopf | Alsatian Brioche

Kougelhopf| Guglhupf | Alsatian Brioche

What we call brioche is a bread highly enriched with milk, eggs, and butter. The more eggs and butter in the ratio, the puffier the bread, the more tender its crumb, the longer it stays fresh and soft (read it as moist). Similar dough recipes exist in many cuisines and have different uses. Differently shaped and cooked, brioche is loved all over the world. Alsatian brioche can be less sweet and served with foie gras and Riesling and can be sweeter and served as a dessert with coffee.

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Rhubarb Cake with Hazelnut Meringue

Rhubarb and Hazelnut Meringue Cake

This is one of my old, before-culinary-school recipes. I was tweaking some rhubarb cake recipes six years ago, and this one was my final ever since. It came to my mind again a few days ago when I saw beautiful bright pink, glossy rhubarb stalks at Central Market. I tend to improve either proportions or techniques when revisiting recipes from the past. This cake escaped any changes at all. It doesn’t require any pro equipment or special skills, very easy to make, just follow the steps.

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Tequila Tasting Party Recipes: Tipsy Tres Leches

Tipsy Tres Leches

Long time ago, I was on a quest to try as many different versions of Tres Leches in Austin as I can. For almost a year, I’ve been ordering, buying, and making it for dessert. It was fun! As a result, I found my favorite to buy (Downtown WholeFoods’ Tres Leches Parfait) and developed a few my favorite recipes to make at home (with baked milk and with cajeta, caramelized goat’s milk). I prefer versions where milk is the main source of flavor — no other ingredients like fruit, nuts, chocolate, etc. are allowed to overpower milk’s delicate and dreamy nature. For me, Tres Leches it’s a study on milk flavor. The recipe below is part of my ¡Viva Tequila! tasting event, featuring extra anejo tequila as an ingredient for the sponge feeding.

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Swedish Apple Cake | Svensk Äppelkaka

Swedish Apple Cake

This Swedish apple cake recipe was part of our international block at school. I don’t know how authentic it is, but when I shared it in my Russian-speaking blog years ago, it became one of the most shared and popular. Every year, during the season I bake this cake to experience its sensational taste again — creamy soft apples are caressed by creamy soft crumb. Every bite is delicate and gentle like October sun right before sunset.

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Red and Black Currants Tart

Red and Black Currants Tart

I suppose, there are not so many people in ATX who know what black, red, or white currants are. I am sure there are even less people who crave for these berries so much they are ready to pay $5-6 for 6oz (170g). That’s why, I guess, Central Market gets just enough fresh currants to satisfy crazies like me during the season. Currants appear for a few days. And gone. Obviously, I can’t just eat them. I have to make something special with them. Last year, it was Air Chrysalis: Bubbles Bubbles. This year I made “Red and Black Passion” tart with the same idea for textures — creamy and silky background for popping with bright flavor red and black bubbles. No tricks! All effects are purely natural.

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Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake

Japanese Soufflé Cheesecake with Texas Strawberries

Japanese soufflé cheesecake is also known as “cotton” cheesecake. It is extremely popular in Asian countries for its texture — fluffy and velvety creamy at the same time. I fell in love with it with the first bite. It’s a treat for a true cheesecake aficionados. Japanese cheesecake is not overly sweet, so having more than one slice at a time is difficult to resist. Enjoy it plain, or decorate it with whipped cream and fresh berries.

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Grin for Green! Pastel de Calabaza

Pastel de Calabaza

Every time I taste this delicate and elegant dessert I can’t believe it is made of ordinary zucchini. Look at the color! The younger and smaller zucchinis you use, the higher the ratio of dark green skin and the more vivid green your soufflé is. Be patient. Just like other soufflés, this one needs to be cooled very slowly. You have to give it a lot of time to set by reducing the temperature gradually and by keeping it refrigerated for a few hours before reheating and serving.

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Esterházy Torte, Flour-Free Cake

Esterházy torte

Esterházy torta is a Hungarian cake named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha, a member of the Esterházy dynasty and diplomat of the Austrian Empire. It was invented by Budapest confectioners in the late 19th century and soon became one of the most famous cakes in the lands of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. This variation features hazelnuts and decorated with cocoa nibs instead of traditional sliced almonds.

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Kyiv Cake

This version of legendary soviet Kyiv cake is very close to the GOST recipe. Very sweet. Just like old times, like childhood as we remember it. Before madness.

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Ten-Minute Cakes: Quasi-English-Muffin

Lapsang Souchong Quasi-English-Muffin

They are also known as microwave cakes. In a world of foams they are solid foams. Pastry chefs describe them as a sponge with delicate and feathery texture. You need a blender, a whipping siphon, a microwave, and 10 minutes of time to make them.
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