Desserts

Chocolate Candy Coating

Ever wanted to dip something in chocolate? However, normally when you do the chocolate oozes everywhere and makes a rather large mess on your fingers and clothes? Well, this recipe is for a hardening chocolate candy coating. It hardens due to the cocoa butter in the recipe and will stay that way even left out in room temperature (75 degrees).

Please enjoy!

Recipe:

Ingredients

30 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate

5 ounces of cocoa butter (Food Grade)

Instructions:

In double boiler, place the cocoa butter into the top part of the boiler. The water should be simmering in the bottom part of the boiler.

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Melt the cocoa butter at least halfway.  It takes longer to melt than the chocolate.

Next, add the chocolate chips.

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Stir until combined and everything is melted.

Now, you can begin the dipping of foods!

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Caution: Product is hot.

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Sweet Tips – Pumpkin Pie Essence

The scent of spices floating in the air makes me think of autumn, thanksgiving and pumpkin pie!

In this episode, you will learn how to make a delicious Pumpkin Pie essence. This essence is more of a puree that has been condensed.  The puree can then be an ingredient in pumpkin pies, cakes, breads, cheesecakes, cookies and even frostings.

It could also be made into lotions, scrubs and a few other skin care products.

It is so easy to do and makes your house smell like the holidays!

Recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Essence

Ingredients in Order of Usage:

1 – 15 oz can of unsweetened pumpkin puree

1 ½ tsps. Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

⅛ tsp ground cloves

1 tsp of finely ground sea salt

Directions on Pumpkin Pie Essence

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Stir constantly as you cook the mixture. You will want to reduce this mixture to about 1 ½ cups.  This mixture can burn, so again I say, stir constantly.

This will get you a very concentrate pumpkin pie flavoring.  It should be much darker than the original pumpkin puree.

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Sweet Tips – World’s Best Banana Bread

This is an instructional video on how to make the best Banana Bread. Simple, easy and delicious!

This uses the following Video’s instructions

List of Items used in Video

 

Banana Bread YouTube

Banana Bread:

Ingredients in Order of Usage:

  1. 1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. ½ tsp very fine table salt or ground up sea salt
  4. Liquefied Banana Mixture
  5. 8 Tbls of unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly.
  6. 2 Large eggs
  7. ¾ cups brown sugar, packed
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. Optional: ½ cup walnuts or pecans.

 

Directions:

  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees. Make sure to move the rack to the center.
  2. Prepare 1 9inch bread pan with non-stick cooking/baking spray.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the Banana Mixture, butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Once this mixture is smooth, begin to slowly pour this mixture into the dry components. Do not over beat.  You should still see some streaks of flour.  This is fine, since the last step is to mix in the nuts if you choose to.
  5. Mix the nuts into the batter (optional).
  6. Now, place this batter into your prepared bread pan.
  7. You can bake as is, or decorate the top of the bread. If you choose to just bake as is, place the pan on a cookie sheet and place into a preheated oven of 350 degrees F. Bake for between 55 and 70 minutes.
  8. After 55 minutes begin to check the bread with an inserted toothpick every 5-10 minutes. You are looking to poke the center of the bread with a toothpick and have the toothpick come out of the break cleanly. Now, some people like to have a moister bread.  So, you can bring it out once the toothpick comes out mostly clean (but no liquid goop).  The bread will cook some while cooling.
  9. And then you are finished.

 

Optional: Decorating the top of the batter.

There are two ways you could do this.  With a brown sugar crumble top or sliced bananas.

In this recipe I will discuss the sliced banana method, since it looks pretty!

Ingredients you will need:

  1. 1 large banana slightly aged.
  2. Optional: ¼ cup Crushed walnuts or pecans.
  3. 2 tsps. of granulated or caster sugar

Directions.

  1. Slice up the banana. These should be angled cuts (see video).  They should be approximately ¼ an inch thick.
  2. Line the edges of the batter with the bananas (see video).
  3. Optionally, grind up the chosen nuts in a food processer or a spice grinder. Then place this across the top between the two lined banana rows.
  4. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of batter. Try to evenly distribute it.

 

 

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

This is a video on how to assemble a beautiful Boston Cream Pie.

Directions on:

Putting the Cake Together

  1. Place Plastic wrap on the cake turntable.
  2. Place foil on a cake circle.
  3. Place this on the turntable.
  4. Place the first cooled cake onto the cake circle.
  5. Whip the cooled custard up slightly to make smooth again.
  6. Using a spoon, scoop the custard onto the cake.
  7. Spread the custard until smooth on cake.
  8. Place the second cake on top of the custard.
  9. Squish down slightly.
  10. Now, pour the ganache over the top.
  11. Using a spatula spread the ganache so that it slightly drips down the sides the cake and is smooth on top.
  12. Place cake in Refrigerator to set the ganache.
  13. After Ganache seems still to touch, take cake out, cut up and serve.

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For Video on Custard Making: Making Custard
For Video on Cake Making: Making Cake
For Video on Ganache Making: Making Ganache

For Full recipes for the Boston Cream Pie, please click below:
Custard: Full Custard Recipe
Cake: Full Cake Recipe
Ganache: Full Ganache Recipe

 

Sweet Tips – Making Ganache

Ganache

Recipe

Ganache

This is a frosting/topping that can be used on cakes, ice cream, cupcakes, pies, the list never ends!!

        Ingredients in Order of Usage:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

  1. Place chocolate into a medium heatproof bowl with a cover.
  2. In a small saucepan, place the cream over medium heat.
  3. Let the milk simmer but not boil.
  4. Pour the milk over the chocolate chips and cover for 5 minutes.
  5. Add butter to the chocolate and milk.
  6. Stir the mixture until smooth.
  7. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.

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Sweet Tips – Making Cake

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Vanilla Yellow Sponge Cake

We want to use a denser cake, like a sponge cake.

This will prevent the cake from becoming mushy when the custard is added and the cake sits.

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Ingredients in Order of Usage:

1 ¼ cups cake flour (not a self-rising)

1 ¼ tsp. baking powder

¾ tsp. salt

2 large eggs

2 yolks from large eggs

1 ¼ cups sugar

¾ cup whole milk

3 tbsp. unsalted butter

2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
  2. Take two round cake tins, line the bottoms with parchment and spray lightly with a baking spray. Set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a metal or glass bowl. Whisk the eggs and egg yolks together on medium for approximately 1 minute. (On a kitchen aid medium is about a 5 or 6)
  5. Gradually add the sugar. Increase speed to high and beat the egg and sugar mixture until light and fluffy (5 minutes).
  6. Heat milk and butter in a saucepan until butter is melted and milk is hot to touch. Make sure not to allow the milk to boil.
  7. Remove milk from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  8. Gradually add the milk to the egg mixture and continue to whisk the ingredients together.
  9. Finally, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture (¼ cup at a time).
  10. Split the mixture between the two round cake tins.
  11. Bake until the cake is golden brown and has pulled away from the sides of the tins (approximately 20 minutes).
  12. Remove from oven and let completely cool.

 

 

Making Custard

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Custard Filling

Needs to be prepared the day before the assembly of the cake.  This allows it to be completely cooled; as well as, set.

   Ingredients in Order of Usage:

      Egg Mixture Section:

      6 egg yolks

      ½ cup milk (Whole Milk)

½ cup sugar

      1⁄3 cup cornstarch

  1. In a metal bowl, either whisk these ingredients together manually or with the whisk attachment for a standing mixer.
  2. Set this mixture aside for the next section.

      Tempering Section:

      1 ¾ cup milk (Whole Milk)

      ¼ cup sugar

      2 tsps Vanilla (extra strength, Madagascar Bourbon, etc.)

      Egg Mixture

      1 tbsp. salted butter

  1. Prepare the bottom half of the double boiler with ¾ inch of water that is simmering.
  2. Place the top half of the double boiler on top of the simmering water section.
  3. Put the milk, sugar and vanilla into the top section of the double boiler.
  4. Whisk these ingredients well.
  5. Cook for 5 ½ minutes. DO NOT let the milk boil.
  6. Add egg mixture slowly to the milk mixture. Whisking as you do.
  7. Continue to whisk for approximately 4-5 minutes.
  8. The custard should thicken and begin to bubble around the edges of the pan.
  9. Once this occurs, remove from heat and whisk in butter until butter has melted.
  10. Place the custard in a bowl, place plastic wrap onto the top of the custard.
  11. Refrigerate until ready to place into a cake. (no more than 24 hours)