Saturday, July 18, 2015

Are You Hungry?

WARNING- this post shows lots of yummy pastries. Calorie counters beware!
Thought I would show you  few snapshots I took at my cooking class this past week. I took it at the King Arthur Flour baking education center in Norwich, Vermont. 
I like to bake (I say art is my avocation and baking is my hobby-or one of my hobbies) and wanted a few professional style skills and some new techniques. Plus I liked hanging out with 11 other bakers for 20 hours. I liked how the class wasn't too strict or intense but still offered a whole lot of hands on experience.
It was a really fun and excellent course and I am hoping next summer they offer part 2 because I would take that in a blink of an eye.
Do you like sweets? 
Are you hungry? If you do, ready to drool?
I impressed myself I must say!
Linzer cookies and below are daquoises

A vanilla cake and some Swiss Meringue buttercream frosting  We learned a bit of basic piping too.
Some people chose to do a bit of chocolate decorating on their cakes but I decided to just add a bit of color and keep it vanilla.
This delicious lemon bundt cake.
Savory turnovers and we used the same pastry to make palmiers. But I will tell you we ate them all at my house before I had a chance to snap a photo of them.
And  2 photos of my blueberry-apple pie. I must say I made my best crust ever, so class alone was worth it for that recipe and technique.

Add to that a Linzer tart made from hazelnut flour.
Another daquoise and below some Florentine bars. Those Florentine bars will be made again because once I have one, I can't stop myself.
Or maybe that's a good reason not to make them.
And one last photo-my eclairs. Oh my.  These were so good that they all disappeared in my house the night I brought them home. They are my husbands favorite dessert to start with, but that doesn't explain how many I managed to snack on.

OK, I think I gained 10 pounds this week. I think I gained ten pounds just looking at these photos.  Not good, but it was good. If that makes sense.
Hope you aren't too hungry right now.
But thanks for stopping by!


Valerie-Jael said...

Erika, you are so mean! How could you do this to me?! They all look so good and I have been doing a fruit diet this week and I am hungry!! I swear I can smell them from hear. Have a lovely day, hungry hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Oh gosh..

and I would take from all to test if I could!

Happy weekend Erika!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am so impressed. Super goodies. Just looking at them put on the pounds you are right. How fun. I forget they are so close! xox