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The Young Victoria

Quinta-feira, Julho 30th, 2009

Em plena silly season sinto falta de bons filmes.

The Young Victoria foi o quebrar de uma série de filmes medianos e sem sentido.

Este filme pretende retratar a vida da rainha Vitória de Inglaterra quando ainda criança e jovem monarca, bem como a sua relação com o príncipe Alberto. É interessante a escolha de um realizador do Canadá, practicamente desconhecido (Jean-Marc Vallée), mas que fez um trabalho excelente. Recomendo vivamente.

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The silly season is here to stay in terms of movies, but The Young Victoria interrupted my dull weeks.
It is a very interesting movie about Queen Victoria as a child and young wooman, including her relationship with Prince Albert.

Highly recommended!

Daring Bakers - Mallows (Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)

Segunda-feira, Julho 27th, 2009

The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

I only baked the first option, the marshmallow cookies. I’ll try the Milan Cookies some other time. Thanks for the challenge!

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Mallows(Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies)
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network website

Prep Time: 10 min
Inactive Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Serves: about 2 dozen cookies

• 3 cups (375grams/13.23oz) all purpose flour
• 1/2 cup (112.5grams/3.97oz) white sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
• 3/8 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 12 tablespoons (170grams/ 6 oz) unsalted butter
• 3 eggs, whisked together
• Homemade marshmallows, recipe follows
• Chocolate glaze, recipe follows

1. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, blend the dry ingredients.
2. On low speed, add the butter and mix until sandy.
3. Add the eggs and mix until combine.
4. Form the dough into a disk, wrap with clingfilm or parchment and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
5. When ready to bake, grease a cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
7. Roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness, on a lightly floured surface. Use a 1 to 1 1/2 inches cookie cutter to cut out small rounds of dough.
8. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.
9. Pipe a “kiss” of marshmallow onto each cookie. Let set at room temperature for 2 hours.
10. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or silicon mat.
11. One at a time, gently drop the marshmallow-topped cookies into the hot chocolate glaze.
12. Lift out with a fork and let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.
13. Place on the prepared pan and let set at room temperature until the coating is firm, about 1 to 2 hours.

Note: if you don’t want to make your own marshmallows, you can cut a large marshmallow in half and place on the cookie base. Heat in a preheated 350-degree oven to slump the marshmallow slightly, it will expand and brown a little. Let cool, then proceed with the chocolate dipping.

Homemade marshmallows:
• 1/4 cup water
• 1/4 cup light corn syrup
• 3/4 cup (168.76 grams/5.95oz) sugar
• 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
• 2 tablespoons cold water
• 2 egg whites , room temperature
• 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. In a saucepan, combine the water, corn syrup, and sugar, bring to a boil until “soft-ball” stage, or 235 degrees on a candy thermometer.
2. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let dissolve.
3. Remove the syrup from the heat, add the gelatin, and mix.
4. Whip the whites until soft peaks form and pour the syrup into the whites.
5. Add the vanilla and continue whipping until stiff.
6. Transfer to a pastry bag.

Chocolate glaze:
• 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
• 2 ounces cocoa butter or vegetable oil

1. Melt the 2 ingredients together in the top of a double boiler or a bowl set over barely simmering water.

Bake it Pretty

Quinta-feira, Julho 16th, 2009

Descobri recentemente um site que tem muitos dos materiais que só existiam na minha imaginação de pasteleira amadora. Bicos de pasteleiro para cupcakes (eu usava os comuns); coberturas diversas; canetas para decorar doces; pó dourado e prateado comestível, entre outras maravilhas. Bake it Pretty.

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Recently I found a website that makes some of my baker dreams come true. It has giant pastry tips, edible ink markers, silver and golden edible glitter and many other wonders. Bake it Pretty.