Saturday, December 15, 2012

Baking Final

I got a perfect score for my plated dessert; I'm so happy.  I wasn't anxious during the test at all; we got to get our ingredients ready a day in advance.  I also practiced on my in-laws during Thanksgiving, so I'd done it once before.  In fact, the spice cake recipe comes from an old Fanny Farmer cookbook my mother-in-law had.  To go with the spice cake, I made cinnamon ice cream, caramel sauce, and sauteed apples.  We also had to temper chocolate and make a tuile.  I wish I had done something cuter with my chocolate, like piping it into a shape.  I was going to make chocolate curls or shavings, but I had to go with something larger because I didn't have too many tuiles I could use.  This is still a good start to making pretty desserts though.  Just a few tweaks, and I could be a pastry chef at a restaurant!