Autumn colors (1) : Pumpkin crust

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A pie crust colored by the golds of Autumn. It’s easy, delicious and you can use it for many recipes or pies, tarts, etc.

The season’s star : kabocha pumpkin. You can use other types of pumpkin, some will be more watery so you will need to add less water.

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Kabocha pumpkin crust : 1/3 boiled pumpkin flesh, 1/3 flour, 1/3 whole wheat flour. Plus a little baling powder, salt and enough of the squash cooking water to for a dough.
It’s not very solid when raw, so spread it on a silpat or a plastic film.

That gives the neutral version for both sweet and savory pies, but you can add sugar or salt and spices too.

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Then I baked them at 160 degrees, about 30 minutes.

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A dessert version, very lazy. I’ve garnished with coconut cream, walnuts, unsweetened chocolate (100% cocoa mass), cinnamon. The only “sugar” is a minced prune.

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Savarin battle

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Savarin is the crown cake.

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Well, the crown sponge. LOL.

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Blog-checking lines:Natalia of Gatti Fili e Farina challenges us to make a traditional Savarin, complete with soaking syrup and cream filling! We were to follow the Savarin recipe but were allowed to be creative with the soaking syrup and filling, allowing us to come up with some very delicious cakes!

There will be several posts about it :

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sesame Ali-Baba

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The classic French “savarin” or “brillat-savarin” was made with the help of the famous food writer Brillat-Savarin, and named like him to thank him.
It has this shape in small. The large one is a huge donut, which represents a crown, and the hole is not filled as you would not be able to serve it nicely. The syrup is kirsch (cherry liquor flavor). The chantilly (vanilla whip cream) is a decoration or can be served as a side. Creme anglaise (vanilla custard sauce) is an optional side. When it’s not a savarin, it’s a baba. Well, that doesn’t matter.

On the photo, it’s nearly classic. I had no kirsch so I’ve used crème de framboise (raspberry liquor).

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I compared Natalia’s recipe for the challenge with mine.

So this is the battle of the two savarin doughs :

*New* is the challenge’s recipe. The big difference :
The *classic* is 50 g of egg per 100 g of flour (all purpose or cake flour) and of course, hand made (light kneading). So about 1/2 the amount of egg. It’s replaced with milk. My classic batter was harder.

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I have only individual savarin molds. I’ve used a mini-cannele mold to make “babas bouchons” (cork babas), and a small kouglof mold.
They were baked the same time, which was short due to size.

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From the outside, the new is more regular, nicer, looks more pro.

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Inside that looks similar. The new is dryer. Maybe it’s convenient if you want to soak it the same day.
So the new recipe might seem better in appearance.
For the taste, the difference is big. The new one tastes of egg mostly. The classic tastes more of butter. The syrup covers most of the taste anyway. As I usually eat a few dry, I prefer the classic.

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Challenge’s recipe from Daring Bakers

Savarin

Servings: 8/10

Ingredients
2½ cups (600 ml) (12-1/3 oz) (350 gm) bread flour
2 tablespoons (30 ml) water, lukewarm
6 (320 gm) large eggs at room temperature, separated
½ satchel (1½ teaspoons) (4 gm) instant yeast or 15 gm (½ oz) fresh yeast
4 teaspoons (20 ml) (20 gm) sugar
2/3 stick (1/3 cup) (80 ml) (75 gm) butter at room temperature
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) orange and lemon zest (optional)
1 teaspoon (5 ml) (6 gm) salt
¼ cup (60 ml) (2 oz) (55 gm) butter for greasing the work surface, hands, dough scraper & baking pan

Directions:

Sponge
In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lukewarm water, 3 tablespoons (1 oz) (25 gm) flour and yeast , cover with cling film and let rise 60 minutes

Dough
1.After 30 minutes put the egg whites in the mixer bowl and start working with the paddle at low speed adding flour until you have a soft dough that sticks to the bowl (about 2 cups or 270 gm) and work until it comes together , cover with cling film and let rest 30 min
2.Add the sponge to the mixer bowl along with a tablespoon of flour and start mixing at low speed (if you wish to add the zests do it now)
3.When it starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl add one yolk and as soon as the yolk is absorbed add one tablespoon of flour
4.Add the second yolk , the sugar and as soon as the yolk is absorbed add one tablespoon of flour
5.Raise the speed a little
6.Add the third yolk and the salt and as soon as the yolk is absorbed add one tablespoon of flour
7.Keep on adding one yolk at the time and the flour saving a tablespoon of flour for later
8.Mix the dough until is elastic and makes threads
9.Add the butter at room temperature and as soon as the butter is adsorbed add the last tablespoon of flour
10.Keep on mixing till the dough passes the window pane test
11.Cover the dough with cling film and let it proof until it has tripled in volume 2 to 3 hours.
12.You can prepare the Pastry cream now if you chose to use it, and refrigerate it
13.While you wait prepare your baking pan buttering it very carefully not leaving too much butter on it
14.Grease your dough scraper, your hands and your work surface and put the dough on it and fold with the Dough Package Fold two or three times around (5 folds twice or three times). Cover with cling foil and let it rest 15 minutes on the counter
15.Turn the dough upside down and with the help of your buttered dough scraper shape your dough http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta2_h6Qogp0 in a rounded bun
16.Make a hole in the center with your thumb and put it in the prepared pan
17. Cover with cling film and let rise in a warm spot until the dough reaches the top of the pan about 1 hour
18.Pre-heat oven to moderate 340°F/170°C/gas mark 3
19.Bake the Savarin for about 40 minutes until the top is golden brown
20.Meanwhile prepare the Syrup
21.When the Savarin is done take it out of the oven, let it cool and remove carefully out of the pan
22.You have two choices now : you can immerse it in syrup right now or you can let it dry out (so it will lose some of his moisture that will be replaced by the syrup) and soak it later on.
23.To immerse it in syrup it is a good idea to place it in the mold you baked it in (I’m afraid a spring-form one wouldn’t work for this) and keep adding ladles of syrup until you see it along the rim of the pan. Or you can just soak it in a big bowl keeping your ladle on top of it so it doesn’t float. Once the Savarin is really well soaked carefully move it on a cooling rack positioned over a pan to let the excess syrup drip
24.The soaked Savarin gains in flavor the next day
25.Whatever you decide the day you want to serve it glaze it and fill the hole with your filling of choice and decorate it. You can serve the Savarin with some filling on the side
26.Enjoy it !

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Mine (you know me, it’s shorter) :

Gourmande’s baba/savarin
A :
100 g flour (all purpose or cake or a mix. Roughly 9 or 10% protein)
50 g beaten egg
50 g milk
1 tbs honey (liquid or melted in the milk)
1/2 ts yeast in 1/4 cup of milk, 10 minutes before
1 tbs vanilla extract
(more milk)
B :
30 g butter (salted) or add a pinch of salt

Mix the ingredient A in a bowl. Let 15 minutes. Turn slowly with a pair of bamboo chopstick or a wooden spoon to knead the dough, till it gets a bubble gum texture.
Melt the butter without cooking it, combine with the dought, knead a little more. Let covered in a hot place (40 degrees),
When it raises, put in molds, let raise, bake.

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Piping hot under the crust, a simple pot pie.


The perfect Winter food. Bring the very hot bowl on the table, break the crispy golden crust and discover the fragrant broth, the soft bits…

The ingredients are cooked at 80%, let them cool a while, then covered. Don’t forget to make a chimney. It’s a simple olive oil dough, thinner that it looks on the photo.

Inside, chicken liver, shiitake mushrooms, onion, awamori sake, water, nuoc nam, pepper. Just before baking I added a piccata of garlic, onion, ginger, spinach and a good lick of brandy.

Lots of these in it. They become so soft.

Baked.

Let’s devour it…

Deep dishing notes


I had never made that type of pizza. Interesting experience. It’s a work in progress. Here are my impression.

Impression after first degustation :
It’s not pizza, it’s a totally different animal from the Italian pizza. When that is said, it’s a delicious savory bread full of sauce. I was afraid to get something heavy on the stomach, but no, it’s lighter than those delivery American pizzas as there are lots of veggies in the sauce.

Of course, I am judging my home-made version. I can’t say about the original.

Rich pizza dough. I mixed in flour, salt, yeast+sugar+ water and generous amount of oil. Enough hot water. Brief kneading.
It doubled in 2 hours.

The cheese layer :
I’ve mixed 2 cheeses (some soft spread cheese and pizza mix), and some tofu to make volume. The greens are leaves of mizuna.

The tomato layer :
A chunky tomato sauce from cubed tomato with olive oil, onion, garlic, chili…

I have put grits in the bottom of the dish (it’s useless IMO, but it’s the fashion). I’ve pre-baked 15 minutes then filled. I thought I didn’t want my toppings to overcook. The dough really expanded a lot.

You had already seen the Obama pizza. It’s made roughly the same way (minus tofu and mizuna + Hawaiian topping).

All leftovers from the 2 (Hawaiian and tofu). On a layer of dough, the tofu mix, shishito peppers, ham, topped with tomato sauce. I didn’t pre-bake. And the toppings were not overcooked.

Conclusion :
I liked the 3… but maybe preferred the third with leftovers, the tofu, ham, cheese, veggie mix was delicious. And thinner dough.

Next time :
I won’t precook the dough. I’ll try a thin deep dish one.

Obama pizza, victory Hawaiian


That was an important election for all of us. We shouldn’t care outside the US, but Japan is still some kind of occupied territory and many other countries depend on the US prez… So it’s a good thing the guy with common sense won. So here is the Obama pizza. Deep dish Chicago Hawaiian pizz’…

Rich pizza dough, 2 cheeses, shishito peppers…

As many stars of ham as states ? Maybe not. Well chunky tomato sauce. On top, ham, grilled pineapple sprinkled with habanero powder.

Baked !

Mmmm….
So now, Mr. Obama be careful of what you do with the world.


Kabocha waffles, and mango

I’ve broken my big kabocha pumpkin for today’s waffles.

It’s 2 or 3 times bigger than average ones.

I ate the with mango and green lemon, and a coffee.

That’s bread batter with kabocha boiled flesh. On top, cinnamon, nutmeg, broken cardamom seeds, kurozato black sugar.


Mmmm… the inside is very soft.

Rye bread apple waffles

What’s better than a little waffle with your coffee ? This one is not exactly a Belgian waffle, but it’s yeast raised too. And it has apple in it.

That’s a combination of 2 leftovers :

Apples macerated in rum (from pastis).
And rye bread dough (from pain de campagne).

Let them rise.

Melt butter.

Sprinkle kurozato black sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Cooked.

It’s bread inside. Crunchy around.

With bits of apple.