Day Sixty-Two

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I was pleased with how this chocolate biscuit (pronounced bis-quee) cake turned out.  It rose nicely!  It was made from whole eggs, trimoline, sucrose, cococa powder, cocoa paste and butter.  Whipped egg whites were folded in at the end of mixing.  The French certainly love their meringues. 

We also made another meringue and cooked the whites by pouring in a hot honey syrup.  Whipped cream was folded into the meringue mixture to create a “nougat” mousse.  We’re layering this cake with chopped dried cherries, apricots, pecans, pistachios and mousse.  I’m guessing we’re going to bake a dacquoise for this tomorrow. 

I loved making this mousse, by the way.  So relaxing.  Folding relaxes me. 

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We also baked off a hazelnut dacquoise made from hazelnut flour, confectioners’ sugar, whipped egg whites, and caramelized hazelnuts.  If you’re throwing a party in the near future you should consider making caramelized hazelnuts as one of the snacks.  They’re great!  They’re made by slowly toasting hazelnuts in hot syrup.

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Sadly, we did not get to taste the macarons (from yesterday) today.  My classmates and I are trying to figure out where the macarons went.  Macarongate 2012.

Part two of the post…

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Shoes for Crews kindly sent me a pair of shoes to try out.  This shoe is called the Women’s Air Clog, in black, and is perfect for staying safe and comfortable in the kitchen. 

I’ve been wearing Crocs in school/work, and they’ve been fine so far, but I don’t feel very professional wearing them.  I’m not sure that they’re that safe, either, since they’re so light.  Steel-toed shoes are preferred in this industry. 

I purchased Crocs because I didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars on shoes.  I mean, not yet.  I feel like if you’re the head pastry chef at a restaurant or hotel then yes, you deserve those $200 shoes.  I’m just a lowly pastry student.  If I had known about Shoes for Crews shoes I’d definitely have purchased my shoes from them, because their prices are very reasonable. 

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I’m really enjoying them so far; they’re very comfortable and sleek.  I’m also a few inches taller, which is a bonus.  I’m still getting used to the weight of them, though. 
Sooo, Shoes for Crews would like to give away a pair of new shoes to one reader!  Any shoe of your choice.  This giveaway isn’t limited to culinary professionals; Shoes for Crews also sells shoes for the healthcare industry and more!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment and tell me a dessert you don’t like.  I’m curious. 

I’ll randomly pick a winner on Saturday.

92 comments:

  1. I don't like red velvet cake. Not sure if I had the wrong recipe or what, but I could never understand the appeal of it.

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  2. I hate pineapple (I know...its crazy). My family LOVES pineapple upside down cake. I loathe it.

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  3. I love your blog! I don't like any dessert with peanut butter or nuts in it. Eeew. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I do not like flan. The warmth and the texture is not my c of tea.

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  5. Rice and bread puddings...its a texture thing.

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  6. If I'm randomly selected - get yourself another pair.

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  7. I don't like tapicoa pudding of any kind. I just don't care for the texture of it in my mouth. I would love to win a pair of those shoes. I work in a kitchen at an elementary school and need comfortable shoes.

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    1. Oh yeah, that's definitely a weird texture.

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  8. I know I'm not gonna be liked for this comment, but I don't care for anything key lime..

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  9. I don't like chocolate very much, so when my girlfriend gets something chocolately, I think she does it on purppose. Hm.. haah

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  10. I don't like most "healthy" desserts. Give me the real deal: butter, sugar, salt, chocolate. If something says "vegan" I hold my nose and move on. No Pudge Brownies: forgettaboutit.

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    1. Healthy desserts are so bad. I'd have to be really desperate. I've never tried those No Pudge Brownies.

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  11. I like saying "bisqueeeeeeeee".

    I'm glad you found a pair of shoes! I know how troublesome finding a good pair can be. And now pieces of food can't fall between the wholes in the Crocs!

    P.S. Please don't enter me in the giveaway; I have no legit use for shoes like these.

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  12. Ha Ha...great question...hmmm..a dessert I don't like would be...hmmm...well...I don't like anything made with cake mixes even when the recipe adds a bunch of stuff that people say "mask" the taste of cake mixes..it still tastes "chalky" to me...I am not a huge fan of jello type desserts (but I would choke one down!!). Although it is sad, I tend to like my dessert!! Maybe Key Lime Pie would be my least favorite. It is going to be fun to see how others respond...(I am loving your posts about school..thanks so much for sharing!)

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    1. Thanks for reading, Jean! Yes, desserts from mixes are bad!

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  13. I am very much enjoying watching your time at FPI. I visited there a couple of years ago and was impressed with the facility and the staff. They are an amazing group of talented folks.

    A dessert that I don't like. Hmm. I suppose ice cream would be on the bottom of my list. Keep the posts coming, you are doing so well.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Valerie! Nooo not ice cream!

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  14. Wow a dessert I don't like, that is tough but I would say it is a type of dessert. I have texture issues so I don't like slimy dessert or ones soaked in liquid. My Mom makes a cake and then soaks it in hot milk, and to me that is so gross!

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  15. Super proud of you! You are doing so great!

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  16. This is really hard...I've hardly ever met a dessert I didn't like! Oh wait...I remember one: mincemeat pie. I don't know if that' supposed to be dessert or not but I did NOT like it! All other desserts are excellent. :-)

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  17. Sorry, my comp is acting odd! Flan I hate flan!

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  18. It seems like Flan is winning big time here! Funny, because that's what I ws going to post. Considering I'vr made so many of them, they have become quite ordinary for me. It's OK, Mr. Flan, you still have followers out there!

    Camille

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  19. I hate... Pumpkin cake. Hahaha i dont like pumpkin in general.

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  20. Rice pudding is the one dessert I can't stand. It's like an afterthought; like someone left a good dessert sitting out too long and it congealed into this icky mess!

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  21. I don't like red velvet cake. Every one I've tried just tastes like food coloring to me. I don't get the appeal.

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    1. Quite a few people have said that! I do like it, I guess because it's Southern.

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  22. dessert -- pistachio (sp?) anything. what a waste of time. actually, i prefer chocolate desserts. actually i prefer dark chocolate desserts. :)

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  23. I don't like any raspberry desserts - those suckers are just too tart for my taste! (but blackberries are my favorite shh)

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  24. That dacquoise with the hazelnuts on top would be wonderful layered with fresh whipped cream.

    Desserts I don't like? Anything with pumpkin. Also don't like carrot cake. Kathy also pointed out that mincemeat pie is pretty gross.

    Strangely enough, I'm not all that fond of rhubarb pie. Don't hate it, but unless I need a good laugh, it's not my first choice.

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  25. aphra2000-baker@yahoo.comOctober 11, 2012 at 3:34:00 PM CDT

    I do not like anything with pistachios. I want to like them, but I just don't.

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  26. I don't like cannoli's - or pretty much any italian pastry for that matter.

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  27. To tell you the truth, the only dessert I don't like is the ones I don't get! I love dessert and I've sat here for a few minutes trying to think of one I didn't like and can't come up with one.
    Unless, of course, you count the "learning" ones that my kids burned or left out an ingredient or undercooked.

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  28. I don't like desserts made from mixes-- there's a terrible aftertaste.

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  29. I am not too fond of messy, sticky sundaes!

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  30. I am a freak of nature -- a woman who doesn't like chocolate. There, I've said it, and it's true. I make all kinds of things chocolate but that is to give away. But that still leaves tons of other desserts to like. Thanks for sharing this!

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  31. I don't like pies that use store-bought pie crust. I love following your adventures in pastry school! So cool!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Kimberly!

      I don't care for store-bought, either.

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  32. Cherry pie! I'm not a big fan of cherries, so I really dislike cherry pie.

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  33. I do not like tiramisu....or anything coffee flavored for that reason. Even if just a hint of coffee, I still can't stand it.

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    1. Haha. Eric isn't a fan of coffee, either.

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  34. Red velvet cake! It tastes like food coloring, not chocolate! Why are people obsessed with this flavor?

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    1. I guess they like that bright color? No idea. We should try using beet powder as dye.

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  35. I don't care for bread pudding OR tiramisu... to me, it's like soggy sponge!

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  36. My mom makes molasses bars with raisins and I hate them. I almost gagged typing about them. Would love the shoes to wear to work (dental office).

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    1. :( Yeah, those don't sound very good. They sound very old fashioned.

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  37. i like care choclet cake and red velvet cake and its looks so yummy, i love it.
    Cyclogyl

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  38. I hate bread pudding. I've had it a grand total of once and the texture really put me off.

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    1. It's pretty good when it's made right. But yes, it can be sooo gross!

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  39. I do NOT like chocolate with any form of raspberry or orange.

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  40. I could never ever taste mint or anything minty as a dessert... for me, it only belongs in food seasoning! :-D Just found your blog! Love it!

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    1. I know a lot of people who don't like mint in desserts!

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  41. Hi Emily! I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that I soooo enjoy reading your blog! I am not sure if I have told you this, but I have been totally stalking your blog forever! I am in Missouri too...and enjoy hearing about all your adventures! I am happy that you are finally getting to live your dream, going to pastry school, and hope to see you on TV again soon.

    And those shoe! I need to check them out...I wear tennis shoes when I bake, and at the end of the day.....ooooooohhhh...my feet hurt!

    So...what dessert DON'T I like? HMMMMMM that is a hard one...I pretty much love them all, however, I am not a big fan of raspberries...they make my mouth break out. And I am not a real fan of blueberries, so no blueberry pie for me!

    I wish you continued success in school, and all that life will give you in the future!

    Kim
    The Cookie Puzzle

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    1. Hi Kim! You're a fellow Missourian! Thank you so much for reading! I don't blame you for not like raspberries! That's terrible.

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  42. I don't like cake very much ... unless it is VERY dense and VERY moist.

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  43. I'm a server at a vegetarian restaurant and would love a new pair of shoes for work!

    Love your blog...

    Tam

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  44. I DON'T like divinity! I think it is nasty, pointless, and a waste of good nuts!

    And I need these shoes because my mom and I run a bakery together and I'm on my feet all day!

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    1. Oh yeah! That's gross!

      That sounds like fun! I wish I could work with my mommy.

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  45. Jell-O. I don't understand how any human being can enjoy it. Why would someone willingly make hospital food? A slimy, sugary excuse of a dessert when people are too cheap to even spring for pudding.

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  46. I really don't like butter cream icing!

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    1. I don't either. A little bit is okay, but not a lot.

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  47. I hope it's not too late to enter...... My pick is: anything with coconut flakes thrown all over it; its like eating something rolled in hair.- it is the culinary equivalent of covering holes in the wall with spackle. What are you hiding under there and it must taste really bad if this is how you choose to distract me.

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  48. Believe it or not, cake. People don't get it, but its almost always too dry, or too sweet, or just a mess whenever it's servered around these parts :(

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    1. There is a lot of bad cake out there...

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  49. I'm not a fan of anything with a lot of untoasted marshmallow or meringue

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  50. I can't stand anything banana. I can make banana bread but don't ask me to eat it!

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