After wowing us with numerous gourmet snack foods, pastry chef Claire Saffitz has struck out on her own, with a video series to accompany her new cookbook, which features a mix of both sweet and savory recipes for home bakers. First up, soft and crispy foccacia. (Thanks Rob!)
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Working with molten hot sugar is one of the most daunting tasks in the kitchen, but international pastry instructor Amaury Guichon makes it look easy, as he shows off the technique he uses to create a perfectly smooth dome of the sweet stuff. Also, check out his incredible, edible samurai.
Bon Appétit’s Claire Saffitz is back in the test kitchen to make yet another popular snack. With their layers of chocolate, caramel, and crunchy cookies, it turns out that the shape, flavor, and texture of Twix bars are incredibly challenging and frustrating to replicate.
Kaci Hansen aka the Homicidal Homemaker shows us how to make a delightful cake that pays tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The yule log style roll cake features a pattern inspired by the pattern on the rug at the Overlook Hotel, along with a decorative axe.
We’ve featured a baking pan that lets you make brownies that all have crispy edges. But Bakelicious’ Crispy Corner not only does that, it also makes uniformly-sized brownies, each with four crispy edges and a fudgy center. It’s made of carbon steel and has a non-stick coating.
Want to make a dessert that’s sure to be the talk of the party? Ann Reardon of How to Cook That shows us how to create a tasty salted caramel and chocolate cake that looks like a pot overflowing with popcorn. She makes it look easy, but we’re sure it’s not. Full recipe here.
Designed by pastry queen Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin of Pies Are Awesome, these stencils make it easy for anyone to create awesomely geeky pies. Designs include C’thulhu, a fire-breathing dragon, a prancing unicorn, and a kittens with deadly weapons, among others.