October 7, 2009 |
You can tell when a dish has made it into the mainstream by looking it up in the dictionary. There you'll find entries for sushi, taco and pho. I still have to italicize as a foreign word bao , the term for Chinese steamed bread and filled buns, but my hunch is that I won't have to do that for long. Bao is on the rise, and that's not just because it features leavened dough. Just check Costco, supermarket chains such as Vons/Pavilions and Ralphs, and of course, any nearby 99 Ranch.
November 17, 2011
Whither the dinner roll? Once the hallmark of a great home cook, when we think of dinner rolls at all today, it's as some kind of quaint artifact of another time. "Remember rolls?" we laugh as we tear off another chunk of sourdough baguette. But this recipe, from food writer Regina Schrambling, is a reminder that a well-made roll is something special. Crisp on the outside but tender at the center. Bready, certainly, but already so rich and buttery that they practically melt as you chew.
December 23, 2010 |
As a cook, I am prone to enthusiasms and sometimes, perhaps more often than occasionally, they can be a bit excessive. I readily admit that. But, please, trust me on this one: Frozen gougères are the best thing I've discovered this year. No, really. Doubt me? Think about this: a crisp, crusty savory cream puff, lighter than air but rich with the utterly irresistible fragrance of browned Gruyère cheese. And here's all you have to do to fix them: Remove from freezer; place on cookie sheet; bake for a half-hour.
July 28, 2012 |
Pate-a-choux is the stuff of magic in the kitchen. Pipe a soft, sticky dough onto a baking sheet and slide it into a hot oven. In mere minutes the dough puffs up - practically exploding to double, even triple, its original size - right before your eyes. Out of the oven, pate-a-choux cools to a golden-brown shell, crisp yet delicate and lighter than air. It's downright mesmerizing. Maybe you've never heard of pate-a-choux, but you've no doubt savored it at one time or another. Also known as cream puff dough, it's the magic behind crisp éclair shells and towering cream puff pastries, savory profiteroles and cheesy gougères.
December 7, 2005 |
STAND in line at any cappuccino bar and your eyes are drawn to the pastry case, where pieces of streusel-topped "coffeecake" wink back at you temptingly. Don't waste the calories. Coffeecake -- real coffeecake -- is not just a cold, sweet hunk of generic cinnamon-topped cake gobbled down in the front seat of your car. Real coffeecake is a Sunday-morning experience. It begins (if you're a lucky houseguest) with the unforgettable aroma of bread filling the house on a winter's morning, a yeasty smell so tantalizing that it seduces you out from the cozy bedcovers and down to the kitchen.
January 13, 2011
Real Jewish rye bread Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes, plus rising and cooling times Servings: Makes 1 round loaf (8 to 12 servings) Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish. Note: Adapted from "The Bread Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Specialty flours and barley malt syrup are available at select well-stocked markets, health food, cooking and baking supply stores, as well as online.
May 6, 2010
Tips for better biscotti baking — If the dough is too sticky to work with, chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. — Wetting your hands makes it easier to form the dough logs. — After the first baking, let the logs cool on the cookie sheet for about 20 minutes. Many recipes suggest cutting them into diagonal slices, then laying the slices flat on the cookie sheet. This requires you to flip over the slices midway through the second baking.
November 13, 2013
Total time: 2 hours, plus chilling time Servings: 6 to 8 Note: The crust recipe is adapted from Deborah Madison's "Local Flavors. " This recipe uses a standard 9-inch pie plate. 2 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, divided Zest of 2 lemons, divided 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons cold butter, divided 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar 1 egg, separated 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup quick-cooking, small-pearl tapioca 1/2 teaspoon cardamom 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 cups peeled, cored and sliced pears (4 to 5 pears)
December 16, 2010
Peppermint pinwheels Submitted by Shauna Cruz of Vallejo, Calif., originally published in Taste of Home magazine 'Four years ago, my roommates and I started the "Annual Christmas Cookie Sweatshop" party for our friends and family, and I make over 1,000 cookies for them to eat and decorate (hence the "sweatshop"). Every year, there is high demand for the peppermint pinwheels!' Total time: 50 minutes, plus chilling time Servings: About 4 dozen cookies Our recipes, your kitchen: If you try any of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen recipes from this week's Food section, please share it with us: Click here to upload pictures of the finished dish.