Saturday, March 12, 2011


This week we spent time making custards like creme brulee, flan, panna cotta, bread pudding, and cheesecake. We had a mishap with our cheesecake since the girl who was the mixer put 20% more sugar in the mix. We thought about throwing it away and starting over, but that would have set us back at least 40 minutes. We couldn't afford that.

I decided to try and off-set the sweetness from the sugar with a dark chocolate swirl. I mixed cayenne, cinnamon,and ginger into the chocolate and swirled it into the cheesecake.

It turned out amazing. The cayenne was not too overpowering. The chocolate added a crunchy texture. The cinnamon and ginger added some extra depth of flavor. And just look at how beautiful it turned out.

I'm pretty proud of this and I was happy that my Chef also enjoyed it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Two Weeks Left

I am so behind on this blog and it makes me sad. I've been so stressed out with work and so busy with school that I haven't had a free moment to myself. My employer did a round of layoffs three weeks ago. I was spared, which is a blessing and a curse. My school nights have been so packed full of production that I hardly remember what I've made at the end of the night.

I can tell you that my favorite week so far was Torte Week. It was totally intense, but I learned so much. We made at least 9 tortes, and my group made a Sachertorte and a Fraisier torte. They were so labor intensive and tasted delicious. Feast your eyes: