Saturday, February 18, 2012

Culinary School - Week 6

Today in Cake Decorating class we reviewed our homework...buttercream roses and gum paste roses.

Then we practiced making our first person/figurine out of gum paste. Our teacher instructed us to have our gum paste person resemble a cartoon character of ourselves, but my woman was slowly turning into a 90 year old lady with wrinkled skin and all so I went with the flow and gave her a granny dress and put her hair up in a bun. Sorry I don't have a picture to show you. It's probably for the best because she was pretty funny. It was my first time however, so I imagine I can only improve from here on out.

During breads class this week we focused on whole grain breads. Several of the recipes called for "soakers". The primary function of a soaker is to soften uncooked coarsely ground grains by soaking them first in water. We made (in no particular order) Multigrain Sourdough, Whole Wheat Sourdough, Sesame Sourdough, Semolina Bread with Whole Grains, Semolina Bread with Fennel, and Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal bread. We also learned a few new ways to shape the bread: Tabatere "looks like an old tabacco pouch", Pain d'Aux "looks like a bow tie", and Viverais.


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