It sounds French and fancy but there might not be anything simpler or more versatile to make than chocolate ganache. It should be a staple in every baker’s kitchen. You can use it for dipping, drizzling, icing, frosting, glazing, even making truffles. Chocolate ganache is simply chocolate and cream blended together. It’s almost foolproof and with just those two ingredients you can have it mostly made in the time it takes to hard boil an egg. If it is so easy and foolproof than why do so many people struggle with making this delectable treat?
With just a little effort, the home cook can really up their pizza game. Ten years ago, I moved to the suburbs and immediately realized all the pizza was mediocre at best and if I wanted to once again have pizza anywhere near as good as a place in the city (even a city like Boston with an Ok but not stellar pizza rep) I was going to have to make it myself.
Since then, I’ve tried many different flours, recipes, toppings, and dough. Top it with whatever you want, what will really elevate a pizza is a great dough.
It can be the most intimidating, and sometimes demoralizing, part of the pizza-making process. You’ve made the dough, prepped the ingredients, stretched it out perfectly then go to launch it into the oven and … it sticks. There is no worse feeling for the home pizziaolo than standing over a blazing hot oven trying to wrestle some stuck dough into the oven.
Don’t despair. It happens to everyone at some point and calzones still taste good! With a little practice and following these 6 practical tips you’ll be launching your pizzas into the Ooni with pizzazz.
Plain, all-purpose white flour is a great place to start when making your own pizza dough. It has plenty of protein, strength and flexibility, making it very easy and forgiving to work with when trying to stretch it out. The downside is that all-purpose, white dough tends to lack any flavor as it’s been processed to remove the bran and germ. So if you want to take your dough to the next level and really add a dynamic shot of flavor, try adding some whole grain, which includes all three parts of the grain – bran, germ, and endosperm.
It’s coming up on prime berry season here in New England and this past weekend we went out and picked a whole bunch of fresh blueberries. I’ll be honest, we’ve mostly just been eating them right from a bowl on the kitchen counter but I did want to give another recipe which stars fresh berries from my favorite cookbook, Run Fast. Eat Slow, a try.
If you’ve baked long enough, you’ve probably screwed up a recipe at some point by putting the wrong one in the batter and ended up with a metallic tasting cake or an overflowing quick bread.
Want to just cut to the chase?
Sometimes old school is the best way. The NY Times might have revived it a few years ago, but this recipe dates back to the 30’s or 40’s. If you need a quick, easy, and reliable cake for a dinner party or birthday this is the recipe to use. It all gets ‘dumped’ into one bowl, poured into the pan, baked, and frosted.
You need to allow for cooling time but the hands on-time is less than an hour to have a sweet, moist, chocolaty cake sure to please just about anyone you’ve invited to your party. Or just your family. Or, okay, just you.