Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Ming Tsai's Jasmine Caramel Sauce

After watching an episode of Simply Ming, the PBS cooking show by local chef Ming Tsai, I decided to try making his delicious-looking Jasmine Caramel Sauce. The sauce itself came out great. It was nice and creamy, very rich, and the taste of the jasmine tea really came through. Unfortunately, my attempt to use the sauce to make Toasted Sesame Nougat Bark was not as successful. I think I didn't reduce the caramel sauce enough, so the resulting product was the consistency of honey, not bark. It tasted delicious, though, licked off a finger. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Cinnamon monkey bread

Several farm stands here in eastern Massachusetts carry "cinnamon monkey bread" from Karen's Bakery in Lynnfield. I've eyed it before, but I bought it for the first time yesterday. Yum! It's basically like a slightly breadier cinnamon roll without the frosting. Very moist, lots of cinnamon and sugar. It's also cool because it comes in a big ring with segments that tear off easily.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Montilio's German Chocolate Cake

Last night, our friends picked up a German Chocolate cake at Shaw's, made by Montilio's bakery. The cake itself was nice and moist, and the chocolate buttercream frosting around the outside was pretty decent. The topping was okay, but nothing special. Not quite enough coconut, perhaps.