I have a friend who is looking for a dairy free, soy free cake. What a perfect Fearless Friday adventure, recipe books and sites are being scoured. Recipes are being scanned with a suspicious eye for obscure ingredients or funky textures. I won’t send a novice cook out to buy expensive ingredients they may only use once.
I have mentioned it many times in the past, but I am not a pastry chef. I worked my way up in my restaurant career and desserts were either brought in or one person came in after all the distractions had wandered home. Fearless Fridays are all about pushing our culinary boundaries. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, technique, ingredient, or simply committing to cooking at home, anyone can participate.
After doing some research I found a genoise cake. As you might guess, it is a French recipe with no butter or milk. All of the moisture comes from the eggs. Remember the saying “fat equals flavor?” There just wasn’t enough fat to carry the chocolate flavor I wanted for my friend. I did like the texture of the cake, so perhaps I should have stayed with the white version. This one would work well as a carrier for a rich chocolate frosting, but I couldn’t recommend that to my friend. So next week, the search continues.
Second lesson, try not to start these projects at 9:30 on Thursday. It leads to a late night which means a grumpy morning.
Bonus, I did finally manage to get a decent picture of myself cracking an egg. This is something I’ve been trying to accomplish for a couple of years. It’s not easy to operate my camera left handed and not smash the egg to bits.
Tell me, Home Eccers, were you fearless this week? Feel free to share a link to your blog post in the McKlinky below or share your story in the comments.