Making some New York cheesecake at work, I was reminded of cookies made by Granny Barwick, sage of the back of the box" oatmeal cookies. Just as her perfect cookies started with a recipe from an Oatmeal box, you'll find some good tips on your cream cheese packages.
As with any good New York cheesecake, though, just remember, cheesecake is best baked at about 325 degrees (F) for around 90 minutes. This was a cinch and it was good!
Miche, a bread I've made for years, reminds me of my mother's accounts of growing up in a mountain village in France's Var region. She would often recall the way each family would make a large miche and bake in the communal village oven, loaves that lasted days. My mother said she always liked the bread after a few day's, as it would get crustier. As it staled, it was dipped into a soup, something I do quite often, as it's a handed down memory through her story.
This miche is dedicated to her stories and because she's my mom.
Many years ago when I was a budding pastry cook, I had the task to make a pastry cart for lunch and dinner service. One of my favorite preperations were making tarts. From fresh berries with pastry cream, to baked apple tarts. So I recently made a tart combining some old recipes I'd saved and combined some of the tropical flavors of mango, pineapple, banana with coconut and cocoa nibs. Tarts are simply delicious, not so difficult to prepare and yes delicious!
A few weeks ago, I chatted about bread and writing with baker philosopher, Jean-Philippe de Tonnac. He has been coaching and coaxing me to jot down my dreams, which include bread and writing. He took it a step farther, showing me my path and - more - the cover of my book. Still existing primarily in my head, now I must write it. How could I not at this juncture?
Between two overlapping holidays in the Judeo-Christian calenders, Passover and Easter, I've been baking, and yes I didn't do the right thing. I made hot cross buns a full two weeks before Easter. Then I made challah when matzah, un-leavened bread, was what the lord called for! God forgive me for going off track. But I did follow my passion and spirit, I baked!