Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

Just as the name implies!
Simple Syrup!

It’s basically just equal parts water and sugar.

You can make as large of a recipe or as small as you like.

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Lady Fingers Sponge Cake Recipe

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Don’t be confused by the name of this recipe, it is not a sponge cake per se.

Well, yes it is a sponge style cake and why it is called that; but not the kind of cake you are going to bake in cake pans.

Lady Fingers Sponge Cake is a very delicate sponge style cake that is the main cake component in my dessert cakes such as Tiramisu or the Mango Mousse Cake.

They are called lady fingers because of their shape as they resemble the thin delicate fingers of a woman. (unless you are me, and then they would be called Sausage Fingers Sponge….)

Lady fingers are dry by nature and will need to be soaked with some sort of infused simple syrup, which actually is a really great way to add another layer of depth and flavor to your desserts!

This is not the crispy lady fingers some of you have been confused with;  those are more of a biscuit or cookie which I believe go by the name vienna fingers.


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Lady Fingers Sponge Cake Recipe
 
All ingredients are to be at room temperature before beginning
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Serves: Enough to prepare 1- 8" cake
Ingredients
  • Egg Yolks large 5 (90g)
  • Granulated Sugar 3 Tablespoons (38g)
  • Egg Whites large 5 (150g)
  • Granulated Sugar 3 Tablespoons (38g)
  • Cake Flour ¾ cup (90g)
  • Salt pinch
  • Cream of Tartar ¼ teaspoon
  • Confectioners Sugar * as needed for dusting
Instructions
  1. In a clean bowl whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until foamy. Once they start to get foamy and gain some strength and volume very slowly begin adding the sugar while continuing to whip on high speed.
  2. Once you have achieved stiff, but not dry peaked meringue stop whipping and transfer to another larger mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Next we will whip the egg yolks in the same manner, there is no need to clean the bowl to whip the egg yolks.
  4. Whip the egg yolks and sugar in the mixer bowl until it turns very light in color and has just about tripled in volume.
  5. Once you have fully whipped your yolks, transfer them to the same bowl with the meringue and fold the two together gently while adding the sifted cake flour and salt.
  6. Transfer the entire mixture to a pastry bag and proceed to pipe the lady fingers onto a parchment lined sheet pan as shown in the video demonstration.
  7. Dust with lady fingers with confectioners sugar and baker immediately at 375° F
  8. They will bake for about 12-15 minutes depending on your oven, but just until light golden brown
Notes
Lady Fingers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

It is preferable to store the lady fingers wrapped well in the freezer for up to a month.
For those who have questions about whipping egg whites, CLICK HERE FOR MORE!

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Ganache Recipe

Chocolate ganache recipe

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I decided to call this recipe “Simple ganache recipe” for the very reason that it is just so simple.

2 Ingredients.

1 Easy step.

Now of course I have another recipe for Shiny Ganache for Glazing Cakes; which is indeed a ganache recipe but has a few more ingredients to keep it shiny even after a day or so.

(which this ganache will not exactly do)

Also the Mirror Glaze craze has hit the scene at Gretchen’s Bakery so you may want to try that recipe as well. It is essentially a ganache with gelatin added for elasticity and shine. I provide a vegetarian version as well!

I have to be honest though, I use this recipe regular ganache recipe way more than the others; it’s just so simple!

This type of ganache recipe is one that you will find for making truffles, since it is so easy to infuse flavors and create an endless bounty of delicate little chocolate treats!

Read more on What is Ganache so you can get a sense of how very versatile this recipe can be for you!

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Simple Ganache Recipe
 
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I have no video for this recipe, but it is quite simple to master
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Serves: 3½ cups
Ingredients
  • Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate 1lb (454g) (approx 2¾ cups chopped chocolate)
  • Heavy Cream 2 cups (475ml)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl reserve the evenly chopped baking chocolate while you boil the heavy cream either in the microwave or in a sauce pot on the stove.
  2. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate in the bowl and whisk to melt and smooth.
  3. Read more about Ganache Here
Notes
Store at room temperature for 1 day or in the refrigerator in a clean container airtight for up to 2 weeks.

VEGANIZE THIS RECIPE!

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Vegan Ganache Recipe
 
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Serves: 2½cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave.
  2. Add the warmed almond milk and whisk smooth.
  3. Cool slightly and then use right away to pour as a glaze over cakes and pastries.
  4. Or let set up to desired consistency for fillings in cakes and pastries
Notes
Store ganache in the refrigerator for up to 10 days
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