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Mango Upside Down Cake with a hint of Lime

Mango Upside Down Cake is a new take on an old fashioned recipe. An ultra-tender cake made with buttermilk and almond flour is topped with fresh mango slices and buttery, lime-scented caramel. Read on to find out how I destroyed and then repaired this cake… So, a funny thing happened on the way to posting …

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Pastry Cream – An Essential Recipe

Vanilla Pastry Cream is used it to fill cream puffs or eclairs. But that’s just the beginning. One vanilla custard recipe, so many possibilities. In a professional pastry kitchen we don’t reinvent the wheel for every single dish. We have a repertoire of what I’m calling, “essential recipes”.  There is no need to have a …

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The Function of Eggs in Baking

It’s not really possible to overstate how important the simple chicken egg is in the kitchen. Eggs are the base for a myriad of dishes, from rich custards to ethereal meringues. Eggs can be scrambled, fried or poached for a nutritious meal. The yolk emulsifies mayonnaise and the white is indispensable for the pastry chef’s …

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