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May 07, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
This is truly the queen of buttercreams: silky, buttery, light and airy, and a bit temperamental. Combining the Italian meringue with the butter is the tricky part. It is essential that the two mixtures have near the same temperature. And sooner or later it happens to everyone: Instead of becoming a beautifully emulsified satiny texture, it starts to curdle and separate. Your heart drops and panic sets in--all that expensive butter and time....But all is not lost. Here are some tips and also a solution should all else fail:
Use an instant read thermometer to ensure that the temperature of the mixture is between 65° to 70°F/19° to 21°C and adjust as needed. If not using a thermometer, try adjusting with just a small amount of the buttercream.
If all else fails, with your hands, squeeze out the liquid that has separated and pour it into a large measuring cup with a spout. On high speed, beat the remaining butter until it becomes smooth. Then gradually beat in the liquid. The resulting buttercream will be less airy but perfectly emulsified and silky smooth.
Note: You will have a higher degree of success if using high fat butter.
Also, it works best to add all the meringue to all the whipped butter rather than the reverse. This technique is detailed in Rose's Heavenly Cakes and The Baking Bible.
May 01, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
The Bread Bible Bake Along is now linked to a new website. It is administered by Vicki and her daughter Elle. Click here to see the new site. You will also see how to join the group if you would like to be an active participant, or simply enjoy it as an observer.
I know no activity that gives more joy than baking bread.
Apr 21, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
I'm so excited that my new line of baking tools now has its own Facebook Page. In less than 2 months there are more than 2900 followers.
There are links to the product line on the Facebook page. You can also find them on Amazon if you search for Rose Levy Beranbaum Signature Series. And on this blog home page, on the left, under "Rose's Family of Bakeware Products."
Mar 03, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
The Nordic Ware demo on March 7 is sold out but if you'd like to say hello or have any of your books signed at the end of the session, around 9:00 pm, do stop by!
Please hold any questions to post on the blog until after the 12th.
Rose & Woody
Feb 25, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
Pie Demonstration and Book Signing in Minneapolis
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
We are delighted to announce that Woody and I are doing an appearance at the Nordic Ware Factory Store.
We will be doing a pie demonstration with my new pie kit and signing copies of our newest book, The Baking Bible, named the International Association of Culinary Professionals Best Baking Book of the Year for 2015. I will be happy to sign any of my books you may already own.
Our dearest friend Michelle Gayer, of The Salty Tart bakery, will be serving a special treat.
Items from Rose's product line, Rose Levy Bakeware and Rose's Signature Series, will be available for purchase in the store.
Nordic Ware's details for signing up:
$40.00 per person, plus tax; includes a copy of The Baking Bible.
Reservations and payment accepted by telephone only at 952-924-9672.
Class size is limited to 40 people. (As of this date, 25 have already signed up.)
Nordic Ware Factory Store
4925 Highway 7/County Road 25 and Highway 100
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Jan 21, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
I'm delighted to share with you a special sale from Thermoworks on one of most valued pieces of equipment in my baking kitchen, the Extra Big & Loud Timer. The sound is variable and when set on the loudest I can hear it 2 floors away. I also love the large readout and buttons which are easy to operate. And once the timer goes off, if not shut off, it reverts to a time-elapsed mode. The sale will last until Monday, January 25, 2016.
The Thermapan by Thermoworks is the fastest and most accurate instant read thermometer for the consumer, essential for so many baking processes. It is also highly valued by professional chefs.
The Rose Scale by Escali was created for me as a testament to spearheading the movement toward weighing rather than volume measure in baking.
Escali Alimento Rose Limited Edition Digital Scale, 13-Pound/6kg
These are the three top items on my essential baking equipment list.
Jan 10, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
Woody and I are off to Vancouver to attend the wedding of dear friends Nathan Fong and Michel Chicoine. Guess who'll be making the cake?! If you are in the Vancouver area, please come to Barbar-Jo's wonderful cookbook store on Sunday, January 17 3:00 to 4:00 we'll be doing a meet and greet and book signing!
We will respond to any blog questions after our return Tuesday January 19.
Jan 06, 2016 | From the kitchen of Rose
Win my new book, a new Thermapen Mk4, and ChefAlarm (complete with probe and oven rack clip)! All you have to do is share with your friends and family.
Enter your email address in the sign up form to win. Once you sign up, you'll receive a unique link back to this contest.
Share this link with your friends and followers, and for each person you get to sign up, you earn 1 point. The person with the most points at the end of the contest wins.
Dec 12, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
What could be harder than narrowing down one's choice of favorite cookbooks to 10, especially when the collection is well over 1000 of my own! But when Matt Cockerill, co-founder of the site 1000 cookbooks, invited me to join I didn't hesitate. The easiest way to come up with my 10 choices was to see what rose to the top of my memory. And I listed them in alphabetical order.
These are the books that I've used the most often over the years. They are well written, imaginative, reliably tested, and have stood the test of time.
Check out the site and you will find many of your favorite authors--more as it evolves. You will also find what your favorite authors choose as their favorites. It's absolutely addictive. I was regretful not to be listed by some but amazed and delighted to be listed by some others!
You will also find out which is considered by consensus to be the best cookbook of all time. (Hint: it's not vegan!)
The co-founders have very interesting backgrounds in publishing and science. I had some illuminating and delightful email exchanges with Matt and feel like I've found another kindred spirit.
Check it out--you'll love it!
Co-Founders Matt Cockerill and Jon Croft
Nov 16, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
Chocolate Baking Essentials, a series of 7 detailed lessons on all types of chocolate, gives me a unique opportunity to demonstrate a wide variety of chocolate recipes, techniques, and information, and provides a great learning tool for you.
Here is a link to a preview of the class.
For the first few weeks I am pleased to be able to offer you a discount on the class. Here's the link.
And here are photos of two of the recipes--one showing how to make the ultimate flourless chocolate cake, and one showing how to use unsweetened chocolate to full advantage.
Note: Adding unsweetened ground chocolate to your favorite angel food cake is not only delicious but also a way to cut the inevitable sweetness. I love how this closeup shows the texture of the cake. The dip at the top was due to baking it at a mile high altitude (Craftsy classes are filmed in Denver, CO). We were all thrilled that Woody was able to pull off making this cake (dip or no dip the texture was impeccable).
Nov 08, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
I'm so thrilled to announce that Vicki Bagatti, one of the Alpha Bakers who has been baking her way through my baking books, came up with the splendid idea to start cooking her way through one of my savory books: Rose's Melting Pot. This book was published a few years after The Cake Bible, and features many of the recipes that I love to make for dinner and special occasions. The book is no longer in print but can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksites.
Vicki and her daughter Elle Marsh will be hosting the site and publishing their experiences including step by step photos, and those of other people who join the group. (The recipes will not be included on the postings.)
If you are interesting in joining the contact information is on the site.
Nov 07, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
In these 10 years:
I have posted 1,512 entries
Enjoyed 35,741 comments and questions
Made 4,581 responses (Woody has made over 1,500 in addition)
This blog has connected us with wonderful people from all over the world. It serves as an effective portal for groups of bakers baking their way through my books and giving links to step-by-step tutorials. I can't imagine a better way to share information!
Also Happy 1st Birthday to, The Baking Bible! October 28, 2014 was the pub date.
My second Craftsy on-line baking class will launch this month. Stay tuned for the official announcement.
Baking with love,
Rose & Woody
Nov 05, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
I'm thrilled that my new Craftsy on-line video class will be launching very soon and just in time for the holidays, and the subject is one very dear to my heart: Chocolate.
This class will include a series of 7 lessons, which will explore various ways of incorporating all types of chocolate into a wide range of baked desserts and decorative effects.
Click on this link and when you log in you will be registered automatically for the possibility to win my class for free.
Nov 04, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
When Lee Zalben opened up his cozy little sandwich shop in Greenwich Village, NYC just a few blocks from where I lived, I lost no time in becoming a regular visitor. Not only did I find Lee charming and fun to talk to, his passion for quality peanut butter was utterly contagious. I also was stunned to discover how much more delicious his 10 varieties of peanut butter were than anything I had ever tasted before. That was 1998, and since that time Peanut Butter & Co. has become one of the fastest growing natural/specialty food companies in the US. Lee's peanut butter is now available in over 15,000 supermarkets and specialty retailers.
When Lee asked me if I would like to participate in a special peanut butter Thanksgiving promotion, I was delighted to say yes. To celebrate Thanksgiving, Peanut Butter & Co. is presenting 10 classic American pie recipes, each with a new peanut buttery twist.
From November 3 - 13, 2015, Peanut Butter & Co. will feature 10 new delicious Thanksgiving pie recipes created by noted food bloggers on the link below. The pie recipes include Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie, Vegan Peanut Butter Apple Pie, and Gluten Free Peanut Butter Streusel Blueberry Pie, among others.
In addition to the new pie recipes, participants will have a chance to win one of my five Pie Baking Gift Packs. The Gift Packs include my latest cookbook, The Baking Bible, my signature 9-inch Perfect Pie Plate, Magic Rolling Pin, Magic Dough Mat, and Fast Tracks™ Dough Thickness Rails, along with a prize pack from Peanut Butter & Co. The five winners will be selected at random and there is no purchase necessary to enter.
You can find your way to the Thanksgiving Pie Party through Peanut Butter & Co.'s website.
Oct 30, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
Craftsy is holding an up to 50% off sale on all classes. (Mine is listed alphabetically under Levy Beranbaum.)
Click here to check it out.
Oct 19, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
Alice Medrich has written a fantastic article on the virtues of weighing ingredients for baking as opposed to measuring by volume. Click here to read it.
Oct 05, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
Woody and I will be in Denver taping a second Craftsy on line baking class. It is highly unlikely that we will have a moment to answer any blog questions so please try to hold them until the 12th.
Sep 23, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
This is for first time purchasers on Craftsy--$9.99 for your first class. It's available for only 1 week which ends Tuesday, September 29. Here's the link.
Sep 04, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
Craftsy is holding a 6 day back to school sale starting today. Many of the classes, including my cookie class, are 50% off. (Mine is listed alphabetically under Levy Beranbaum.)Here's the link.
Aug 04, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose
Click here to see it.