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Taping of My Craftsy Baking Class

Apr 18, 2015 | From the kitchen of Rose in Publications

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Craftsy produces and sells state-of-the art on-line instructional video classes. To date, the company offers over 600 course listings covering all manner of crafts--not only cooking and baking. I was delighted to receive an invitation from the acquisitions editor, Denise Mickelsen, with whom I had worked when she was senior editor at Fine Cooking Magazine.

The Craftsy studios are located in Denver, CO, known as the mile high city. This meant inevitable high altitude adjustments for baking. Fortunately, Jenn "Knitty Baker," one of our accomplished Alpha Bakers (the group that is baking their way through The Baking Bible) lives in Denver. She agreed to test all 9 of the cookie recipes and comment on any adjustments that would be required. In addition, Woody and I made a batch of each of the cookies and carefully packed them to bring with us. Making all the recipes gave us a chance to go over notes and tips I wanted to offer for each cookie. Also, even with adjustments, I knew that there would be some differences in the baked cookie, for example, when it is necessary to lower the baking soda; due to the lower pressure of higher altitude, the cookie will brown less.

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The Curtis Hotel was our home base for the week. It was conveniently situated within walking distance of The Ice House building where the studio for our Craftsy video taping sessions were we taped my class. It was also close to several excellent restaurants. We were pleased that Denver's weather forecast promised to be mostly sunny with temperatures in the 60's compared to our -14 degree F reception last November. For our first evening, Denise invited us to dinner at The Kitchen. I felt right at home because on the shelf of the open kitchen was my Baking Bible. We all enjoyed the excellent food and exchange of food world stories. As true foodies, we all enthusiastically shared our entrees and dessert.

Our four-day Craftsy video taping session started with a day of orientation. The morning was spent with Jared Mahler, my instructional producer, going over the cookie lessons with us and, Victoria Perkins, our assistant prep person and stylist. Jared and Victoria were glad that we had brought all of the cookies so that they could see what each recipe looked like, as well as having them on hand incase a freshly-baked recipe did not turn out as expected. In the afternoon, we mis en place'd all of the recipes with adjustments as per Jen's notes, while Jared and his crew set up their equipment.

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Helpful Baking Tips on Oprah's Website

Jan 27, 2014 | From the kitchen of Rose in Epicurious

Recently, a few of my favorite colleagues and I were interviewed for Oprah's Website on one of my favorite subjects: "Common Dessert Mistakes."

Buttercrunch Toffee

Dec 21, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

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My dearest friend Nancy Weber has written a most entertaining and educational article on her visit to me several months ago when I was testing buttercrunch toffee for the new book.

When I learned that Betty Fussell, who also lives in the neighborhood, and is a highly esteemed author and friend, is also a friend of Nancy's, I invited her over to watch the process and taste the results.

Several of you have posted questions about toffee so this is a first rate opportunity to review the key steps. Enjoy! NYCityWoman.com

Third Appearance on Five Books

Mar 19, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

I'm so pleased to learn that UK chef Yotam Ottolenghi has listed my Pie and Pastry BIble as one of his top five cookbooks.

If you are interested is seeing why, and reading the rest of his fascinating interview, click here.

Author of the Day!

Mar 11, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

Once again, I'm proud to be featured on this wonderful site, this time with recipes from my Bread Bible. Click on Cookstr!

Want to Know More About Food Science?

Feb 28, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Announcements

Here's a link to a most useful listing of 40 Coolest Science Blogs for Serious Foodies

A Review on and of Baking Style Diary

Feb 20, 2011 | From the kitchen of Rose in Podcasts

I'm really loving Lisa Yockelson's new blog. It is chock full of personality, information, and exquisite writing. Here are two links in which she featured me in a Q & A and in a Book Review of The Bread Bible.

Lisa's reviews of baking books will make regular appearances on her blog. We can all be grateful that such a brilliant writer and baker is willing to take the time to do in depth reviews of others' baking books. This will prove invaluable.

The Top 50 Bread Making Blogs

Dec 23, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Announcements

Tara Snyder has just published a very useful article on her blog in which I'm proud to be featured. She has researched and given links to several different categories of bread baking including gluten free.

Included at the bottom of this article, and also dear to my heart, is a list of knitting and crochet blogs! I think fellow blogger "knitty baker" has something going here. There is a strong connection between bakers and crafts people. Has anyone written a book yet called crafting bread? How about crafting cake? Love it!

Le Bell Canto Indeed!

Dec 20, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

My dearest friend and former high school classmate June LeBell, also former host of WQXR, wrote this delightful posting which I'd like to share with you!

If you'd like to read the foreword that I wrote for her book the Kitchen Classics, click on continue reading. Sadly, this book is out of print but you can still find copies on Amazon occasionally. It is a treasure!

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Wolverine Interview and Book Review

Dec 14, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Book Review

Great to know that college students are baking and from Rose's Heavenly Cakes no less! This bodes well for the next generation. Click here for details.

The Secret Ingredient

Dec 06, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

William Morrow, publisher of The Cake Bible and Rose's Christmas Cookies has a terrific website! I'm the guest of the month talking about my favorite ingredient--guess which! Click here and you'll find out.

I also offer a recipe from The Cake Bible that has become my signature cake.

Blog Interview on 5 Books

Nov 09, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

Recently, I was most honored that Madhur Jaffrey, when interviewed for this site, chose one of my books (The Cake BIble) as one of her top 5. Now it was my turn to list my top 5 and though I adore Madhur's books, I don't do Indian cooking on a weekly basis, though it is my favorite cuisine. Therefore, the books I listed were the 5 that through the years I have used the most often. If you're interested to know which these are, click on the link!

Lovely Book Review from the Vanilla Queen

Jul 06, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

My wonderful friend and owner of The Vanilla.COMpany has just posted a delightful review. Here's the link!

New Interview from FastRecipes

Jun 08, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

Just posted: Please click on Baking Recipes.

Author of the Day!

May 27, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Announcements

This is a great site you should know about which offers both author profiles and recipes. Check out Cookstr.com.

A Very Special Review

May 09, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Publications

I haven't heard from my old friend Cornelius O'Donnell for many years now but what a way to hear from him now! This was send by another dear old friend, Blake Swihart (whom I always think of as 'sweetheart'.

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The Diva of Desserts does it Again

I often listen to a couple of classical music programs on FM radio. And both have hosts that are - to put name on it - gushy. And the delivery of one weekday announced is downright breathless. These guys feel that way about Brahms, Beethoven, and Bach. I feel that way about great food and food writing. So humor me and let me gush it up in describing a new cook book.

The "Diva" in question is Rose Levy Beranbaum, and anyone who likes to bake, or would like to learn to bake, should run to the bookstore and order most all of Rose's nine books. You may know her first book - The Cake Bible - published in 1988 and named the Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Food Professionals, a group I once was part of. Then came Christmas Cookies (a James Beard Foundation Award Winner in '98). The indefatigable Rose also produced The Pie and Pastry Bible in 1998.

More recently, praise was heaped on her 2003 Bread Bible. (I'm pretty sure she was the instigator of all the "Bible" cookbooks that others have published, for better and worse, in the last several years.)

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

Not content to rest on her laurels, Heavenly Cakes was published last year just in time to qualify for the 2009 book awards. You guessed it; the new book again won the IACP "Book of the Year." And when you pick up a copy it's easy to see why. There is no question that "Heavenly" will join the "Bible" in that pantheon of books that become instant classics. Gush. Gush.

I was impressed with the almost four pages of "Acknowledgements," including a photo of her associate Woody Wolston who painstakingly tested and retested the recipes. You really get the sense of confidence in using the recipes. Baking is so rewarding when your creation comes out perfectly. But it's one aspect of cooking that requires precise measurements. A half teaspoon too much or too little and you might have a dud instead of a delight.

I like the way the recipes are written and the feeling that Rose is beside you guiding you to perfection. Incidentally for you scientifically minded cooks, ingredients are listed by volume AND weight - in both grams AND ounces.

Add the valuable sections on the nuts and bolts of baking: special effects and techniques, ingredients and sources, equipment etc. Gush. But I caution that you'd best have ample counter space or one of those cookbook holders. This is a large format book, heavy enough to be a doorstop, and almost 500 pages long.

Restraint and Elegance

Have you seen those cake-making competitions on the tube? Zany, improbable, and wobbly-fragile creations are (maybe) fascinating to watch, but get real. What home cooks want - unless I'm nuts - is to produce desserts that are simple, attractive, and most of all tasty. And this is the time of year when cakes can celebrate graduations, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and weddings. The book has some stunning and doable wedding cake ideas. None of the Styrofoam layers and plastic pillars for our Rose, eh Hyacinth?

Turn the pages of the book and start by reading "Rose's Rules of Cake Baking;" no long treatise, just succinct and practical advice. Then come the recipes divided into sections: Butter and Oil Cakes; Sponge Cakes; Mostly Flourless and Cheesecakes; adorable Baby Cakes; and those wedding cakes.

While I was sorely tempted to give you a sample of such delights as the Red Fruit Shortcake in anticipation of our fresh fruit season to come, it is too long for this space. Likewise the No-Bake Whipped Cream Cheesecake, Heavenly Coconut Seduction Cake (a precursor of the wedding cakes, perhaps?), Lemon Meringue Cake, Chocolate Streusel Coffee Cake, and even the two trifles so beautifully photographed. And while I've made and loved Rose's signature Lemon Poppy Seed Sour-Cream Cake, let's try the Whipped Cream Cake. It's simple, suitable for many occasions, and a perfect foil for a few fresh berries to garnish the plate.

May 03, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

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My recipe posted on David Leite's blog leitesculinaria while I was away (his beautiful book, The New Portuguese Table, also won an IACP award for best first book). Here is the posting and recipe now for those of you who may not have my new book Rose's Heavenly Cakes!

Thought-Provoking Interview with Andrew Gray

Jan 28, 2010 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances


Andrew has a great new site called cookbooker. Click here for the Q & A we did this week!

It's Fruitcake!

Dec 20, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances


Food writer Jeff Houck runs an annual fruitcake haiku contest in the Tampa Tribune. This year, I got to be the judge! Thought you'd all enjoy some of the hilarious submissions.

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On another note, be sure to check the blog this Thursday for an inspiring Christmas photo from Hope!

Cookstr.com

Nov 16, 2009 | From the kitchen of Rose in Web Appearances

I'm delighted to share a new link with you where you will find tons of recipes from many of my favorite colleagues. Here's the link to mine:

http://www.cookstr.com/users/rose-beranbaum/profile

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