Week 48 - Glücksschweinchen for the New Year
I really wanted to do at least one recipe from Backvergnügen wie noch nie before the year was up. The title translates to “baking pleasure like never before,” so how could you pass that up?
These are a traditional German New Year’s Day sweet — sweet dough pigs filled with marzipan. Pigs are good luck for the New Year in Germany for reasons that are hidden by the mists of time. I made the recipe as written, even though it called for an obscene amount of yeast. In hindsight these would have tasted much better if made using a sponge and much less yeast. Otherwise, they were pretty decent. Thanks Manju for the lead photo.
And that’s it for the year!
I didn’t manage to bake each and every week, but did reach my goal of 48 cakes. And I worked through most of the different kinds of recipes I wanted to bake out of Rose Levy Berenbaum’s Cake Bible.
Cakes I didn’t get to but wanted to try: carrot cake, chocolate indulgence cake, fruitcake.
My favorite recipe from the year wasthe white chocolate whisper cake (variation of a butter cake using white chocolate instead of butter).
Overall I learned that I don’t like pound cake, that I prefer traditional butter cakes to genoise for flavor but that genoise is much easier to cut/shape, and that silk meringue butter cream beats the pants off of standard vegan/Wilton buttercream.
I intend to take a few weeks off from cakes, but I can’t imagine I’ll never bake another cake; and will keep posting the interesting ones here. Here’s to 2014!