Circo's Pastry Shop BlogMaking the Perfect Pie for Thanksgiving
by mark anthony at 2013-11-20 15:57:00
The occasion of Thanksgiving marks the start of the pie-baking season in Brooklyn. It is also the perfect time to try out your untapped skills in pie making. There should be no reason to try to make a perfect pumpkin pie. According to chefs, a good pie is one that is made with love.
Rusticity and Homemade Pies
The rusticity of a homemade pumpkin pie holds greater appeal for people than the so-called perfect pies. A homemade pie can be bumpy, a little lopsided and sometimes even too brown. But it tastes better for all these qualities. According to established chefs, pies taste great when they are rustic. They can be decorated, but a simple, no frills pie with an ice cream on top tastes better.
The number one concern among amateur pie makers is the crust. It can turn out to be too dry or too wet. The point of contention is usually the amount of butter that is to be added. According to pie experts, a pastry cutter should be used in place of a food processor. The cutter should be turned on until the butter takes the appearance of a cornmeal, but with bigger bits scattered all over. If the piecrust is prepared by hand, then the water is more evenly distributed and the end result is a better crust.
Preferred Pies for Thanksgiving
Any pie is acceptable on the occasion of Thanksgiving! You can order any pie, from chocolate walnut tart to pumpkin pie all dressed up in brown butterscotch or chai spices. Anything with autumn spices will work.
Perfect Apple Deserts for Fall
by mark anthony at 2013-11-01 02:07:00
Italian Apple Pies
The north of Italy is in close connection with Austria, and its cuisine thus draws influence from Austria and Germany. Apple-based delicacies such as apple cakes and strudels are very popular all over the country. In fact, apples are innovatively used in several dishes in the country, and the torta di mele – apple pie is among the best options if you’re looking for a sweet treat in the fall. This wonderful desert packed with delicate and sweet apple flavor, is delicious, easy to prepare and one of the most popular Italian deserts that are sure to leave you and your guests wanting for more.
What makes torta di mele ideal for the fall?
The torta di mele – apple pie is elegant yet rustic, making for a fine fall desert. Americans usually go cuckoo over apple deserts during the summer and fall, and the aromatic apples which peak during the fall can be used to make a truly exotic desert from time to time. The rich aroma of the dish is ideal during the fall as it represents warmth and comfort. Lemon zest and cinnamon are also usually added to the desert if you’re looking to give it a bit of north Italian or German flair. Adding Amaretto will surely deliver the Italian taste, and a cafe latte to go with the desert will surely make for many a fine treats during the fall.
Fun Halloween Cookies and Cupcakes
by mark anthony at 2013-10-23 12:16:00
Candy Coated Cake
A tri-colored candy cake can make for a fine Halloween treat as it is easy to prepare, great to look at, and delicious to taste. Ingredients include your choice of cake mix, Candy Melts of three colors, ideally orange, yellow and white. To prepare the candy, the cakes must be baked and cooled before you melt the Candy Melts based on the directions specified on the package. Ice the back of the mini cakes with melted white candy using a spatula and let it set. Then, pipe the melted colored candy on the top, middle and bottom of the mini cakes using parchment bags and let them set. Your treats will be ready within a matter of minutes and the vibrant colors and delicious taste are sure to leave your guests wanting more.
Halloween cupcakes are becoming increasingly popular, and few designs highlight the spirit of the event than skeletons. To make skeleton cupcakes, you will require the cake mix of your choice, buttercream icing, cornstarch and black colored icing. The cake must be baked and left to cool before the icing is prepared. Outline skeletons with the white icing and pat with your corn starch-dipped finger to smoothen it. Small bones and ribs can be placed using tip 8s. Careful design of the ribs, hips, shoulders, arms and legs can deliver a wonderful effect. Then pipe eyes with black icing and pat smooth until ready for consumption
Three Fall Cookie Ideas for the Family
by mark anthony at 2013-09-25 13:28:00
Packed with celebrations like Thanksgiving and Halloween, a Brooklyn fall would not seem incomplete without pumpkin flavored treats. The cookie recipe here is a little different from others, though. It is chocolate chip cookies with a pumpkin stuffing inside.
First mix wheat flour, cocoa powder, salt, sugar and baking soda well in a container. Then add to it some maple syrup, milk, vanilla extract and some oil in order to form the dough. To make the filling, mix pumpkin puree with vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon and any nut butter. Enclose the filling in the dough and bake it for 10 minutes. Your pumpkin-stuffed cookies are ready to enjoy!
Vegetarian Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies need whole-wheat flour, brown sugar and cane sugar, kosher salt, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla extract, molasses, and of course, dark chocolate chips. You need to mix all the ingredients and then shape out the cookies; then bake them for 10 minutes in an oven which was preheated to 350 degrees. A nutritious classic recipe with a yummy twist!
Quick-made Applesauce Cookies
This is the easiest made autumn treat. Apples are also a favorite autumn fruit, and these applesauce cookies will seem enticing to anyone, young or old. Mash some bananas inside a container, mix in some rolled oats, applesauce, vanilla extract, ground flax and dried cherries. Mix this batter properly and then place spoonfuls of it onto a cookie sheet. Bake them for 20 minutes and a tasty treat is ready.
Fall Wedding Cake Ideas
by mark anthony at 2013-09-18 13:57:00
Fall Flavored Wedding Cake
Think of a layered chocolate cake. Now add some colored gum-paste autumn leaves to it as decoration. It does not end there – each layer of the cake is flavored according to different flavors of autumn like caramel apple, carrot, ginger, spiced pear, nutmeg spice and raspberry jam. If you get options for making custom wedding cakes in Brooklyn, this is a wedding cake idea that you should certainly try.
Wedding Cake Symbolizing Fall
Another idea for custom wedding cakes could be a cake that is decorated with the various symbols of autumn. A simple cake with two nesting birds symbolizing the bride and groom, a bird’s nest and a feather on the top of the cake, and a roll of twine – simply, but uniquely, signifying autumn. The best part of this cake is the transparent cake stand, which is filled with other symbols of autumn, like pine cones, feathers and nuts.
Fancy Fall Wedding Cake
If you want to celebrate your wedding with a grand cake, then what about one which has all the textures, colors and details of autumn? Take a cake that has a weird shape or is shaped like one of the symbols of autumn (like a pumpkin or cornucopia), then add to it all the little autumn details that you would like it to have (vines, leaves, pumpkins, or even spider webs). Use mix and match patterns to make sure that it has the quirky look, but still looks elegant as a wedding cake. Make your guests remember your fall wedding with an outstanding cake.