Kitchen Bootcamp Roundup – Pastry Doughs and Batters

This month’s challenge may have been a bit of a challenge for a lot of people.  I’m not so sure that everyone enjoys pastry doughs and batters quite the way I do.  That said, it turned out to be a bit of a challenge for me, as well. Though I had great plans of making homemade puff pastry and pâte à choux (two of my favorites!), I ran out of time and never got around to it. I imagine that everyone else has been pretty busy, too.

With the holidays right around the corner, I will probably end up revisiting this chapter in The Professional Chef in the weeks to come, even if this month’s challenge is technically over.  Perhaps we’ll even revisit this chapter officially in the future!

Even though I didn’t do quite as much as I would have liked htis month, I did take the time to share my formula for quick and easy pie dough.  Along with my pie dough recipe/formula, I also shared two quick recipes – Spiced Apple Hand Pies and a Butternut Quiche with Kale and Sausage.

Now, that’s more than enough about me… Let’s get to the fun recipes that other challengers made this month!

My attempts at making macarons have been disasterous.  So, I’m always in awe of anyone who can.  These Chocolate Macarons with Dulce de Leche from Kitchen Meditation look especially lovely.  What a fun flavor combo!

Great minds think alike!  When I made pie dough earlier this month, I knew I had to make some variation on apple pie.  What could be better for the fall? If hand pies aren’t your thing, definitely check out the Mini Fuji Apple Crostata from Joy’s Misadventures.  These sound perfect for a snack or for a dinner party – rustic, yet beautiful!

Have you ever had poppyseed cake before? I haven’t, but I think it sounds fantastic! Be sure to check out this great recipe for Mohnkuchen (Poppyseed Cake) from A Balanced Kitchen for the recipe. This one has definitely been added to my must bake list!

Who doesn’t love chocolate chunk cookies? I know they are one of my favorites (and my hubby loves them even more than I do).  Everyone has their “standard” chocolate chip cookies, but I think it’s fun to try out new recipes.  So, I’ll be giving these Chocolate Chunk Cookies from eat. live. travel. write. a try.

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4 Responses to Kitchen Bootcamp Roundup – Pastry Doughs and Batters
  1. Damaris @Kitchen Corners
    November 1, 2010 | 5:26 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of macaroons (stop throwing rocks at me other food bloggers) but these chocolate macaroons with dulce de leche sounds really good.

    What a fun idea. I totally need a kitchen bootcamp.

    I’m so glad I found your blog.

  2. Nutmeg Nanny
    November 1, 2010 | 6:19 pm

    Those hand pies are calling my name…

  3. bergamot
    November 2, 2010 | 5:52 am

    All the recipes look great…will check them out.

  4. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    November 3, 2010 | 11:07 am

    Another great roundup Jen! So happy to be a part of this group, even if I didn;t really push myself this round!

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