Saturday, March 17, 2007

Ciabatta, pound cake

Yesterday was our last day in the Breads section of school. While I don't see myself focusing on breads in the future, I'm glad I've learned about them and how to make them. Having said that, I think that the smaller subset of morning pastries is very cool, and knowing how to make croissants, etc will be very useful, and hopefully lucrative, in the future.

For our last day we made ciabatta, finished our beignets (for the second time) and croissants and chocolate croissants for the third time. We also did a marble pound cake (vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio) and and Earl Grey Tea pound cake. When I left school, I had a huge bag of stuff with me, way more than I could use at home. There was a homeless man on the corner by school, and he was in the right place at the right time, and was rewarded with a few loaves of hot-out-of-the-oven ciabatta bread and a few beignets. The rest went to my friends Marc and Doug, and their wives. I only kept 2 loaves of ciabatta and half a loaf of the marble pound cake.

Marc picked me up from school and we went right to the United Center to watch the Badgers in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Doug had gotten some free tickets which he gave to us, so I was more than happy to give him all the pastries he wanted, along with buying him plenty of beer to drown his sorrow over the Illinois loss. Anyway, now I need to try to find tickets to the game on Sunday vs. UNLV for the right to go to the Sweet Sixteen.



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