Sunday, May 29, 2011

Croquembouche (Piece Montée) and a Baking Lesson Courtesy of Bridesmaids

Lentils with rye flaxseed sourdough
Food Diary (May 29, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with raisins, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Lentils with rye flaxseed sourdough
Dinner: Spaghetti with tomato spinach sauce
Baking/sweets: coconut oat cookies

Relatively basic and simple meals today, like it has been for the past many days. Time has been of the essence and there has been some pressing issues occupying my mind. No matter how little time I have I always try to have a balanced meal everyday. Not every meal is balanced but throughout the day I try to cover the main food groups. It is actually not that difficult. The cookies fall under the carb and fat category. These are necessary and I will disagree if I am told otherwise!

Today's Favourite Photo
Croquembouche (Piece Montée)

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: epicurious
episurious in the article titled “A Baking Lesson Courtesy of Bridesmaids” raises an issue I never thought of – dry and wet measuring cups. I use one measuring cup and it has been serving me fine but for more precision measuring I think problems can develop. It can be a small challenge to measure a cup of flour using a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Shaking the measuring cup to get a level will cause the flour to settle and as a result you can end up with more than a cup. The extra amount may not be significant. For some recipes a little bit extra or less flour will make negligible difference while for other recipes a little bit more or less can make a huge difference. If you are using a 2 cup measuring cup and you need one cup only, a solution is to double the recipe. You will end up with twice the amount of cookies or cake than you intended. Probably not a bad outcome!


  1. Great choices today! I stopped trying to get the proper wet and dry measuring cups long ago, and just started to weigh all my ingredients. It's worked out great!

  2. I totally agree with the way you think about food! And yes, cookies are necessary!

  3. I enjoyed reading about the measuring cups. I grew up with measuring with gram and it was very hard for me to measure everything with cup. Like you mention, it varies the amount and depending on person or a day, the amount is slightly different, hence different outcome. I like your suggestion on 1 cup measurement. I totally should get one!

  4. I love croqembouche - and what a gorgeous one that is!!

  5. Great simple dishes but I missed your herrings :p

  6. Cookies are on the mandated food groups!

  7. I agree with you - cookies are a part of reasonable diet and hence we should eat them on daily basis without feeling guilty :D That's what I do, anyway :) As for the cups, I always use scales and grams, because for me that's the only way how to be sure I'm gonna end up with good results :) I'm so happy that you like my photo!

  8. Wow, what a gorgeous croquembouche...I'd love to try this one day~

    A friend of mine didn't know there was a difference between dry and liquid measuring cups...I imagine her baking is so much better now that she's added dry measuring cups to her kitchen :)

  9. Oh my goodness the Croquembouche looks just amazing!

  10. I find the cups system really difficult. Weighing is much easier, so after trying an American recipe for the first time, I always write all the amounts in grams for the future preparations.
    i have never heard of dry and liquid measuring cups... it makes the whole system look even more difficult.