I’m challenging myself this spring and summer to learn at least two new baked good recipes each month. I plan to make each new item at least three times within a 10-day period, which will allow me to try out several different versions of a recipe, and hopefully master any special technique along the way.
I find that repeating a recipe several times within a short period of time helps me learn the new food better, and increases the chance that I’ll actually make it part of my permanent repertoire.
Last weekend I began my baking challenge with Madeleine cookies and Friand cakes, and was very pleased with the results from both recipes. The friands, which I’d never even heard of before, were especially delightful, with their charming oval shapes and almond fragrance. I sense an obsession coming on.
I made my second run with friands today, with a different recipe from the one I tried last week. Both versions were a hit with my fan-base (of relatives), but I think last week’s version was slightly better. In both cases I topped the friands with raspberries and apples, and today I also tried blackberries.
Below are some pics of today’s friands, and I’ll have a more complete blog post with additional photos and recipe details later next week once I’ve completed the trial.
I’ll be making the second batch of Madeleine cookies tonight, and will post those pictures here tomorrow. As I return to the kitchen, I wonder if you’re baking this weekend and, if so, what are you making?