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Molecular: Peanut Butter powder & jelly noodles

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Before I go into my latest molecular gastronomy shinanigans I want to take a moment to explain some of the properties of Tapioca Maltodextrin and Agar Agar, the 2 main components I worked with for this recipe.

Tapioca Maltodextrin:

  1. makes powders
  2. hates water (becomes gooey with any trace)
  3. only works with fatty products, low water content
  4. must never be left uncovered
  5. must be 40% of final prouct. Meaning if you use 200g for eg of peanut butter, you must use 40% of 200g, which is 80g maltodextrin
  6. works by absorbing fat and holding it in the powder, to be released on water contact ie. your tongue
  7. Read a full description on MALTODEXTRIN

Agar Agar:

  1. red algae extract
  2. forms gels
  3. sugar is a promoter
  4. sets 35-45 degrees celcius
  5. melts 80- 90 degrees celcius
  6. dries out if left uncovered. can rehydrate if left in water
  7. must make up at least 0.2% of final product, depending on how firm you want it to be

You can find out alot more (where i got most of this info) via this great primer of hydrocolloids on Khymos.org.

So, on to my fooling around 🙂

I wanted to have a play on the traditional peanut butter and jelly, by making it taste exactly like that but look completely different. I figured a noodle inspired dish was the way to go, so strawberry noodles with peanut butter ‘parmesan’ powder on top. It also plays with the noodles being red like they had marinara in them or something. Maybe i’m stretching.

Here we go!

Started off with 6 tablespoons strawberry spread, and 200 ml water.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Let the strawberry jelly melt in the simmering water, then strain.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Measure out around 1.5 g Agar and bring the mixture back up to a boil.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

I used a squeezy bottle to inject the strawberry jelly liquid into a tube. Make sure to do all this while the liquid is warm/hot so it doesnt start setting on you.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Place the tube in some icewater and let it cool for a few minutes till it all sets.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Grab a food processor, add 20 g peanut butter, and 8 g tapioca maltodextrin, and let it rip, scraping off any peanut butter on the sides.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

You should be left with a powder. If its still not as powdery as you like you can add a little more maltodextrin.

I used a syringe to push out the noodles from the tube.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Loosely plated them with the peanut butter sprinkled on top.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Decided to try out some bread with it.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

So, i just added some to the plate. Now in this first preperation, my noodles didn’t come out as chewy as i wanted so it was easy to mop them up with the bread spheres. Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

This is what a mini bread with the jelly and peanut butter powder looked like. It tasted absolutely like a PBJ sandwich!Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Next, I added a bit more agar, so it was maybe like 2g total, and the strawberry jelled harder and was more noodle like. I think next time I would add a bit less so its a bit softer to maybe loop around in the middle of a bowl to make it really look like noodles.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Decided against the random display and wanted a cleaner look. So, I lined them up.Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Sprinkled some peanut butter crack on top!Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Peanut butter parmesan & Jelly noodles

Was very happy with the final product. This is a really straightforward recipe for a beginner. I think the agar amount still needs a little tweaking, but the powder was spot on! Please rate this so I get an idea if people like it 🙂

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Alice in Wonderland + giveaway

I have really been looking forward to the movie, and in honor of that I decided to throw a little tea party of my own. I made fondant faces for some cupcakes.So, here we go!

For the Red Queen, start with molding a face.

Alice in Wonderland

Make a heart shape, and attach the face.

Alice in Wonderland

I added little swirls for texture and curles.

Alice in Wonderland

Mad Hatter was next!

Alice in Wonderland

I know it look like bozo the clown lol! be patient…

Alice in Wonderland

I colored some fondant green and brown to get this hue. I made a hat shape and wrapped the color fondant around it.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Next, I rolled out a thin brown piece and draped it to finish off the hat.

Alice in Wonderland

With scissors I snipped the hair on the hatter for his wacky style.

Alice in Wonderland

then added brows and tah dah!

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Next, came Alice. Some simple blod hair, and I added strands for interest.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

The cat and its famous grin.

Alice in Wonderland

Also snipped the edges with scissors to seem like fur.

Alice in Wonderland

Rabbit was pretty straightforward. Looks a bit like playboy rabbit. The details will make it pop.

Alice in Wonderland

The White Queen, oh, sooo….white.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

I used Gourmet Writer Food Decorator Pens for all the details on the face. They are amazing and i use them for lots of things.  This is what I ended up with:

Alice in Wonderland

Made some wee pertinent nicknaks also decorated with Food Decorator Pens

Alice in Wonderland

Then I was on to bake a cake. But not just any cake. I wanted to Bake the Wilton Giant Cupcake! For the cake, I used this recipe from Wilton.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Filled the pan and off into the oven it went, at 350 F for 70 min. Yes, 70 min.lol

Alice in Wonderland

Once done, this is what they looked like

Alice in Wonderland

I attached the two parts with buttercream

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Made some mini confetti cupcakes to go along with it in some Bake it Pretty pink wrappers.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Added the final details:

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

“You’re invited to a tea party…” attached to a key

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

This was my hubby’s fav 🙂 lol. sorry, couldn’t help it

Alice in Wonderland

Actually this was his fav, and mine too. The Mad Hatter was mad as hell and divine!

Alice in Wonderland

I used some candle holders I had to hold the cupcakes. I loved em, do you?

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Also, I got the idea from Bake it Pretty to add sugar flowers to the tea. loved it.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

This was delish, and fun. I can’t wait to see the movie.

I love Bake it Pretty, and above I used the confetti hearts, pink wrappers and Wilton’s Fondant that I had purchased from them a while ago. So, continuing my giveaways….enter to win a

$25 Bake it Pretty giftcard!

Each one of the following you do, you get more chances to win! So here is what you can do to enter:

  1. Answer the following in the comments: If you saw the movie, did you like this new version, or did Burton go off the deep end?
  2. Tweet this contest “@Mirauncut is giving away @Bakeitpretty giftcard, enter at www.mirauncut.com”
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Please include in your comment which of the above you did. Contest ends Friday, March 12, 5 p.m.ET.

 This contest has ended. the winner is SARA G! yay! congrats. It was number 51 via random.org

Creme brulee – molecular gastronomy style

hiya peeps-

I’m sure alot of you have heard the term molecular gastronomy,some chefs hate that term. Well, i don’t care what you call it, but I love the many possibilities it has opened. I have ordered some chemicals and havebeen toying around with tapioca maltodexrin, what that does is it turns fat based stuff to powder.So, it looks completely different, but when you put it in your mouth it melts and tastes like the stuff you put in, so it invokes the memory of that taste without the visual cues. If what you try to pair it with is not fat based it turns to goo. Yucky goo.

What the maltodextrin does is it absorbs the fat molecules and holds them till it contacts water, i.e. your saliva in your mouth.

I decided to make some creme brulee powder. It took some trial and error. I worked out the kinks.

Basically, make the creme brulee mixture according to your favorite recipe, then, instead of popping them into ramekins and in the oven, place the liquid mix into a saucepan and on very very lowwwww (i said LOW!)  heat constantly stir the mixture till alot of the water evaporates and it thickens and becomes pudding like. This could take 15-20  min. Make sure to keep stirring.

Once it’s of pudding like consistancy, put the mixture into a food processor and keep adding tapioca maltodextrin till you have the consistency powder you like.

You will end up adding alot of tapioca compared to how much creme brulee there is. This is normal.

Once it was a powder, I decided to keep what is classic of creme brulee, which is the sugar crust. I made it real thin. All I did was melt sugar on tin foil (i used the creme brulee torch) and slowly peel it off. You will get breakage so trial and error will help.

creme brulee

creme brulee

This is what my end product was. What do you think? As usual, any ideas are welcome 🙂

Retro purple circles mini cake

i don’t know if any of u know about cake girls, but they made a retro inspired cake for a wedding in green, and i loved it so much i decided to make a mini version with my favorite color PURPLE!
I was just playing around with some different backgrounds.

retro purple cake 033

I made the circles with candy melts, ziplocks and i just piped them on parchment paper

retro purple cake green

THEN i thought there are not enough circles (which also happen to look like boobs) on this thing, so i decided to pimp it out more!

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IN case u didnt get enough of the dizzifying effect, this is a picture to surely give u an instant headache! enjoy:)

retro purple cake closeup

hope you are having a great day! and thanks for sharing all ur fave sites with me b4.loved em all!
++MIRA++

tulip cake and GIVEAWAY!!

this is one of my fav color combos and who doesnt love tulips?

tulip cake top

tulip cake top2

tulip cake side

in Honor of my giveaway, i made a quick mini man office cake (try saying that 10 times) with some fondant colored pen writers

office man googly eyes

office man (2)

My little mini office man would like to give away some “Americolor Gourmet writer food decorator pens” in 10 different colors! Ever since i saw them being used by bakerella i had to have them, so i want to share the love.i used them above to draw out my office man.

to enter, just comment below with what your favorite food/dessert website/blog is. For a second entry u can comment on my twitter>>>>go there via the twitter link on the left so u can find out first about my giveaways to come! Contest ends on friday dec/11 at 5 pm ET . will announce the winner on saturday. Goodluck!

entries limited to US residents only

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UPDATED TO ADD: the giveaway is over! drum rolll.llllll…………..winner is Jenniffer from cupadeecakes.blogspot.com ….enjoy ur new decorator pens!

for the rest of my lovely readers i promise alot more giveaways!==========================================

++MIRA++

Thanksgiving Pilgrims & Indians

Happy thanksgiving all! I wanted to take it to the roots of how it all started with my dessert this year, so I started brainstorming and came up with some sketches…

thanksgiving drawing

I made some applesauce spice cupcakes and some marshmellow vanilla topping. It was yummy!

Thanksgiving spice apple cupcakes

it’s not thanksgiving without some turkey and corn…:)

thanksgiving cupcake turkey corn

some native american cupcakes were chilling out

thanksgiving cupcake native american

thanksgiving indian cupcake

then the pilgrims came…

thanksgiving cupcake pilgrims

And they all got together for a nice feast!

thanksgiving cupcake pilgrim indian

Hope your turkey was juicy and family was near. What is your favorite part about thanksgiving??

++MIRA++

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