By Brooks Headley
Whereas different cooks paid dues on eating place traces and at cooking colleges, Brooks Headley was once at the back of a travel van as a drummer in much-loved punk bands that by no means made a dime. Now govt pastry chef at New York's Del Posto eating place, Headley creates unorthodox recipes that echo his unconventional historical past: fruit is king, greens are championed, acidity is vital, and straightforwardness is the goal.
With ninety seven recipes and greater than a hundred pictures, Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts has six chapters: "Fruit," "Vegetables," "Grains and Flours," "Chocolate," "Seeds and Nuts," and "Dairy." Recipes variety from verjus melon sweet to tofu chocolate creme brulée, fruit sorbet to eggplant and chocolate, showcasing Headley's exact standpoint on components and technique. visitor individuals contain philosopher-musician Ian Svenonius, essayist Sloane Crosley, and award-winning cooks Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch. Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts is a necessary, artistic addition to the shelf of either domestic chefs cooks.
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Dump the dough into a large bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough proof in a warm, dry place until it doubles in size, at least 4 to 5 hours, possibly longer. five. Place the dough on a well-floured cookie sheet. Press it down with your fingers until it is about ¼ inch thick. Sprinkle flour over the top of the dough and put the dough in the fridge to chill until it becomes enterprise. 6. In a medium deep-sided saucepan over high heat, bring the peanut oil to 350°F. 7. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut rounds with a 1-inch round cutter. (You can also make fullsize doughnuts with this dough. ) This dough cannot be rerolled, so work wisely. eight. Deep-fry the doughnuts until golden brown. To serve: Coat in sugar and eat these right away! You can also fill them with Pastry Cream (here). DOUGHNUTS: THE LA WAY Yield: As many as you can make Warm water 1¼ cups (425 grams) Unsalted butter ⅓ cup, or ⅔ stick (85 grams), melted Sugar ¼ cup (50 grams), plus more for coating Salt 1 teaspoon (4 grams) Active dry yeast 1¼ teaspoons (5 grams) All-purpose flour 3 cups (382 grams) Bread flour 1½ cups (220 grams) Pure vanilla extract ½ teaspoon (2 grams) Zest of ½ orange Peanut oil for frying 2 quarts (1680 grams) 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the hook attachment, combine the water, butter, sugar, and salt on medium speed until the mixture just comes together. Add the yeast and mix for a minute or so, until the dough just comes together. 2. Add the all-purpose flour, bread flour, vanilla, and orange zest, and mix for 10 minutes, or until you have a smooth dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm, dry place for 3 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size. three. In a medium deep-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the peanut oil to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, dust it with flour, and set aside. four. Turn the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet and press it into the shape of the sheet until it is about ¼ inch thick. five. Cut out the doughnut shapes of your choice and deep-fry them until golden, or until they float to the most sensible. (You can also store the portioned dough in the refrigerator, but you cannot reroll this dough, so what you see is what you get. ) To serve: Coat in sugar and serve hot. VAN HALEN The first thing I ever truly loved was Van Halen: Diamond Dave, Eddie, Alex, Michael Anthony (first and last name, always). My first love, absolutely. Van Halen slugged it out in clubs in LA for six years before their first album, Van Halen, was released in 1978. I admire their pre-fame work ethic. Whenever anyone brings up Van Halen, I’m always quick to note that they worked really long and really hard before they achieved anything, like I have proprietary ownership of the fact. There was a book at our house when I was growing up that I assume came as a freebie with a Columbia House offering. It had a blue cover and the title was embossed: The Year in Music, 1979. I pored over this thing religiously. Frank Zappa with a rubber cone on his head, Gilda Radner aping Patti Smith, and, of course, Diamond Dave in soft light, shirtless, chest hair aglow, wearing leather chaps and leaping into the air, just completely psyched and at the beginning of his notoriety.