“The Garden of Eve”

It’s been almost eleven months since I blogged out my last blog about my “2019 Memories”. All-day long I found out that I have been busy with my creations in which I tend to post all my desserts via Instagram. If you hadn’t followed me yet, feel free to follow me at @eric_cakes (Just click my username to direct you to my profile)

This past few months, things are just getting scarier day by day as you can see every month, there is also a natural phenomenon that is happening in this world and the worst of all, COVID-19 pandemic phenomenon is now one of the problems that the world is facing on. In times of this pandemic, a lot of things changed wherein most of us are under the quarantine sessions while others are under the precautionary measures of the hospitals and front liners treating the patients who are positive to this disease.  With this, I am just hoping that everything will go well from time to time as this pandemic has been affecting all the people physically, politically, economically, socially, and mentally. At this moment in time, we should all pray for this pandemic to stop. Let us also thank all the frontliners for saving the patients who are the victims of this pandemic.

Schools and universities are also suspended due to this pandemic which is the reason we get to take a lot of online classes via our gadgets- which we find very inefficient and inconvenient because not every one of us has a fast and stable internet connection. It is so saddening that most of the universities don’t take considerations about the welfare of the students as we paid for our education. However, most of us don’t have a choice but to just end the term- which our university did.  They just give us our final requirements for us to end the course but as a culinary student, it is really discouraging to know this because our tuition for the term was really expensive and we just didn’t have the chance to utilize everything on the table for us as future chefs. I just hope that the university will give us what we deserve for the betterment and welfare of the student.

Moreover, I have been making numerous desserts for the past few days and have been selling some treats together with my cousin. Here, I am to share one of the plated desserts that I have made back then which is inspired by the book of the Bible about the Garden of Eve. Feel free to check out my recipe if you are interested to replicate it. It would be an honor if you try to make them on your own in times of this crisis. Enjoy!

The Garden of Eve

Ingredients: (Yield for 10 Macarons)
1 egg whites (30g)
2 tbsp of white granulated sugar (30g)
1/4 cup of Almond Flour
1/2 cup of Icing Sugar
2 tsp of freeze dried grapes, crushed (Special Ingredient)

White Chocolate Sauce
50g of White Chocolates (35% Waina Baking White Chocolate Bag)
25 ml of cream
5g of butter

Grape White Chocolate Macaron Filling
1 tsp of freeze dried grapes
50g of white chocolate (35% Waina Baking White Chocolate Bag)
30 ml of half and half (15ml milk and 15 ml of cream)
5g of butter

Garnishes (for presentation and photography):
Fresh Grapes
Edible Leaves
Edible Flowers

Macaron Procedure:
1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and line a parchment paper on the Baking tray
2. In a large bowl with a sifter or strainer, sift the almond flour, freeze dried grapes and icing sugar and mix until incorporated, set it aside
3. Beat the egg whites until frothy and cloudy then add the sugar a tbsp at a time
4. Beat the meringue until it reaches stiff peaks
5. Fold in half of the dry mixture into the meringue and fold it gently until incorporated
6. Add in the other half and fold it until it reaches a smooth lava consistency
7. Place the mixture into the pipping bag and start pipping 3 cm in diameter on the tray
8. Let the macaron rest for 45-1 hr to develop a hard akin on top
9. Bake the macarons for 15-17 minutes then let it cool for 10 minutes for assembly

White Chocolate Sauce:
1. Heat the half and half mixture into a saucepan
2. Once it starts to boil, remove it from the heat then add the white chocolate and butter
3. Let it cool and place it in a squeeze bottle for plating and assembly

Grape White Chocolate Ganache Filling
1. Place the cream into a saucepan and heat it until slightly boil
2. Pour it into the white chocolate then let it set until the chocolates are melted
3. Stir the mixture until smooth and let it refrigerate until set.

If you have any concern and questions, feel free to message me on the following social medias:

Instagram: @eric_cakes

Facebook: Karl Ericson Co

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