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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.

 

A Buche De Noel -- French Yule Log Cake


cakes, desserts, french

----ALMOND SPONGE SHEET----
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 medium orange; grated rind & juice
3/4 cup almonds; blanched & ground
1 . with 3 tbsp granulated
1 . sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup cake flour
3 egg whites
3 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 confectioner's sugar; in a
1 . sifter
----MERINGUE BASE----
3 large egg whites
1 pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar; scant
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
----FILLING BASE----
12 oz semisweet baker's chocolate
1 . melted with 1/3 cup
1 . strong coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoon dark jamaican rum
4 tablespoon butter; unsalted, softened
----FILLING----
4 tablespoon butter; unsalted, softened
----DECORATION----
3 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa; in a tea
1 . strainer
1 confectioner's sugar; in a
1 . sifter
----SPUN CARAMEL VEIL----
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoon white corn syrup

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED A jelly-roll pan about 11 by 17 inches; butter, wax paper, and flour for the pan; an electric blender or food processor for the aImonds; a table-model electric mixer for the meringue; a pastry bag with 3/8-inch tube opening and a separate tube with l/8-inch opening, for the mushrooms; a buttered and floured no-stick pas try sheet for the mushrooms; a serving board to hold the log plenty of wax paper; an oiled broom handle suspended between 2 chair backs and newspapers on the floor, for the caramel. ** For the directions, please see part #2 **