My baking instructor in culinary school described pastry cream as "the most outrageously decadent pudding you will ever eat." And she's totally right. While I could certainly eat it by the spoonful, pastry cream is really intended as a filling for things like cream puffs, éclairs, and Boston Cream Cupcakes. Here's how to make it at home.
I picked up a liter of vat pasteurized milk at a specialty market the other day. It was expensive (about $3.50 plus the $1.50 bottle credit which I can get back if I return the bottle) but I was curious enough to splurge. I had never heard of vat pasteurized milk before but the milk was also local, sustainable, organic, non-homogenized, and came from Jersey cows so there was a lot to be curious about. What is vat pasteurization and would this milk taste noticeably different than my everyday organic from Trader Joe's?
Breakfast was not a special meal in my house growing up. At least, not in the sense that we enjoyed fancy homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee cakes on a regular basis. Sure, we made pancakes (from a box) on weekends, but it was nothing to write home about.
To get whipped cream to hold its frothy peaks for longer than an hour on the picnic table, we've always resorted to gelatins or cornstarch to help stabilize the cream. But thanks to a tip from Good Food's Evan Kleiman, now we have a new trick to try!
Longing for a glass of something icy cold this summer? Or maybe a scoop of ice cream? Have both in one glass with this unusual treat — vanilla-flavored milk with chocolate "ice cubes" that slowly melt and swirl into the milk.
After I made this crazy hot pink Valentine's confection, one of the comments on the strawberry milk required for the cake was, "Why not make your own?" Now that was a great idea! Creamy, smooth and straight from the diner of my dreams, a glass of chilled, pink, and homemade strawberry milk will make your after-school snack gee whiz terrific!
If you thought cloned meat was bad, get ready for this bit of science fiction: GOOD Magazine reports that China has genetically modified a herd of cows to produce "human" milk, intended as a replacement for human breast milk.
Disgusting? Or a viable alternative to infant formula?