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Kristen Posted at 2009/11/09 10:56am reply to

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I know we've kind of thrown this idea around before, but I think it'd be really cool to put this together finally. maybe, like, one night a month we could get together and bake something. I think it would be really cool to learn some things about vegan baking too, like technique, or food science.

maybe we could have one person kind of do a demo sometimes and show us how to make something, like caramel, or danishes (I'm looking at you here, crystal haha). or we could talk about different types of replacers and the effect they have on baked goods. I know we have a lot of talented bakers in our town who know a lot about this stuff, and I know I, personally, would love to benefit from their knowledge.

I suppose I could host, but I seriously have a tiny apartment, so it might be more beneficial for someone to host with an actual house/kitchen.
Not Wes Posted at 2009/11/09 2:18pm reply to

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This needs to happen.

I have a typical apartment kitchen, but the oven is gas at least.

We should take the rejected Lone Star Plate name, "Come & Bake It". That's hella TX & there's already almost a flag for it.
VeganExplosion Posted at 2009/11/09 4:41pm reply to

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Well you got me! You know, I'd be totally down for this.
I'm giving up eating sugar (It's pretty much poison to my body) but i still LOVE baking at home for my fiancee and for orders once in awhile.

I'd love to demo my family's veganized Mexican Sweet Bread (pan dulce) recipes like my conchas, pan de polvo, mexican wedding cookies and Mexican bread pudding called Capirotada. I'd also consider doing my danishes. <3
here's a pic of my conchas:
http://www.veganexplosion.com/img/photos/conchas8.jpg

I can also give demos on how to make layer cakes really awesome & easy. I mean I've had a couple cake fiascos but I have some killer decorating secrets.
Here are some links to my cake pictures:
http://tinypic.com/r/11c70xf/4
http://tinypic.com/r/hum1sm/4

Let me know (and count me & Chris in.)
leslie c. Posted at 2009/11/09 9:40pm reply to

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I was just coming on here to post about this very thing!  We've talked about this before and I agree that we should all start getting together.  I've been learning quite a bit since I began my training in Patisserie and Baking and am anxious to pass along some of that knowledge to my fellow vegan bakers.  Also, I've had some amazing vegan baked goods in Austin and know that there is a ton that I can learn from you as well!

I'm currently working on the website for SAVB (Society for the Advancement of Vegan Baking).  SAVB will be an organization for aspiring and current vegan Pastry Chefs and Bakers.  We can exchange methods and techniques, test various products, share recipes, and offer support to a growing community.  

We just moved into a smaller place and need some time to get the house together, but I'd like to host a vegan petit fours demo in December! Our kitchen is pretty tiny, but we have some space in the dining area.  We can definitely make it work!    

~leslie
Kristen Posted at 2009/11/10 8:01pm reply to

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so crystal, you want to do your choice of demo for november? and leslie, you can demo in december? this is going to rule.

my oven is electric now (boo), and my apartment is tiny, but if all else fails, I can host for november. unless crystal would like to host? I dont mind either way.

what days of the week are best for everyone?

leslie c. Posted at 2009/11/10 10:52pm reply to

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yep, December at my place.  i'm looking at either 12/12 or 12/19.  you guys let me know if one day works better than the other.  this is so great!
VeganExplosion Posted at 2009/11/11 1:45pm reply to

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I'd love to. Thing is our apartment is like 400 sq ft! (we moved from our big stupid expensive rental to live in a small stress free place and it rules but our kitchen is microscopic). we don't even have a dining room.

I'd love to the do November demo as long as it was after the 15th and in another persons kitchen. Can that work out?

Also, how does it work? Do I supply enough ingredients so that everyone can bake along or do you just watch, take notes and then taste?

Thanks,
C

Chris is sooo trying to convince me to do the danishes, btw.
Georgeous Posted at 2009/11/11 6:19pm reply to

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this sounds like an awesome idea! i've done this a few times with friends, just getting together and baking a couple of things. we've got a semi-decent sized apt kitchen with a long bar (perfect for mixing) but not a lot of seating, and my schedule is pretty packed right now (holidays and house buying). however, i will be of whatever assistance i can, and will def take part if it works with my schedule!
Kristen Posted at 2009/11/11 6:32pm reply to

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have I mentioned how much i looove chris? hahaha. i miss you dudes.

i guess what i'm asking is if there is a specific might of the week that works best for everyone, so we can plan it every month on a tuesday, or wednesday, etc. I'm always off monday nights, but i have class until 5 or 6 (and will next semester, too). any night is pretty ok with me, as long as its not friday night, because my early day at work is saturday (3am).

i guess how i figured it would work, is that you bring enough ingredients to make one batch (maybe like 10-20 yield, or enough for everyone to atleast try what you're making), and YOU make it and explain what you're doing and everyone else kind of watches and learns. and we could totally mix it up sometimes and do a free-for-all bake where everyone works on something they want to while we talk or watch a movie. it can pretty much be whatever, i just figured the demos would work best if the "instructor" made the pastries while everyone kind of watched or even helped out with some steps. you can also do some prep work on basic things, like... if you have a dry mix, you can combine everything and sift (if you do so), and just tell everyone what is in your dry mix. that way  you dont have to bring a box full of ingredients. most people know how to mix (although I have learned that there is more to it than just dumping stuff in a mixer), but the technique of how certain things are made or how to put stuff together and decorate is kind of what I, personally, would love to learn.

i honestly didnt even properly know how to cream things together, or make good buttercream until i worked in a bakery. some things that seem so simple are not always. i think the point of these meetings should be to get together and know other bakers, learn about vegan baking, and to eat some amazing vegan food and get fat. yay! happy

also, anyone can come. you dont have to be a "baker" or be really into baking. if there is something you'd like to know about baking, or just want to learn basics, feel free to come on out.

once again, if no one else offers, i'll just default to my place for november. once we figure out a common day of the week, we can figure out what actual day to schedule it.
Georgeous Posted at 2009/11/11 7:14pm reply to

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i'm on a 6 wk rotation at work, so there is no specific day that will always work for me. i only have one weekend off a month, though, so weekdays would probably be best.
i love cooking/baking with friends, so once we get into the house, everyone is definitely welcome over! (which, btw, should be very very soon. inspection went off without a hitch today)
Kristen Posted at 2009/11/11 7:18pm reply to

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oh man, i want someone to do a cake decorating demo. that would rule so hard.

what about a sunday night?
VeganExplosion Posted at 2009/11/11 8:00pm reply to

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Kristen, that's perfect because I decided that for my 1st demo I'll do a layer cake assembly & decorating demo.
Who's kitchen can we borrow for that? I will do danishes for a future demo I promise but i think that cake decorating is much needed. It's like the one big scary thing that once you get the hang of it, it's no biggie.

Oh and you know I don't do anything except queso once a week so any time is good for me.
Kristen Posted at 2009/11/11 8:11pm reply to

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awesome. we can mix up a bunch of buttercream, I could get some (i think i may even have some) disposable piping bags and parchment for everyone to practice with? I dont know if that would be too much. you could bring your cake already baked to save time on cooling.

we could totally do this at my place. I'm pretty sure my apartment is about the same size as yours, though. hahah. I have a stainless prep table you can work on, too.

maybe sunday nov 22nd? is that too close to thanksgiving? i really want everyone to be able to come, so if this doesnt work, we'll change it.
Kristen Posted at 2009/11/11 8:17pm reply to

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>yep, December at my place.  i'm looking at either 12/12 or 12/19.  you guys let me know if one day works better than the other.  this is so great!


ohhhh PLEASE do it on the 19th, because i'll be out of town on the 12th angry
Ripe Tomato Posted at 2009/11/11 9:24pm reply to

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This sounds so awesome!  Leslie, the SAVB is an amazing idea!

My baking experience is mostly with unrefined sweeteners (agave, rice syrup, maple syrup, juice, etc), but I could do a demo about oil-based pie crust, which is super easy and so much cheaper than using EB or shortening. I could demo some different edging techniques. I've been making baked apple dumplings with a similar dough lately, too, so once you have the basic technique down, it's pretty versatile.

I also have experience with gluten free baking.

It's not "baking" but I can make some awesome raw desserts and ice cream/sorbet, which might be nice when it gets too hot to bake.
VeganExplosion Posted at 2009/11/11 9:36pm reply to

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kristen,
I'll bring the cake layers already made and cooled.
I'd like to share how I crumb coat, put the cakes on the base and then demo how I go about the final icing & decorating.

When I start to make borders we can all use piping bags & parchment to practice.
The 22nd sounds good to us.
leslie c. Posted at 2009/11/11 11:52pm reply to

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veganexplosion:  a cake decorating demo on 11/22 sounds great!  i agree that cake decorating can be a scary task to attempt.  i'm really looking forward to your demo!


ripe tomato: you should do a pie crust demo!  pie crusts can definitely be tricky. i'd love to learn some of your techniques.  maybe you could take the next one in january?

kristen: can we do December's demo on Sunday, 12/20?  i think i'm going to do a bread baking demo and would like that Saturday to prep some dough.  that way, you can see the mixing methods and not have to wait hours for the dough to rise.  i'll do the t.v. trick and have some risen dough ready and waiting on the sidelines.  (thanks for the idea, Wes!).
Kristen Posted at 2009/11/12 8:13pm reply to

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awesome. 11/22 at my apartment. you might want to bring a stool or something to sit on, because i only have furniture for 6 people to sit, but the more the merrier. haha.

leslie- the 20th should be great! i'm excited because i dont know much about bread yet.

ripe tomato- i would LOVE a gluten free demo. also, a pie crust demo would rule. i'm really excited to learn from you.

so
11/22, cake decorating @ my place
12/20, bread making @ leslie's

also, i emailed stella and she gave us the go ahead to use the name "come & bake it!" for our meetups. yay! i think its cute.
celeste Posted at 2009/11/12 11:38pm reply to

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OK, so those of you who know me know I am only on the computer for about 5 minutes per week, so I totally miss the boat when these type of cool things come up! At any rate, I am really interested in participating.
  It sounds like y'all pretty much have the locations figured out, but for the future, I have a commercial kitchen space that we could use. I run my own vegan bakery, Celeste's Best, out of it and it is huge with plenty of parking, mixers, convection ovens, stoves, sterilizer for the dishes, etc.
  It's east, near Springdale and Airport.
  I'll try to keep up more on this board, but I can also be contacted at celeste@celestes-best.com.
HappyVegan Posted at 2009/11/13 3:47pm reply to

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Hey Guys,

I only got this thread now too.  I work almost every single night except Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Dont know if this would work for anyone :-(
Georgeous Posted at 2009/11/14 9:43am reply to

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this sounds awesome! i'm so stoked! excited
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