Cook's Illustrated Magazine, Nov/Dec 2019

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  • Italian hazelnut cookies (Baci di dama)

    • Rodrigaba on May 04, 2020

      Sub pistachios for hazelnuts, white chocolate for dark. Lemon zest in cookie and white choco

  • Meringue bracket-style mushrooms

    • anya_sf on December 27, 2019

      The meringue recipe worked well, but I wasn't quite sure how to shape the mushrooms. I did my best, but ultimately ended up using traditional button mushrooms for my yule log, as they looked nicer. The recipe makes plenty of meringue to allow for trial and error. The meringue baked up light and crisp, just perfect, but got soft and sticky in the fridge (unsurprising - the recipe doesn't say to refrigerate, but I had to refrigerate the cake at some point after decorating it).

  • Caramel-espresso Yule log

    • anya_sf on December 26, 2019

      Fabulous! This was my first attempt at making a yule log and it was a resounding success. The caramel-espresso filling was divine. The chiffon cake actually did crack a little upon unrolling (my towel may have been too damp), but the ganache covered it up. I had never made meringue mushrooms before, so I tried both bracket-style and button kinds, but the button ones turned out better and looked way cuter. I fear my family will ask for this every year from now on.

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  • Published Nov 01 2019
  • Format Magazine
  • Page Count 32
  • Language English
  • Countries United States

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Cook's Illustrated is dedicated to finding the best methods for preparing foolproof home-cooked meals. Unlike some glossy cooking magazines, our magazine is staffed with cooks and editors not food stylists. Our 2,500 square foot test kitchen ó the same kitchen in which we film our public television show, America's Test Kitchen ó has three dozen full-time test cooks whose 9 to 5 job (well maybe 7 to 6 on baking days) is testing and retesting recipes 20, 30, sometimes 50 times until we can offer our readers a recipe we're confident will work every time. (Of course you have to promise to follow our recipes for those foolproof results.)

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