I have a weakness for anything that has Oreo in it. It doesn’t matter if it is in a cake, milkshake, chocolate, dessert or just on its’ own. There is just something about the combination of the dark, chocolate cookies and the vanilla layer inbetween the cookies that is perfect! Sweet, but not too sweet, crunchy and soft at the same time. So when I heard about this Magnum-like Oreo icecream, I had to get my hands on it. Because, well, icecream is one of my other weaknesses (yep, I am indeed a massive sweettooth) and what could be better than combining the two? It took me a couple of months to find them unfortunately. I almost feared they wouldn’t make it to my local Albert Heijn, but then, all of a sudden, they were there! There was only one box left actually, which I took home with me of course.
So I am working my way through the ‘Baking with the Cake Boss‘ cookbook. The book suggests you follow the book in order to progressively increase you baking abilities and I must say I am probably going to skip some recipes due to time constraints. But because I want to make one of the more advanced cakes for Christmas, I feel like I should practice a bit. I made the first recipe for Butter cookies already, so I figured I needed to take the next step.
Rudolph van Veen is one of my favorite Dutch patissiers and cooks. Rudolph has his own tv-channel, called 24Kitchen, and ever since it started broadcasting I have been watching his shows in amazement. My absolute favorite show on the channel is ‘Rudolph’s Bakery’, where Rudolph himself bakes the best sweet and savoury goods. I could watch this for hours. He always explains it in such a way that he makes you feel like you could do these things at home as well. So as soon as I knew there would be a book with the best recipes from the tv-show, I wanted to get a hold of it. I have tried many recipes already and everything I made turned out to be very do-able for the home baker (even the recipes that are marked with a higher difficulty level) and every item was so appetizing. One thing that was still on my to-bake list was the Rocky road cake, but since I didn’t have a square baking tin, I couldn’t make him yet. And of course, when I bought my brownie tin last week, I knew exactly what I was going to bake in it first.
I have a little confession to make: I’m a bit of a TLC addict. Whenever there is nothing else I want to see, I watch whatever is on on TLC. That’s how I discovered the ‘Cake Boss’ series. Buddy Valastro and his team bake the most wonderful things in Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, but I especially love their specially designed cakes. It simply mesmerises me to watch them create all these marvellous cakes. So when I accidentally stumbled upon this book in Dutch (not even in a book or food related store!) I knew I would regret it if I didn’t take it home with me.
I already heard so much from friends and family about Koekela, but I never actually visited the store, even though it is in my hometown Rotterdam. I heard they have the best homemade cakes, cookies, brownies and muffins, so I decided to go check it out and try some things. Koekela is really easy to get to by the Rotterdam subway, just get out at ‘Eendrachtsplein’ and the it’s not even a 5 minute walk to the Nieuwe Binnenweg number 79a.