Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8~

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mexican Conchas

I've had lots to talk about, lots to share, but I will admit I just did not take the time to sit down long enough to write . In answer to those readers who inquired about my well being, through kind and thoughtful emails and comments here on the blog, I can honestly say I've been fine and in good health. I'm afraid my last post had people thinking I was going through difficult times. Nothing could be further from the truth. My intention in that post was merely to reiterate what I know to be a common human condition- that of just getting from one day to the next in these uncertain times.

In other news, I have been happily baking the days away. Although I am not able to partake of too much in the way of my baked goods, the joy of baking is alive and well in my little heart. In fact, just a couple of hours ago I took two piping hot trays out of the oven loaded with Mexican conchas. I have been wanting to try my hand at making this very popular Mexican pastry for almost two years, but somehow kept getting off track in doing so. Some time back I purchased a lovely baking book "My Sweet Mexico" by Fany Gerson, and I had to try one of the recipes. Shame on me for it having taken so long! Based on the results of my conchas, I am now anxious to tackle more of her recipes. Baking is so pleasurable, it just really stimulates the senses. I love the aromas wafting from the oven and filling the whole house- the most wonderful  aroma of freshly baked yeasty bread. Oh, to be able to bottle that fragrance!

I made all of them with a chocolate topping, although they can also be made with a white, pink, or yellow topping. My family prefers chocolate, so I made them all that way.


 




The dough itself is made very much like a brioche, rich with eggs and butter. The crumb topping recipe calls for butter, confectioners sugar, and flour. Which was somewhat of a relief to me, because most Mexican bakeries use shortening instead of butter. Truth be told, most all bakeries use shortening in their frostings and such. I can see how it is much healthier to make your own pastries because you know exactly what ingredients you used. It goes without saying that because you're baking for your own family, you would use the best ingredients. I was only able to take a couple of bites of one of the conchas, and believe me, they are pretty darn big! They puffed up so nicely, even the topping expanded so prettily.

A couple of weeks ago I made a Rustic Sourdough Bread using a King Arthur Flour recipe, and I really liked the results. I have to add that every recipe I have ever used from the King Arthur Flour website has always yielded spectacular results. It is one of my best go to sites for baking inspiration.






I will try and make a post soon about a wonderful Mexican cooking book I acquired recently. I highly recommend it. So until next time, Have a little faith!

7 comments:

FlowerLady said...

Glad to hear you are doing well.

Those conchas look good, and so does your bread.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Tufa Girl said...

I am so happy to hear all is well.

I am always looking for good recipes and recipe websites. I will definitely check out King William flour's.

Gloria said...

Your conchas looks delicious. I wouldn't waste any time sitting down to eat one with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Glad you are doing well. Have a great week.

Meredith Sledge said...

YUUUUUMMM. Looks delicious!!!

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