Wednesday, March 19, 2014

California Milk Advisory Board Baking Workshop

When you mention dairy products in Malaysia, usually our minds go to Australia & New Zealand as our primary source.  Well, apart from butter, where we do get Lurpak, Kerrygold, etc from Europe.  And of late, a whole host of french ones too.  Strange really, considering what a powerful country America is, that we've hardly associated dairy products with them.

I was quite curious, when Mr Kenneth Wee of California Milk Advisory Board invited me for a baking workshop, held at Berjaya University College of Hospitality, to see what products would be displayed.  The workshop was conducted by Chef Robert Jorin, who amongst other accolades, was part of a 3 member team from USA that won the Coupe Du Monde de la Boulangerie in February 1999.

We were introduced to the various products, that included Mascarpone cheese, unsalted butter, whipping cream, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and milk, and boy, were we in store for a marathon baking session.  11 or so recipes, in like 2½ hours, just reading the recipes made me exhausted.
After the preamble, and introduction of various key people, we started with the baking demo.

Laminated Cream Cheese Pockets With Maple Glaze..

Luscious creamy butter.....

Two types of cheddar... the normal one and pepper jack.

Jorin preparing Cheddar Cheese Scallion Biscuits

Roasted Tomato, Oregano, Feta & Pepper Jack Galette.

The completed Cheddar Cheese and Scallion Biscuits.

A bit reminiscent of our curry puffs, these curried vegetable & feta cheese pockets were only missing a cold beer as accompaniment.

Orange Swirl New York Style really does matter what ingredients you use, because this simple cheesecake was absolutely delicious, from the sheer amount of cream cheese used in the recipe.

Star Anise Infused Creme Brulee

Butter Cakes With Italian Buttercream.  I have always been quite fascinated with Italian, Swiss and French Buttercream, which are more stable especially in our climate, compared to the usual buttercream.

Anyway, for the professional bakeries, the people to call are:
Tel : 012-6017709/ 606-2836500
Fax: 606-281 8500

I do hope to see these American dairy products on supermarket shelves soon!!!

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