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Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:46 pm UTC
by mat.tia
Pasta alla carbonara


1 egg yolk per person + 1 egg (not cold!)
smoked bacon, diced
spaghetti (100-150g per person)
greated cheese (parmesan or Pecorino preferably)
olive oil (butter would do as well)
garlic - optional


In a large pot, boil the water. When boiling, put salt.
Put the spaghetti and stir until almost cooked (2-3 minutes less than what the box says).

Meanwhile, in another pan, heat a little oil.
If you like garlic, let some fry very slowly until blonde; remove it.
Slowly fry the diced bacon until almost crispy.

Puor the spaghetti into the pan, together with some cooking water.
Stirring, let it cook on middle heat and absorb most of the water for the remaining 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whip the egg and egg yolks with a very little salt and some pepper.
Add the greated cheese and whip until you get a creamy sauce. (if you like it even creamier, a bit of milk can help).

Take the spaghetti with bacon off the heat and pur them in the egg+cheese cream and immediately stir to cook the egg so that it creates a cream and does not coagulate.
If spaghetti weren't completely dry but had a little cooking water left, better: the dish will be creamier. Too much water will make it a nasty soup.

Serve with some more pepper, cheese and olive oil.

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:12 am UTC
by Moo
As requested in the "Today I made" thread.

I can't remember how many this makes; the recipe says 12 but this specific book says that in all its recipes and some make 24...
Earl Grey cupcakes

  • 125 ml milk (preferably semi-skimmed) at room temperature
  • 4 Earl Grey teabags
  • 110g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 225g granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 120g flour
  • 1 batch buttercream frosting (lavender scented if you like, I used plain. I wonder if lemon could work?)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180' C
  2. Line a muffin tin with papers or spray with non-stick spray (or whatever you do)
  3. Heat the milk gently until it just begins to boil
  4. Remove from heat and add the teabags. Cover and allow to infuse for 30 minutes before discarding the teabags
  5. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and smooth (3-5 minutes with an electric or stand mixer)
  6. Add eggs one by one, beating after each
  7. In a seperate bowl, sift or whisk the two flours together
  8. Add the flour and milk to the butter mixture in turn, mixing briefly after each: 1/3 flour, 1/2 milk, 1/3 flour, 1/2 milk, 1/3 flour
  9. Fill cupcake holes 2/3 full
  10. Bake for approx 25 minutes or until springy to the touch and/or a knife comes out of the centre clean of batter
  11. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack
  12. Ice/Frost and enjoy

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:10 pm UTC
by Zohar
This is a somewhat elaborate two-layer cake, but you can easily choose to only make one layer.

Chocolate Mousse Cake, per Moo's request
For the base:
240 gr. 42% chocolate, I use 60% (a little over 0.5 lb)
120 gr. butter (a little over one stick)
1 heaped tbsp cocoa
5 egg yolks
5 egg whites
1/3 cup sugar
Pinch of salt

For the mousse:
200 gr. 42% chocolate (7 oz)
4 eggs
200 ml heavy cream (7 fluid oz, about 200 gr. heavy cream)

Make the cake (use cake ingredients):
Heat oven to 150 degrees C (300 deg. F)
Layer the bottom of a 26 cm (10 inch) cake spring pan with a baking sheet, and oil the bottom and sides with butter.
Melt chocolate and butter, cool slightly, add cocoa and egg yolks (one at a time, mixing well).
Whip egg whites with sugar and salt until they form firm peaks
Fold the two mixtures together (best to do that in parts - add a 1/3 of egg whites into chocolate mixture, fold, then fold them all together)
Transfer to the pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. The cake will be really high (like, a little over the edge of the pan), but it will drop once it's cooled, as you're making the mousse.

Make the mousse (use mousse ingredients):
Melt the chocolate, cool it slightly, then add the eggs one at a time.
Whip the heavy cream, then fold carefully with the melted chocolate.
Pour mousse on the cake, then cool at least two hours in the fridge.

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
by Moo
Awesome, thanks!

Sounds like a cloud cake... mmmmm... and like you could make it with or without the mousse, depending on time and budget. Not that I'm saying I would make it without the mousse!

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:48 am UTC
by dubsola
mat.tia wrote:Pasta alla carbonara

Excellent recipe. This is the correct way to make this dish.

Last week I had an amazing dip-like substance, the creator titled it 'Hot Artichoke Dip'. Doesn't really have a recipe, but here's the ingredients. You can probably figure out proportions and times as you go along.

Artichokes, chopped (canned ones are fine)
Sour cream
Cream cheese
Cheddar cheese
Spring onions
Cayenne pepper

Combine and bake for a while.

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:08 am UTC
by nymphalaktalokto
Pizza bagelly thing
mum showed me this one.

Tomato Puree
Topping( pepperoni, ham, stuff in fridge)

1)toast bagel
2)put on tomato stuff, then toppings, then cheese.
3)grill till cheese melted and golden brown.
4)stuff in mouth