18.Feb.2010 Pac-Man Pastillage!
Who doesn’t love a sweet and delicious treat? The answer: No one. This is a piece of science non-fiction. Write it down.
Due to this fact, I feel all the more fortunate to have been blessed with an awesome sister who has a natural talent for baking that’s been amplified by two years of studying the “Baking and Pastry Arts” at culinary school.
Last week, I was surprised by a package that contained ten outrageously delicious chocolate chip biscotti. In less than 24 hours, they had all been consumed. The craziest thing—though it’s really more logical than crazy, but at the time I was stunned—was that there was some element to the taste of the biscotti that was far elevated beyond the quaint taste of “homemade” baked goods. Give me that same recipe and all the necessary tools and the results, while edible, would not have been near the level of quality of the treats my sister turned out. I’m proud definitely proud of my sister Lexie and sometimes that means I get rewarded with tasty baked goods for no reason at all. It’s a pretty sweet deal. (Get it?! “Sweet” deal!)
Now, imagine how much prouder I was when I received this picture of one of Lexie’s recent projects.
Yep, not only is my sister quite an excellent bakist (Or, if you prefer, baker.), she’s not afraid to add a little nerdiness to the recipe as well! Huzzah!
Here’s the text message from Lexie that accompanied the picture: “This was my pastillage final product! Pastillage is a sugar dough! I had to airbrush, mold, paint and stuff :)”
I’ll save you the googling trouble and copy you all the Wiki info on pastillage. A pastillage is “a thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that is molded into shapes. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Made with gelatin, water and confectioner’s sugar, it hardens quickly and can be shaped for a short while by hand, and after hardening, with electric grinders, cutters, sandpaper and assorted files.”
For further examples, see “Food Network Challenge.” I’m sure there’s more to this art, but for baking laymen like myself, I think that is maybe the best pop culture reference for this Pac-Man piece. And yes, it is entirely edible.
Anywho, I just thought this was pretty awesome and had to post it here and gush a little about how cool my sister is. Well done, Lex! This is fantastic!