liqueur for genoise syrup
I just got the Cake Bible, and I'm very excited. I think I'll start with the genoise classique with a fruit cloud cream frosting. I'm posting because I need help deciding which liqueur to use for the syrup and the cream. (SO has already vetoed calvados.) I don't own any liqueur, so I'll have to buy some. I'd like to get something I can use fairly often, so it doesn't sit in my cupboard forever. It seems like the liqueur I see in most often in recipies is Grand Marnier.
Which liqueur do you use most often?
It really depends upon what flavor you are going for.
Chambord is framboise/raspberry
Grand Marnier is cognac, orange, and herbs
Frangelico is hazlenut
Drambuie is scotch, heather honey, and hebs (my favorite)
Mathilde French country liquers come in peche/peach, framboise/raspberry, poire/pear, cassis/black currant, arabica/coffee (a very good brand, a good buy at around $10 for 375ml)
and many more...
An orange liqueur like triple sec or Cointreau is great to have on hand if you like mixing cocktails or are at all interested in putting liqueur in your pancake batter. If you can find it, Luxardo triple sec has a wonderful, more potent orange flavor than either your everyday triple sec or Cointreau. It's the liqueur I used the one time I made the genoise classique, and it was quite good.
I too, tend to go with an orange liqueur because it goes so well with so many other flavors.
If I only need a tablespoon or two of something for a recipe, I'll get a tiny 'airline' size bottle for a dollar or two. Handy if you don't want to keep a big inventory of liquor around or don't want to commit to a bigger bottle.
I often use Amaretto as a flavoring as well. It has a nice almond flavor that is not too sweet, if used in moderation. I've used it in many desserts like ice cream, caked, and to flavor whipped cream or creme fraiche. There are different brands, and prices vary widely, but I've always used Amaretto di Saronno and have always been pleased with the results.
I remember using a ginger flavored liqueur a while back, but the name escapes me.