Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Christmas Baking post #2 is underway.  Here are a few more things I have made this holiday season.

 Andes Chocolate Cookies

Coconut Macaroons. 

Now I'm not a fan of coconut but sometimes baking is just about pleasing those who you bake for and not yourself.  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sugar Snowflakes

Merry! (well almost) Christmas!!!!

I took a bit of a baking break after Thanksgiving for a couple of reasons.

1. To focus on my finals - if I fail my classes, and then never graduate then I will never have any money to bake delicious things to share with you

2. To prepare and rev up for Christmas, where I have more than made up for my lack of baking these past few weeks.

3. And Oh did I mention I went on a cruise with my mom for 5 days to Mexico! It was a blast and maybe I will update with some pictures from there sometime soon.

So I am going to try and spread out my Christmas baking posts so that they last :)

Well here goes nothing...

Here are my oreo truffles dolled up a bit, later on I'll show you pics of my other truffles

Chocolate Peanutbutter Grams... Easy to make and delicious.

All you do is melt some white chocolate, and regular chocolate (almond bark or bakers chocolate work).  I like white chocolate better but for which ever you prefer just use twice as much.  With the one that is more I just put some peanutbutter, not sure about the amount just a good cup or so, then spread them seperately on some graham crackers.  Then use a knife or something to swirl them into fun patterns.  Pop this baby into the fridge and then when its hardened you can break it up into squares or lines or whatever you want. (Tip: break the pieces before you put any of the chocolate on them and push them together.  That way when you take it out of the fridge you can just run a knife along the precut pieces, otherwise it make break pretty easy on you)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope Dear Readers that yall have all (at least all my American readers) have had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I celebrated with family (minus my Dad and brother who are currently on a soccer trip to Brazil) and ended up conveniently stuffed to the brim.

 Currently I'm watching one of the most intense rivalries in SEC football.  The iron bowl Auburn vs. Alabama.

Enough about that though, you came to this blog to see what I made didnt you?  Well here it is:

Doesn't this turkey look yummy? Well this is one you won't feel sleepy after eating.  These cupcakes come with stuffing and all!

Four of the turkey cupcakes that I made

During the summer when I interned at a restaurant we had one dessert that absolutely everybody loved: peach and blueberry crisp.  Yet I am not a huge fan of peaches, plus I think I am mildly allergic to them, so I took this recipe and gave it my own twist.

I present Apple and Blueberry crisp with a scoop of vanilla icecream

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rolls of Cinnamon

So  I made my very first attempt at "semi" homemade cinnamon rolls.  I say "semi" because I had a box for the actual dough that included the flour and the yeast, but I did have to add other ingrediants and actually knead the dough and shape it myself.

The dough with the cinnamon filling ready to be rolled

At first I was a little worried because I forgot to add sugar to the actual dough (trust me there is plenty for the sweet goodness that is rolled inside) but they turned out really well and you can't tell, thus I made a "diet" version of these yummy treats.

Even though I did a summer internship at a nice restaurant and occasionally made the hamburger buns for the burgers I completely forgot how much dough rises.  When I first put the rolls in the pan I was nervous that they would not be big enough at all.  Yet come 30 minutes they had more than doubled their size and were ready to be put in the oven.
After proofing and ready to go in the oven!

I could almost eat them before they were cooked

When there was like 3 minutes left of cook time I made the icing for the cinnamon rolls.  By simply combining powdered sugar, milk and some vanilla flavoring one gets a rather delicious icing.  I figured it would be best to leave the icing on the side that way each roll could be iced individually and thus providing the perfect roll for each serving. :)
Fresh out of the oven!

All in all I was rather pleased at my first attempt and maybe next time I will go with a full blown homemade recipe with a flair of Holley thrown in.

An individual slice with a hint of icing

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hoedown and Birthday Bash

So first of all before I go any farther I have some really good news!!!!!

I FINALLY GOT MY COMPUTER BACK!!!! Yes that means that posts (with pictures) will be more punctual and I can actually do something with my computer.  I has been over a month and it is finally fixed!!!!

Secondly I won Best Tasting in my first dessert contest!

It was for a church hoedown that was definately I lot of fun.

I made caramel cupcakes with brown butter caramel icing (and some of them had apple butter).  I even made the caramel myself!!

The roses came out prettier than I thought!

I also had a joint birthday party with 3 of my friends, our birthdays are in total 11 days apart and we all are turning 21 so we thought it would be fun to do something together.  We celebrated with a campus scavenger hunt and "mocktails" (7-up and grape juice)  I was going to make some kind of dessert for this but due to time I didn't get too.

I did manage to get creative with some fruit rollups though.... Take a look for yourself...

Its a Rose!!!!

I guess I was just in a rose mood these past few days.  With the holidays coming up soon there is definately going to be more baking in my future!

Trick or Treat!

So basically any holiday is a good excuse for me to make desserts! and what better than Halloween?

I was limited on time this weekend so all I made was pumpkin guts (aka orange died lemon bars) and Lady fingers.

First of all its not really Halloween till you carve a pumpkin!  I'll be honest to say that I have not had much experience carving pumpkins and I can be a bit ambitious at times, but with that said I think it came out well.

My friend Olivia and I carved one pumpkin while my roommate Amanda carved another. 

It turned out well until the owl caved in the next day so it just looked like someone punched it in the face.

We then had a Halloween party / Murder in The Dark Party (which is an awesome game)  and thats when I made my desserts --->

Pumpkin guts
And bloody lady fingers

I (stereotypically) dressed up as a chef for my halloween costume (hey I didnt feel like spending any money ok)  and we had an awesome time.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chinese Take Out

Hello all!

Here is an update for my Chinese Take Out Cupcakes!

My apartment complex had an international dinner on wed, and because I can't cook international food I decided to make food that looked like it was international.

First up:

What does every chinese meal have?


Don't they look awesome!  I they were extremely easy to make too! Just a bit of caramel and there you go...

Now you can't have just fortune cookies to eat so I also made lo mein and fried rice.

Put it all together and what do you get?

Chinese take out meal!

The lo mein is just icing and laffy taffy while the fried rice is just rice krispies and laffy taffy.

Definately a treat to be had!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

More to come!

Hey dear readers!  I know that you have probably looked at my blog lately and saw that there have not been any posts!  But I promise you there has been good reason for this.

I have done a bit of baking since my last post, but unfortunately my computer recently crashed by some crazy virus and I had no way of getting my pictures or real updates on here.

Fortunately I just got my computer back, but I have to do a bit of work on it to re-install my picture program and etc.

So while you may have to wait, I assure you that it will be worth it!!!!

Just a hint of what I am going to make next?

How does this sound :  Chinese Takeout Cupcakes ?

Intrigued?  I thought so!  Those wont be made until wed but maybe I could put a bit of teasers up before then.

See you soon!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Side note that I forgot to mention... If your ever in Pensacola and go to Famous Dave's ask for Josh, by far one of the best waiters that I have ever had.

SO i'm sure your wondering what I made with those little faces?  Well in recognition of October I made pumpkin cupcakes!  Its actually spice cupcakes decorated to look like pumpkins... Take a look!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lets Play Pretend

Lets Play pretend that this post was posted yesterday while the next post was posted today... ok?

"Today" I was home for the weekend and went to Barnes and Nobles.... Big mistake... I started looking at the cookbooks and almost couldn't tare myself away from them.  I didn't leave empty handed though.  I managed to get this book.

Its filled with great ideas (some of which you should see soon) and apparently the marshmallow flower recipe I found online orginated from this book.  The book is mainly about decorating cupcakes (not really new recipes).

Got the baking bug but have little time? Well I was sorta in the same situation.  So by using a mix for strawberry muffins (just add milk)  I made my family a bit of breakfast the night before.  They taste delicious as if you had made the recipe yourself!

So what do starburst and tootsie rolls have in common?

Heres a hint

More details to come!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bella Notte

So yesterday the women's ministry of an organization I am in called the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) had a "sleepover" more elegantly called Bella Notte.

Me and my friend Olivia were in charge of desserts and boy were they fun to make! We made the classic Oreo truffles along with something made out these ingredients.  Look at the picture and see what you think we made then at the bottom of the post I'll show you what came out of it!

We also made store bought brownies, which for a bunch of girls is always a big hit.

We also made our very own apple cake.  It was surprisingly delicious!   Just take diced apples and some homemade cake batter and bake it up, then drizzle on deliciousness and there you go!

Inside of the apple cake

Anelise was excited for us to make ganache... actually I think she just really liked the word. We didn't have chocolate chips that night so we used almond bark, which left the "ganache" a little thin...

Then for breakfast...
We made Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins (Olivia ran to the store for the chips this time) Just dip them in some syrup and there you go!

Blueberry Muffins are also a must!

The blueberry muffins are hiding in the back

Ok so I made you wait a bit, and I even made the above post fairly short and sweet (of course going  on little sleep helps the matter in you case)

Drum roll please!

We made s'more cupcakes!  I could almost eat this picture!

look at these bad boys

This is what they look like on the inside!

Olivia and I with some of our creations!