Happy 4th of July everyone! Here are some beautiful fireworks over Chicago to get you through until tomorrow…
Today, I decided to do something I wanted to do for such a long time – make homemade puff pastry. In class, I LOVED making croissants – seeing the multiple layers and the flakiness of the end product made all of the hard worth it – and made me amazed at my own abilities! Puff pastry has even MORE layers in it than croissant dough, so I was eager to jump right in and try to impress myself again 🙂
This puff pastry was made to use for some turnovers that I’ll post about tomorrow – but I thought that this would be too much to post about in one day! Continue reading →
One of my favorite memories from childhood was getting to pick out a donut for breakfast once every other week or so – we’d be grocery shopping, and it was always a huge treat. I would almost always pick the regular cake donut with chocolate frosting and sugar sprinkles out the wazoo – because as a kid you can NEVER have enough sugar – and every time it was amazing. (Except for the time my cat ate through the wax paper bag and subsequently ate most of the donut… what a disappointing morning).
We made mini-donuts one time in my third quarter at Kendall – I made mine tossed in a combination of rosemary/salt/pepper/sugar/cayenne, and they were pretty good. This time I decided to go for classic, with a supposedly yummy donut and plain sweet glaze. I also decided to make a few with a cinnamon sugar coating, and then add a little chocolate to the mix as well. Unfortunately, I only had bittersweet dark chocolate in my kitchen, which didn’t work out too well for an overall coating – but was perfect for a garnish to the glazed donuts! Continue reading →
Well, it’s into week two of no baking as I’m prepping myself for finals and spending almost all of my free time cutting, forming, or coloring hydrangea blossoms. Since I didn’t have a baking post for my blog, I thought I would share my newfound hydrangea knowledge! You will need gum paste, a small rolling pin, a hydrangea cutter and veiner, a gum paste ball tool or bone tool, egg whites or gum paste glue, small paint brushes, a foam shaping set, and an empty egg carton.
Below are the steps I took to get these beautiful little guys.
My company has summer hours, and that means that the Friday before this holiday weekend was a full day off – a complete welcome surprise! My dad’s birthday is always over Memorial Day weekend, so I knew I would be going home for the weekend, and decided to surprise my parents with a little baked treat to get the weekend started. Continue reading →
This week, while waiting for a bus on my daily commute, I decided to see if there were any little cookbooks I could download to my Kindle. The first thing I found was The Sweet Little Book of Cupcakes by Nicholas Peruzzi. And man, were there some yummy-sounding cupcakes in this book, with some flavor combinations I had never thought of before!
The first cupcake that immediately drew me in (there were many) was Buttermilk Pancake Cupcake. It is exactly what it sounds like – buttermilk pancake batter, tweaked slightly, and then baked just like a cupcake. And, of course, if you have pancakes you just MUST have syrup, so I added some maple syrup frosting on top. Not one to let breakfast just glide away so plainly, I decided to add some crumbled crunch bacon on top, because bacon makes EVERYTHING better! 🙂 Continue reading →
Totally running late this week on my updates… but have another one coming soon!
This year for Mother’s Day, my mom told me I wasn’t allowed to bake – after all, I had Chocolates class the night before until 11 pm, and my cousin’s family was coming over the next morning to celebrate around 8 am. I managed to finagle a little something though – even though it’s not really made from scratch, I got to make the delicious, not-nutritious Monkey Bread 🙂
For those of you who don’t know, Monkey Bread is a pull-apart cinnamon sugar gooey baked good – it’s not really a cake, it’s not a bread… it’s just delicious. Half the fun of this one is eating it with your fingers and getting to lick all the cinnamon stickiness off your fingers afterwards. Continue reading →