Saturday, May 23, 2015

Baked: Strawberry Supreme Cake

Let me start out by saying, that I very much enjoy making cakes. This cake was no exception. It did take 2 days work. I made the cake one day and finished up the frosting, filling and assembly on day 2. The only change that I would make next time is to try to incorporate some of this awsome fresh rhubarb in the recipe. Possibly make a rhubarb compote and use that instead of the strawberry preserves.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Baked: Buttery Pound Cake

I did not take the time to find the high fat butter for this cake.   There were no complaints.   We had this mother's day for brunch along with a Mushroom quiche and cinnamon rolls.  I served it as a strawberry shortcake and went without the salty caramel glaze.

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Baked: Hippie Cake

I listened to the suggestion and did not make the frosting.  This simplified things greatly.  I have not made many vegan cakes, but this one was awesome!  The Balsamic vinegar went very well in this cake.  We served the vegan cake with full non vegan vanilla ice cream.  :)  I would make this again!

When this came out of the oven my bro bro and I ate the crust.  So nice and crunchy.  The poor husband couldn't have any lest his migraine flare up. 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Baked: Chai Spiced Trifle & Bridal Shower & Prom

I had quite the weekend 2 weeks ago! Not only did I help host a bridal shower, but my little bro bro went to prom! For the bridal shower I was in charge of the desserts so naturally I made a bunch of desserts from the baked cook book. I made those popcorn balls and the red wine cupcakes and then this recipe the chai spiced trifle with mixed berries.

The trifle was amazing!  Only change I would make would be not to add all of the spice.  It was good, but a bit overpowering.

Here is the table will all of my desserts!  Cupcakes, Trifle, Popcorn Balls, Cheesecakes, Chocolate Covered Strawberries...YUM!

And then I got to be there for my little bro bros first prom.  Isn't he handsome?


23 finished.  47 to go!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Baked: Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Glaze

I'm jumping around the cookbook a bit making bridal shower desserts. This recipe is for the end of May on national wine day.  I picked a nice red Michigan wine for this recipe.

These cupcakes are awesome.  So rich and chocolaty.  That little cupcake there in front is my trial cupcake ;)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Baked: Caramel Candy Popcorn Balls

Now is where I tell you everything I did wrong with this recipe.  I think I needed more popcorn.  I'm not sure the caramel made it to the soft ball stage.  The balls did not come together very first.  My pot boiled over once I added the baking soda.

Now is where I tell my successes.  I used my air popper for the popcorn.  Major cost savings there, but I think they were a bit more light and fluffy than your typical microwave popped popcorn.  I feel that I could have added 5 more cups or so and still had enough caramel to go around.  Having burnt the last caramel I made, I pulled this one off the stovetop a few degees shy of the soft ball stage.

After having done that...and adding the baking soda, which overflowed the caramel, but LUCKILY I had it over the popcorn...the balls did not come all.  The instructions tell you to work fast to form the balls and even say to enlist a friend to help.  I had to cool the semi-formed balls for a good minute before they would stick together.  My husband encouraging me that it would all turn out helped me get through the crisis..hah  So I had faith that in the end they would come together...and they did!

They taste good, of course.  Having Salt Sugar and Fat - those 3 little ingredients that keep us over eating.  I just finished the book
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
so you'll have to excuse me being so pessimistic!  It is a really good book and will make you think about all the ingredients that go into making certain products have their optimum appeal.  For example, did you know there is a Sugar Bliss Point?  Well, these certainly have it!  So I will refrain from eating them all and take them to a bridal shower this Saturday instead :)

21 complete.  49 remain.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baked: Mega Easter Pie: A Meat and Cheese Utopia

This recipe was a bit different than the other recipes in this cookbook. Although, I can't say that the recipe didn't have sugar in it! The pie crust has one tablespoon of sugar so we can wholeheartedly say that every single recipe in this book has sugar in it.

We don't typically eat a lot of meat and cheese so when I saw the ingredients in this pie I was quite impressed.  There are 5 different cheeses and two different meats. The pie actually came out very well. It was kind of like a quiche but without the eggs! It is quite the hearty meal and you can only eat a small piece.

Just look at that massive beast! 

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