Saturday, August 29, 2015

Baked: Chocolate Chip Hush Puppies

My entire house smells like oil.  Was it worth it?  Yeah I think so.  I only missed national dog day by like 3 days!  So close!  These were pretty good little guys.  Husband and I could not eat them all ourselves and the book warns that they only taste good soon after deep frying.  We'll see how they taste the day after...  I liked that they came together easy and that they were creative.  Also they remind me of elephant ears at the fair with their deep fried sugary goodness - so that probably has something to do with it  :)

I did notice, however, that the book missed an important step - Add the Chocolate Chips to the batter!  I almost forgot....was getting ready to deep fry and thought that these were supposed to have chocolate in them...Glad I caught that so we could get some chocolate in there.  Although, they probably would have tasted good without the chocolate.

43. 27!!

Baked: Brioche Ice Cream Sandwiches

I made these babies without a stand mixer and in the middle of no where on Drummond Island.  Can you tell me how the kitchen up there does not have a muffin pan but it has a bundt pan?  Unfortunately, I had to make these in a bread pan since no muffin pan was available, but at least the recipe listed that as an alternative.  I was also impressed by the amount of butter - 2.5 sticks for 1 loaf of bread.

The boys were not impressed with these.  When I said "ice cream sandwiches!" I think they were expecting those black skinny ones with vanilla ice cream.  The bread was good.  The ice cream was good.  But I don't think they married together all that well.

42.  28!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Baked: Orange Pancakes with Honey Butter

Of all the recipes I have made lately from this book, this one "takes the cake"!  I do love a good pancake and this one was awesome.  The orange flavoring was perfect, and the honey butter was amazing.  I will have to make these again.

They were so good, even the toddler who was on a hunger strike decided he wanted to eat one.

41 finished.  29 to go!  (we are in the twenties!!!!)

Baked: Nonnie's Blueberry Buckle

The husband and I had guests over this past weekend.  It was also my week at work to bring in bagels.  I thought I would make this recipe for my work peeps, but when husband saw it, he said "that had better not be going to work!"  Soo..  we ate it all!

This bread was awesome.  Warmed up with butter - oh so good.  Just don't try to put it in the toaster....oh husband oh husband....  I did not have a tube pan, so I used two bread pans and they came out perfectly.

40 done - 30 more!  (feels so good to be over halfway done!)

Baked: Everyone's Favorite Birthday Cake

I made this cake for our official Housewarming Party.  Yes, we have had our house for 5 years already, and yes there were only 7 people in attendance.  But there was a cake, so it was a party  :)

My guests only ate half the cake, so I had to take the rest to work in order to not eat it all myself.  It was gone by 9AM.

The chocolate cream cheese frosting was quite yummy.  Cake was ok.  It did come together pretty quickly, so I will give it that.

39 finished!  31 left.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Baked: Gonzo Cake

This cake was quite good.  I opted to use baked sweet potatoes instead of buying purple yam powder.  The cream cheese frosting and earthy tones of the cake reminded me of carrot cake, which is my all time favorite type of cake!  Baked for the win!  :)  

I made this for a work potluck (good way to get rid of a lot of cake when you are doing a cook book challenge..haha).  It all disappeared, even with the dessert table which had more desserts than there was real food. 

Only one disappointment - there was no leftover frosting after making the cake, not one bit.  The dog and I were both hoping to have many bite fulls of frosting to have to eat....but no such luck.

38!  32 left.   I have officially caught up to August!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Baked: Cheesy Bastille Day Beer Bread

I searched high and low for the cheeses for this bread.  Found the Pyreees, but not the ComtĂ©.  Substituted a gruyere for the ComtĂ©.

First recipe of the book to not use sugar!  This bread was beautiful.  The cheese on the bottom and top made an excellent presentation.  I'd say the cheeses are probably inter mix able and this bread would be perfect in the fall with a hearty chili.

37!  33 recipes to go!