Sunday, July 5, 2015

Baked: Orange Buttermilk Picnic Cake With Chocolate Chips

I finally made a recipe on the holiday it calls for.  I'd expect the 4th of July to be all red white and blue but this cake was orange.  It wasn't so great...And my chocolate chips sank even after  coating them in flour!


34!  36.

Baked: Nanaimo Ice Cream Bars

These were OK.  Not amazing.  I used vanilla ice cream.  Another flavor - Mint chocolate chip! !?? - Would have been better.



33!  37.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Baked: Rainbow Icebox Cake With Homemade Chocolate Cookies

This recipe and I have a love hate relationship. There was a lot that went into this recipe for the picture looking so simple. First I could not find creme fraiche  at the grocery store so I attempted to make my own. Needless to say, it didn't turn out that great. Secondly, I did not understand how the rainbow whipped cream could be so complicated. Why does it have to sit in a colander with cheese cloth for 3 hours? After the creme fraiche episode I decided to just go with adding all the ingredients and whipping until some stiff peaks formed,  and then split them up in the containers and add the colors. When I assembled the cake it all went together just fine so I don't see why it can't be done in this manner. I decided not to make the final heavy whipping cream for on top as the whipping cream that I had made for the layers was enough to have left over for a big pile of whipped cream on top.

Now, let's get to the cookies. These things came together okay but then when I tried to roll them up they just were a crumbly mess and I had to add water to them in order to get the dough to the consistency to be able to roll out. They turned out fine in the end but they were very annoying trying to roll out and cut out.

So here is where the love hate relationship comes into play. As much as I hated trying to figure out how I was going to make this recipe with all the stuff that I did not feel I needed to do, I ended up really liking the final results. I would have used more food coloring in the layers but other than that the results are fabulous and the cake tasted amazing!

32 done.  38 remain. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Baked: Brown Sugar Shortcakes with Brown Sugar Syrup, Mixed Berries and Whipped Cream

This recipe was not as complicated as I thought it would be.  Recipes with multiple parts scare me.  The shortcakes came together easily and the mixed berries and Whipped cream were a breeze.  Great presentation just as the recipe stated.  Perfect recipe for entertaining dinner guests at your home since it is served cold and the shortcakes can be made ahead of time.



31 done.  39 remain. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Baked: Ultralemony Lemon Bundt Cake With Almond Glaze

10 lemons zested.  2 tablespoons lemon extract.  Half cup lemon juice.  Yeah,  that's a lot of lemon.  Unfortunately I'm not going to be able to eat this cake as Josh is taking it to his work potluck. I did try a little bit of the cake and a little bit of the frosting and a little bit of the nuts and I must say from the samples I had it tasted pretty awesome. I am thinking it will go over well tomorrow at the potluck. It has rum in it, so it has to be a hit ;)

30. 40.  And I'm officially (finally) in June!

Baked: Derby Cookies

Bourbon.  My new favorite liquor.  These little guys are fantastic.  I didn't make them small enough but they still turned out fine.  Husband says add these to the keeper list.

Find two more horrendous spelling errors in the sidebar of this recipe....  Finsih  and Vainlla

29.  41.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Baked: Black Forest Cupcakes

I had about 16 people over this weekend.  Perfect opportunity to get some cupcakes eaten!

The only kirsch I could find was arrow brand liquor and I know from experience NOT to buy cheap liquor.  So, I went with some similar cherry liquor from Sweden.  Josh says it tastes like cough syrup.  He has a way of ruining tastes of things for me...hahah

I did find my first spelling mistake and first recipe mistake!  Page 106 step 2 of the cupcakes says 'uasing' instead of 'using'.  The frosting recipe says to put sugar over the soft peaks of the egg whites, but it never says to beat the egg whites.  I figured it out ;)  I do not like frosting recipes that have egg whites in them, this one was no exception.  It smelled eggy, wasn't good after 12 hours, but, the one plus is that Josh had the idea of taking the leftover frosting to make meringues.  Added some sprinkles, piped them out on a baking sheet, pre heated oven to 350, turned oven off and let it them set in there for a few hours.  Delicious!

Overall, everyone said they tasted ok, but I was not impressed.  :(  on to the next recipe!

28 finished. 42 to go.