Saturday, February 21, 2015

Baked: Cherry Almond Crisp

So close to the end of February!  This month has twice as many recipes as the month of March. ...And it is shorter!

This morning at 5:30am, I made this cherry crisp.  I used frozen cherries from whole foods.  Yum.  The almond extract really brought out the cherries.  I'm thinking this could be made without any sugar.  I might just give it a try.  :)

13 done.  57 remain.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Baked: The New Orleans, Brown Sugar Praline Ice Cream Cake

This cake! Oh this cake! It took me about 3 days to make the entire cake first came the classic pralines which turned out very well and are made of like 90% sugar. Then came the sweet and salty caramel sauce which I managed to burn just slightly. The slight burnt-ness of the caramel sauce cause me to not use it at all in this recipe, and as much as that saddened me, the recipe was still spectacular without it.

Putting this cake together was a complete mess. I had a 9-inch springform pan and the recipe called for an 8 inch springform pan. I did not have enough of the ice cream to create three layers, and it does not spread very easily, and finally I just ended up creating a two layer instead of a three layer ice cream cake. But, like most things with sugar in them, the cake turned out to be extremely tasty. The toasted pecans added a great toastiness to the coolness of the ice cream cake. I don't think I've had such good pecans. And to think that they were just simply toasted!

Hopefully I can send the rest of the cake home with my brother tomorrow. Hint hint Justin if you're reading this  ;)

12 complete.  58 to go!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baked: Kitchen-Sink Dutch Baby

Happy fat Tuesday! We celebrated by having this for breakfast:

I was able to prep it the night before and throw it in the oven this morning.  This is the easiest,  and probably healthiest thing I have made so far out of the cookbook.  It was very tasty.   Reminiscent of my husband's Finnish oven pancake.   

Bikram yoga did not treat me well today :/  I think I may cut back on sugar a bit.  More desserts for the rest of you since the baking show must go on!! :)

11 done.  59 to go! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Baked: Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake with Milk Chocolate Glaze

This was my first time making an angel food cake. I ended up making the recipe in two bread pans instead of the tube pan that the recipe called for. Luckily it all worked out really well and I was quite impressed with the results. The topping for the angel food cake on the other hand was not as impressive. I found it to be quite heavy compared to the light and fluffy angel food cake. I much prefer whipped cream and strawberries.

Happy Monday.  Tomorrow is fat  Tuesday!  And I already have the recipe prepped  ;)

10 finished.  60 to go!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines Day and Baked: Conversation Heart Cakes

Well,  I just had the most amazing Valentines Day!  Did some birthday clothes shopping (Thanks mama Swan! ) and made the most amazing 4 course meal!

Courtesy of Hour Detroit magazine:
Dover sole appetizer
Lobster and vegetable soup
Duck, Au Gratin potatoes, red wine strawberries and green beans

And the, courtesy of Baked:
Conversation Heart Cakes

Cream cheese frosting. ...Yum! We had to restrain ourselves from eating them all. 

9 finished!  61 to go! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Baked: Nutella Chip Cookies

Dear cookies,  I like your idea of putting together the yummy hazelnut and chocolate flavors of Nutella by adding chocolate chips and hazelnuts to the mix.  The overall turnout of your flavor and texture and such. ..Not so awesome.  Yes, you are full of sugar and amazing-ness,  but you are not all that amazing of a cookie. That is why I left you at the euchre tournament on Saturday.  I hope you found a few bellys there to take you home ;)

8 done.  62 to go!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Baked: Toffee Coffee Cake Surprise

Coffee Toffee Cake Surprise bundt cake is made for Groundhog's Day. The surprise in the middle is toffee and the recipe included in the book to make the toffee makes a TON. This cake was fantastic! I had a group of ladies over for an event and they raved about the cake and luckily ate most of it so that I did not have to.

7 done.  63 to go!  February has a lot of recipes;!