Monday, July 23, 2012

The devils' playthings

It's my hands. They are idle. And if I were that kind of a girl, I would probably be getting into trouble. But honestly, I am too boring for that, so they are just itching for some creative action. I miss my kitchen, and my mixer, and my pans (don't worry, I got more! where I will put them, I don't know...), and my ingredients that are familiar and that work the way I think they will. (Who knew, six years ago I was saying the same thing about our new home and new kitchen on the other side of the ocean...times have changed!) Whatever I have baked here has not come out exactly right, though I am not entirely sure what the bad variable was.  Maybe it was me...

I will have plenty of baking work when I get home, but for now I am going the think about all the things I want to make when I get there. How about
Boston Cream Whoopie pies? (picture from Tracy's Culinary Adventures, not mine! Isn't it so yummy looking?!)
Cutie pie cookies with my new cutters?
Swiss meringue buttercream?  Yes, I have a phobia, born of strange experience and the pareve restriction I have adopted...

Any other ideas from new and fun baking projects?  Can't wait to scour all the blogs I haven't had time for lately, and I would love your ideas too!

Looking forward to baking again, for real,


Thursday, July 12, 2012

It even happens to me...

I make an incredibly delicious chocolate cinnamon bundt cake with mocha glaze.  Actually, that's a lie.  Sometimes I make a beautiful, delectable bundt cake.  Other times, I make half a bundt cake and a whole lot of chunks and crumbs of bundt cake.  Then I make a whole bunch of tears.  Yes, gentle readers, baking disasters happen even to the professionals.  And when all is said and done, whether the cake gently slid out of the pan or just broke apart into a bazillion pieces, I need to serve my guests and family something for dessert!! 

Lucky for all of us, the Joy of Kosher website knows that every baker could use a few tips on salvaging baking disasters - and asked me to write a post about it!  Not only does the article include ideas for saving the day with creative and tasty fixes, it also features a recipe for really delicious blondies that are a snap to make, come together in no time, and satisfy every sweet tooth.

So head on over to Joy of Kosher to check out the article, the recipe, and lots of other great recipes, ideas, and inspiration! Make sure to leave a comment if you like what you see!
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