This is one of my favorite times of year. Is it the thankfulness? The gifts? Evergreens & sleigh bells? No…it’s the egg nog. I’m terribly disappointed that egg nog isn’t available year-round. As soon as I see it in the store, I buy a carton and I get to enjoy the whole dang thing–because only… Continue reading A Holiday Torte
Wow…I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I posted about a baking thing! I was trapped inside for several days due to a snowstorm, did a bunch of weaving, started some KonMarie on my closets, and cleared off the table in my sewing room/creative space/Area51 (where there are more UFOs than Nevada!). This week’s… Continue reading Cheesecake of Dreams
I have never made crème brûlée before, so I thought this was going to be really difficult. It really, really wasn’t! Well, it *shouldn’t* have been really difficult, but again oven temps and timing are really throwing off my game. I plan on trying this again sometime. I’ll have to experiment with cooking the custard… Continue reading Crème Brûlée!
This next challenge is “tray bakes” aka bar cookies! I have two things that make this perfect timing. First, I’m having some friends over this weekend that can help me eat up the goodies. Secondly, a couple weeks ago, I displayed my art stuff at an event at a community college (for a private event–not… Continue reading Bar Cookies!
Working my way through this project, I was ready to throw in the towel (if I could find a towel…there seems to be a snag in the laundry system around here…), but in the end, the results were pretty good and the skinny boy gave it a 9/10. My patience and general mental space has… Continue reading Floating Islands (of Doom)
A trifle is a traditional dessert for holidays, Sundays, family dinners, and special occasions. With 8th grade graduation coming up in our house, this seems like a great time to make a celebration dessert! Layers of cake, jam, custard and whippy stuff makes this a delightful sweet and summery combination, like American strawberry shortcakes….but more… Continue reading Just a Trifle
This new challenge is to make Mary Berry’s tiramisu cake, but not with ladyfingers. It asks you to make a simple fatless sponge and layer it with whipped mascarpone cheese and chocolate shavings and douse it in coffee. Thing is, I hate coffee. And I mean HATE coffee. Don’t put it in my food! Yuck. … Continue reading Tiramisu MY Way
Oh, my…dessert week! The first challenge: Self-saucing pudding! 8 individually portioned self-saucing desserts. You know those lava cakes? That’s what they mean. I’m excited about this–I’ve been wanting to make this for a couple years. Paul recommends you keep your sponge nice and light so it’ll bake fast and keep the center liquidy. Cook it… Continue reading DESSERT WEEK! Self-Saucing Pudd