Does it count if I didn’t get a picture of a bake? Going to go with yes but it sure does make for a boring blog post (mostly just publishing this so I can continue my series)! I made a chewy chocolate cookie recipe and then whipped up a batch of buttercream and made them into cookie sandwiches. It was a big hit at work! I’ve got to order a bundt pan so I can try to make one of those for September/fall/Christmas.
This blog written on traditional and unceded Miami and Haudenosauneega terrority, where I am grateful to live and work.
July baking is always ruled by the Ohio State Fair! This year I entered three classes and won 1st in the Gingerbread! I am so excited and I’ve already spent my $50 King Arthur Flour gift card fifteen ways to Sunday (not that it won’t be here until September…ha!). I’ll share the recipe once I can link to it in the Dispatch (!).
I didn’t take on a new recipe but I did make train cupcakes for my son’s birthday with my niece and nephew. Not a great photo but the best I got!
I was issued a challenge by M for this year’s birthday cake – something with booze and cherries in it. I found a recipe for Manhattan Cake and made the cake exactly as instructed but made my own buttercream recipe and added the flavorings they mention. It was much too dense a crumb for me – I don’t really like all in one cakes. It was bea-u-ti-ful and M loved it, which is all that really matters. Now to think of something hard for me to set for him for my birthday, per tradition.
I have been craving lemon meringue pie for AGES and I have had the recipe printed out for months! I finally made it and took it to a family dinner where we promptly ate the whole thing. Even the toddler had a slice and it was a hit! One small hiccup – I tried to use a pie crust I’d frozen but it crumbled and did something funky while pre-baking so I had to toss it and start over with the one listed by King Arthur Flour and it was good.
One night, M and I made a loaf of bread together. I really loved this loaf and am considering entering it into the fair. It was incredibly moist and honestly, reminded me of something you’d get at Bob Evans (truly a compliment of the highest order).
For February, I knew I wanted to try a few new things – making frangipane and using my new tart case! I found a recipe for an apple frangipane tart and used my own pie crust instead of the recommended puff pastry. It was so good – M and C loved it!
I enjoy baking so much but the last few years, my baking has become more and more limited to State Fair prep/entries and for the holidays. So for 2018, I challenged myself to try one new (hard) recipe each month. For January, our grocery store had blackberries on sale and so I was able to try this Blackberry Cake, which I’d had pinned for ages. It was very tasty but I rushed it after bedtime and I should have given it more time to cool as the icing got a little wonky.
I made a batch of these for St. Lucia day this last year. This recipe was easy and fast and while they weren’t as golden as my last batch, they certainly had that saffron-y flavor! St. Lucia Day is also my dad’s birthday and it was so fun to be able to have these again for his birthday. The whole family (mom + my three sibs + spouses + kids) even managed to surprise him for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory!