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.