The blog lives! Hooray! Haha, anyway, today I had intended to make sea salt caramel macarons! :0 fancy I know. Unfortunately, I'm sad to say that because I'm such an amateur baker, macarons are quite technical and difficult to master. So on my first try, they did not turn out exactly how I would have hoped. But not to worry, I am determined to make a second batch in the near future! However, my caramel sauce for the macarons turned out much better hehehe. In case you didn't know, I have a slight obsession with caramel. It's one of three ingredients that I absolutely adore. ((the other two would be chocolate & green tea)) :D
I was a little worried I would burn the sauce but thankfully it turned out alright! Since after adding the cream and cooling the sauce, it was still thin, so I put it in the fridge for a while and then it thickened. Now you can use it for so many different things like brownies/cheesecake/pies, apple dipping, hot chocolate/coffee spoonfuls, the list goes on. So, if you ever have time, make some caramel sauce! :) http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/salted-caramel-sauce/
This is something I made just last week for my mom's birthday along with that giant extravaganza of cream puffs (of which I am still currently polishing off because of all the extra cream!). These are actually really simple to make. The only thing is that the filling takes time to pump into the cupcakes. But if you're looking for something chocolatey, nutella is the way to go! I basically used this recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2008/07/18/vanilla-cupcakes/
and then piped in nutella by creating a small hole in the center of the top of the cupcake! You can also make frosting to cover up that hole but...turns out I'm not very good at making frosting so...
Hope you can find time to bake some yummy treats soon!
Thanks for the positive school vibes :)
It's been a year since the beginning of this journey. We wanted to thank those of you who visit this blog. While our primary goal is to document the recipes we try and succeed in, we also hope to brighten your day with our letters and some glorious food.
Here's to many more food adventures.
So, I know I made & posted about cream puffs before but this time that I made them, the shells were definitely more successful! I used a different recipe just for the pate a choux but since I didn't have half & half for the same filling, I just used frozen cool whip that we had because it's summer and I'm still kind of lazy. But anyway, here's the recipe that I used for the dough :) http://www.joyofbaking.com/CreamPuffs.html
If I were to combine the recipes, I probably would. Or maybe I just messed up the other recipe and didn't do so well with the dough ANYWHO just take this as an add-on to the other recipe hehehee.
Hope your summer is FANTABULOUS.
FINALLY. It has been like almost 2 months since either of us have posted, so for this post, I am excited! It was great to have a mini reunion and see you (and I guess eat some pretty delicious cream puffs too!)
Anyway, after getting back, I've been unfortunately busy with summer school & summer homework. But today, I finally made some time to bake! So originally, I was flipping through a Bon Appetit
magazine last weekend and I saw a recipe they had for blueberry hand pies. Unfortunately, I couldn't make them because of lack of ingredients BUT that gave me a new ingredient to think about. Blueberries! They are in so many things: pancakes, muffins, cobblers, cheesecakes, pies, etc. So I started looking up some potential recipes including blueberries. And this is one that I found! Blueberry crumb bars! Obviously, I would have to say the looks of mine are far from the recipe I used (wah don't judge). But I have a few adjustments I would make if I were to make them again! (which I totally would). I used a pan a bit too big so mine ended up much thinner and I also did not leave enough crumbs for the top layer (oops).
BUT. The best part is that even though these don't look that
good, they taste really good. Surprisingly, they weren't that sweet even though the recipe I felt called for a lot of sugar. I think the lemon juice definitely balanced it out (or maybe the blueberries were just super sour, who know?) These are buttery delicious little squares of blueberry goodness. So hopefully if you ever have blueberries on hand and are craving something sweet, give these a try! http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/07/blueberry-crumb-bars/
With AP tests over, I got the chance to bake this weekend! It's nice to be back in the kitchen. I made my own variation of this: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/oatmeal_raisin_cookies/
Here's my version: Ingredients
1 c. olive oil
3/4 or 1 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c. raisins
1/2 c. walnuts
3 c. rolled oats
Preheat to 350F. First mix the oil and sugar together till well-blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Pour the flour mixture into the liquid. Then add raisins and walnuts. After those are well-incorporated, stir in the oats.
Place tablespoons of flattened dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 mins.
So apparently, stuffing oreos into desserts is all the rage now and I happen to recently have a good constant stash of oreos in my pantry ((thanks dad)) SOOO here's a super duper unhealthy fattening yummy recipe to try when you crave oreos and chocolate chip cookies because it combines them into ONE beautiful dessert. http://picky-palate.com/2011/01/06/oreo-stuffed-chocolate-chip-cookies/
So yep. They aren't the most diet friendly desserts but hey, diets are meant to be broken right? Right. Glad we had this talk.
Hopefully we can bakecam soon after those dreaded things called finals and AP tests. Miss you bunches!
Although today happened to be a pretty busy but normal Sunday, I was craving something sweet to eat (although I always am!) so I decided to make some brownies because on Thursday, I went to go see a school play & I bought one of their brownies and I was like "I should really make my own". so HERE IT IS! I used a little bit less sugar than the recipe called for because well..my mom was all like "don't put too much sugar!" but I think considering that I used chocolate chips instead of like actually chopping up chocolate there was less chocolate than I would've liked but, they still taste fine :D
I was actually contemplating to make one of these: http://sugarandsnapshots.com/oreo-brownies-recipe/http://whatsgabycooking.com/slutty-brownies/#.UWJS4aLBPvE
...but then I decided it was too complicated for a sunday afternoon so i decided to make these :) http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/08/my-favorite-brownies/
so if you ever have time, just make some of these and your brownie cravings shall be satisfied. :]
P.S. i'm looking forward to seeing some posts about your baking frenzy this week!
Spring break is this week for me and I spent the first day of it in the kitchen, just as I was hoping to. :) My mom had this jar of almond butter that was just sitting there in the fridge, so I decided to experiment with it. The first recipe is a variation of homemade reese's cups! Just a warning, I used Ghiradelli's baking bars (100% cacao) and you must add some sugar when melting it if you aren't a fan of bitter chocolate.
here's the recipe:http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2013/2/12/dark-chocolate-almond-butter-cups.html
Mine don't look that great.... But they are sooo good and that's what matters.
This is my go-to de-stress recipe. It is very quick, simple and most importantly delicious. http://food52.com/recipes/204-mom-s-blueberry-coconut-muffins
Just a tip: add a tablespoon (or two) of water. The batter got super thick and adding water made it nice and fluffy. :)
Spring break will bring greater culinary adventures!