"if you wish to be glamorous, become a cake baker" -The Joy of Cooking

Friday, May 18, 2018

Mother's Day Cook in a Book : Pancakes

Last Sunday we celebrated my 1st Mother's Day! I felt so special and so honoured to be in the mom club. My daughter is going to be 6 months soon! Still, I can't believe that I get to be her mummy.  She is just the most sweet, lovely, BEEEEuuuuutiful little thing.  I thank God everyday for this new life and my little family.

My husband, baby and I spent a lazy morning making pancakes from this sweet little book I got for my baby girl here .  It's her 1st cookbook! I can't wait to have her in the kitchen with me one day - well maybe I can, time is flying!!! She's growing so fast!! I thought it would be fun to make them with her, even though she had no idea what was going on and I was curious to see how the recipe was.

We added some mini semi sweet  chocolate chips & served them with strawberries

They were 👌

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mind Blowing Pan Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good ol' chocolate chip cookies. Who can resist?   For me, crisp or chewy, even cakey, I like them all.  You might have thought there was nothing new that could be done to the simple, humble chocolate chip cookie, luckily I came across this amazing recipe by Sarah Kieffer from The Vanilla Bean Blog.   They are called pan banging chocolate chip cookies and they are SO GOOD!  Both thin and crispy around the edges but soft and chewy in the middle, tons of chopped chunks ( NOT chips) of chocolate and they're the size of my head! 

They're a little time consuming to bake but soon worth it!

Theres nothing else to say about these... go make them.....now. Click Here for the recipe 

170g Chopped Milk Chocolate, next time I would go with bittersweet like the recipe calls for, this is what I had.

These make huge cookies, 1 recipe only yields 10 cookies. You'll need a 3.5oz scoop or 1/3 cup measure to scoop out dough

Next you freeze the mounds of dough for at least 15 mins. They need lots of space to spread out in the oven. I needed 3 sheet pans and you need to bake them 1 pan at a time

Just out of the oven. Leave on the sheet pan until completely cool

When you first place the frozen cookies in the oven you leave them to bake for 10mins.  Then  you'll begin raising the edge of the sheet pan and letting it bang back down on the oven rack every 2 mins for about 15-20mins until the cookies are nice and golden brown around the edges. The constant banging of the pan allows the cookies to stop rising and flatten out and form ripples around the edge that bake up very thin and crisp while keeping the centre super soft and chewy - dreamy combo :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Kitchen Stuff that Makes Me Happy - Vintage Egg Separator

I found this sweet little vintage egg separator at an antique market about an hour away from where I live.  One of me and my husbands favourite things to do on the weekend is visit antique places in hopes of scoring something fun & special and this makes my heart happy :)

I'm not sure if I will ever use it but it sure looks cute and right at home in my kitchen.
You crack the egg in the little well and when you tip the hen by its tail feathers the whites pour out the slit at the front and the yolk remains in the body.
It's made in Japan and I paid $12 for it.

Monday, April 30, 2018

My Daughter's Baptism Cake

Chocolate and Vanilla Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream.  I was very happy with the result

I was so inspired after reading Erin Bakes Cake by Erin Gardner.  It is a GREAT baking book and one of my faves! So many amazing recipes and great decorating ideas. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Oh hello again...

It has been a minute since I posted on my beloved baking blog.  I haven't lost the passion for it but I was just a teensy busy...  I guess technically I was doing a lot of baking this past year but not the cake kind.  I had a little sweet, amazingly beautiful and lovely baby girl that I baked to perfection! She just turned 4 months and i'm so in love.

To say my world turned upside down is an understatement.  Nothing is the same anymore, I'm not the same.  In a good way.  In the most amazing way. I can say that now but man was it was a bumpy road  to motherhood.

First pregnancy wasn't as easy as I thought it would be and giving birth was NO JOKE, not to mention the first few weeks of being catapulted into this daunting new life was extremely difficult for me to cope with and top top of the whirl wind of emotions/hormones, I had just lost someone very dear to me.  However, I (just) feel more "normal" and more like myself a little each day.  I'm taking it one day at a time and being mindful to enjoy every moment with her.

During all this life change, baking and cake decorating were just not on my radar or even something I wanted to attempt.  Recently, while planning my daughters upcoming baptism, the creative side of me that loves to bake, decorate and create took over.  I am so super excited to make the cake for this joyous event.

Here are some flowers I've made ahead for her cake:

I use like using Wilton gum paste with Wilton White White food colour so that the flowers are bright white and coloured the gum paste for the peonies 2 shades of pink.
This is my first attempt at making a peony flower.  I think they came out so pretty, they are such a lovely flower.  I ordered the FMM Easiest Peony Cutter from amazon.  Click   HERE to check it out.

I also followed this tutorial I found using this cutter on youtube HERE

I really had to plan ahead for these since what used to take me a few hours took me days to make now.  I could only work on them when my husband was home.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Homemade Dole Whip - A Classic Disney Treat

One of the most recommended treats to try while at Disneyland was their famous Dole Whip.  It sort of has a cult following among Disney goers and I finally joined the band wagon.   If you're not familiar with this yummy treat it's Pineapple soft serve that you can get just swirled in a cup or as a float like this:

The Dole Whip float is pineapple soft serve with pineapple juice.  It was created by The Dole Food Company in the 70's.  While it's not exclusive to Disney, Dole credits it's popularity to them.

My husband liked it fine but wasn't that impressed, I on the other hand LOVED it! Pineapple is my favourite fruit and the juice with the soft serve together was sooooo nice and refreshing after walking around Disneyland for hours.  In my opinion it was the perfect snack break to recharge and keep me going for many more hours walking around the parks.

So until yesterday, I thought I would never be able to have another Dole Whip until my next visit to Disney 😢 You can imagine my surprise while perusing Snapchat, of all things,  a recipe for home made Dole Whip on the Tastemade feed popped up!! If you don't have Snapchat you can also download the Tastemade app.  It's super fun, has tons of short cooking/baking videos and tons of recipes like this magical treat:

IT TASTES JUST THE SAME!!!! it made me so happy and it's soooooooooooooo EASY!
 I don't have a blender so I just dumped all the ingredients into a food processor and whizzed everything up until smooth.  I did have to stop it a few times to scrape down the middle and sides to ensure that everything would get whipped up nicely.  I just scooped it out into bowls but you could put it in the piping bag if you want to go that extra mile and make it look like a swirl.  It was so creamy and smooth and delicious !
Be sure that once you make it you're able to serve it right away.  It does freeze up very hard once you put it in the freezer.
I topped mine with a piece of pineapple and a maraschino cherry or 3😊

Make it! and share the joy!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie Treats

Last month my husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary!!!! wooooo! 💘  I can't believe how quickly a whole year has gone by and how strong my love for him keeps growing. I'm so blessed to have someone so wonderful.

We didn't go on a honeymoon after we were married so for our anniversary we decided it would finally be time to take a trip of a lifetime to California! It was AMAZING!!!!!!  We rented a car and started in LA, drove up to San Francisco, Napa Valley & Sonoma, Carmel, Cambria back to LA and then down to San Diego.  It was more than I could have ever expected.

While we were in the LA area we went to DISNEYLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀🌟🌞🌈🚗🍦🍪🍩🍭💗  What a dream come true! I never thought I would ever get to go to the original Disney Park. It was magical!!!!  So now that i'm back home and in a little bit of post vacay funk I'm so glad I get to recreate a little magic in my kitchen from my Disney visit:

This is the Mickey Rice Krispie Treat we shared at Disneyland. I HAD to have the right Mickey cutter in order to recreate this at home

First you need to make the Rice Krispie treats. You'll need 1/4 cup of butter, 5 cups mini marshmallows or 40 regular size ones, 1/2 tsp vanilla & 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

Once you have all the ingredients measured out and ready to go, melt the butter in a non stick pan

Once the butter is melted add in the marshmallows and stir so that each one gets coated with butter and keep stiring until they are all smooth and melted

like this 

Add the vanilla to the melted marshmallows, stir in the cereal and mix until everything is evenly coated. Press evenly into a greased 9x13 pan

Let the Rice Krispies cool and set before cutting out your Mickey shapes. I'm sooooo happy I picked up this Mickey head cutter while at Disneyland.  It's actually labeled as a sandwich cutter but works perfect for this and would be great for cookies too!

I love it 😊

Next I melted a mix of milk and dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl set over simmering water

I dipped each treat in chocolate and then added sprinkles before the chocolate set, I think they are so cute ! 

We are having a little party with family for our anniversary later so i'm excited to serve these cute treats along with the top tier that we saved from our wedding cake!  To me these treats represent what a magical time we had not only at Disney but for the whole trip in California and the awesome ride we've had so far as husband & wife 💘