Posts Tagged: baking

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Day 28: Queen Bee Doodle

She thinks she’s all that. Well, that does it for this year’s Thing-A-Day. Here’s all my previous entries: Day 1: Paper Bag Puppet Day 2: Attempted Origami Crane Day 3: Twisted Metal Bracelet Day 4: Woven Metal Bracelet Thing-A-Day 2014

a drawing of a bee with a crown

Day 28: Queen Bee Doodle

She thinks she’s all that. Well, that does it for this year’s Thing-A-Day. Here’s all my previous entries: Day 1: Paper Bag Puppet Day 2: Attempted Origami Crane Day 3: Twisted Metal Bracelet Day 4: Woven Metal Bracelet Thing-A-Day 2014

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Thing-a-Day 25: Bread, fresh from the oven

I felt much better today so started this bread this morning and popped it in the oven when I got home from work. So far I’ve resisted the urge to tear off and eat a large piece (complete with butter

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Thing-a-Day 25: Bread, fresh from the oven

I felt much better today so started this bread this morning and popped it in the oven when I got home from work. So far I’ve resisted the urge to tear off and eat a large piece (complete with butter

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TAD 2014 – Day 6

  It’s been a rough week at work. One of my co-workers commented on how it seemed like it would be a good way to end the week if we could get someone to actually deliver donuts tomorrow. I don’t

Coffee Cake

TAD 2014 – Day 6

  It’s been a rough week at work. One of my co-workers commented on how it seemed like it would be a good way to end the week if we could get someone to actually deliver donuts tomorrow. I don’t

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Day 24 – Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Just like Pecan Sandies, but home made. And I think they’re tastier! Also really easy.

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Day 24 – Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Just like Pecan Sandies, but home made. And I think they’re tastier! Also really easy.

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Day 23 – Snickerdoodles!

Posting earlier than I usually do because these are going to a party with me tonight.

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Day 23 – Snickerdoodles!

Posting earlier than I usually do because these are going to a party with me tonight.

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Day 20 ~ Birthday Cakes

I did the baking. My girls did the decorating. I’m one lucky momma.

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Day 20 ~ Birthday Cakes

I did the baking. My girls did the decorating. I’m one lucky momma.

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TAD 19: Mini Cakes

Here are yesterday’s cakes – filled, iced, colour coded, and ready for tasting.

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TAD 19: Mini Cakes

Here are yesterday’s cakes – filled, iced, colour coded, and ready for tasting.

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Day 18: Chocolate Banana Muffins

Had a couple of bananas in the “brown and squishy” state, which means baking time. I only had two left though, so the muffins are slightly less banana-ish than usual. But still pretty tasty. For those interested, recipe is here

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Day 18: Chocolate Banana Muffins

Had a couple of bananas in the “brown and squishy” state, which means baking time. I only had two left though, so the muffins are slightly less banana-ish than usual. But still pretty tasty. For those interested, recipe is here

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TAD 18: Cake

Today I made cake, lots of cake!   These are going to be taster mini cakes, since I’m meeting a friend to talk wedding cake this week. We’ve narrowed down the flavours to a choice between white chocolate and raspberry,

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TAD 18: Cake

Today I made cake, lots of cake!   These are going to be taster mini cakes, since I’m meeting a friend to talk wedding cake this week. We’ve narrowed down the flavours to a choice between white chocolate and raspberry,

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Day 18 ~ Homemade Soft Pretzels

Friend of mine shared this recipe, and they were a complete success! Not only did my daughters both enjoy helping to make them… They’re also ridiculously yummy – especially right out of the oven!!

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Day 18 ~ Homemade Soft Pretzels

Friend of mine shared this recipe, and they were a complete success! Not only did my daughters both enjoy helping to make them… They’re also ridiculously yummy – especially right out of the oven!!

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TAD 17: Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

A good indulgent Sunday thing today, cookies! These are full of white, milk & dark chocolate, since I couldn’t decide which I wanted the most. The recipe can be found here at my instructables page.

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TAD 17: Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

A good indulgent Sunday thing today, cookies! These are full of white, milk & dark chocolate, since I couldn’t decide which I wanted the most. The recipe can be found here at my instructables page.

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TAD 16: Doughnuts

Doughnuts. Another use for that lemon curd, filling up these decadent home made doughnuts. I used the dough recipe from joythebaker, rolled them in plain granulated sugar and squeezed them full of lemon curd. Perfect for a late night snack

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TAD 16: Doughnuts

Doughnuts. Another use for that lemon curd, filling up these decadent home made doughnuts. I used the dough recipe from joythebaker, rolled them in plain granulated sugar and squeezed them full of lemon curd. Perfect for a late night snack

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Day 15 – Cupcakes!

I love them, but they’re a pain in the butt to make. It’s Guinness chocolate cupcakes with whiskey ganache filling and Bailey’s buttercream frosting.

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Day 15 – Cupcakes!

I love them, but they’re a pain in the butt to make. It’s Guinness chocolate cupcakes with whiskey ganache filling and Bailey’s buttercream frosting.

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TAD 15: (Cheats) Cupcakes

Day 15 is pretty much a cheat; while I did make these mini cupcakes, I made them at work which I feel doesn’t really count. I knew I was going out for a friends birthday tonight, but I figured I

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TAD 15: (Cheats) Cupcakes

Day 15 is pretty much a cheat; while I did make these mini cupcakes, I made them at work which I feel doesn’t really count. I knew I was going out for a friends birthday tonight, but I figured I

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Day 14: Valentine Brownies!

Made brownies for my fiancee! Haven’t tried them yet, hope they are good. Recipe is here http://www.bakingdom.com/2010/03/the-great-brownie-debate.html I used Darla’s original recipe, not the fancy one.

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Day 14: Valentine Brownies!

Made brownies for my fiancee! Haven’t tried them yet, hope they are good. Recipe is here http://www.bakingdom.com/2010/03/the-great-brownie-debate.html I used Darla’s original recipe, not the fancy one.

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TAD 14: Lavender & Honey Scones

Day 12’s lemon curd was still in the fridge, and needed some scones to go with it. I decided to match it with lavender and honey to give me the illusion of spring on the horizon. My extremely mini cutter definitely upped

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TAD 14: Lavender & Honey Scones

Day 12’s lemon curd was still in the fridge, and needed some scones to go with it. I decided to match it with lavender and honey to give me the illusion of spring on the horizon. My extremely mini cutter definitely upped

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TAD 13: Meringue

Since I have egg whites left over from the lemon curd, meringues seemed a logical step. The basic meringue can be shaped however you fancy; I piped mine into nests that I think would be pretty good filled with lemon curd

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TAD 13: Meringue

Since I have egg whites left over from the lemon curd, meringues seemed a logical step. The basic meringue can be shaped however you fancy; I piped mine into nests that I think would be pretty good filled with lemon curd

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TAD 11: Apple Raspberry Pie

Today’s thing was apple pie, with some raspberries that have been taking up freezer space added in. This was loosely based on a Hairy Bikers recipe, with a few changes and a lot more cinnamon. My adaptation is below: Pastry:

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TAD 11: Apple Raspberry Pie

Today’s thing was apple pie, with some raspberries that have been taking up freezer space added in. This was loosely based on a Hairy Bikers recipe, with a few changes and a lot more cinnamon. My adaptation is below: Pastry:

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TAD 10: Croissants, Step 3

The final croissant step! Today was the final roll and shaping, ready to proof and bake. Rather than attempt to clear a space long enough to roll out 44″ of dough, I cut the slab in half and rolled it out

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TAD 10: Croissants, Step 3

The final croissant step! Today was the final roll and shaping, ready to proof and bake. Rather than attempt to clear a space long enough to roll out 44″ of dough, I cut the slab in half and rolled it out

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Day 10 ~ Chocolate Valentine Pops

Today’s thing was also a necessary evil… Valentine’s treats for both girls’ classes at school, with enough extras for teachers and other friends. 60 total!!

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Day 10 ~ Chocolate Valentine Pops

Today’s thing was also a necessary evil… Valentine’s treats for both girls’ classes at school, with enough extras for teachers and other friends. 60 total!!

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TAD 9: Croissants, Step 2

The next step in the croissant quest. Today I rolled the butter into the layers of dough. I had a bit of trouble in the second rolling, as my rectangle was getting wider rather than longer, more of a square than

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TAD 9: Croissants, Step 2

The next step in the croissant quest. Today I rolled the butter into the layers of dough. I had a bit of trouble in the second rolling, as my rectangle was getting wider rather than longer, more of a square than

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TAD 8: Croissants, Step 1

Today I am beginning the croissant process, which should occupy my weekend. I’ve been meaning to try to make laminated dough for a while, and using Cannella Vita’s recipe seemed like the least intimidating way, since it stretches the dough making

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TAD 8: Croissants, Step 1

Today I am beginning the croissant process, which should occupy my weekend. I’ve been meaning to try to make laminated dough for a while, and using Cannella Vita’s recipe seemed like the least intimidating way, since it stretches the dough making

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TAD 7: Chocolate Ginger Biscotti

To prevent the pile up of baked goods in my house I decided to make something with a bit of a longer shelf life for day 7: chocolate and ginger biscotti. I keep trying chocolate biscotti recipes (I’m determined to

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TAD 7: Chocolate Ginger Biscotti

To prevent the pile up of baked goods in my house I decided to make something with a bit of a longer shelf life for day 7: chocolate and ginger biscotti. I keep trying chocolate biscotti recipes (I’m determined to

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TAD 5: Churros

Churros! These were originally supposed to be dessert to my flatmate’s dirty rice main dish, but since he failed to cook I just dined out on the fried dough instead. After a few hollow, doughy first attempts once I finally

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TAD 5: Churros

Churros! These were originally supposed to be dessert to my flatmate’s dirty rice main dish, but since he failed to cook I just dined out on the fried dough instead. After a few hollow, doughy first attempts once I finally

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TAD 4: Honey & apple marshmallows

Today’s TAD was a bit of an experiment, an adaptation of smitten kitchen’s marshmallow recipe. I substituted half of the sugar for honey, and the water for apple juice. It seemed to taste pretty good, but I’m always nervous about

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TAD 4: Honey & apple marshmallows

Today’s TAD was a bit of an experiment, an adaptation of smitten kitchen’s marshmallow recipe. I substituted half of the sugar for honey, and the water for apple juice. It seemed to taste pretty good, but I’m always nervous about

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TAD 3: Rosemary Cornmeal Crackers

After all that sugar I’ve been feeling like a good savoury snack, and I’m a sucker for rosemary so have had this cracker recipe up in my tabs for a couple of weeks. Finally got around to it this evening, substituting

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TAD 3: Rosemary Cornmeal Crackers

After all that sugar I’ve been feeling like a good savoury snack, and I’m a sucker for rosemary so have had this cracker recipe up in my tabs for a couple of weeks. Finally got around to it this evening, substituting

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Day 2 – Courtesans!

For a pot-luck tomorrow. These are my own recipe. They’re shortbread thumbprints filled with chocolate and decorated with candy sprinkles. The sprinkles are very important! The shortbread is not very sweet, and I use semi-sweet chocolate chips for the filling,

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Day 2 – Courtesans!

For a pot-luck tomorrow. These are my own recipe. They’re shortbread thumbprints filled with chocolate and decorated with candy sprinkles. The sprinkles are very important! The shortbread is not very sweet, and I use semi-sweet chocolate chips for the filling,

Vanilla Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

TAD 2: Vanilla Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

A little bit of a rush job, the original plan was to do some pretty royal icing on these sugar cookies, but the lure of takeaway and bad TV won me over so instead I just sandwiched some easy chocolate

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TAD 2: Vanilla Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

A little bit of a rush job, the original plan was to do some pretty royal icing on these sugar cookies, but the lure of takeaway and bad TV won me over so instead I just sandwiched some easy chocolate

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TAD 1: Marshmallow Brownies

So I’m technically late with my first TAD post, not a good start, but since I’m still awake my head thinks it’s the 1st, and that’s about good enough. I’m starting off the month with something simple and sweet: marshmallow brownies.

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TAD 1: Marshmallow Brownies

So I’m technically late with my first TAD post, not a good start, but since I’m still awake my head thinks it’s the 1st, and that’s about good enough. I’m starting off the month with something simple and sweet: marshmallow brownies.

Thing-a-Day Day One: Cardomom Sour Cream Cake

Thing-a-Day has come around far too quickly and I have to confess to having done very little planning. This year I’ve started  with a cake that I’ve been meaning to make for ages, but have never quite made the effort.

Thing-a-Day Day One: Cardomom Sour Cream Cake

Thing-a-Day has come around far too quickly and I have to confess to having done very little planning. This year I’ve started  with a cake that I’ve been meaning to make for ages, but have never quite made the effort.

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Day 29 – roundup!

So around about day 10, I killed my laptop! It took until about day 21 for me to get a replacement, and as a result my posting was a bit jumbled up. But I did make stuff every day –

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Day 29 – roundup!

So around about day 10, I killed my laptop! It took until about day 21 for me to get a replacement, and as a result my posting was a bit jumbled up. But I did make stuff every day –

Day 29: Oreo Cupcakes and farewell

Day 29: Oreo Cupcakes and farewell

As today is kind of special with being a leap year and all + it’s a special day for me and Mr.A, something extra special was required to be made. Do you like Oreos? We looove them! This is why

Day 29: Oreo Cupcakes and farewell

Day 29: Oreo Cupcakes and farewell

As today is kind of special with being a leap year and all + it’s a special day for me and Mr.A, something extra special was required to be made. Do you like Oreos? We looove them! This is why

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Wow! Another day is done.  I made a word wall in the classroom today.  I made refried beans and an enchilada bake tonight, and I worked on the sleeve in between. I often feel like I don’t get much done

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hokeypokey 27/29

Wow! Another day is done.  I made a word wall in the classroom today.  I made refried beans and an enchilada bake tonight, and I worked on the sleeve in between. I often feel like I don’t get much done

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I took the failed oatmeal cookie dough and turned it into fruit bars.  I mixed a pack of frozen raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, and fig jam and made a new berry fig jam.  I packed 2/3rds of the too hard

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hokeypokey 24/29

I took the failed oatmeal cookie dough and turned it into fruit bars.  I mixed a pack of frozen raspberries, sugar, lemon juice, and fig jam and made a new berry fig jam.  I packed 2/3rds of the too hard

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hokeypokey 23/29

Another day is done and so are some of the things I wanted to do. I made another batch of banana nut crumb muffins.  This time I froze half of them.  They turned out scrumptious.  I also finished the bread

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hokeypokey 23/29

Another day is done and so are some of the things I wanted to do. I made another batch of banana nut crumb muffins.  This time I froze half of them.  They turned out scrumptious.  I also finished the bread

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#22 Cake Balls

So I don’t know if everyone is having this trouble, but I feel like I am losing steam. Anyway, I had these half done carrot cake balls in the freezer, so I pulled them out and finished them off with

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#22 Cake Balls

So I don’t know if everyone is having this trouble, but I feel like I am losing steam. Anyway, I had these half done carrot cake balls in the freezer, so I pulled them out and finished them off with

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hokeypokey 22/29

Another day of making finished!  I took my bike in for a tune-up, got a helmet, lights, and oiled things up. The bike was a gift from a friend who was leaving.  It rides well, but is a bit rusty

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hokeypokey 22/29

Another day of making finished!  I took my bike in for a tune-up, got a helmet, lights, and oiled things up. The bike was a gift from a friend who was leaving.  It rides well, but is a bit rusty

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Day 20 – Baking with Mini-M

Today (or yesterday now I guess!), Mini-M and I made muesli bread. Here’s an ‘in progress’ shot. Turns out wooden spoons are excellent for firing flour out of the bowl in little catapult-y piles. Cue many ‘oh-ohs!’ and hilarity from

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Day 20 – Baking with Mini-M

Today (or yesterday now I guess!), Mini-M and I made muesli bread. Here’s an ‘in progress’ shot. Turns out wooden spoons are excellent for firing flour out of the bowl in little catapult-y piles. Cue many ‘oh-ohs!’ and hilarity from

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Day 20: Baileys Chocolate Truffles – nom nom nom

Following on from yesterday’s chocolate theme, today’s thing is Hazelnut Baileys chocolate truffles. The recipe came from the Real Epicurian’s website and was really simple (if not a little messy). I rolled half in crushed amaretti  biscuits and the other half in

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Day 20: Baileys Chocolate Truffles – nom nom nom

Following on from yesterday’s chocolate theme, today’s thing is Hazelnut Baileys chocolate truffles. The recipe came from the Real Epicurian’s website and was really simple (if not a little messy). I rolled half in crushed amaretti  biscuits and the other half in