Sunday, September 18, 2011

September Collection


Birthday Snails
materials:
stampin' up:
very vanilla, early espresso, calypso coral cardstock
button buddies stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
happiest birthday wishes stamp set (new hostess SU 2011-2012 catalog)
early espresso ink



Birthday Cakes
materials:
stampin' up:
basic gray, pool party, calypso coral cardstock
easy events stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
basic gray, pool party, calypso coral ink


Simply Wonderful
materials:
stampin' up:
island indigo, whisper white, river rock, more mustard cardstock
fruit and flower stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
friendly phrases stamp set (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
cherry cobbler scallop dot ribbon (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
cherry cobbler, island indigo, garden green ink

Congrats!
materials:
stampin' up:
rich razzleberry, basic black, river rock, whisper white cardstock
triple treat flower stamp (new SU 2011-2012 catalog)
basic black, rich razzleberry ink

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Halloween Shortbread Cookies!

Saw this set of Linzer Halloween cookie cutters at JoAnn and I just couldn't resist. Decided to whip up a batch of my shortbread cookies so I can play with the cutters. Let's just say Halloween came early in the kitchen this year :)

Sandwiched in between the shortbread cookies is a dark chocolate nutella filling with some green candy melt swirls for the spirit of Halloween.

Another Cake Story: Cheesecakes Galore!!

Since I've already conquered the regular cheesecake recipe, I thought its time to expand out to different cheesecake flavors. The experiment came out with some mixed results.

Mango Cheesecake
Would've been perfect if I used more than one mango, unfortunately I only had ONE mango in the whole house when I was making it...now we know, stock up. Texture was perfect: smooth, light, and fluffy.

Dark Chocolate with Oreo Cheesecake
I meant to make something that was suppose to be about 60-70% dark chocolate...however, might've went overboard and landed myself with a cheesecake that was 80-90% dark...needless to say it became a little bitter. Note to self: less cocoa powder, don't let the color trick you.

Baileys Cheesecake
Let's just say I got a little overexcited with the Baileys and perhaps gave it a shot too much. Sometimes less is more.

The Classic
You can't go wrong with the classic. Perfect as always.

Until next time... Perfection requires trial and errors and I'm well on my way :).



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Macarons!!


So proud! I have successfully made a batch of macarons with matcha green tea filling :). Well they look decent anyways....but I had some minor setbacks which I will discuss later...photos first! Sometimes I think I bake just so I can take some pretty pictures...

These look presentable don't they? Well sometimes I think looks are quite deceiving and in this case it is :P. Unlike most people who seem to have problems with getting the glossy shell or the little pie feet or having cracks on the outer shell...I experienced none of that. In fact on the outside, they look great! Inside...well that's up for discussion.


several issues I may still have to work out:
  1. getting the temperature for baking them just right: baking in a toaster oven is tricky business...luckily they baked ok but I had some that were slightly brown on top...but was not baked enough on the inside (too gooey) which means the temp was too high. I was already playing with the baking temp. One good thing about a toaster oven, even if its a recipe for ONE batch, I have to break it into separate batches to bake because it doesn't fit. As expected the last mini batch I had was the best one...though still a little gooey, but at least the came off the parchment paper ok.
  2. toooo sweet!! I'm pretty sure its not suppose to be so sweet... Not sure if this is because they weren't fully baked or I just had to much sugar (I followed the recipe, although there are so many different ones, I followed the particular one I was using...)
  3. getting the meringue to the perfect consistency: worried that I'd over beat my egg whites, I became too cautious...so naturally the opposite happens...I under beat...first rounds of egg whites never made it to the oven because it was so runny. Second round (pictured above) came out pretty decent but I think I can still beat it a little more. It might've play a role in the issues I've mentioned above.
In conclusion, this will be a continued experience. More updates later as I try to conquer the macarons! I also ran across a rather useful blog about making macarons (BraveTart), its a useful reference tool to go to.

Until next time...Macarons!





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Sept 1, 2011- Jan 3, 2012




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