Thursday, October 11, 2012

Birthday Bouquet

After seeing this idea on Pinterest, I knew I had to make one for someone's birthday. For Mel's birthday cupcake bouquet I made the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (I subbed vanilla extract for the vanilla paste). I bought a plain terra cotta pot and painted it purple to match the cupcakes. I followed the tutorial pretty closely, and ended up with 9 cupcakes on the bouquet. It took a lot of green tissue paper (and a lot of help from Ryan) to make all the leaves, but I think it was worth it!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Daring Bakers: Challah

May’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge was pretty twisted – Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to make challah! Using recipes from all over, and tips from “A Taste of Challah,” by Tamar Ansh, she encouraged us to bake beautifully braided breads.

I actually made this bread almost on time, but never got around to posting it. I think yeast hates me because my breads never seem to rise correctly. I blame this on my cold kitchen, so I am going to try again now that it is warmer.

Inside of my Challah loaf

The braid disappeared during the second rise

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Food Photo Roundup

A few pictures of random things I've cooked in the couple months.

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese with
Roasted Broccoli

Dill and Lemon Salmon with Kale Chips
and Roasted Butternut Squash

Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Daring Bakers: Dutch Crunch Bread

Sara and Erica of Baking JDs were our March 2012 Daring Baker hostesses! Sara & Erica challenged us to make Dutch Crunch bread, a delicious sandwich bread with a unique, crunchy topping. Sara and Erica also challenged us to create a one of a kind sandwich with our bread.

Living in the Bay Area, I've grown to love Dutch Crunch bread and I order it my sandwiches on it regularly. A good Dutch Crunch roll is the best bread for a sandwich. It was interesting to learn that many people haven't heard of Dutch Crunch except for around San Francisco and some places in Europe where it is often referred to as "giraffe bread" or "tiger bread."

Seeing this month's challenge was exciting, but also scary because yeast and I don't get along. My sourdough bread challenge was a failure, which didn't even make it to my blog. So while I was excited to make Dutch Crunch I was worried it wouldn't turn out. Fortunately, my rolls came out decently and were good enough to make pastrami sandwiches. I would have liked the topping to be more cracked, but this is a huge improvement over my last bread endeavor.

Dutch Crunch Rolls

Pastrami Sandwich

Monday, February 27, 2012

Daring Bakers': Quick Bread

The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

I made banana bread for my quick bread. I used a recipe from Cooking For Seven, but omitted the nuts.

White Whole Wheat Banana Bread