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Peaches

Infinitamente
Manchi ma ci sei Silenziosamente
Dentro ai giorni miei
Infinitamente

My friend, your love, your laughter, your support….YOU, warmed my days.  The winter wind blows, the candle flickers and extinguishes, yet I know the ember you ignited in my heart will never fade.  A transition, a short absence, I know, is all that this is…

…yes, you’re silently here.  I will forever bake with you in my heart and in my mind.

 

Quando chiudo gli occhi stai ridendo
Qui con me

KKHH

Recipe Compliments of: http://www.italianfoodforever.com/2011/11/peach-cookies-for-rose-anne/

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Hey Kids!  Yea, I know it’s been awhile.  I haven’t had a lot to say, perhaps. Have no fears though, I still cook and bake like a fiend, trust me, every glance in my mirror attests to this fact.

This month, however, when I made my pilgrimage to the Daring Baker Forum I was immediately reminded of this guy….

...time to make the donuts!

I figured if he could drag his begrudging butt out of bed daily and make thousands of donuts so could I…well, a small batch at least!

A HUGE Thank You to Lori of “Butter Me Up” for a fantastic challenge, which has brought me out of my hiatus with the DB.

Being that I have been lax with the whole bloggy thing, I feel the need to go slow with getting back in the saddle.  So expect no tome this go ’round nor any outrageous wit just a few pretty pictures and a kick ass recipe!

First Pretty Picture….Glazed Chocolate Cake Doughnuts with Candied Bacon.

The recipe I used was one Lori suggested and can be found here.  I made a couple changes, first I halved the recipe, fifteen doughnuts and fifteen holes would not make my mirror any happier!  I also added 4 TBS. cocoa , 1 TBS. melted butter and omitted the nutmeg.  Being I have never made the recipe before I can’t say my substitutions had any ill effect but I know that I was very pleased with how things worked out.  I did have a little concern the “dough” was too moist but a little time in the fridge to chill and firm it helped in making it very workable.

Before a trip to the fridge...

...out of the fridge, rolled, cut and ready for a hot oil bath...

I managed to get 6 doughnuts and 6 holes out of the halved recipe, which I fried 3 holes at a time and 2 donuts at a time.    After the second batch of holes came out and cooled a bit, I just could not resist a little taste.  Hmmm, I was a little concerned, it seemed as if the dough had soaked up way too much oil.  Fortunately, it was just a case of not letting the oil temp up after the first fry.  I really didn’t think a few degrees off would be a bad thing…it was… 375° all the way kiddos!!

...fry , Baby, fry...

...off to the racks, just call me Torquemada!

glazed, topped and ready to go!

And that my friends was my time in the kitchen for this months Daring Baker Challenge.  Short and oh so sweet!!  Again, big Thank Yous go out to Lori, you brought me back!

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

Late….

No time…..

Gotta rush…..

Oh, I had plans for this post, my house has become a 2 Daring Baker joint and I thought I would have a lot to say about it all.  I envisioned myself as a teacher assisting the newbie yet also a (not so) Iron Chef competitor firing up dueling ovens!  Didn’t happen!!!!!

The January 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Lauren of Celiac Teen.   Lauren chose Gluten-Free Graham Wafers and Nanaimo Bars as the challenge for the month. The sources she based her recipe on are 101 Cookbooks and www.nanaimo.ca.

Celiac disease is not something that affects me closely, if at all  but I applaud Lauren for what she is doing for herself and others in converting recipes to fit her needs.  With that being said, I apologize to her for not following her challenge 100% but sorghum and rice flours were simply not in the budget, which has as of late tightened considerably.  I did, however, make the wheat version of the graham crackers…..and I am really glad that I did…they are fantastic!!!

Before I take you on a quick pictorial of my progress and my thoughts on the challenge, let me first give you a glimpse into the state of my mind and how very very acute my powers of observation were this month.  As I was rolling out the dough, I was inundated with the scent of GRAHAM CRACKERS…it was as if my entire kitchen were filled from floor to ceiling with GRAHAM CRACKERS.  As I rolled, I kept thinking to myself (in complete amazement), “wow! this stuff smells just like GRAHAM CRACKERS!!”.  Really John???  GRAHAM CRACKER dough that smells like GRAHAM CRACKERS and not a bacon cheeseburger, who’da thunk it?!?!?!?  Apparently, nothing gets by me!!!

Hey!!! This stuff smells just like GRAHAM CRACKERS!!!

No Bake chewy ooey brownie-esque base!

Yummy Nutella filling layer!

The icing on the cake...so to speak!

The icing on the cake...so to speak!

As for the Nanaimo Bars, I have heard of them,  have wanted to try them and now can say I have.  As a complete package they were a little over the top for me…..just too rich for my taste.   As individual components, well that’s a different story.  The topping,  that is something I have used often in candy making and it is a pretty straightforward taste.  The base, with all the GRAHAM CRACKERS, was like a luscious dense no bake brownie and I have plans for working with it again!  The filling, oh the divine filling!!!!! I initially intended to follow the recipe with no additions but as I was reaching for the vanilla pudding I spied none other than my jar of Nutella.  Yes, that one thing that makes my world go round!!!!!  So of course I had to add a tablespoon or 3 of my silky friend to the filling…do I need to say more????  Truly, the Angels sang!!!!

So again, I gotta rush but I highly recommend giving these a shot, if not as a whole as individual components.  However, if I were one to know what a small portion were, these might have not been so overwhelming……so cut em small and enjoy!!!!!

Thank You Lauren!!!

Ok, ok so I have been busy, apparently too busy to visit here and let you all know of what has been going on in my kitchen.  Well it is a New Year and I am definitely going to find the time to post more frequently.  Aside from not posting here I have also fallen behind on my Daring Baker challenges, which was how this blog started….

For Shame

For Shame

For Shame!!!

…. I am pleased to say however, that today I completed my January Challenge, although you probably know you will have to wait on that!!!!

In order to play a bit of catch up, I am now going to throw at you for your viewing pleasure a few of the creations from the past couple of months.  I hope you enjoy!!!!

Amber and her burger or is it a cake?????

so you want a burger Beeotch??

so you want a burger Beeotch??

Foster’s birthday cake, this one I am particularly proud of, as I can’t pipe very well and this is the first cake I have done with only frosting that I thought could actually be in a bakery window!!!  BTW, hope all is well in L.A. Foster!!!!!!!

Foster's B-day cake.

Foster's B-day cake.

Miss Tina’s Birthday cake!!  She is another reason this blog started!!!!  Love ya!!!  This cake was a wonder to taste but was a little less than to be desired on the visual…I attempted praline sheets as a covering with less than stellar results!!!  Although, the idea came from “The Cake Bible” which I received from Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice fame!!  Thanks “cous”, I love the book and plan on using it often!!

Praline sheets can be a pain!!!

Praline sheets can be a pain!!!

There was one cake of the last few months that I had no hand in making but it was a most memorable cake for me.  Just hours prior to getting a fat piece of this marvel I was privileged to meet some very lovely ladies, Lis of La Mia Cucina; Helene of Tartlette and Kelly Pea of Sass and Veracity.  Hugs girls, I hope all is well!!!!

Now!  That's a Wedding Cake!!!!!

Now! That's a Wedding Cake!!!!!

I have actually been approached to do cakes for other folks, you know the kind that actually pay for ’em!  Here is the first.

My first "gig"!!!!!

My first "gig"!!!!!

Here is a spooky halloween cake courtesy of the Diva herself, Martha!!!  I can’t be sure but Madonna may have been at the party to eat my cake!

boo!!!!

boo!!!!

Moe Moe is that you???

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Like a Prayer!

My last cake of 2008 was also for a paying customer, she works in the building where Ray’s and my store is located and she had heard tell of my cakes.  Her friend was turning 60 and also retiring from the railroad and this is what I came up with.

The "Cobb" Express

The "Cobb" Express

There were a few others tucked in here and there that of which I was not able to get photos but obviously 2008 or at least the last few months was most definitely the Year of the Cake for me!!  Again, I promise to be more faithful to this here space on the ole www. and I hope to see you all often in 2009!!!