Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I love baseball.
Something about a warm summer night under the lights, a light breeze blowing in, the faint smell of hotdogs and popcorn in the stands, happy, smiling faces.................and a bunch of
hot athletic-looking guys running around on a field. Sigh.
I was recently asked to make a cake for a Nursing School graduation, but it also had to acknowledge the graduate's favorite Red Sox player. In short, the cake had to reflect a nurse taking care of Josh Beckett. No problem I said confidently. It was only after I hung up the phone did I look at Emily and say frantically, "I can't do this! Why did I say I could do this?
Once I came in from the ledge, I sat down and sketched a plan, then I assembled my tools and started working. I used an ample supply of Rice Krispy Treats and "glued" them together with chocolate frosting. Ummmmmm.
Don't you just love these little things? I like the homemade version better, but the commercially prepared ones are the most convenient when you're building a structure.
Next I had to mold people. Egads!!!! Since this was my first attempt, I knew the figures had to be more like caricatures, meaning that the facial and body features would be out of proportion and grossly exaggerated.
More fun too.
While this head was drying I had to face it towards the wall. The dog kept barking at it. I was afraid that during the night it was going to come to life and kill me in my sleep.
Poof! You're a cake Josh! It's been beaten with an ugly stick, yes.
But it's a cake none the less.
I used "Jimmies" a.k.a. "Sprinkles" to make the chest hair. LOL
Aside from some obvious skin grafting on his shoulder, giant mutant chest hairs and freakish man-breasts, it's pretty funny, isn't it?
Friday, May 14, 2010
Then, I moved.
I know that I have been so-o-o-o lame about posting to my Blog but all I've been doing is unpacking. Although I'm getting tons of emails commenting about my absence, rest assured I am working on a new baking project and plan to return very soon. I promise.
Monday, April 12, 2010
1 c. water
1 large pkg. vanilla instant pie filling
2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, then heat water and butter to boiling in 1 quart saucepan; stir in flour. Stir vigorously until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add eggs, beat until smooth. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheet to form about an 8" ring. Smooth top with spatula. Bake until puffed and golden, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool ring, cut off top with sharp knife. (Pull out any soft dough) Beat heavy cream until it forms a fairly firm peak. Combine 1 cup milk, pudding/pie filling mix and extract in medium mixing bowl on low speed until blended, about 1 minute. Combine heavy cream and vanilla pudding mixture and fill cream puff ring. Replace top of cream puff ring. In a double boiler or small saucepan over boiling water, blend chocolate and butter, stirring until chocolate melts; remove from heat. Blend in sugar and vanilla, gradually stir in enough hot water until glaze consistency is reached. Drizzle over top of cream puff ring.
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Then add 1 cup of water....
and a cup of butter (2 sticks) and bring to a boil in a large pot or heavy pan.
Once the butter is melted,
Add 1 cup of flour...
...and stir vigorously together until the mixture forms a soft ball, then remove from the heat.
Again, I have to be difficult, right?? I usually use a glass vase to hold my piping bag open while I fill it.....but keep in mind that it's just as easy to spoon the filling into the Creampuff. This is just my obsessive-compulsive baking side rearing it's ugly head. Please ignore me when I get like this.
See? Spooning the filling works just as well.
Moses, I am such a fanatic sometimes.
And she's not telling anyone.
So now comes the really fun part. The chocolate.
Be still my heart.
This is yet another deadly chocolate recipe. Seriously, it's heart-stopping. Quick! Go and make some right now. I'll wait.
2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons of butter
1 cup of confectioners sugar (powdered)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4-5 tablespoons of hot water
Heat the chocolate and butter over a double boiler.......or just use a small pan over another pan of boiling water. Once it's blended, remove from the heat and add the confectioners sugar and vanilla and stir it well. Add the hot water gradually to get the consistency thick enough to adhere to the Creampuff, but so runny that it falls off the top.
Think Hot Fudge Sundae.
In fact........wouldn't that be a great saying for a bumper sticker? Unless of course you are a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. Then..........I could see how you may run into some problems at the annual convention.
Um, what was I saying?
Oh yes. Of course. THE CREAMPUFF. Once I finished drizzling and dolloping the chocolate fudge sauce over the top of the Creampuff, I reserved a little extra whipped cream to make some decorative little toppers.
The end result of this CreamPuff was heart-stopping. See? Aurelie doesn't know whether to slice into it or just karate-chop it with the serving knife.
It was all so exciting. And delicious. And when all of the screaming was over..........there was nothing left on either plate except the crumbs.
And maybe a couple of tears of joy.
So are you still sitting here reading this?
Jeepers. You could have made two of them by now.