Mess of a Macaron

October 31, 2009

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Macarons huh?  I’ve seen these little guys plenty of times while putting off my homework and browsing foodgawker.  I always wondered about them, and lo-and-behold, here they were as our Daring Baker’s Challenge.  After some research I realized just how difficult these can be.  There are infinite methods of making them and billions of recipes.  I stuck with the recipe of Claudia Fleming’s that we were provided with, but made them chocolate (I added about 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder) and filled them with a delicious cookie dough frosting, courtesy of Lovin’ From the Oven.

The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.

THE DARING COOKS OCTOBER 2009 CHALLENGE: MACAROONS

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Busy

October 25, 2009

I miss my blog!  It’s a good thing I have Daring Bakers challenges that will assure that I complete at least one post per month.  With school, homework, and dance there just is absolutely no extra time for uploading pictures and writing on here.  I have a post from September that I still want to add.  Gosh, I’ll get around to it sometime, I promise!

In the meantime, here’s some of what I’ve been baking in my very limited free time.

Oh, and also, I just used my ice cream maker for the first time.  I didn’t take any pictures, unfortunately, but it was delicious.  I used David Lebovitz’s chocolate ice cream recipe and added cookie dough chunks (homemade!) and chocolate chips.  That definitely required a glass of water to wash it down.  Yummm.

Peach Streusel Muffins

recipe

I just made them low-fat by replacing the vegetable oil with applesauce.

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Hearty Apple Raisin Pecan Fall Bread

My own recipe; whole wheat quick bread, apples, raisins, toasted pecans

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Lower Fat (But Just As Delicious) Chocolate Chip Cookies

recipe

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Actually, I liked these better than some versions that use more butter; they didn’t spread as thin and weren’t greasy.

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Knitting Galore

October 4, 2009

So far, everything on this blog has been about food.  I also wanted to share some of my knitting! Today, a gorgeous fall day, is the first time I’ve gotten around to taking pictures of my most recent projects.

This swallowtail shawl was my first lace pattern.  It was interesting and challenging to knit, and a beautiful finished product!  I just wish it was a little bit bigger.  I’ll have to find another lace project to experiment with for fall.

 

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