March 28, 2010
A lot of my baking tends to be lower calorie, fat-free goodies. I believe whole-heartedly in enjoying a sinfully rich chocolate ice cream sundae or decadent brownies, but I can’t eat like that all the time. As a dancer, I have to be uber-aware of what I’m putting in my mouth. Sometimes that really sucks, but it helps me to challenge myself in the kitchen. What can I make that’s healthy, yet still tastes good?
March 25, 2010
I’ve been really bad about posting entries lately. Daring Bakers has been the only thing forcing me to post, and I’m not even doing that this month! There just wasn’t time; I can’t do anything extensive during the week and all the weekends in March just filled up. I think it’s time for me to accept that my blog will never be a Smitten Kitchen, Closet Cooking, or 17 and Baking, and that’s okay. I need to use this blog as a way to document my recipes and experiments for myself, and if that helps anyone else out or inspires them, then that’s great!
I’m thinking that perhaps next year I’ll be a bit more consistent. I’ll have graduated and be completely free from english essays. In fact, this blog may be a good incentive to continue writing! We’ll see if I even have time (or materials, or money!) to bake and cook. I’ll be away from home, without a mixer, food processor, or even baking pans. It will definitely be an adventure.
So, clearly, I have to fit in all the baking I can until then! (Even if it means putting off my calculus homework for a night…)
October 31, 2009
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
September 2, 2009
My family was going to our friends’ house for dinner, so I got the task of making dessert. My favorite task! I love having an occasion to bake, because that means what I make is much more likely to be eaten. When you’re in a house full of healthy eaters and you decide to make cookies on a Wednesday night, they unfortunately go to waste. However, nobody had any problem eating these. We all loved them. They tasted delicious and looked beautiful!
August 16, 2009
Every once in a while, my mom buys Nonni’s biscotti from BJ’s. Any self-respecting baker will frown at what I’m about to say, but I love them. I know they’re uber-processed and all, but they’re just so delicious. The perfect cookie, that is too crunchy to eat without a cup of tea, but perfectly soft when dunked. I’ve been searching for a recipe that tastes like Nonni’s for a while now.
I have a pretty dependable one for almond biscotti from Allrecipes that I make a lot, but I was looking to use up some pumpkin, so I googled pumpkin biscotti instead. Plus, I’ve been promising to send my grandma baked goods for a while, and not only does she love biscotti, but she also loves pumpkin. She’ll eat it plain out of the can!
These biscotti are really good (yeah, we snitched a few before sending them off to Gram). I wish I had chocolate chips in the house to drizzle over them, but other than that, I have no regrets! (Can you believe we had no chocolate chips?! That’s a sad, sad thing…) I finally figured out how to make biscotti as crunchy as I like them. If you like a soft chewy cookie, just bake them for the time specified in the recipe. But if you like them rock-hard, like my Grandma and I, turn off the oven after the specified cooking time and leave them in there as it cools and as you wash dishes. This will dehydrate the cookies. Just check them occasionally until they are as hard as you want them to be. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti
Adapted from CookingInanApron