Wednesday, April 28, 2010

praline scones!

Oh my!  Were these ever good.  I've been on a "diet" as of late.  It is quite a struggle being a baker on a diet.  This past weekend, the diet went out the window after I made these delectable goodies.

I found the recipe on a while ago and had saved it in my "to try" folder.  I've been attempting to slowly work my way through that folder before adding more to it.  I was in the mood for scones, so this fit perfectly.

I followed the praline directions laid out in the recipe, but didn't have luck with it at all.  So, after a bit of googling, I watched this video, and it worked beautifully.  I will definitely be making these again!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

shannon's birthday cake!

My friend Shannon turned 30 last week.  I was happy to have another occassion to bake a cake and practice my fondant skills.  Definitely a learning experience.  I feel like I am starting to get the hang of marshmallow fondant but am not 100% happy with it yet.  People at the party seemed to enjoy eating it, so that's a plus.  The cake was a huge success overall.  How can you go wrong with a chocolate cake with a layer of brownies squished in the middle?  You can't!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

key lime pie

A few weeks ago I was home for Easter with my family.  For our big dinner, my Dad requested key lime pie for dessert.  Key lime pie is his favourite pie, and this was my first time attempting it.  It took sooo much time to juice all those tiny little key limes, but I finally managed to get enough juice.

I inititally thought the pie was too tart, but my Dad seemed to like it.  My parents hand beater broke as I was about to make the whipping cream, so I ended up making it with a hand blender.  It wasn't perfect, but it tasted good, which is all that really matters in the end!

There are a variety of recipes on the internet and most are a variation on the following.

  • 1 c Graham Cracker crumbs
  •  3 tbsp Sugar
  •  1/4 c melted butter
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons key lime zest
  • heavy cream
  • sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. While the oven is heating, zest and juice the limes. Add the remainder of the filling ingredients and whisk until combined.
  3. Let stand to thicken while you prepare the crust.
  4. Combine graham crackers, sugar, and butter in a food processor until well combined. Press into a pie plate.
  5. Pour filling into the pie shell and bake for 15 minutes, the center is should be set but still jiggle. Refrigerate before serving.
  6. Beat cream and sugar (to taste) until light and fluffy.  Dollop on pie to serve.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

bushtukah event (aka my first big catering experience)

Things have been a bit hectic lately, which accounts for my lack of posts.  The Bushtukah women in sport event that I had been preparing for since January came and went last weekend.  Without any tragedies, I might add.  I was very proud of myself for pulling off that amount of baking by myself.  It did mean that I was on my feet baking for three days straight, the longest of which went from 9am to 1am.  I was also pleased that my cupcake original, the Bombay Banger, (created with Jason Laurin of Essence Catering) was a big hit!  The whole thing was a real boost to my baking self esteem.  I knew my stuff tasted good, but hearing it from so many people who don’t know me and haven’t tried it before felt good.  I worked hard to make sure that everything tasted delicious and the effort really paid off.  The event opened my eyes to new possibilities and I am looking forward to building my skill set.  Look for exciting new things to come!

Here are a few photos from the event.  Wish there were more but I was busy with load-in and then people began arriving.

waiting to load

glassware buckled-up

one of my tables at the event