Friday, April 17, 2015

Lemon Meringue Pie


A sweet slice of sunshine on a rainy day. It's a mix of recipes, as usual. I'll get my recipe links in order at some point, and I'll do a more detailed post. 

In the meantime, here are three LMP making tips:

1-Watch the meringue closely during the browning process. It goes from white, white, white, to burning in a hurry. Don't ask me how I know. ;)

2-Blind bake your crust until it is 95% done before filling. It doesn't change much in the time it takes to bake the filling and meringue. 

3-Don't fill your pie with Jello box stuff. It's so super easy to make from very simple ingredients. If you can measure, stir, and boil, you've got all of the skills you need. 

Happy Pie-day Friday!

  

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!


So, I'm going to ease back into blogging. Things are still a bit busy, but I miss my blog! Here are some simple cookies you could whip up in any kitchen with a burner. Google up "no-bake cookies". Any recipe with cocoa powder and peanut butter will pretty much get you this result. I scooped the mixture into a muffin tin. Then, while they were still warm, I pressed peanut butter egg-shaped M&Ms in the centers. VoilĂ ! Nests! 

Happy Easter!  

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Brief Blogging Break

Hi! I've got a busy March planned, so I'm taking a brief blogging break. See you in April! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Poetry

Philip Levine was a Poet Laureate for the United States. He passed away last week. His ability to find poetry in daily life was a enviable talent. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Nutella Brioche Flower

Nutella Brioche Flower Bread...that pretty much says it all. Nutella is spread on an eggy dough. Then, it is cut and twisted into this fancy flower shape. 

I think that bread being baked is pretty much the best aroma on the earth. You add in the scents of chocolate and hazelnuts and you've created nose nirvana in your kitchen. Even bunnies can't pass up this treat!

I used this recipe from The Bread Kitchen. The video is definitely worth watching. It's somewhat tedious to assemble, but it's not difficult at all. The only change I made was to the timing. I let my dough rise overnight in the fridge. That way I only had shaping and proofing to do in the morning. 

The swirled bread came out tender and sweet. If you don't have Nutella on hand, don't let that hold you back! I think this would be amazing with cinnamon roll filling or your favorite jam. ♥

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sunk to a New Low

Yep, I made cake in a microwave. I've seen "microwave mug cakes" here and there online. I figured they'd be gross, but my curiosity got the best of me. 

I used a recipe from Pop Sugar for red velvet cake. In five microwaved minutes we had a cake! I don't know if this should make me happy or very sad. Part of the fun of cake is the care that goes into prepping it, and then enjoying the wait while it bakes and cools. Microwaved cake is definitely way less romantic. 

How was it? It was tough in spots and tender in other spots.  It surprisingly looked and tasted like cake. It would scratch the itch if you had a mega cake craving, but oven baked cakes are definitely worth the time and effort. If I didn't have an oven, I'd probably make this occasionally, but, since I do have a oven, this will probably be the only time I do this. 

Hopefully your Valentine's Day is a little sexier than microwaved cake. As for me, I hope mine will include chocolate. Hint. Hint. ;)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Dulce de Leche + Alfajores

Alfajores.  These little unassuming cookies are packed with delicious flavor.  They take a few steps, but they are extremely simple skill wise.  These are definitely going in the keeper pile.  


Step 1-Dulce de Leche
I used this recipe.

Step2-Alfajores Cookies
I used this recipe.


Step 3-Assemble & Roll
I processed my coconut so that it would be a little finer texture.

***I've made dulce de leche before using a different method.  Both work, but I'll be using this new way in the future.  I prefer to use my oven vs. crock pot.