It's at that time again, school is back in session and I've been doing everything possible to delay doing my homework... haha A couple days ago while I was on my break at 2:30 am I was browsing bakerella.com and came across this cute idea and knew I just had to do it! Shawn had asked for a spice rack for Christmas so now we have a His and Her spice rack set. He hasn't put his together yet so for now you'll have to settle with a glimpse of my sprinkle rack! I absolutely love it! Much funner than doing homework for sure!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Along with the super cute cake pops I made for her we also made some cute cupcakes. I didn't get a picture of them all together after they were finished, but I just had to post this super cute picture of Shawn helping decorate the cupcakes. He's going to kill me for his, but I just couldn't resist. :-)
Here's the finished product!
A couple months back I tried to start up baking night again with my Grandma. We started out with a Pear Frangipane. Shawn said it tasted a lot like an apple pie. Enjoy!
1 cup - All-Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp - Salt
6 tbsp - Unsalted Butter, cold
2 tbsp - Ice Water
6 tbsp - Butter
2/3 cup - Sugar
3/4 cup - Ground Almonds
2 tsp - All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp - Cornstarch
1 - Egg
1 - Egg White
1 tsp - Vanilla Extract
1 tsp - Almond Extract
3 - Soft, ripe Pears
1. To prepare pastry, place flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to blend. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water; pulse until a ball barely forms. Gather into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Roll out dough and place into a 9-inch tart pan with a removeable bottom. Press pastry up the sides and trim the top even with the rim of pan, if needed. Bake 20 minutes. Let cool.
4. To prepare frangipane, place butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth. Add almonds and blend. Add flour, cornstarch, egg and egg white. Process until smooth. Add vanilla and almond extracts; blend well.
5. Spread frangipane in pastry. Slice each pear half horizontally into 1/2 inch thick slices, but do not seperate. Slide each pear half into frangipane, nestling into mixture. Press, spreading the pear slices slightly. Bake about 40 minutes, until frangipane is puffy and golden. Serves 8.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
So I decided that my New Year's Resolution is to get organized, stay organized, save money and be creative. Now that Shawn has a job I finally get some alone time to organize my baking stuff. It's an on going process that I've struggled to keep up. I have so many different projects going and it's hard to keep everything in its place. Well I'm happy to say I made a lot of progress last week and look forward to hopefully finishing it this weekend. Pictures to come soon. Well today I did my best to be creative and keep myself busy! When seeing Cake Pops on www.bakerella.com I knew that I absolutely had to make some. My mom bought me some cupcake cake pop molds for my birthday last week so today I busted out my sprinkles :-)
Here they are all packaged up for Marysa's 7th birthday party on Sunday!