Trying this out

I ‘m in the process of ( possibly) moving by blog to wordpress – that is if I can figure it all out on my own. Stay tuned for either success – or not!

February 13, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dessert Table

I’ve been very busy this past week, preparing for my first “real” order of desserts. An aquaintance is having a progressive Valentine’s dinner with 18 guests- drinks and appetizers at one person’s house, dinner at another house and finally, dessert and dancing at the third house. I was asked to do all the desserts! This is a real opportunity for me since all the guests are foreign embassy diplomats and if I do this right, it could generate some not so bad business!
The hostess wanted all bite-sized desserts, lots of chocolate( of course, for Valentine’s Day) and whatever else I chose. So here is what I chose- there are 7 different desserts with enough for 2-3 portions per person.
 mini pecan cups
mini red velvet cakes with cinnamon buttercream frosting
( frosting tastes amazing!) From Baked!
meringue cups filled with a white chocolate-mint ganache
meringue kisses sandwiched with chocolate ganache
(these were spur of the moment made with the left over meringue)
cheesecake topped brownies( to die for)
white chocolate panacotta, strawberry base and cinammon streusal topping
tri-color cakes/cookies with chocolate glaze
flavored with almond paste, layered with apricot jam and amaretto
what could be bad?
this recipe is from “baked”- highly recommended!
chocolate-orange liquer truffles and raspberry truffles
Everything is ready to go- just have to load it all into the car and deliver! Even though it was a lot of work, I planned it well and didn’t really feel the pressure. Besides, I loved every moment of it- wish I could trash the day job and bake all the time!
Wish me luck- hope they like everything!

February 13, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Long time, No Write ( and no pics )

It’s been a very long time since I ‘ve posted anything. Reasons range from laziness (I am a notorious procrastinator) to more valid  excuses like visiting family in the U.S.( I know, that ‘s not really an excuse- they have a computer too!) , and having to find a new apartment to rent, which is almost an impossible task in this country. It has been a very stressful time for me, and we still haven’t found anything, but at least our present landlord has given us a reprieve until August. Phew! Now I can get back to my normal ( well ,sort of) life.
Baking has been sporadic; cooking even less. While in the States I bought a few cookbooks I’ve been wanting- Baked by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito and The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz. Could have bought tons more, but that weight restriction on overseas flights will kill ya! I made the Root Beer Bundt Cake from “Baked” and it was delicious. Easy to make and the root beer flavor was not as strong as I had expected. I also made  “The Baked Brownie”, which is one of their signature items. Fudgy, moist and really just all around yummy ( amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side!) .
I’ll be posting more as I make my way through the book.
As far as pictures go, my little point and shoot camera is on it’s last clicks- looking around for something to replace it without spending a fortune- any suggestions would be welcome!
I did bake some heart-shaped sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day and they are waiting patiently to be decorated.
I also managed to  make some cupcakes for a friend’s birthday. Got the decorating idea from Martha Stewart. It was fun to do and everyone loved the flavor- vanilla cupcakes with a lime buttercream frosting and cut out fondant letters on top.

Good to be back!

January 24, 2010. cupcakes. 3 comments.

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