Daring Bakers make apple strudel!

May 27, 2009

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

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Yum! What a tasty Wednesday night treat! Eep… must stop with all these treats! Ah well, this is for Daring Bakers, so it’s ok. Sorry about the bad lighting – it was an icky day here and that continued into an icky evening.

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What will be next in June?


Daring Bakers – April

April 27, 2009

I’m baack! (more on that later)

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

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My mistake turned into an up-side-down cheesecake! I divided the recipe and made only a third of it. I filled 8 muffin cups, set into the oven, cooled and then de-moulded. Or… not. The top de-moulded, but the bottom stayed firmly in place. Hey… that’s ok. I think they look great!

My spin on the cheesecake was substituting lime juice instead of lemon and adding peach juice to the batter. The sauce is a peach jam reduction.

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Thanks for another great recipe, Daring Bakers! I am looking forward to May’s challenge.

(more on my blog respite and return tonight!)


Daring Lasagne

March 29, 2009

The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge.

Edited to add: Sorry – I was having trouble posting last night and finally got the picture to go up, so I left it at that.

Graham and I had a great time making the lasagne. For the time and effort we put in, we were really hoping it would taste great. And it did! Next time we would use frozen spinach for the pasta because I think the flavour would be better. Other than that… an excellent Sunday night dinner!

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Choco-Chocolate! (February Daring Bakers)

February 28, 2009

Wow, this was a chocolate extravaganza!

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Here’s the required line:

The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE’s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.

I chose to add whipped cream to the top… I’ve never made ice cream before and Graham loves whipped cream. This dessert was for him! On top were raspberries that we bought the day before at Al Ferri’s.

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I choose to use a muffin tin and 3/5 of the recipe, knowing that I wanted to send the rest to Graham’s family when we went for dinner on the way back to Sarnia. I had about half a “muffin” as I made Graham’s. I know that the quality of chocolate used is super-important, because it’s the star ingredient. I would make this recipe again, using better quality chocolate and maybe try my own ice cream next time. 

Can’t wait for March!


Daring Bakers January

January 30, 2009

Daring Bakers January was a nice, light recipe!

This month’s challenge is brought to us by Karen of Bake My Day and Zorra of 1x umruehren bitte aka Kochtopf. They have chosen Tuiles from The Chocolate Book by Angélique Schmeink and Nougatine and Chocolate Tuiles from Michel Roux.

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I made the mistake of waiting ’til the last minute this month. The days just got away from me, after getting back from vacation on the 10th, then going back to work, then just getting caught up in day-to-day life!

I think I will try these again and make the butterfly shape! The black food colouring turned a little purple, so I decided to add a few blueberries with a splash of cream.

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Check out Daring Bakers’ blogroll for all the great creations!


Daring Bakers – November

November 29, 2008

Well, today is the day everyone’s been waiting for… November Daring Bakers! This month’s challenge was Caramel Cake.

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The recipe comes from Shuna Fish Lydon and can be found here. The month’s hosts were Delores at Culinary Curiosity, Alex, Brownie at Blondie and Brownie, Jenny at Foray Into Food and Natalie at Gluten-a-Go-Go. Wow, lots of hosts!

I decide to halve the recipe. Since I wasn’t sure if that was enough for a cake in the pans that I have, I decided to do cupcakes. Also, I’ll be able to easily transport them to Mississauga tomorrow.

My caramel syrup went really well. Like others, I covered the top of the pot with tin foil. The syrup worked just fine on my first try! I made the syrup, then we went out shopping. Once home, I made the cupcakes. Then, I ran to the store for some groceries, including icing sugar. Once home again, I made the icing. My alteration to the icing was more salt, again as others had suggested. My icing’s consistency was a little hard. If I had piping supplies, it would have been nice to make the tops a little more decorative. But, I guess I’m still learning…

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My half. The verdict? Very, very tasty! I liked getting a little salt in the icing. The cupcakes were moist on the inside but a little crunchy on top – very caramel-ish. 

Overall, I loved the taste!

Can’t wait for December…


Crack me up

September 27, 2008

September Daring Bakers

This month’s challenge was hosted by Natalie and Shel. The recipe was Lavash Crackers (check out their sites for the typed-out recipe – I am too lazy!) and the great thing about it was the personalization. Other than the basic recipe, the rest was up to us! As you can see, I went very plain for my crackers. I did half sesame seeds and half Fleur de Sel. For my dip, I totally took the lazy way out – straight avocado!

Here’s what happened: I actually made crackers three weeks ago.

But I forgot to moisten the top, so the seeds didn’t stick. I ate the crackers themselves, over the next few days. 

Then, today, I was reading blogs on Google Reader and saw some challenges already posted! I guess I lost track of the date, so realized that I needed to post asap. The crackers are really easy and fast to make, but at 9 o’clock on a Saturday night… all I want to do is sit like a lump and watch the tv! So, I just put out some avocado. A few crackers were my post-dinner snack…

Might have peach bread too! 🙂

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