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19 September 2008 @ 05:58 pm

HELLO BAKER HAS MOVED!!!

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hellobaker
31 August 2008 @ 02:27 am

After secretly stalking and anxiously awaiting the reveal of new challenges for months, I finally went and joined the Daring Bakers for myself! It was a good thing too because for this challenge we had to make chocolate eclairs, but not just any chocolate eclairs! Oh no, sir! These sugarcoated little creatures come from none other than Pierre Hermé, a famous and fantastically gifted French pastry chef that's an inspiration for me and I'm sure for many, many more.

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hellobaker
08 July 2008 @ 02:16 am

Tiramisu has to be one of my all time favorite desserts, but I rarely ever get to have it. It's usually one of the first things I think about making when I want to bake, but a lot of the ingredients aren't exactly common items that you have lying around (e.g. lady fingers, mascarpone, and coffee liqueur). However, I finally managed to get my hands on Kahlua liqueur and Bailey's Irish Cream (not being 21 makes that a hassle to get) and couldn't wait to do something with it.

Now how sad is this? Most kids cannot wait to turn 21 in order to be able to legally purchase their own alcohol and go out drinking whenever they want, but I only want to turn 21 so I can actually go into a liquor store and buy ingredients. I wish they at least allowed you to go inside if you're 18, but no. I'm not even allowed to see what my choices are. Luckily I have great parents that will go and buy it for me.

So now I had the liqueur just sitting in the pantry waiting to be used. What was I going to make? Considering I hadn't originally planned on baking I didn't prepare myself with the other ingredients required for tiramisu, but I did manage to find a tiramisu ice cream recipe that I had all the ingredients for. How perfect! So it's not quite tiramisu, but it's still something fun to make. I love ice cream and I love tiramisu so a combination of the two couldn't be bad, right?

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hellobaker
07 July 2008 @ 12:23 pm

I first made the cinnamon shortbread cookies because I had egg yolks left over from a previous recipe. However, when I made them again I completely forgot about that and ended up with two egg whites left over. Having forgotten that the royal icing I use would have used up the egg whites, I saved them overnight instead. I didn't want to risk using old egg whites in icing (bacteria and all) so I had to crack open a few more eggs, leaving me with two yolks.

So there I was with two eggs, separated and stored in the fridge, just waiting to be used. Wasting perfectly good eggs wouldn't be sensible so what was I going to do with them? Make pumpkin bread of course!

I absolutely love pumpkin bread and a recipe that I previously tried a few months ago had been a complete let down so I definitely wanted to give it another go. I searched through the usual food blogs I go to and finally found a recipe at Genesis of a Cook.

Now, not to be a plug whore or anything, but that site is freaking amazing. Everything Tarah makes always looks sooo good and she is constantly updating every few days with more tantalizing recipes. The site basically becomes one big tease when combined with photos of her food. How could you not fall for making something?

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hellobaker
06 July 2008 @ 02:13 am


Happy late Fourth of July! I don't particularly enjoy the food that goes along with this holiday, being vegetarian and all, but I definitely wasn't going to let a holiday pass without using it as an excuse to bake! My dad requested the cinnamon shortbread cookies so I had to make some. I had originally planned on a delicious white chocolate blueberry tart, but I couldn't find our tart pan and wasn't about to waste money on another so the cookies were the only thing I made.

The one that reads, "Hola Amigo" was done by my sister around the time when I had grown extremely tired of decorating and my sister had wanted to have some fun with icing. I always forget that decorating is only fun at the very beginning when everything is new and the creative juices are flowing and then it all becomes repetitive, dull, and time consuming. Ha! I make it sound so awful, but it's really not that bad. I swear!


Just out of the oven! I let my sister cut these ones because I was too busy decorating.


Starting to pipe on an outline. I really need to improve on this because I tend to have wobbly lines and my end points are never very clean. That is why you'll see white points at the end of a lot of lines. I guess it's fine considering this was only my second time decorating cookies.


My messy work station. I used Martha Stewart's method of putting the thinned out icing in squeeze bottles. It was substantially easier than the last time and there wasn't any mess from gravity causing the thin icing to ooze out of the frosting tips.


The end! There were a ton of cookies in the end even though a lot were eaten before and during decorating.
 
 
 
hellobaker
25 June 2008 @ 02:16 am


Well, macaroons called for four egg whites and I couldn't possibly let the yolks go to waste! I searched far and wide for a recipe that called for egg yolks in hopes of finding some deliciously sinful dessert that required four yolks or at least two. Considering I didn't want the yolks to sit out forever and become infested with salmonella, I quickly gave up searching for recipes on google and just settled on using Recipezaar's lovely filter.

I don't know what brilliant person decided that Recipezaar needed a filter, but it was an incredibly genius idea. I tend to go to that site because their filter has so many options that it makes it so easy to find what you're looking for. All I had to do was search by ingredient (egg yolks) and category (dessert) and VOILA! I found a recipe that I liked. Now this recipe didn't actually even use as many egg yolks as I liked, but HEY, the picture looked good and all the reviews made me want to try it even more so I caved on this recipe.

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hellobaker
24 June 2008 @ 08:36 pm


With my new found obsession with macarons I discovered that my dad loves coconut macaroons. It really shouldn't have been a surprise considering he absolutely loves coconut, but whatever. Either way I decided that it would be fun to make coconut macaroons. Plus, it would give me a way to use up all the extra flaked coconut I had leftover from making coconut cupcakes.

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hellobaker
24 June 2008 @ 03:03 pm


Last year, back when I was an budding baking fanatic, I discovered Muffin's recipe for Peanut Butter cookies. I love peanut butter and thought it would be fun to make a batch so I gave it try. Muffin even inspired me to take the extra step and dip the cookies in chocolate. Unfortunately for me, it turned out that my mother's favorite cookie just happened to be a peanut butter cookie. She absolutely loved the cookies I made and later requested them again at various times throughout the year.

Well, a few requests turned into a lot of requests. Actually, way too many of them. Now my mom tends to ask me to make these cookies about every two weeks so that she never runs out of them. It's getting kind of ridiculous actually, but what can you do when she won't make them herself?

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hellobaker
18 June 2008 @ 04:20 pm


I was bored and waiting for the butter for my cupcakes to reach room temperature and, then it hit me. Why not make the dogs some treats to enjoy as well? In my sympathetic, dog loving world it just wouldn't be fair for everyone to stuff their face with cupcakes while the dogs longingly watch in hopes for one themselves.

I whipped open my laptop and began to search for dog treat recipes on Flickr (I like having images to be able to see what I'm making). I actually found quite a few (listed at the end of this post), but finally chose one by 52 Cupcakes because I actually had all the ingredients for it and it sounded pretty good.

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hellobaker
18 June 2008 @ 02:59 am

I do not have the pleasure of baking as often as I'd like because my family is often always on some sort of diet. As much as I'd enjoy eating a plate full of cookies or a dozen deliciously unhealthy cupcakes, I'd much rather eat one and share the rest with other people. Luckily, this weekend was father's day weekend, my father's birthday, AND my friend's birthday. That meant my father would be allowed to break his diet and have whatever I baked AND I could give some of the extras to my friend.

So as usual, I went on my almighty quest to find the next type of cupcakes that most appealed to my fancy. With so many amazing types how was I ever going to choose just one? After countless of long and brutal browses through cupcake images on Flickr and many voyages deep into the vicious jungle of baking blogs, my journey was complete! I finally found the cupcakes I wanted to make!

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