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Dec. 26th, 2007



Christmas Day-nishes

There was a bakery back in Davis, CA that mamagotcha introduced me to called Konditorei that, if you're ever in the Sacramento area, is absolutely worth a pilgrimage to. Albert Kutternig, an Austrian master chef, settled down in Davis and opened a pastry shop. We liked the place so much that we had Albert do our wedding cake...

One of the goodies that they offered there were danishes with filling made from fruit preserves and vanilla custard. I have worked for some time to replicate this recipe at home, and I've gotten pretty close. Making a batch of these is a great way to celebrate a holiday. Since my sister sent us a jar of Peach Preserves in with the Harry & David fruit basket, it seemed very natural to use it in a batch of pastries.

Photos and discussion below the cut.

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Kitchen Elf ~ Devils Panties


Happy Holidays

Hope everone is having a good holiday as well as a safe one.

If you have any good recipes that you tride out over the holidays please remember to post them (and if ya have pics even better)

Dec. 22nd, 2007


Peanut Butter Cookies

Does anybody have a tried-and-true peanut butter cookie recipe that makes good, chewy peanut butter cookies?  We made a batch tonight from a random cookbook recipe, and they turned out dry and crumbly and relatively flavorless - very disappointing.  It may have been the old, cheap-ass peanut butter we used, but I've just never had good luck with peanut butter cookies.  If anybody has a favorite recipe, I'd love to have it.

Dec. 20th, 2007

Kitchen Elf ~ Devils Panties


A day of baking (now with photos)

I've been a baking fool today.

40 - Chocolate Chip Cookies
24 - Cupcakes
2 - yellow "loaf" cakes
2 - chocolate "loaf" cakes
1 - yellow "teddy bear" shaped cake
3 - chocolate 12" round cakes (that are currently being shaped into a gingerbread house)

Ok it's not actually gingerbread. It's a three layer chocolate cake with chocolate fudge frosting between the layers (and the roof) and vanilla frosting for the rest of the house. The trees are milk chocolate and the logs on the side of the house are totsie rolls (cut and shaped to scale)

More photos here 

The hose smells REALLY good... and with all the baking I had to open the side door and turn on the fan cause it got up to 75 in the house

on a sad note:
I ripped a hole in both knees of my favorite jeans and have a very messy chef's jacket (but that can be bleached so...)

right now I'm hanging out at [info]mamagotcha and 2006in2006 waiting on people to show up for the cookie exchange      

Dec. 18th, 2007

Barefoot Seamstress


More recipes for renniemom

Apples, quinces, pears, gooseberries, currants, and almonds are all very popular ingredients in the dessert dishes I've got in this cookbook. Marzipan is period! I kinda tried to dig through and go for the ones that looked easier or could be modified to be easier, and could be prepared in advance. The woman who wrote this tried to present how they would be made in that time period as well, so there are certainly elements that you could pull out and modify.

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There's a couple more I want to post, but I must go and run an errand.

Dec. 17th, 2007

Barefoot Seamstress



For renniemom:

Take a good morning milk cheese, or better, of some eight pound weight, stamp it in a mortar, and beat a pound of butter amongst it, and a pound of sugar, then mix it with beaten mace, two pound of currans well picked and washed, a penny manchet grated, or a pound of almonds blanched and beaten fine with rose-water, and some salt, then boil some cream, and thicken it with six or eight yolks of eggs, mixed with the other things, work them well together, and fill the cheesecakes, make the curd not too soft, and make the paste of cold butter and water according to these forms.
Robert May, The Accomplisht Cook

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Dec. 16th, 2007

M-I-Z   Z-O-U!


Baked Mac n Cheese?

OK... OK... I know this is probably not TECHNICALLY relevant... but it IS baked macaroni that I want to talk about and this is a 'baking' community. If you don't want it here, just tell me and delete it :)

But anyway... I have this huge obsession with McCoy's mac n cheese... I don't know if it's actually baked or not (it has breadcrumbs so I assume... but maybe they just add them on to stove cooked mac n cheese), but I really would love to be able to find a recipe so similar to it because it's AWESOME.

I have tried a few so far, and so far nothing I ever remotely LIKE.

Anyone, anyone?

Dec. 14th, 2007



Party baking

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Dec. 13th, 2007



Green Cake

My son is turning 2 this weekend, and, when asked what kind of cake he wants for his party, has repeatedly requested a "Green Cake" :) So of course I can't let him down. The easy thing to do would be to buy a box of yellow cake mix and white frosting and stir in some green food coloring, but I can't bring myself to do it - I have to make it from scratch! (I'm sure some of you understand)

What I'd really love to make is something similar to the cake that they serve at Succotash in the river market - the one with 7 different brightly colored layers and each layer is a slightly different fruity flavor and it's moist and wonderful. Does anyone know where I might have some luck finding a recipe like that? I probably don't want more than 2 or 3 layers for a 2 year olds party, but the colors and flavor are just right.

Thanks! :)


Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Ok here is the bread recipe I promised :).

Once I've read through my new bread book ( The Bread Baker's Apprentice) I'll be sure to tweak more and post my tweakings with picture results :)
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