Monday, July 27, 2009

Milan Cookies

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.
I made the milan cookies...I did intend to make the mallow cookies but well I just didn't.
These cookies were just ok. The batter spread unevenly leaving odd shaped cookies. I thought they were kinda bland and I prob won't make them again.
Milan Cookies
Recipe courtesy Gale Gand, from Food Network website
Prep Time: 20 min
Inactive Prep Time: 0 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 0 min
Serves: about 3 dozen cookies
• 12 tablespoons (170grams/ 6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
• 2 1/2 cups (312.5 grams/ 11.02 oz) powdered sugar
• 7/8 cup egg whites (from about 6 eggs)
• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons lemon extract
• 1 1/2 cups (187.5grams/ 6.61 oz) all purpose flour
• Cookie filling, recipe follows

Cookie filling:
• 1/2 cup heavy cream
• 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
• 1 orange, zested
1. In a mixer with paddle attachment cream the butter and the sugar.2. Add the egg whites gradually and then mix in the vanilla and lemon extracts.3. Add the flour and mix until just well mixed.4. With a small (1/4-inch) plain tip, pipe 1-inch sections of batter onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, spacing them 2 inches apart as they spread.5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Let cool on the pan.6. While waiting for the cookies to cool, in a small saucepan over medium flame, scald cream.7. Pour hot cream over chocolate in a bowl, whisk to melt chocolate, add zest and blend well.8. Set aside to cool (the mixture will thicken as it cools).9. Spread a thin amount of the filling onto the flat side of a cookie while the filling is still soft and press the flat side of a second cookie on top.10. Repeat with the remainder of the cookies.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Magic In The Middles

Found the recipe for these at You should try know you wanna.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ginger Cookies

2 1/4 cups ap Flour
1 tbsp ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup molasses

Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg, molasses, salt, and ginger. Mix in flour and soda. Roll into balls and coat in sugar. Place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake 350 f about 10 mins.

Carrot Cake Take Two

I plated it all nice and pretty then ran upstairs to get my camera and when i came back ...thats what was left. Silly me.

Recipe is in recipe section.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

More Eclairs

More Eclairs...recipe can be found on recipe page. We wont say how many I had.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Peach and Blackberry Cobbler

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 tbsp baking powder

3/4 cups milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch salt

Mix all ingredients together.

In a bowl mix together 4 cups fruit with 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Place fruit mixture into baking dish. Place a few pats of butter over the fruit. Then pour the flour mixture over. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 350 f.

I used peaches and blackberries but you can use any fruit you like.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Baby Cakes

The Pretty Pink Package
Mocha and Wedding Cake Cupcakes

I live in a really small town so when a cupcake store opens its a big deal. It's called BabyCakes Cupcakery. I finally had time to check them out today. The owner is so nice. I enjoyed talking shop with her. I got the chocolate mocha and wedding cake cupcakes. Now I hate to admit this but the mocha cupcake was better than mine.

If you are in the area be sure to check Babycakes Cupcakery out or go to the web.