Thursday, August 25, 2011

Peach Marshmallows

I can't believe summer is coming to an end! I'm not completely upset that it's ending, because this heat in Georgia has been something. The air conditioner stays on at all times, except for now because it's not working as good. I'm already sweating and it's not midday yet. I'm praying the next time we turn it on, it will cool the house properly. I will miss the outdoor barbecue parties and lighting bugs though..... And.... Peach Season which is now underway!
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I finally made the peach marshmallows and they are available to order now here. I made them with actual peaches I purchased from my local farmers market. Like all of my other marshmallow, these are just as fluffy and smooth inside.

Isn't everything just peachy? 
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Chocolate Moon Pies

Well, it has certainly been a very long week. I'm kind of in a rut at the moment, but I am trying to be as optimistic as I can. It has been really difficult finding a job in the Baking field. I would love an apprenticeship opportunity or something entry level so I can train more. I'm really eager to have a career and be a working girl. I still have not watched Working Girl, I know it will be a great movie though. There is something special about 80's movies, maybe it is the fashion.   
I recently ate an entire pack of Banana Moon Pies, all by myself. I didn't eat them all in one sitting but the notion was tempting. I decided to make my own moon pies, with my own flavorful marshmallows. I made up a fresh batch of strawberry & vanilla marshmallow creme. Delish! I dipped the sandwich cookies in a delectable chocolate coating from my local farmers market. 
The chocolate took awhile to set, and I was a bit worried about it at first. Luckily, I brushed up on my chocolate tips, and I am sure they will set in no time.
Don't they look really yummy?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I went to a huge farmers market last week. I bought fontina cheese, the best cheese for a grilled sandwich, in my opinion. I was bummed I couldn't find Australian beer, but I did get my hands on Australian style yogurt. I seriously been eating 2 or more yogurts a day. I also bought fresh fruits and herbs, that I am excited to use.
I made oatmeal raisin cookies that only lasted a day around my family. I found the recipe under the lid of my Quaker Oatmeal container. I did a half recipe, but next time I will definitely have to do a full one.

Oatmeal Raisin Nut Cookies
(adapted from Quaker Oats) Yield: 4 dozen
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Quaker® Oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 F. Use an electric mixer to beat butter and sugar until its creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, continue to mix until the eggs are incorporated. Next, add the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Keep on mixing, be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add oats, raisins, and walnuts; mix well.

Line baking tray with parchment paper. Drop tablespoons of dough on sheet tray. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they reached a golden color. My cookies weren't all the way done when I pulled them out, they continue to bake on the sheet tray. **Secret for a moist cookie.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lemon Meringue Mallows

I finally made the lemon meringue pie marshmallows!!

Lemon and citrus sweets are my favorite, so I feel in love with the flavors already. I'm still surprised as to how much it actually tastes like actual pie.

So, please check out my new listing here. It's safe to say, I will be staying indoors all day. It was so hott outside yesterday a whopping 99F and not a single breeze coming in. I ran to the market to get baking supplies and fresh Georgia peaches. Yes, get ready for sweet peach marshmallows soon.

Ohh, great I hear thunder outside now. My least favorite thing about summer are the thunderstorms. I get so scared from the lighting strikes. I usually cover the sheets over my head and duck. I know it sounds absolutely ridiculous!

And it is.

The good thing is that I'm slowly getting out of my fear, because of my beau. But the bad thing is that it reversed for him somehow; he gets a little antsy now, with good reason. He has been electrocuted by a lamp bulb before. I'm totally smiling as I right this (I know awful), because he constantly get teased about it.

Now I'm off to take pictures, hope the sun comes back out.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lemon Curd Cake

Last Thursday was my dad's birthday so naturally I wanted to try to make him a birthday cake. keyword: Try.Cakes and I don't get along very well for many reasons really. I get so bummed about visible crumbs in the final coat, the icing smoothness, and leveling. But, I still fail hard most of the time. I can admit, I am not a decorator, I just make things taste good.

Well my mom suggested I make two cakes since other family members were coming over. And I did bake the cakes the day prior. Well DUN DUN DUN, the stove broke. I hurried along to my grandparent's apartment to make the frostings. I froze one cake to finish another time; it was crunch time! 1 cake is hard enough, 2 would drive me off the edge.

I love lemon anything, cheesecake, cupcake, loafs. At my internship, I would save a mini lemon tart just for myself; I think I definitely deserved it after decorating and filling 200 everyday!

So I made a Lemon Curd Cake....

This lemon curd is so sweet and delish! The cake reminded me of a pound cake, because it was dense but still moist. The 7 minute frosting is quick and easy to make. I still had some sugar granules in the frosting which was okay at that time, since I had to make it twice. Ohh silly faulty thermometer :(

Interested in the recipe for Lemon Curd Cake? Checkout Smitten Kitchen.

Overall, I would definitely make this cake again. Everyone loved it, I barely could eat two slices myself because there was nothing left.