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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week One Technical

he next challenge is the Week One Technical: Mini Peppermint Rolls. The Judges asked for mini swiss rolls made from chocolate cake and filled with a Peppermint Buttercream Frosting. Each roll is finished with mix of dark and milk chocolate and a white chocolate decoration. After trying this challenge, all I have to say is that Prue is evil. This is a difficult technical challenge and one I did not think I would ever complete! After trying the original recipe available on the Bake-Off Site and failing miserably with it. I went off on my own to find one that could work for me. I’m not sure if the difference in ingredients between Britain and America had anything to do with why I kept failing at this (I don’t really think it did) but the original recipe definitely requires skill. Since I do not have that skill, I made a simpler version that cheats in places… Continue Reading →

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Peppermint Buttercream Frosting

When making cake or other sweet treats, frosting is a great addition. It brings flavor to the table as well as decoration potential! Buttercream Frosting is one of the core types of frosting. It’s easy to make with only four ingredients and its absolutely delicious with its silky-smooth texture. Buttercream is also able to take on a plethora of flavor profiles. For this recipe, I am using a peppermint frosting to stay true to the original recipe of the Great British Bake-Off Week One - Technical Challenge! Continue Reading →

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Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

When dealing with lemons, why not add more lemons? This lemon cream cheese frosting is a perfect complement to the lemon cake I made as a part of my Great British Bake Off Week One Challenge The frosting turned out rather interesting as the lemon juice mixing with the cream cheese cause a gel like consistency to occur. But, honestly, I like it. This frosting has a great balance of tartness and sourness that perfectly balance the sweet flavors that frosting usually brings. Continue Reading →

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles are such an underrated cookie. While the most common cookies tend to be sugar cookies or chocolate chip cookies, Snickerdoodles are so delicious that they deserve to be close to the top of the cookie hierarchy. One of the unique characteristics of a snickerdoodle is the sugar and cinnamon crust that surrounds the cookie. This gives each cookie a crisp coating which is a delightful contrast to the soft texture of each cookie. Ok, I need to go eat one of these before getting any further. Continue Reading →

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Fluffy Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe requires quite a bit of sugar. In fact, there is a 2:3 ratio of sugar to flour which is pretty high. But the sugar is a mix of white sugar and brown sugar to add another layer of rich flavor to the cookies. For the leavening agent in the cookies, we are using baking powder but not too much because a large rise is not desired. And, of course, we’ll need peanut butter. 😊 Continue Reading →

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Cornbread Bites

Cornbread has been one of my favorite foods from a young age. I just love the taste and texture. I could eat cornbread with any meal and at any time. So, I thought, why not make cornbread to be an easy snack? And the baking tray I used made the cornbread into bite sized snacks that can truly be enjoyed at any time. Seriously. All the time. Even though the bites are small, the cornbread texture is still light and fluffy. Continue Reading →

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Fluffy Pancakes

There is a strange divide between people who like pancakes and people who like waffles. And then there are people like me. Floating in the middle because the taste feels so different even if the batter seems close to the same. One of the biggest perks from Pancakes is that they don’t require any special kitchen tools to make, all you need is a pan, a bowl and a whisk! And whipping up fluffy pancakes is only a few steps away. Continue Reading →

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Apple Muffins

day, maybe it’s gotten a little too ripe and the only way to save it is to bake it. Whatever the reason, I have a few recipes up my sleeve to handle these situations and apple muffins are one of them. Apples are a remarkably interesting fruit to work with because they don’t really blend. They will stay chunky even if they have a soft texture that alternates the mouthfeel between the dough and tender apples. Continue Reading →

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Homemade Bread

I have been trying to make bread for years. But no matter what I tried; I could never get it to a place where I wanted to it be. Then I discovered cooking with a cast iron pot and the book “[]”, and it changed by bread making life! Not only did I gain a fantastic recipe and methods, but I also learned the proper techniques for working with dough. Armed with this knowledge, I have been able to approach many other recipes with far more success than before. Continue Reading →

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Homemade Chocolate Cookies

I can’t lie, I love chocolate. Chocolate chip cookies have always been my favorite but this recipe allowed me to indulge on chocolate even more. And the soft texture is absolutely perfect, it feels like this cookie is the perfect combination of chewy and soft that I’ve been aiming for. I do believe this recipe will end up being one of my go to recipes as these got devoured very very quickly. Continue Reading →

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Stovetop Rice Pudding

I find myself on the road often, even in a Pandemic, and in order to be safe as possible I try to order online and avoid restaurants whenever I can. One of my favorite types of foods to eat on the road is Mediterranean because it’s generally healthier than many of the other options. And I would be lying if I said the Rice Pudding desert wasn’t alluring. So, against my better instincts, I decided to add it to my order, and I was sent into a blissful food coma. Rice pudding is just so good, being lightly sweeten with that hint of vanilla and the milky goodness absorbed into the rice. I was a little nervous about making it because: having unlimited access is probably a bad thing and I was worried about the process. And fortunately (and unfortunately) it is super easy to make! And I have a feeling I will be trying it out more in the future. Continue Reading →

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Banana Chocolate Muffins

We have all been there. You open the fridge, and a bunch of brown bananas are staring back at you. I don’t like throwing away food, so my first thought goes to baking. And what better use of muffins than to make Banana bread??? Well, more accurately, banana bread muffins! I prefer muffins over bread because the portions are already done so you don’t have to worry about slicing it and the cook time is decreased since the baked mass is smaller. Continue Reading →