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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Two Technical: Fortune Cookies

I have made it to the week two technical: fortune cookies! This is hard to admit but technical are extremely hard for me. I ended up trying to many recipes and variation and, even in the end, I couldn’t make the cookies exactly as I imagined them. I grew up eating fortune cookies, so they have a classic taste, thinness, and snap that I imagine for the final product. But getting these cookies there took some time. Continue Reading →

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Great British Bake Off Challenge – Week Two Signature

It's biscuit week! Or cookie week for those of us in America. Because what we call biscuits are really just rogue scones. And the first challenge of the week is a Sandwiched Biscuit. This signature challenge has a wide variety of interpretations but one that really stood out to me is Stacey’s Sparkly Chocolate Sandwich cookies! (Original Recipe available on the GBBO website). These cookies looked rich with chocolatey goodness and, while the marshmallow fluff presented a potential mess, it looked absolutely delicious. Continue Reading →

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Marshmallow Fluff

I haven’t been able to eat marshmallows since I was a child. Going vegetarian at a young age kept me away from a lot of foods. I didn’t realize so many sweets were not vegetarian friendly! But, luckily, the recipe for marshmallow fluff can be eaten by vegetarians. It’s not healthy in the slightest, but I can eat it. And boy did I! I love this gently sweet fluff that melts in the mouth with its silky texture and smooth consistency. I probably shouldn’t have learned this recipe, but I needed it to make the signature for week two of my Great British Bake Off Challenge. Continue Reading →

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Painting Fondant

process. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right places but I figured it couldn't hurt to have one more place to find out how to paint fondant with items around the house. There are commercially made paints that can be purchased but I wanted to use the food gel that I already had. Luckily I was able to figure it out! Continue Reading →

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Homemade Fondant

rarely use fondant because it always seemed like a daunting tool. I heard so many people on baking shows complain about using this tool so I hesitated to add it into my baking repertoire. But Baking my way through Bake-Off made me confront my fear of fondant. And I am so glad I did. Fondant is such an amazing tool for decorating a cake. It holds it's shape well and is a great surface for painting. While it can be bought from the store, making it from scratch is quite satisfying. Continue Reading →

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Blueberry Compote

When watching the Great British Bake Off, I often see them referencing compotes. Compotes are put inside cakes, on top of cakes, underneath cakes, besides cake okay, floating above cakes. Ok, I’m exaggerating, but you get the point. I grew curious about compotes. And given the cake I decided to make for the Week One Showstopper, I thought a blueberry compote would be the perfect complement to a banana-based cake. Continue Reading →

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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 →

Bakery and Desserts, Make, Snacks

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 →