Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day Six - Fudge

If any of you haven't noticed, it's hot out. My house doesn't have central air. So, even though we have and airconditioner, it's still hot in our house. This meant that my parents forbade me from using the oven. There are only a handful of recipes that I know of that don't use the oven. One of those is fudge.

Now, this recipe isn't new, my grandmother has been making it for about 50 years, but I have never made it. It was really easy: just put everything in the pan and bring it to a boil, stir for five min (quite exhausting), add the chocolate and then chill overnight.

I'm looking forward to having fudge in the morning. But, I really don't know what to do with all of it...


Day Five - Tiny Fudge Squares (Part 2 )

I just wanted to write a follow-up post for yesterday's. I'm sorry about the shortness of it, I was annoyed at the recipe and I was exhausted and just wanted to go to bed.

The recipe took me about two and a half hours to do and it only made about 24 squares. I was supposed to roll the dough out on cloth that was sprinkled with sugar. This proved to be very annoying. The dough liked to stick to the roller and the more sugar I put on it, the stiffer the dough became. It was also supposed to be only 1/16 inch thick, which is really quite thin. Even after all that work, the dough wouldn't stay folded over in the oven.

The worst part about it was that they ended up being fairly good, meaning that in the future I will end up making them again. Great.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day Five - Tiny Fudge Squares

I thought it was going to be easy. I was tired. I didn't feel like going through a big huge baking process, so i picked these things. You'd think they would be easy. You make a simple dough and then put a spoonful of filling on it and fold it over. That's it. That's all.

I will not make them again.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day Four - Brownies

For future reference, I count a day as when I go to sleep to when I wake up. So, even though technically these brownies were made on a Wednesday, I am counting them as being made on a Tuesday. I enjoy baking at one in the morning, so expect this to continue.

Anyways, considering it was already past midnight when I started looking up recipes and I have volunteering tomorrow which runs from seven to five, I really didn't feel like doing anything extensive. I also realized that I had never made brownies from scratch.

 They were really easy to make and I had absolutely no problems. I used the optional recipe which called for no nuts. I'm sorry, I am not a nut-in-brownie kinda gal. Never have been.

Because they are cooling, I haven't had a chance to eat one yet, but I am looking forward to a delicious breakfast of butter, sugar and chocolate.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Day Three - Cupcakes

Today, I felt like doing something simple. With a twist. So, I made cupcakes. Fluffy, white, vanilla cupcakes. Then, I used a new recipe for the frosting. It was one of the most disgusting things I've ever made. It asked me to make this paste stuff which wouldn't unstick itself from the pan. But, it turned out really well. Then, because trying a new recipe wasn't enough, I attempted to make roses out of frosting. You can judge for yourself whether I succeeded or not.

Because I'm an amateur, I don't actually own a piping bag and tips, so I had to be creative. I took my regular plastic bags and cut a hole in the corner like normal. Then, I cut apart a soda can (which I cleaned beforehand, for the record) and made it into a teardrop shape. From there, I followed the instructional video I found. It was actually pretty easy. I did mess up a few times, but I just scraped off the frosting and started over again!

So, what do you think of my first attempts at a rose? Comment!


P.S. If you have any family recipes that you would care to care, I would be much obliged!

Day Two - Fondant

I have always wanted to make fondant. For those of you who don't know what it is, here's Merriam Websters' definition: A thick paste made of sugar and water and often flavored or colored, used in the making of candy and the icing and decoration of cakes.

The fondant wasn't hard to make at all. Next time I make it though, I'll be sure to use more powdered sugar, it was sticking to everything! I used some of the left over cake from Amelia's Half Birthday cake, so this was only a two-inch cube, but according to my neighbor who ended up eating it for me, it was good!


Day One - Half Birthday Cake

Saturday was Amelia's half birthday and we decided to celebrate it. Now, what kind of a birthday has no cake? A bad one. So, I decided to make it a good one, and I made her a cake.

But because it was only her half birthday, she only got half of a cake.

This is a chocolate cake, homemade of course, with white frosting. The frosting is just powdered sugar, butter and milk, so it isn't the best, but the cake was pretty good!

Mind you, all of my frosting decoration is done with a plastic bag with a hole cut in a corner. Oh yeah. I'm just that cool.


My Crazy Idea

As many of you know, it is the summer. Finally. But as much as I look forward to it, and as busy as I am, I always end up being bored. So the other day, I was bored like always and I thought to myself, "I should make a cake!" and I did. Then the next night I thought, "I should make another cake!" and another cake was made. But I found myself wanting to try new recipes and challenge myself more and more. So the more I thought about it, an idea formed.

I will bake something new every day for the next 40 days.

Why 40? Because I originally wanted to do the entirety of July, but I want to start baking as soon as possible, so I have decided on 40.

I am going to use this blog to talk about the recipes and the disasters that are bound to occur!

Wish my luck with my confection affection!