Wow. Remember that time that I turned 24 almost three weeks ago and was going to post about the cake I made. Whoops.
Here we are, three weeks later, and I'm finally getting around to that post. HBD to me I guess?
Anyway, I don't know why, but I just was not too excited to turn 24. That does not bode well for my 25th birthday. Also, I've never been much of a birthday person. I'd rather be at home with my boyfriend or a friend or two and a glass of wine, than out partying.
Therefore, I decided to make my own cake. (Insert, my mom being disappointed in me that 1. I worked on my birthday and 2. I made my own cake. She is adamant about not working on your birthday. So far I've been successful, but I just started a new job about a month and a half before my birthday and completely forgot to request off. Also, I like baking so why would I pay someone else to make me a cake. However, I am considering taking a baking day off for my 25th because I deserve a break.)
I went through a few different ideas in my head: classic vanilla, funfetti, lemon, but then I decided on chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and crush pretzels in between the layers. YUM. In hindsight, the pretzels weren't the best idea, just because they absorbed the liquid of the frosting and got a bit soggy, but the flavors were still great. Peanut butter and chocolate will ALWAYS be a classic. Sorry to people who are allergic to peanut butter or chocolate.
Hey folks! This is a bit of a repeat recipe, but sometimes you need something quick and easy that you know will taste delicious. Enter the galette...again!
It's officially summer and so begins my desire to eat an exorbitant amount of fruit in all sizes and shapes. Hence, this recipe! Once again, I turn to my favorite blog Sally's Baking Addiction. Seriously, if you haven't checked out her blog, DO IT THIS MINUTE. It's perfection.
Anyway, a bit of background why I chose this recipe. I'm going hiking this week (lol) up in Saranac Lake, with my boyfriend and his dad, stepmom, and their kids. However, a few of these are gluten free and cow-milk intolerant, so I wanted to make a tasty treat that everyone would be ale to enjoy, because there is literally nothing worse than watching someone else eat something that you can't partake in, be it because of allergies or an intolerance or whatever. So I found this Grapefruit Loaf/ Cake recipe and decided to use it as a base for my adventure.
Hey there folks! It's been a busy week for me. I just started my summer internship in the classical music department of my local public radio station and finished my spring quarter classes. Next up for school is starting research for my thesis. Eek!
Anyway, onto today's baking adventure! But a little background first. Fun fact about me: I'm 50% Swedish! Jag talar inte svenska. That means: I do not speak Swedish. But, I am trying to learn through Duolingo, which is a pretty awesome website. If you haven't checked it out, I highly recommend it. Anyway, I hail from Scandanavia and one tradition that I love is dala horses. What's a dala horse you say?
Hi friends! It is with much excitement that I present this post (obvi a donut post) on National Donut Day! It's the most wonderful day of the year. I had briefly thought about just eating donuts all day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner - but then I figured that might be excessive so I'll just settle for two or three...
Fun Fact about National Donut Day: It originated in 1983 by the Salvation Army who were celebrating members who had served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Such history. Much tradition.
Hi people! I have decided to embark on a new post series.
I recently moved to Rochester, NY and have been truly amazed at the amount of love and support people have for the city. I'm slowly starting to consider myself a Rochesterian (Rochesterite? who knows), despite being a born and raised New Jersey girl. Anyway. Rochester is really great and there are so many local businesses and bakeries to visit! I've only been to a handful, so there is so much more to experience.
So, let's talk about a few things I learned from this cake before delving into the recipe this week:
I recently started running, mostly in order to be a little healthier, but also because then I could eat more cookies and not feel awful about myself. You know what I'm talking about. That post cookie (or ten) regret when you're sitting on the couch thinking how could you have let that happen. Running has now allowed me to eat those ten cookies, and instead of regret, I say "Hey, I ran three miles today! I deserve these cookies!"
Hello! Welcome to my baking blog! I'm so happy you are here :)
Today, I will be sharing one of my favorite recipes with you, French Madeleines.
The exact history of the Madeleine is unclear, but that has not affected its immense popularity, in its native country of France and around the world. Even Marcel Proust, a noted literary figure from France in the 1900s, was so captivated by these cakey cookies, that he mentioned them in his seven part novel À la recherche du temps perdu, or In Search of Lost Time, in English.
While the recipe is simple, these cookies will impress friends and family with their delicate flavor and beautiful shell-like appearance.
Unlike most cookies, you will need special equipment for madeleines, namely a madeleine pan. I own this specific pan, but I imagine, if that is not readily available, that any madeleine pan for sale out there will produce the same results. Aside from the pan, you need no specialty equipment. The scalloped cavities do all the legwork for you, leaving delicious, beautiful cookies for you to enjoy.