Birthday season at work is upon us and that means I’m forced back into baking. To be honest, I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. The husband surely missed it as he complained that I never make anything for him anymore. I might squeeze something in this weekend despite working, but we’ll see what the future holds.
When I asked my boss what he wanted for his birthday treat, with no hesitation he said, “Carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting.” I think he knew I’d be asking soon and had that answer locked and loaded.
I used one recipe for the cake and a different recipe for the frosting, not the one listed with the cake recipe.
Well it’s the day after Christmas so a tad late for festive recipes but let’s be honest here, if it tastes good, you’ll eat it year round. This is a two-in-one recipe post because I’ve got a few other posts I would like to get to before the end of the year.
The first recipe was an awesome peppermint cheesecake dip. Again, instead of crushed peppermint candies I used crushed peppermint bark. Served with chocolate graham crackers (though I will complain that the crackers kept breaking into odd shaped pieces instead of their perforated lines) made it a great snack before dinner. (Thought; Teddy Grahams may be better for dipping.)
Last Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of joining my uncle’s holiday baking group. Every year around the holidays they get together and bake a mass amount of cookies. I was fully initiated with my own cookie recipe book that everyone in the group owns and a apron made just for me. (Grinch on one side, zombies on the other.) It was a fantastic time and I learned so many tips when it comes to baking, it was amazing.
The way it works is each person brings two from-scratch cookie dough batches and then we bake and decorate them all day. At the end of the day, we each come home with a large variety of cookies. (My husband sampled one of each flavor within 5 minutes. He had been waiting weeks for this to happen. He’s already looking forward to Cookie Day 2018.)
I went the safe route for my first year and picked two fairly easy recipes. One was your classic gingerbread man. I had never made them, let alone decorated them before. Because I am me, there were a LOT of inappropriate ones.
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! For the first time in a couple of years, we went to someone else’s house and didn’t have to do the cooking. Being a good guest though, I baked some mighty tasty bread to bring along. This recipe has been hanging out on my Pinterest board for a couple of years now and it was time to give it a whirl. The result? Awesome. Sweet and tart.
I have seriously slacked when it comes to baking this Halloween season. But fear not, I celebrate all things pumpkin all the way until Thanksgiving.
I recently joined a baking group that meets once a year in December and bakes and decorates a mass amount of cookies. I’m actually pretty nervous about it as these people have been doing this for 20 years and I’ve only been baking about a year and half now. I’m convinced that my cookies will fail in some manner but I’m sure I’ll also learn approximately one million things from these people.
Anywho, this recipe was quite tasty. I don’t know that the buttermilk actually made much of a difference compared to any other pumpkin bread recipe but I needed to use it up and this recipe fit the bill.
I was gifted this recipe for my wedding but haven’t tried it until now. I wanted something easy and tasty to take to a craft beer fest that my uncle throws. (Plus, I needed to test it out anyway for book club at the end of the month. Most of the girls are vegan.)
1 box Duncan Hines spice cake mix (To be vegan it must be Duncan Hines)
1 can 100% pumpkin puree
Blend thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes.
The results are tasty indeed. The batter is extremely thick and sticky and a bear to work with. (Hence why they’re pretty lumpy looking.) Very moist and flavorful result.
Ok, so technically we still have about 20 days until it’s officially Autumn. For all the new kids to this blog, I don’t care! I am WAY too pumped to wait for technicalities. This time of year I dedicate a good chunk of my reading to the paranormal and horror genres, and baking to pumpkin and apple recipes. (Looking back on my posts last year, I really slacked in that division, going to have to correct that this year.) I also dedicate small posts to reviewing new pumpkin and apple flavored things I try and informational posts about things autumn/Halloween related. (I slacked in that department too, better be prepared to be thoroughly entertained this go-around.)
The great thing about being really into baking is when your house is fully stocked with all the supplies necessary and you can just pick up one item to make something fabulous. In this case, my grocery store had raspberries on sale, 2 for $1. How could I resist? Raspberries are amazing! I was able to double the recipe and make two great loaves for $1.