Archive for December, 2013

Merry Christmas

December 23, 2013

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Hello everyone! I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who liked my posts this past year, and a heartfelt you’re awesome, thanks so much to everyone who decided to follow my blog. I’m very excited to see that people like what I have to post – and I hope I can post lots more in 2014 :) I hope that you’re all spending Christmas with people you love, doing things that you love. I’d also like to wish you all that your heart desires for 2014! Make it a really great year.

I baked these cupcakes for my brother. He’s spending the evening with his friends, having a Christmas dinner party. I like how they turned out – so very festive! I also made them tiramisu, which ended up being so very very yummy. I drenched the finger biscuits in a coffee amaretto syrup, and the mascarpone cream was made with an Italian meringue and a pâte-à-bombe. So good :) but not the point of this post! This a post about cupcakes!

My cupcake recipe can be found here; and I found the buttercream recipe in my copy of The Great British Book of Baking! (Bring 85 grams of sugar and 4 table spoons to 110°C – poor in a thin stream onto 2 lightly whisked egg yolks while mixing with a hand mix. Keep mixing until the mixture is cold. (It’ll be thick and light.) Continue mixing and gradually add 150 grams of very soft butter. Add flavoring if you’d like – I added sweetened cocoa powder for hot cocoa (yum) to make the chocolate buttercream.)

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whole wheat apple cake

December 21, 2013

It’s been way too long again. I have a couple of sets of pictures that I took a while back. It’s just about finding the drive to edit and post them, yelp! Here’s some pictures of the Whole Wheat Honey Apple Cake I baked!

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Oostvlaamse Vlaai

December 4, 2013

 

 

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Oostvlaamse Vlaai is a local desert or snack that can kind of be compared to a bread pudding – you use a lot of (stale) cookies to make this. In this particular vlaai went a lot of gingerbread, very hard (and stale) speculaas and some macaroons. This gets seasoned with a lot of cinnamon and orange peel. You add a dark syrup and brown sugars to give the vlaai a dark brown color. This gets eaten with a cup of coffee, or people also like to spread it on bread.

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