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My First Daring Baker’s Challenge: Croquembouche (Piece Montée)

In Daring Bakers on May 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm
From Adriana Baking

As spring creeps by and summer slowly sneaks up on us, everyone at school becomes impatient for the long summer days that are soon to come. Barbecues, grills, the 4th of July. . . No one feels like doing homework or studying for exams, let alone sit for hours on end in a hot, stuffy classroom, listening to the teacher drone on and on in a monotonous voice about the importance of balancing equations. No one wants to take pop quizzes or unexpected tests because the teachers have suddenly realized that they have not recorded enough grades in their grade book. Read the rest of this entry »

A Successful Bake Sale!

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

A couple weeks ago I asked for suggestions on what to sell at the annual yard sale/bake sale our school has every May. Thank you to everyone who left a comment; they were greatly appreciated!

It costs $20 dollars to get a table at the bake sale, and the money goes to charity. I started making lists of what to bake weeks before, because I knew that I would not have much time to plan with all the end of the year school exams.  I wanted everything to be fresh the day of the bake sale, so I baked everything  across a time span of three days, which made it stressful. During those three days I learned a couple of things. Most importantly, I discovered that I do not work well under stress.  I had to stay up to midnight one night to finish making meringues that collapsed halfway through the whipping process, and another night I hurriedly made two batches of blondies, one almost perfect, the other one not so much.  The meringues turned out fine, though they were a little cracked because I impatiently opened the oven door  while they were baking. The reason I like to bake is because it is relaxing to me. When I have to bake a lot of goods in a little amount of time, baking turns from the enjoyable hobby I love to something I have to get done. Nonetheless, the bake sale was a fun experience. I loved seeing peoples’ faces light up as they realized I was selling homemade pretzels, (which were by far the most popular), and how they downed a cup of ice cold lemonade. Read the rest of this entry »

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and My New Ice Cream Maker

In Ice cream on May 16, 2010 at 5:43 am
From Adriana Baking

I have always wanted an ice cream maker.  From the time I was 10 when we hand-cranked blackberry ice cream with my cousins in their backyard, to just last year, when I was sweating in the sweltering heat of summer. Ice cream has always been my favorite dessert.  It brings back memories of happy summer days, when school was something distant and far away.

I love the way a spoonful of strawberry sorbet melts on my tongue, and the tang of frozen yogurt. I love the way ice cream can be silky, smooth, and rich.  It can be decadent, refreshing, and sweet, all at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

A New Favorite-Gingersnaps

In Cookies on May 8, 2010 at 8:11 am
From Adriana Baking

Whether you play an instrument, have a talent singing, love to run, or know how to make the best fudgy brownies, these activities require practice.  You can’t pick up your violin or sit at your piano weeks after forgetting to practice and expect to play just as well as  you did before. You can’t get up one day weeks after taking a break from your daily running routine and expect to be just as fit. And you definitely can’t abandon a recipe for some time and expect to pull it off just as well as you did before.

Up until a couple months ago, I had the recipe for perfect chocolate chip cookies.  They were a dark golden color, were perfectly round, and they were chewy. Their edges were crisp, and best best of all, they had beautiful cracks in them. In February, when my friend E. caught a cold, and a couple of my other friends and I decided to make her some chocolate chip cookies, they all turned to me for the recipe. Read the rest of this entry »

Bake Sale

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm

My school is having a bake sale in a couple of weeks, and I would love to hear from you about what I should sell.

I already have a couple ideas. Blondies, pretzels, flourless fudge cookies, lemonade, and any kind of cupcake are among my list. What do you like to see at a bake sale?  I would greatly appreciate any suggestions!

100 Bookmarked Blogs and Blondies

In Brownies and Bars, Chocolate on May 2, 2010 at 8:12 am
From Adriana Baking

My computer bookmarks are a mess of food blogs. Whether the blog has great food photography, or whether the author has a unique writing style, I can’t seem to stop bookmarking new blogs almost every single day. If I am on a blog that has a link to another one, I have to go check it out. Yesterday while I was looking through them, searching for a quick recipe to try out in the few hours I had left of Saturday, I realized I had bookmarked one hundred blogs. Exactly one hundred.

Surprised, I decided to look through all of them, hoping to clean them up. I started looking through the first blog that I had bookmarked, quite some time ago. There were beautiful pictures and interesting recipes, but I had not looked through it in months. I contemplated deleting it, since I knew that I would not check it for weeks to come. But I had a sense of attachment to the blog. It was the first one I had bookmarked, the one that had started my obsession with baking. I couldn’t just delete it. I had the same argument for every blog I looked through. One had gorgeous pictures I could use as an inspiration, and the other had great recipes. I had no luck cleaning up my bookmarks. Read the rest of this entry »