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The Daring Bakers Make Decorated Sugar Cookies

In Cookies, Daring Bakers, Frostings and Icings on September 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm
From Adriana Baking

As I start high school I realize that the previous years could never have prepared me for what was to come. All throughout middle school, I listened to my teachers lecture about various subjects, searching for some genuine interest in their lessons. But I found none. While writing essays about Medieval Europe and proving theorems and postulates in math class were definitely not boring, I never found myself becoming excited about a class and looking forward to it – until now.

Maybe it’s the change in the atmosphere from middle school, or maybe it’s the fact that my teachers are all passionate about their fields, each one of them showing their excitement their own way. Some fill their voices with emotion as their faces become animated and their hand gestures elaborate. Others can’t help but go beyond the required teaching material, sharing their enthusiasm for the subject with the whole class. My classes are definitely harder, but I feel like I’m learning, grasping new ideas and eager to be taught. Read the rest of this entry »

Brown Butter Peach Shortbread

In Brownies and Bars, Fruits on September 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm
From Adriana Baking

It rained for the first time in months this morning.

When I got up from my comfortable, toasty warm bed and dressed myself for school, I realized that the weather was considerably cooler. The sky was a dull gray, setting the mood for my math quiz the first hour of school, but very unlike the bright blue it has dressed in all summer. As my father commented on how the clouds looked like they might leak rain any second, I started getting excited. Fall is my absolute favorite season -I love the crisp, cool air that blows in through the kitchen window as I brown butter on the stove top or sit by the oven, cautiously peeking in to check on whatever is baking.  I love being able to wear cardigans and sweaters at school, shivering not because of the frigid air the air conditioner blasts through the vents of the classroom, but because the weather really is cooling off.  But best of all- I get to start baking with warmer flavors. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and pumpkin. And my father was right – soon enough, the clouds let loose a drizzle of rain which soon turned into plump, wet, droplets. Read the rest of this entry »

Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake

In Cakes, Frostings and Icings, Fruits on September 6, 2010 at 12:31 pm
From Adriana Baking

I’m aware that I’ve written about it before, but school is the only thing on my mind now, day and night.  I’d much rather be able to spend my last hours of vacation enjoying it, lounging in the sun with my mind cleared of homework-related thoughts, but school keeps creeping back into my mind, no matter how hard I try to chase the thoughts away. I’m still on vacation, but every hour that passes feels like the last hour of free time I’ll enjoy. Waking up in the morning I stay in bed a couple minutes longer, just to feel the warm rays of sunlight falling across the room and to hear the cheerful chirping of the birds outside.  I know I won’t have that luxury when school begins. And in the evening, sitting by the warm glow of the lamp nearby, I read my book only paying half the attention I should be, secretly enjoying the fact that I have a new baking project planned the next day, and nothing to interfere with my plans. When I start school, will I have the time? I know I’m worrying, exaggerating even.  But high school is new territory, and quite honestly, I’m nervous. Read the rest of this entry »