I got this fantastic new cupcake book for Christmas from a co-worker pal
It’s got a lot of different cupcake recipes than the one I usually use (that I bought at Christmas Tree Shops for 5 dollars) and a lot of great tips and clear directions. It does a lot of different takes based off a simple recipe. I made what the book titled “caramel-covered tea cakes” (I’m renaming them “sticky minis”) which use a simple yellow cupcake recipe and then you dip the cupcakes in a caramel frosting-glaze. The book didn’t have a picture of them so I don’t know what they’re supposed to look like. We’ll see how they do at the New Year’s party I’m going to.
Santa was very nice to Cora and her sort of new baking hobby
But she has some decisions to make because he bought her things in which she had to choose which one she wanted. One of them being which cookie pans to keep? Advice from my baker buddies would be much appreciated.
Insulated Air (it’s some sort of new technology) Cookie Sheet by Culinary Creations
Easy to Clean
Non-Stick Bakeware by Cuisinart
Heavy Gauge Steel Construction for Even Heating
Non-Stick Interior and Exterior for Easy Release and Cleanup
I made macaroons (because they’re one my mom’s favorite) and here’s the recipe I used (adapted from reading a couple of different recipes on the internet)
14oz shredded coconut (usually 1 package)
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 pinch salt
Preheat oven to 325°. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper.
Whisk everything but the coconut together. Fold in coconut with a spatula. Use a spoon and your fingers to make 1”(ish) balls and drop on prepared pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pans and place on wire rack.
1. Midway through measuring the molasses I run out. I go to Stop & Shop, Stop & Shop is out of molasses. I go to the local co-op, they are out of regular molasses, I have to buy expensive organic molasses.
2. I put too much batter in each cup. I have seen people use ice cream scoops on TV to sold this problem, I would like an ice cream scoop, please.
3. The overflowing batter stuck to the cupcake pans.
4. They didn’t taste all that great.
5. In the end I didn’t feel like making a little frosting for the few that survived.
This year, I am heavily responsible for the treats portion of my family’s Christmas Eve. With my immediate family alone, we make 6 (mom, dad, 3 brothers and me) and we have quite a few additions this year as far as significant others and cousins and aunts and uncles. I’m also baking for my co-worker buddies at school.
Ohman ohman! It was national cupcake day, and I didn't even know it.
I’ll have to write this down or something.
In other news.. I have consumed entirely too much sugar as of late. Not that Christmas will slow anything down, but actually I’ve substituted cookies for meals. (More times than I wish to admit.) My package from my Tumblr Eat Up buddy was part of the reason, but there’s also been a lot of goodies being left in the teachers room from parents and I just can’t pass them up. Speaking of Tumblr Eat Up, it’s been really great participating. For those who don’t know it’s like a penpal baking share thing for bloggers… sort of. These lovely ladies collect names and addresses and then randomly re-dish and you send baked goods to someone, and receive baked goods from somebody else. It doesn’t sound safe, but I do not believe anybody has had problems. As much fun as it has been, getting goodies in the mail IS always quite a treat (no pun intended), I think for 2011 I am going to try something else. I think I would like to bake for my friends in other states monthly, or bi-monthly (that might be more practical). If I can get to the post office to mail something to a stranger, I sure can do it for a pal.