For the first time, I actually did something for Saint Patrick’s Day. It was pretty laid back – I made an Dublin coddle (that word is so much fun to say), an rosemary soda bread, and a rainbow fruit salad. Finished the evening off with chocolate cupcakes…my siblings loved everything.
This is my first Daring Bakers Challenge and I am so stoked to have a group providing me with an excuse to bake stuff!! This first challenge was to hide a vegetable in a baked good. I immediately vetoed carrot cake, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie…all things that technically met the criteria but are conventionally accepted as yummy by the general populous. My first thought was to make a cake from my childhood that is based primarily on dates, but then there was the conundrum about a date technically being a fruit (although a quick search online led to the conclusion that ultimately all edible fruits are technically vegetables. But that makes this challenge weird because then anything I make with fruit is technically hiding a vegetable…). Any way, it seemed against the spirit of the challenge, so I kept brainstorming and came up with (drum roll please)- THUNDER CAKE!!
The Wallace and Gromit Effect March 14, 2013
I recently joined the wonderful societies at the Daring Kitchen (Daring Cooks and Daring Bakers) which provide a challenge recipe each month which everyone then attempts. So a few days ago I received my first challenge recipe from the Daring Cooks group – cheeeeeeese. This immediately brought to mind the childhood classic that is Wallace and Gromit, especially the wonderful scene where they fly to the moon and discover it is made out of cheese. (more…)
Banana Bread March 6, 2013
Banana bread is one of those foods in my house that is synonymous with comfort. A thick slice off a loaf fresh out of the oven is guaranteed to make almost anyone smile, even my sister who “hates” bananas. So a little while ago, when she was having a rough day and I had some bananas I’d forgotten to eat, I went ahead and made banana bread. (more…)