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Daring Bakers: Candylicious August 27, 2011

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The August 2011 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Lisa of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drive and Mandy of What the Fruitcake?!. These two sugar mavens challenged us to make sinfully delicious candies! This was a special challenge for the Daring Bakers because the good folks at http://www.chocoley.com offered an amazing prize for the winner of the most creative and delicious candy!

This months Daring Bakers’ Challenge we were given the opportunity to try our hands at making candy.  The mandatory items were as follows:

You must make TWO candies

The first candy must be ONE of the following CHOCOLATE candies:

1) A truffle, dipped or not dipped in chocolate OR

2) A cut (square) dipped chocolate/bonbon OR

3) A filled chocolate/bonbon using a chocolate mold

The other candy can be any CHOCOLATE OR NON-CHOCOLATE candy you like

I wanted to try something new and maybe try my hand at the Fruit Gels, but they never came to pass.  Mainly because I didn’t have the right ingredients on hand.  Since we were given the option of a truffle and then any other chocolate candy, I decided to stick with the basics.  I made a basic dark chocolate truffle flavored with Kalua and rolled in cocoa power, and for my second candy I made the Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut Praline Truffles, but used dark chocolate instead 🙂

Both turned out particularly yummy, but the Hazelnut Praline Truffle was by far the favorite because I am partial to Hazelnut and Chocolate.  Can we say Nutella? (more…)


Tuesdays With Dorie: Golden Brioche Loaves August 24, 2011

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Margie of Tea and Scones.  She picked Dorie’s Golden Brioche Loaves, which are located on pages 48-50 in Baking:From My Home to Yours.

What is that you say?

I posted almost on time.  Yep 🙂

I had planned to make these this weekend, but time got away from me.  So Sunday night, I whipped up the dough and then realized 1) crap it has to sit in the fridge overnight and 2) it makes two loaves.  I decided then that I would make the loaf in the morning, and let it rise while Emma and I took a nap.  Then with the rest of the dough, I was going to make Dorie’s Golden Raisin Snails.

I divide the dough in half and set it in the pan to rise and it takes forever.  I realize this is because it has been in the fridge overnight, and it is going to take some time for the dough to get to room temperature.  So I let it be and hoped that it was eventually rise.  Which it did, but not as much as it should have.  Then I thought, huh, I guess my yeast might not be as ALIVE as I thought it was 🙂

The dough ended up sitting on the counter all day and rose very little.  I popped it in the oven and out came a beautiful, yet short Brioche Loaf.  I have to remember not to bake at night because then it makes me hungry, which I guess I didn’t remember Tuesday night because then I proceeded to bake the Raisin Snails.

I had a little set back with the Snails because I ran out of eggs, which is unheard of in our house.  But since I had just made Emma’s Baptism cake the weekend before, I ended up using a total of 16 eggs (8 egg whites for the cake and 8 egg whites for the frosting).  This is what happens when you decide to make Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake, and then realize that maybe one cake isn’t enough and that you want to make it into a 10-inch instead of a 9-inch cake.  Next time, one recipe would work well enough because it made a damn tall cake, which was very yummy 🙂

After the egg problem was addressed, I went about making the pastry cream and the rum flambéed raisins for the inside of the snails.  These actually came together pretty easily and I didn’t have any problems with the dough rising 🙂  The Golden Raisin Snails turned out fantastic.  Now I know what Dorie means by not being about to eat just one, every time I walked passed them when they were cooling I wanted to eat one.


Tuesdays With Dorie: Carrot Spice Muffins August 9, 2011

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The week of August 9th,  Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs.  She picked Dorie’s Carrot Spice Muffins, which is located on page 14 in Baking:From My Home to Yours.  I actually made these on time, and being a new mother has gotten in the way of me blogging on time for anything.  Emma has a pretty good schedule going and has for awhile, but I just haven’t gotten my schedule down.  Trying to accomplish things in a timely manner and not have Mike finishing it when he gets home from work is something that I am trying to work on.

These muffins were perfect.  They were moist, yummy, and very reminiscent of carrot cake but not as sweet.  I made these the week of Emma’s baptism, so they all actually got eaten and not by me 🙂  Well, I had a few, but then my parents and Mike helped.  Which I was surprised that Mike was willing to eat them because of his dislike toward coconut and nuts.  Everyone enjoyed them, even Mike 🙂