This week, I wanted to bake something for what has become one of my favorite holidays: Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. While Day of the Dead is not a part of my cultural heritage, I love the concept of the holiday. Rather than mourning the loss of loved ones and wallowing in sadness, the focus of Day of the Dead is to celebrate those who are no longer with us and invite their souls to visit. It’s actually a two-day holiday that happens on November 1 and 2. The first day celebrates children and infants, and the second day celebrates adults. Families create altars, or ofrendas, which hold pictures of the deceased loved ones, as well as favorite items and foods, candles to light their way, and glasses of water to quench their thirst. Other traditional elements include marigolds, tissue paper decorations (papel picado), and the ubiquitous sugar skull. I incorporate the elements that are most meaningful to my family in my personal celebration, but this year I wanted to try something a bit more traditional and make pan de muerto.
Weeeeee’re baaaa-ack! I swear I didn’t plan to wait this long between posts, but as usual, life got in the way. The MCU baking series is trucking right along this week with a companion recipe for Thor: The Dark World. For this recipe, I’ve rendered Yggdrasil (the Norse “world tree”), and the nine realms it connects, in bread.
I finally got around to trying out mirror glaze, and I must say that I am pretty pleased with the result. You might recall when mirror glaze cakes took the world by storm last year (seriously, check out Olga Noskova’s Instagram if you’re in the mood for some major decorating envy). I knew when I saw them that I would have to try it myself someday. Of course, I put it off for about a year because it looked fiddly and precise, and I am lazy. Finally, the inspiration hit me, the time was right, and the stars aligned to push me into finally making a mirror glaze cake.
Happy belated Independence Day! My procrastination worked out well enough this time, as I’ve got a dessert based on Captain America: The First Avenger, a.k.a. Marvel’s most star-spangled, patriotic superhero, to share with you today. I will confess that I’d been putting this one off because I just couldn’t get into any of the ideas I came up with. For a couple weeks, it was between Captain America shield black and white cookies (because Brooklyn) and self-saucing puddings (because super soldier serum injection). Unfortunately, while those were both good ideas (and you may see them in the future), they just didn’t seem right.
Back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) baking series! Remember when I said that I’d have to postpone my Iron Man 2 bakeventure due to the seasonable availability of a particular fruit? Well, the season is now upon us. Apriums are ripe and available for the month of June, so stock up as soon as you see them hit your grocery store, because they likely won’t be around for long.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) baking series is trucking right along, even in the face of a minor setback. This week’s post was originally supposed to be based on Iron Man 2, but I’ve decided to delay that recipe due to the seasonal availability of the fruit I plan to use. To make up for it, I’ve jumped ahead to my one of my favorite superheroes: Thor!