Thor's Mint Chocolate Baked Alaska

Thor’s Mint Chocolate Baked Alaska

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!

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Iron Man's Arc Reactor Pavlova

Iron Man’s Arc Reactor Pavlova

‘Tis the season of blockbuster movies, and I for one am getting back into the summer Marvel movie hype with gusto.  I saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on opening weekend, and it reminded me of a challenge I’ve been talking about for awhile, but never gotten the motivation to start: baking my way through the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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How to Make a Pie Crust Poinsettia

How to Make a Poinsettia Pie Crust

We’re wrapping up the pie crust embellishment series today with an impressive-looking (but still super easy) poinsettia.  Admittedly, this is a bit of a seasonal decoration, but with a little finessing, you can change the shapes of the leaves and petals and call it a dahlia or a pile of leaves to make it more appropriate to your current season.  Whatever you call it, you’re bound to get murmurs of admiration when you bust this baby out.

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How to Make Pie Crust Roses

How to Make Pie Crust Roses

Today, I bring you part two in my pie crust embellishment series.  This one is probably my personal favorite: roses!  These look really impressive, but as was the case with leaf borders, they’re deceptively easy to make.

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How to Make a Pie Crust Leaf Border

How to Make a Pie Crust Leaf Border

Goodbye fork-pricked edges, hello leaf borders!  In today’s tutorial, I’m going to walk you through the super easy process of adding a leaf border to the top of your double-crust pies.  You can do this on top of a solid crust or on its own (I tend to do the latter).  Adding a leaf border is a great way to dress up your pie while also expending minimal effort.

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Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Apple Cider Cutout Cookies

Happy Thanksgiving in advance!  Time sort of got away from me last week, so this post is extra late (sorry about that).  If you need a last-minute addition to your dessert spread, here’s a fun cookie with an unexpected burst of apple cider flavor.

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easy minion cookies

Easy Minion Cookies

Sometimes you just don’t have all day to bake, but you still want to turn out awesome baked goods.  As you might have guessed by now, I like to spend hours on end in the kitchen making things from scratch.  That said, I also have a lazy streak.  It’s not unusual for my Sunday bakeventures to start at 4:00 in the afternoon or later just because I couldn’t get myself in gear to bake before then.

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Pomegranate Lime Tart

Pomegranate Lime Tart

Back in July, my husband and I went to a barbecue at his research advisor’s house.  Naturally, I had to bake something.  His advisor and his wife had thoughtfully given us a PieBox with a pie plate and a tart pan as a wedding gift, so something delivered in that box was the natural choice (it really is a useful and fun thing, you should get one if you transport baked goods frequently).  Since I’d never made a tart before, I decided to take the new tart pan for a spin for this particular bakeventure.

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patriotic red, white, and blue mini cakes

Red, White, and Blue Mini Cakes

As a reward to myself for meeting my exercise goal for the month, I signed up for two cake decorating classes on Craftsy.  I know cake decorating and exercising sound like two diametrically opposed endeavors, but I was able to justify it to myself by maintaining that the cake decorating class would give me something to blog about.  As long as I can keep myself from piping frosting directly into my mouth (a real struggle for someone like me), I should be able to maintain my fitness progress and learn to make some fancy cakes at the same time.

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