‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These cookies have been in the pipeline since before I started this blog. As a matter of fact, they were part of the inspiration for the blog. I was sitting at work one Friday daydreaming wistfully (during my lunch break, of course) about the upcoming weekend and what I wanted to do, and I thought to myself “I wanna bake.” Since just about any phrase can trigger a spontaneous burst of song in my head, this immediately launched a parody of “I Wanna Rock” by Twisted Sister in my twisted mind.