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Archive for July, 2009

Lemon Cream Tart

Posted by osakaben41 on July 31, 2009

Dressed Tart

I need to be more careful about calling myself a “baker”.  It gets me in trouble.  Recently one of our dog-walking friends asked me to make a wedding cake for her father.  Of course my immediate reaction is “hell yes”.  What a great project it could be, and as far as projects go, this would be hitting the big time.  Years ago I had made our own wedding cake, but that was a small intimate affair, and there was a margin of error I was allowing myself.   This however would involve logistics, storing/transporting something substantial, pricing out the raw materials, how much would my time be worth as an amateur, or just finding the time between work-kids-dog to do it right.  That said, if you’re going to call yourself a baker, you best get to baking.

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Daring Bakers – Mallowmars and Milanos

Posted by osakaben41 on July 28, 2009

Peppermint, Rose water, Lime/Coconut, & Coffee flavored marshmallows

Peppermint, Rose water, Lime/Coconut, & Coffee flavored marshmallows

July was my introduction to the world of the Daring Bakers, and it was all I could have hoped for.  In short, each month the DBs put forth a base recipe that all members are to attempt.  Throughout the month, bakers worldwide post their experiments, lessons learned, paths not taken, etc.  It’s what the internet is great for, putting people that really care about the consistency of marshmallows together in one space.  I’m just proud and honored to be a part of it now.  So without further ado, the July results:

The July 2009 Daring Baker’s challege was hosted by Nicole of Sweet Tooth.  She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

Our challenge was to recreate classic cookies, Mallowmars and Milanos.  Now I have to admit a certain level of ignorance when it comes to Mallowmars.  Just not what I’d chose as a guilty pleasure at the check out line, though I’ve been spotted eating an entire bag of mint milanos.  That said, with no small amount of trepidation  over making Marshmallows, I started with what I knew best. Read the rest of this entry »

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