Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Not that I really went anywhere, but I have neglected my blog.  Sorry. So, you may well be wondering what I have been up to in my absence?  Well, I shall tell you. First, I finished my Laminated Dough class.  I really did not enjoy that class because my teacher was less than stellar.  And, rest assured, that is me being VERY polite.  I did learn a lot about making puff pastry and I learned a lot about dealing with stress.  Both good...

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Apathy and Pastry

The last couple of days have been personally stressful and to be honest I have not felt like doing much of anything.  Got a mean case of the ‘Blahs’.  I’m feeling slightly more motivated today.  Hopefully this trend continues. I did want to post an update on the reversed puff pastry I began last week at school.  Last night we finished the puff and used it for some really tasty, if a tad fugly looking, Napoleons. ...

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Odds and Ends

Who doesn’t love a good muffin?  I know I do.  And the muffins pictured below are hard to resist.  Trust me!  I told you all about these muffins last week.  Here is a link to the blog entry that includes the recipe for these chocolaty lovelies.  You really should make them. I am so PLEASED that the Giants won the Super Bowl!  I was afraid, at the end, that New England was going to win but the Giants were able to score one more...

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Reverse Puff Pastry and Party Dips

So, last night we made, or at least began making, reverse puff pastry. Unlike regular puff pastry where butter is enclosed in dough, reverse puff pastry encloses dough in butter.  As the name implies it is reverse of the regular way.  Oddly enough it worked quite well though the first three turns (I have two to complete next Wednesday) despite the very warm room in which I worked. Are you asking yourself how it works?  Well, if so,...

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Wedding Cake and Mutant Meatloaf

This post is more just random thoughts for today.  As you can tell I am feeling rather scattered.  Everyone has days like this.  Right?  Next month I am making a wedding cake for a family friend.  It will not be dissimilar to one I did in October for the brother of my best friend.  She asked for lemon curd filling and the design to be pretty much like the cake pictured below.   I love making wedding cakes and I am looking forward to...

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How Evil are my Shenanigans?

Not all that evil for the last two days.  I am sorry I did not post yesterday.  I was feeling quite under the weather, but I am on the mend and back to the daily grind. Ok, so if you go back and look at my posts from last week you will find posts where I declare that I am excited about school, despite some misgivings, and I was looking forward to the rest of the semester.  I would like to take a moment to...

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