Cake Bake !

I worked with my friend to recreate a famous cake from a bakery called Milk Bar and here is what happened!

The cake was going to be a surprise for my friends fathers birthday ๐ŸŽ‰ All from scratch homemade cake, the perfect gift! We had a challenge on our hands both being inexperienced bakers. This cake was a three-part recipe and totally daunting!

First the crumble. For this bit, we used a lot of sugar and sprinkles along with some oil to keep everything clumping together, which was what we wanted.

This, by the way, tasted so good we absolutely could not keep our hands out of this bowl!

Next step was the cake itself. Made out of what seemed to be entirely butter we slaved away on the mixture until the consistency was perfect then it was time to bake!

After the batter had baked we were in for some stress! We had the cake lying on the counter cooling when we hear an alarm go off indicating someone had pulled into the drive! Could it be….no, but maybe. We scrambled around like chickens with our heads freshly chopped desperately trying to hide any signs of our baking excursion! We were afraid my friend’s dad had returned home. Cake pans, dishes, and ingredients were flying through the kitchen. Then nothing happened, no one walked inside and all was silent. We peak our head outside only to find no one was there. We had panicked for nothing. So we put all of our ingredients and dishes back and continued baking. A false alarm indeed!

The next thing we needed to do was cut circles out of our cake to fit in the cylinder. This wasnt too hard just alot of measuring and cutting to get everything to fit. We used the cylinder to make our circular cuts.

While the cake was baking we had mixed up our icing. Mostly butter. We mixed it all up and gave it a taste …it tasted absolutely horrid! We forgot to add sugar! After we fixed this issue it was totally delightful!

Next we layered the cake. One piece of cake the icing then crumbles, we repeated this step several times then iced the top and put the cake in the fridge overnight. low and behold this was the final result!

The cake took about 3 hour to make and its so yummy and sweet my teeth are completely rotted out now! If you want to try this. There is an offical Milk Bar video on YouTube showing you how as well as the recipie! 100% worth the effort!

Oatmeal cookie & Smashing Rosฤ“ On A Sunday.

I knew I wanted wine, so I end up at my local Target. I grabbed a bottle and headed for the checkout but of course, there would be an issue. 10:45 AM I just want to get in and get out, the problem is they don’t sell alcohol before 11 am. It’s not a regular thing for me to venture out in the morning for wine I swear, so of course, I was unaware of this rule. So now I had an extra 15 minutes to spend in target. I LOVE TARGET unless you know me personally you wouldn’t have a clue how deep this desire for Target is for me. Sometimes I’m at Target more than once in a 24 hour period, it’s BAD. I went to Target to pick up two things, Rosฤ“ & toilet paper. I left with six things. This is what an extra 15 minutes in Target will do to me.

Now I have my rosฤ“ and my plan for the rest of my Sunday is to go out on my porch in the nice sunshine and read whilst drinking the wine I had just purchased, but somehow that didn’t feel right without a treat. I went to my pantry to see what I had and realized I could make oatmeal cookies! Now, I love oatmeal cookies but there is always the debate about adding raisins or not. I’m totally on the raisins side with this one. It’s not the classic test of time cookie without them, it’s far too new agey and those sinners who add chocolate instead, no it’s just not right. Obviously, I was adding raisins to this batch.

Recipe below :

  • 1 &1/2 cups (212g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened slightly (it should still be somewhat cold and firm)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled old fashioned oats*
  • 1 cup raisins** (preferably from a freshly opened package)

These came out great, didn’t even set off any smoke alarms. I tend to add less butter and more vanilla and cinnamon to my recipe, but that’s just to my taste. I also don’t measure so much but I don’t believe this is the best habit to form. These oatmeal cookies are crunchy on the outside but soft and slightly spongy on the inside. The flavor reminded me of fall with all the cinnamon and brown sugar, makes me feel like I need a good cup of tea or a pumpkin spice latte. Too bad I only have my rosฤ“, so sad.

20 minutes later……somehow the wine just disappeared out of the bottle.

Happy Sunday !

Failing Bob. Edible Art Style

We know and love him, but have we ever tried to follow along to a tutorial on our own canvas or even better on a marshmallow? The answer is probably not.

Bob Ross has become increasingly popular years after his death. Because of this and our societies, material wants we have a plethora of trinkets inspired by Bob himself, one of which is a marshmallow canvas and edible paints. I was gifted this product recently and was overjoyed to try it out!

I myself am a big fan. I have had a wine and paint night with friends to watch a tutorial and try our hand at making happy little trees, this did not go well maybe our lack of art skills or a little too much wine, whos to say. Despite these bad events I was out to try again with different material this time. So right off the bat, the Marshmallow canvas smelled like Feet, no joke I had my roommate sniff it and she confirmed! Second of all the paints they give you won’t cover 1/4 of the canvas its simply Not enough. My last complaint of this edible food product is that it only includes one paint brush, so this means unless your going at it alone you have to share. After realizing all this I still felt fairly hopfull so I began to explore my creative side while working with the sweet. The end result would have made the Ross man shake in his boots. It was absolutly disastrous and I swear a tutorial was followed. Two thumbs down for ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘Ž artistic ability and taste, yuck! This was not truly meant to be consumed with joy, only sorrow. I would however give this three thumbs up for creativity, fun and uniqueness ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘over all this product was a fun fail!

My roomate smiling befor taking her first bit! She was last seen 6/20/2019 simply disappeared moments after this event……THE END

Banana Bread With A Twist

Its Friday, and I have no plans. This means its time to experiment in the kitchen.

I have had a bunch of brown speckled bananas just sitting around my apartment waiting for there moment to shine, well here is that moment! Today I’m making banana bread, but with a twist.

Banana bread is a classic baked good made to please. You walk through the front door and smell that sweet warm baked banana smell with a hint of cinnamon just tickling the back of your nose and its welcoming. Having a warm luscious baked good scent when you walk into someone’s home is like having a hug from a loved one envelope all of your senses, and it makes you feel so good you don’t want to leave! If you don’t want someone to leave keep baking! People can be easily persuaded through wonderful smells, take Hansel and Gretel, for example, they were almost lured to there deaths because of sweets. Now I’m not saying this is my plan, but I’m not saying it isn’t.

Getting back to the bread I’m making you’re probably wondering what the “Twist” is.Well, I have made many a banana bread in my day and its all well and good, but sometimes you just need more life in your loaf. To give my bread some life I added some fresh blueberries and lemon juice to a basic banana bread recipe that I will share below.

1 cup granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 large eggs

3 ripe bananas

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

What I added was:

1 cup blueberries

2tbs lemon juice

I mixed all of my ingredients together.

The only thing to note is that its much easier to cream together butter and sugar while the butter is warm and mixable. Now normaly if you have a microwave you can pop your butter in there for 10-15 seconds, but if you don’t and your living like its 1200BC then you can make a double boiler or what I like to call a steam up. This way you can get your butter nice and gooey to mix. Just be careful it’s not to hot so when you add in your eggs they don’t scramble.

Over all this ended up being a success.

This blue banana lemon cake ended up just delightfull. Because of the added liquid from the lemon juice the bread consistancy changed to a cake consistancy. The results were spongy and sweet, the lemon gave it just enugh zest without being over powering to the mighty banana, which still sings its solo tune in this recipe. The blueberries gave this soloest a nice back up brigade of juicy goodness. Overall this is a fantastic summer sweet bread that you must try!

Extinguishing Your Flame!

We talked last about one great success, but let’s now talk about one fiery failure!

My roommate is my one and only, my hip hip hurray, my beautiful she siren and my boldest confidant…..basically she would help me bury the body then get coffee after!

She is many things, but on this particular day, she was not the top chef.

That night we had planned an Irish themed dinner with our other bad bitch & star quality friend. We were celebrating booking our flights to Ireland for the fall. My roommate was in the kitchen cooking some potato pancakes in oil, and that was the last time I saw her…… -just kidding!! As she was cooking, I left to take our trash out to the dumpster. I was gone for maybe one minute at the most. As I’m walking back, I hear the fire alarm go off, but this is not an uncommon event. It’s always been a bit of an annoyance, as the smoke detector always goes off when we are boiling water, making toast or even just breathing close by. Nothing to be worried about, right?Wrong!!! As I start walking closer, I see smoke billowing out of our windows on the first and second floor then I hear the shrill screams of my friend. I start to run faster towards our front door. I get inside, and I see my boyfriend, who was seconds ago playing video games upstairs, now standing next to my friend, extinguisher in hand!

We all thank God for his quick thinking and hero like actions. All was well, just a little blackened and toasty. A major clean up indeed.

You may ask what happened. Well, what I have learned from this kitchen conundrum is to always make sure that when you are cooking with oil, that you cook on a squeaky-clean skillet. If you don’t and there is any built on scum, this can heat up much quicker and start a kitchen fire.

In conclusion, stay safe, cook clean and stay cool ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers!

Welcome to my blog!

This is a place where I will talk about life, food, travel and failed attempts at various kitchen concoctions as well as a few Successes.

first on the agenda is what I like to call a cocktail success! This drink is a win and quite the popular go to these days. I would like to say I discovered this drink before it became a “thing”, I’m not so sure anyone would believe me though. Back in 2017 I was on a trip to Germany when I discovered the Aperol Spritzer . To set the scene picture a quaint Germany village on a sunny spring day filled with locals milling about the streets, pan to the right and you will see a restaurant with abundant outdoor seating and lush plants all around. Being served on the table are various different cheeses a loaf of hard to pull apart bread ( which is always the best kind in my opinion) and various fresh fruits. To top it all off is the main event and my first encounter with this fresh orange delight the spritzer. fast forward to today 2019 and this drink is far more common here in the U.S. Whats in it you may ask, well its all very simple, which is fantastic because I am prone to messing even a two ingredient recipe up!

3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 splash soda, If you really want to mix things up try using an orange soda instead of a plain carbonated one.
Serve with ice in wine glass or rocks glass
Garnish with an orange slice

Simple as that. Perfect summer drink recipe!