Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bloody..... Cupcakes


I wanted to share this little indulgence in the kitchen with you.  It was for a Halloween  bake-off. I didn't win the contest, however, I don't think any of the other contestants had as much fun as I did preparing their entries.

This idea comes from Easy Baked.

I used a different recipe for the cupcakes and icing but Easy Baked glass and blood are PERFECT.

This is the glass, cooling on parchment paper.  I wasn't happy with my first batch and redid it.

I found that spraying the parchment left a bit of a residue on the glass candy. My second batch was much better. I let it harden on a silicone sheet.  When done I used the heel of a kitchen knife to shatter the glass.


I couldn't resist taking this picture. No one was hurt.  It is delicious though.

Red velvet cupcakes are sooooo pretty.

Here is my display.  I made the skulls using easy melts and a mould.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Own Version of Presidents Choice Recipe

Here is a link to the original recipe.

Here is my version...

1 pkg  PC Black Label Triangoli Porcini Mushroom with Truffle filled egg pasta
1 cup  pine nuts
2tbsp  EVOO
1tbsp  butter
Zest of one large lemon
3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
Fresh chives (amount to taste)
Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (the real stuff only please)

Cook Triangoli pasta according to directions on package.

While pasta is cooking toast pine nuts in a dry pan. Remove from pan and set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter in warm pan. Add chopped garlic, slowly and lightly sauté until translucent, about 5 min.

Add lemon zest, pine nuts, chopped chives, and cooked, drained pasta to pan. Remove from heat and add parmiggiano cheese.  Salt and pepper if desired.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fun, Beautiful Dessert

What you need

One package of Chocolate wafers
Whipping cream
Kahlua or other liqueur for flavouring (optional)

Whip up some fresh whipping cream, sweetened to your liking, add a dash of vanilla and if desired add something special, like kahlua or triple sec, etc....  Optional.  For my first attempt I used only vanilla extract.

Spread a layer of whipped cream on the chocolate wafers.

Slip in some berries on one of the layers.  Now you stack the layers on top of each other. Only one of the layers will have berries.

It doesn't matter where the layer of berries is, but the cake is a little less tippy if the berries are not in the bottom layers.

I made five layers of wafers and cream, put the berries in the middle layer and one plain layer on top. You can do more or less if you wish....

Now, use whipped cream to ice it like a layer cake.

Let them set up in the fridge for at least two hours, the cookies will soften and have a cake like texture. So pretty, so fun....

I grated some dark chocolate on them and dropped a few berries on the plate.