Ah Memorial Day weekend. The first weekend of the year to barbecue. And this year, Mom outdid herself and we stuffed ourselves silly.
Also, I tried banana pudding for the first time:
This shit is dangerous as hell
And tasty as hell.
Fuck yeah, trifle!
- Go on a Picnic
- Go on a Hike
Have a Barbecue
- Visit the Zoo
- Make Smoothies
- Visit the Central Library downtown
Feed the Ducks
Visit a New Park
- Have an Afternoon Tea
- Bake Cupcakes
You guys, eclairs are hard.
Never done eclairs before. Never even attempted pastry.
Yeah, didn’t work.
The pastry cream was fine.
The choux was okay
Maybe my piping tip was too small? They sure make it look easy on Bake Off
I’m going to save the pastry cream to use as a pie filling (other ideas welcome), and I’ll keep the heavy whipping cream for homemade ice cream.
I’m very proud that I kept my calm and didn’t cry or curse.
Why yes, I would cry over cake on Bake Off. Why do you ask?
Now I’ve brewed myself some tea and made myself a cookie in a mug.
The eclair recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, and the pastry cream recipe came from Kitchn.
This bake was not for us. Not at all.
I don’t know if it was the homemade pie crust
Or all the lemons or what. Maybe we needed to top it with powdered sugar or something, I dunno.
This is what melting butter looks like in a pan of sugar and lemon juice
It was just a sour tart, with a strange after taste.
Whatever, I made pie crust by hand.
Maybe eclair week will be easier!
Yeah, I doubt it too
Also, I’m not quite sure when this became a food/baking blog
For my tea loaf I went with blueberry lemon. The combination is sweet and tart and all around delicious.
This recipe came from Life Made Sweeter, and is pretty straight forward. It actually tastes good as leftovers, and of course is divine with tea. I prefer Earl Grey, but I’m sure it will go with many others.
I’ve actually seen this combination in a cake. I might have to give that a try, too
I would definitely bake this again. I actually can’t believe I haven’t. Huh.
Today at the coffee shop, Andy said he finally saw my cat.
Andy: Your blog
Me: Oh yeah. I forgot I had one.
Whoops. Sorry gang. Here we go.
I got this idea from the fifth episode of the sixth season of Bake Off. I had bookmarked a sugar free site before, and I went back to troll through those recipes. Because the bakers had to make dairy free ice cream with coconut milk, decided to make sugar free coconut vanilla ice cream.
Would you like to guess how well it turned out?
I don’t know what the issue was. If it was because I had to use a blender instead of a food processor; or because I only used one can of coconut milk; or because I used vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean.
It smelled weird, too.
Zombie and I cut our losses and went to Jack-in-the-Box for shakes
This was a fun one, that came from one of my tea books
It was relatively easy. Of course, because this one done three weeks ago I don’t really remember much about it
The center filling was homemade whipped cream. I think I need to keep the apartment cool when whipping up creams and icings
The caramel icing was pretty easy, although I had to keep an eye on it to make sure I didn’t burn it. I’ve learned that from Bake Off- it is very easy to burn caramel
It’s a good cake- subtle and light- but the icing was too runny. But what do you expect from a St. Louis summer?
This recipe comes from Season Four Bake Off contestant, Ruby!
I’m not sure where I went wrong with this recipe. The dough was too dry. Maybe I didn’t incorporate the flour all the way. But the dough was falling apart and I had to add more olive oil and more water to make it stick together. I got 30 balls out of the dough
They were okay, but not my cup of tea. Wound up giving them all to Zombie. She loved ’em
(Speaking of tea, I just ate a lot of ice cream and need to settle my stomach. I’m off)