Sunday, August 30, 2009

coconut oat bars and sandcastles

  Yet another attempt at bar baking guys. I guess this is more of a healthy granola snack more than anything considering it contains flax, coconut and oats.  I was going to go the chocolate route and add some bits of dark cocoa goodness but I opted out. I decided that coconut and oats was all I needed. Who says I can't make another batch with chocolate?  No one.
I made some changes but I got the recipe from here.

 This weekend I ventured down to the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) and saw some pretty cool things I think I should share.  Did you ever make sand castles when you were a kid? I bet they never looked anything like this:


These are some pretty awesome sand carvers!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

daring bakers dobos torta


   Wow, another month gone by and another daring baker's challenge down. I'm down to the wire again considering I just finished this cake only hours ago but this Dobos torta did turn out to be one super sweet layered up piece of chocolatly goodness. Chocolate buttercream layered under six layers of sponge cake wrapped in hazelnuts and topped with caramel, mmm...

yeah... and I burnt my caramel a little... still good, still good!

 The August 2009 Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Angela of A Spoonful of Sugar and Lorraine of Not Quite Nigella. They chose the spectacular Dobos Torte based on a recipe from Rick Rodgers' cookbook Kaffeehaus:  Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Caff├ęs of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

Find the recipe here.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

right now...

  I've falling in love with orange and lemon San Pellegrino. So refreshing on these muggy hot days we've been having too much of. Plus I adore the simple bottles!

  In my moment of baking contemplation (still deciding) I ended up taking shots of things I bake with... more will come, but I'd thought I'd share.
  Perhaps bars again?

I also have been busy adding  some new items to my shop this weekend. Here's just a little peak...
 have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

seriously oaty oatmeal chocolate peanut butter bars

    These are some seriously good bars.  Did I say seriously? I did, and they are.  I think I have a thing for bars at the moment. The last thing I baked was bars (they were also very very good) and my 'looking threw a cook book' choice seemed to be all about the bars too! I am liking the bars and these are chocolate and peanut butter... need I say more?
  
recipe
300 g milk chocolate
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter
1 3/4 cups light brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts
1 egg, beaten
14oz/400 g canned sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter
optional 1 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350 F / 180 C
Finely chop the chocolate. Sift in the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter and mix till it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the rolled oats, sugar and chopped nuts. (for some extra goodness, if you like coconut, add here, about 1 cup)
Put a quarter of the mix into a bowl and add the chopped chocolate, mix and set aside.
Stir the egg into the remaining mixture, then press into the bottom of a 12x8 inch pan. Bake just the bottom for 15min.
Meanwhile, mix the peanut butter and condensed milk together. Pour onto the baked bottom crust, spread evenly, then sprinkle the reserved chocolate mixture on top.
Return to the oven and bake for an addition 20min. Let cool.
Recipe adapted from The Big Book of Baking.

Monday, August 10, 2009

back from the market




  Going to the market, especially the kind that's a foodie's dream come true, is both torture, pleasure and sometimes in means of stress. Stress only because I decided to go on the upmost busiest day of the week. Saturday. This place on a saturday is more tightly packed then a tin of Italian sardines. Seriously.  I found myself trying to squeeze into getting a look at anything took effort and patience.  'I just need that goat cheese....right...ugh..there!'  All I could do was find an open hole, reach my hand in and hope for the best. 
Torture, well I wanted many things. Walking around the city and the train ride home didn't really work very well with perishables. 

It was also my mom's birthday on the weekend and more then anything she just wanted a simple banana loaf, no cake, just the loaf, and that's exactly what I made her.

In all the pleasure I got with eyeing up some serious good looking eats I managed to bring back these delights (above), with that I induced this random veg photograph session. 

Thursday, August 6, 2009

a blondie moment

   *Caution extreme goodness coming your way.*  I made these one board evening after sorting threw my abundance of magazines (attempting to purge was necessary...they were getting quite high), and ripping out only the good stuff to save, I came across these butterscotch bars (also known as a blondie).  Wanting to bake something different and wanting to bake something for my Grams, she deserves a treat every once in while, knowing she loves all things butterscotch... I  knew she would like these.  Apparently  so did a few of my co-workers. A friend of one of them, who was lucky enough to get a taste, and I quote "would give up men if this came in a 9 by 13 pan"... so now I knew they were good!

recipe 
1 cup unsalted butter
4 cups brown sugar (I'm thinking a lot of sugar? I used less and they turned out just fine)
4 eggs
4 tbps vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (any other chopped nut will work too)
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
I also added about 1 cup butterscotch chips (optional)

1.Preheat oven to 375 F.
2.Line an 11 x 17 inch sheet pan with parchment paper.
3.In a electric mixture, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one by one and then the vanilla.
4.Sift together dry ingredients and add to butter mixture until combined. Add nuts and coconut (butterscotch chips).
5.Spread batter out in pan evenly. Bake for 15 min, rotate pan 180d, then bake for another 15. Do not over bake!
6.Cool and cute into bars (I baked mine in a cake pan. Don't. It was more like a cake then a bar and was harder to cut)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

what did I do with those peaches?


  Peach pie of course!  My  neighbor was given lots and lots of peaches and in so doing, they gave us lots and lots of peaches. What was I to do with all those peaches? No room in the fridge, they wouldn't get eaten by themselves fast enough, and the fruit flies were sure to come. (I am pretty peached out at this point.)  So when my neighbor left us four-plus baskets he hinted at just maybe perhaps making a peach pie? Well I couldn't just say no.  It was all I could do for giving us this little gift. Why not give them one back?

I got the recipe from here.

Heading to the beach now, not this beach, but seriously wish it was. 
Happy weekend!