Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Treasury of Rabbits

I am distracting myself from work today be making Treasury Lists on Etsy.com.  Here is one entitled "Something for Everybunny"

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

I finally found a great recipe for Irish Soda Bread, here it is:

4 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1cup raisins (or currants)
1Tablespoon of Caraway seeds if desired
1 cup buttermilk

1.  Mix all of dry ingredients together, including the raisins.

2.  Add the buttermilk and stir to combine. 

3.  Lightly shape dough into a ball and place on greased baking sheet (or on a silpat lined baking sheet)

4.  Cut an X into he top of the dough ball

5.  If desired, brush with milk or a beated egg.

6.  Bake at 375 degrees for 35- 45 minutes

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cake Pops

Cake pops, a la Bakerella, are all the rage... hell, Starbucks even has them now.  So I thought I would try my hand at them for Goodie Day at work this week.  The recipe is simple enough:

1 cake (Made from a box, baked, and cooled)
1 Can frosting
Chocolate or a candy coating like CandiQuick for the outside
Decorations like colored sugar, etc.

The steps to assembling the cake balls are pretty easy to.

1.  Crumble up the cooled cake.
2.  Mix in the icing until the cake and icing are the consistence of cookie dough

3.  Make little balls of the cake/icing mix with your hands.  Or, if you are like me, with a cookie scoop.
4.  Chill the balls
5.  Insert the sticks
6.  Coat in Chocolate or the CandiQuick
7.  Decorate

I am going to call this a semi success.  The first mistake I made was making the balls too big.  I used the larger of my two cookie scoops, I should have used the smaller one.  I also went wrong by putting the balls in the refrigerator.  They kept falling off the sticks and falling apart as I was trying to coat them.  Next time I will freeze them.  I didn't buy enough of the coating.  I have never actually used a "candy coating" before. I have always just melted chocolate, but I needed something that would harden pretty fast so I opted for the Vanilla CandiQuick.  I didn't have enough to cover all the balls, only about half.  I had to throw the other half away :(

Yes, I know I could have frozen them for use later, but there is no room in my freezer at the moment.

Here they are waiting to be eaten at work:

They were a semi success, because people are actually eating them.  Will I be making them again?  I don't think so.  First of all, they were a lot of work and pretty messy.  Second, I am not that thrilled with how they tasted.  I would have been a lot happier if I had just made a regular cake with icing.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Help Please -- Missing Child -- Sadly this is all too real

I work with Tom.  His 16 year old daughter is missing.  If you are in the Philadelphia Area and you see her, please, please, please call the police.

To my blogger friends, please post this on your blogs and help bring Anna home.  Thanks!