Posts made in December, 2012

Condensed Milk-Free Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Recipes | 0 comments

I’m not a fan of condensed milk. There, I said it. I feel a lot better now! Why add all that extra fat and sweetness to a coconut macaroon??? After researching alternatives, this is the recipe I concocted to create gluten-free macaroons! Ingredients: 1 whole egg 4 egg whites 1/4 cup honey 2 tbsp coconut flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 package sweetened shredded coconut Pre-heat oven to 350°F In a small bowl whisk the whole egg until smooth. Add honey, coconut flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl and mix until smooth. Add coconut and blend into mixture. In a separate bowl whisk egg whites on high speed until frothy (about 2 minutes). Fold into coconut mixture. Spoon rounds of the coconut batter onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper (I tried using aluminum foil and the bottoms of the macaroons tended to stick). Bake in oven for 25-30 min, or until macaroons are golden brown. Remove from oven, allow to cool before removing from parchment paper. If you desire, dip the tops of your macaroons in melted...

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The “Brake” Recipe

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Recipes | 0 comments

What’s brake, you ask? It’s a combination of a brownie and a cake- that’s apparently what you create when you forget to add baking powder and baking soda to your recipe! It was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!! Ingredients: 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 cup white, granulated sugar 1 cup cold milk 1/4 cup Nestle chocolate powder 1/4 cup Ghiradelli unsweetened dark chocolate powder 3 large eggs 1 and 1/4 sticks softened butter Steps: *pre-heat oven to 350°F 1. Cream butter and sugar with your mixer, blending until the consistency is very smooth and creamy 2. add eggs to the butter mixture and mix until completely smooth 3. add milk and mix on low until blended into the butter mix 4.mix chocolate powders together in a separate bowl and then pour the combined mixture into the butter/milk/egg mix. Beat on high until completely blended in 5. slowly add flour into the mix, blending well after every addition Pour mixture into any pan you’d like to use. With this recipe, I made 12 cupcakes and an 8×11 thin layered cake (like a brownie)! For cupcakes: Pour mixture 2/3 full into the baking cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Happy Baking!!...

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Agra Hadig- Armenian First Tooth Celebration

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Designer Cakes | 0 comments

From the Library of Congress: “The centuries-old Armenian tradition agra hadig is celebrated worldwide by Armenians, no matter where they live — Armenia, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, or the U.S. Agra means “tooth,” and hadig refers to a traditionally cooked wheat dish eaten on this occasion. The agra hadig celebrates the appearance of the baby’s first tooth. The mother props the infant up on a table or on the floor and places five objects in front of the child; the first object the baby selects predicts his or her future occupation. Before the child makes the selection, its head is covered using a veil or a scarf, onto which some hadig is sprinkled to signify a wish for fruitfulness.” My niece sprouted 4 teeth in a month, so it was definitely time to do an agra hadig for her! We knew she was going to have a very elaborate event, seeing that she’s my niece, and her mother (my sister) is my partner in crime when it comes to designing party tables! (For those of you who don’t know, we go by the name Paper&Fondant when we collaborate on projects! I supply all the desserts, she supplies all the printables!) We decided on soft pinks and oranges for the colors. I wanted to create a really cute and simple cake, and match my topper to my cake pops! Since this was a tooth party, I created an adorable tooth topper, and made teeth shaped cake pops! The flavor of the cake was vanilla cake with an orange blossom whipped cream filling.My sister created really cute cupcake toppers, and a super awesome banner for my cake! For a splash of color, I chose to add macarons to the tables! Now, I don’t bake macarons mainly because the recipe is too time consuming! I purchased the macarons from Napoleon’s Macarons and everyone loved them! They will definitely be my go-to bakers for macarons! The table really turned out beautiful! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves: My niece went for the whisk and bowl three times!!! (signifies baker) My brother in law wasn’t happy so he made her choose again and she went for the tamborine (I also play music). Again, he wasn’t satisfied and groaned when she picked the level (I’m an engineer and my sister an architect). Conclusion: She’s going to be just like her mama and aunt! thanks for reading! <3 If you’re a mama planning an agra hadig, don’t be shy and hire us for your...

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