Bake Day Over Winter Break

My friends and I decided to bake at a friend’s house near the end of the holidays. This is becoming somewhat of a tradition now! And of course our baking gets better every year ;)… I hope. There were a lot of goodies that we wanted to make but they had to be fail proof as well!

Our first item of business: chocolate chip muffins! =) Recipe here.

IMAG0302Making the batter!

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Okay the recipe only asks for half a cup of sugar so it wasn’t sweet enough for us so maybe I’ll probably adjust it to one cup next time. Also I think we might have undercooked it a bit but it was still ok!

IMAG0314Next we made Pillsbury Crescent Rolls! I love Pillsbury stuff it’s always easy to make and tasty too and these were no exception. Ok ours were rolled up weirdly but trust me they’re very buttery and soft. I’ve also been browsing Pinterest a lot lately and I noticed a lot of innovative recipe ideas for crescent rolls such as adding chocolate and marshmallows or ham and cheese. Check out this Pinterest account for more ideas!

PS. we got the reduced fat kind ;)

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Finally we made banana chocolate chip bread! It is recommended that you use really ripe bananas for this but ours weren’t quite there yet and apparently mashing them and leaving them to sit for ten minutes will give them more banana flavour!

IMAG0305Mushy bananas! Yeah doesn’t look that appetizing right now… we also decided to add cocoa powder to make it even more chocolatey!

IMAG0315Tada! I’m so proud of us =’) In my haste I forgot to take a picture of the whole thing oops but it was super light and moist and fluffy. I thought it would be a bit more dense. And you could taste the banana and chocolate flavours although I think we might have overdone the cocoa powder a bit. Not that I’m complaining! =D

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I’m totally going to make this again sometime!!! Thanks to Chef John for the recipe which can be found here. He also added walnuts but we skipped that.

The day was a success and we stuffed ourselves with lots of yummy baked goods =)

Making Pies! :)

In case you didn’t already know I’m a huge fan of Chef John from Foodwishes! So for my holiday potluck I decided to make his pies: chocolate pecan and apple. I’m not usually a pie person but the recipes seemed easy enough and tasty too. When I went to buy pecans they ran out of the small packages and I didn’t want to buy a bigger package of pecans that I’m not going to eat anyway so I substituted walnuts instead. Also I thought about making banana bread but Safeway didn’t sell any ripe bananas… so that didn’t happen. I also bought pre-made pie crusts which made the recipe even easier.

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Tada! Here’s the finished chocolate walnut pie! I know it doesn’t look that great but it tasted good! The crust browned a bit more than I would have liked though. Here’s the recipe!

IMAG0277Close up! This was after it had cooled for an hour if you leave it for a few more hours it’ll be even more solid. The first time I made it and it didn’t cool it was really hard to eat because the inside wasn’t solid enough and the nuts didn’t stick together. Or I guess you can always refrigerate it.

IMAG0279My beautiful apple pie! Ok not that beautiful…I had to make the top crust from scratch which was harder than I thought and I made it too thick oops and I should have baked it longer than 1 hour because the apples could have been softer. Not bad for my first time though! :) I also didn’t have a pastry blender so I had to cut in the butter with a fork which took forever… >.>

Pie Crust Recipe

Apple Pie Filling Recipe 

 

 

Macaron Failure… I mean important lessons learned!

Recently my favourite YouTube chef, Chef John, put up a video for chocolate macarons so a friend and I decided to try it! This recipe required almond meal/almond flour and I went to Safeway and didn’t find any. I found some at Pricesmart Foods but they ran out. Then I found some finely ground almonds there which is essentially what almond meal/flour is so I just bought that. However we sort of failed because we forgot to rewatch the video and uhm missed some steps… BUT ANYWAY they still tasted good! LOL so here are a few photos haha

Stiff Peaks for Egg Whites!

You can see the bag of ground almonds in the back.

Ok I think we made these a little too flat =( Then it lacked that texture when you bite into it because well there wasn’t much to bite into… We did a swirly pattern which didn’t work that well since they were too flat.

Mixing in the dry ingredients!

In the oven!

These are actually the green tea ones we made after. They were a tad  bitter because I added too much green tea powder. These macaron measurements need to be extremely precise! ><

Assembled together! Ours were actually pretty big so they looked more like cookie sandwiches than macarons! haha Instead of making our own filling we just decided to use nutella and that worked out quite well too. Even with the green tea ones! XD Our macarons lacked the little “feet” that they’re suppose to have around the edges and the texture wasn’t there either. They were really more like cookies… but anyway they still tasted good so maybe next time we can improve some more! Maybe they can look like this next time!

Or I can just buy them…

~Chubbybunny077