Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Adventures in Baking

Lately I've been baking a lot. While I enjoy cooking, baking is definitely where my passion in the kitchen emerges. I'm always willing to try new recipes and techniques. So here are some of my recent adventures plus a fun little story that happened along the way. Also links are at the end of the post for the recipes that inspired me.

Peanut Butter Truffles with either coco powder, powdered sugar or sprinkle coating

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream for Icing and Fruit on top
This was quite the adventure. Last week when I wanted to try a new baking recipe. I had already gathered all my ingredients and had turned on the oven to preheat it. When I finished mixing everything and was getting ready to put it the pan I realized something was wrong when the stove started to smoke. Now my mom had recently cleaned the kitchen so my first thought she had cleaned the oven wrong somehow. I checked in the oven and found nothing... but the fire underneath the oven seemed a little bigger than it should be. Finally I realized she must have put something underneath the oven that had caught on fire. Sure enough I pulled open the under the stove drawer and found burning plastic and paper cups. I searched around for a fire extinguisher to no avail and eventually just dumped water on it. Once the fire was out I cleaned for another half hour before I could finish baking what I had started. In the end the Lemon Cake bars were worth all the drama.
After a lot of cleanup
What started the whole adventure

Lemon Cake Bar with Whipped Strawberry Icing