Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lemon Meringue Pie

Day 180 Recipe 72
When I slid this pie into the oven, I actually said aloud, "That was a fun pie to make!!" And it was. Making the lemon filling was a little tedious, but making the meringue was really fun! I love whipping egg whites. It always amazes me how you can take that runny liquid out of an egg and whip it up to more than 3 times its size in a matter of minutes. I would like to thank my kitchen aid mixer, for without it, this pie would not have been possible!! :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Apple turnovers and quick puff pastry

Day 178 Recipe 70 and 71
These were not too hard to do. The quick puff pastry took a lot less effort than the classic recipe. The apple mixture itself was so yummy, just a mixture of apple, sugar and a little lemon juice. I ate the leftover with a spoon!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Angel Food Cake

Day 171 Recipe 69
I can not even begin to tell you how delicious this cake was. It was so, so good! It was a nice fluffy cake, way better than anything store bought. I was worried because I didn't have any strawberries or anything to put on it, but it was delicious all by itself!! I have already made this 2 more times since!! :)

Monday, January 18, 2010

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Day 164 Recipe 68
I have made a lemon chiffon cake before. This recipe was just like that one where you have to separate the eggs so you can whip up the egg whites. And you cook it in a tube pan, that is ungreased. This always make me extremely nervous!! I actually enjoy greasing and flouring pans. It always reminds me of a scene in Peggy Sue Got Married, which is a favorite movie of mine. Peggy is in the kitchen with her mom, helping her bake a cake, and she is flouring a pan for her. I know... its weird... but that is what I think of. So anyways... when making an angel food cake or chiffon cake you do not grease the pan. And don't... it won't come out if you do. I know... I tried!! This cake actually did really good and just 'fell' out of the inverted pan like it was supposed to. Good job cake!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010


So I was looking through the cookbook today and was just curious how many recipes I have left to make. I mean, I have been at this for almost 6 months now. So if I do not count any variations, or extra recipes..... so if I go strictly by the index alone.... these are my totals.

Yeast Breads
Made 8 Left to go 8
Flat breads
Made 2 Left to go 3
Made 8 Left to go 8
Cookies, Bars and Brownies
Made 13 Left to go 9
Pies and Tarts
Made 10 Left to go 11
Made 4 Left to go 15
Made 5 Left to go 11
Custards and Souffles
Made 2 Left to go 5
So I have made 52 recipes (Just the main ones) and I have 70 left to make. Apparently I need to make more cakes!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Lemon Squares

Day 162 Recipe 67
My absolute favorite thing about this recipe is that I was able to use lemons off my very own tree in my backyard!! I was so excited!!

This recipe took awhile. To make the lemon curd filling you had to sit, and continuously stir the mixture over a double-boiler for about 15-20 minutes. Then you bake them, then they have to refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Right at 3 hours the kids and I took them out and tasted them with a little bit of powdered sugar. My 5 year old had enough after just 2 bites. My 3 year old ate his and his brothers using mostly his finger!! I thought they were okay. I am not a huge lemon fan like some people (Libby :0). I mean, I like lemonade and that is about it. But I had another piece after dinner and this time I doused it in powdered sugar. And it was SO GOOD!! So good in fact... that I had another piece!! But shhh... don't tell!! :)

I am trying to take better pictures of my food. Can you tell the difference?? Do they look any better??

Friday, January 15, 2010

Vanilla Spritz Cookies

Day 149 Recipe 66
Don't you just love these plates?!? My very good friend and neighbor gave me a set of the cutest desert plates shaped like cupcakes for Christmas. I thought they would be just perfect to showcase all my goodies on. I mean, my blog is called Make it a Cupcake Kinda Day!! I really enjoyed making these cookies. It was the most fun I have had baking in a long time. Mainly due to the fact that I got to use my brand new cookie press that my wonderful husband got me for Christmas. The kids kept asking for a turn to use, but I was just having so much fun!! Anyways, the cookies were very good. Very simple, with lots of butter. Can't go wrong there!! :)