Saturday, March 10, 2007

Belated Cake Photo

My parents' 40th Anniversary cake - because they love air hockey. Yes, this was back in oh, December. I am nothing if not consistent in how late I am in posting pictures! What made me think of it is that today is our 17th anniversary - and we'll be heading to the Catacombs for dinner. I will have to remember my camera. And I'll have to remember to USE it to take pictures. Oh, and post them. Right.

What you can't see in this photo (it was late and lighting in my kitchen is horrible at night) is that there were thousands of tiny pin holes for the 'air holes' in a regular air hockey table. It was set on 4" tall wooden dowels and bolted to the wooden board underneath (which is nicely wrapped, of course *G*)

It smelled so sweet! Once again, Charm City Cakes comes through!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Apple things

JT is waxing poetic over what he is calling "the best apple thingies ever."

Roo: "The apples! They speak to me!"

The picture, however, does little justice to it:

I'm guessing this is a hit in this house. And it's a simple simple recipe. Yay for that!

3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, sliced and quartered (Yay for Pampered Chef Apple Peeler Corer Slicer)
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

Sprinkle lemon juice over apple. Mix together sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over apples and mix to coat (I do this in a covered bowl and shake it until it's evenly distributed). Pour melted butter over all. Cover and bake at 350* for 45 minutes.

Serve as is with fresh whipped cream or cool slightly and place in the middle of puff pastry squares (ended up with that instead of phyllo - JT got the wrong thing, but that's okay, it worked). Pull corners in to cover. Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 400* for 15 minutes.

Serve hot with yet more whipped cream.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

After watching the Good Eats episode, House of the Rising Bun, I was hit with a craving for really good cinnamon rolls. So off I went to the website, grabbed the recipe and here are the results (these are from last week):

The night before, prepared to go rest in the refrigerator overnight:

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The next morning, right from the oven:

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Dressed for table:

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They were amazingly good!