Apple Pancake

Recipes in this PostGiant Apple Pancake

So, this morning, Spane was hungry, and breakfast food was in short supply. Usually, I have everything I need to make pancakes, but this time, I had left over apples from making Apple Stuffed Wontons, and I knew they would be really good in pancakes. The problem was they were a little large, and Spane didn’t want to wait. So I made two giant pancakes, one for him, and one for me. They were delicious!

I have always been crêpe challenged. Flipping a giant pancake just seemed impossible to me, so I have stuck with the dollar size variety. But, armed with the right kind of pan, a forgiving batter, and the willingness to try, I was actually able to make a pretty good-looking, although thick, crêpe.

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Apple Stuffed Wontons with Spicy Ice Cream

Recipes in this PostApple Stuffed Wontons with Spicy Ice Cream

I have a wonderful neighbor who has apple trees, and he has been giving me a lot of apples. After having made Franks with Apples, I was at a loss at what to do with those apples. He has given me a lot. I thought of making Apple Brown Betty, but it has been so hot lately the idea of having my oven on for an hour was just abhorrent. Applesauce could have been an idea, but I wanted something unique and thought-provoking. Whilst looking at some of my other recipes, I got inspiration from my Apple Cranberry Raisin Puff Pastries. Then I remembered that I had purchased some wonton skins on sale at the market, and I decided to stuff those with the apples.

I have never liked pie with ice cream, but pairing the apple stuffed wontons with spicy ice cream sounded like a plan. I like to buy vanilla ice cream, and then add my stuff to it. Yes, someday I will get an ice cream attachment for my Kitchenaid, but not today.

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Experiment in Cupcakes – Box Cake from Scratch and Boiled Frosting

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Boiled icing cupcake

Spane holding a finished cupcake

I had a dream, yes I had a dream. I dreamed of cupcakes with blue butter cream frosting.

I’m not much of a cupcake person, but they are nice if you’ve got a lot of kids. They are easy because you don’t really need a plate, and you don’t need a knife, and you don’t have to worry about someone saying their piece of cake is too small or too big. All the cupcakes are the same size.

Usually, I make a butter cake, similar to a 1234 cake, but it makes a three layer cake, and that was just too much for cupcakes. I know that a regular box of cake mix makes enough for cupcakes, but I don’t like things that come in a box. So I made my own box cake with fresh ingredients.

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Making Candy Pixie Wings

Candy Angel Wings

What You Will Need for this Project

  1. Cookie cutter – angel shape with wing
  2. Foil
  3. Scissors
  4. Vegetable Oil – flavorless
  5. Q-tips
  6. Silicon bowls
  7. Hard Candy
  8. Hammer
  9. Waxed Paper
  10. Microwave Oven

Finding A Mold

As I mentioned in a previous post about making pixies for Noelle’s Birthday cake, I looked all over to find a wing mold for the pixie wings. Michaels had a mustache mold, but it was not for hard candy. Finally, I remembered that I had an angel cookie cutter whose wings would probably be just right. My next dilemma was whether to use crushed hard candy, or to make hard candy myself. I only needed to make candy for four wings, but I could not find any clear hand candy, so I purchased Jolly Rogers and corn syrup – I could do either one.

Now that the wings are complete, I made the pixies out of marzipan.

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Chicken Croquetas

Recipes in this PostChicken Croquetas (Croquettes)

When Noelle and I went to see this cooking demonstration at William-Sonoma, I did not make these right away. I made them tonight because I had left over rotisserie chicken. Maybe I will ask Noelle over to share, on second thought, as I sit here eating one, no!

Now, what did I learn in making these? Well, first I learned that I don’t have to get my hands very dirty if I use a fork during the breading process. Then, when I tasted one, I realized I don’t have to wait until I go to Porto’s anymore – I can make these little rolled pieces of Heaven myself!

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