Saturday, August 31, 2013

HAIL to Michigan Football Season

The long anticipated and much enjoyable season where excitement runs high, hopes are occasionally crushed and shattered with a knife, and the tides can turn in any direction in just a few moments of weakness has finally arrived!


(Gingerbread Cookies and Royal Icing)

Fall is my favorite holiday for a number of reasons, including but not limited to pumpkin-flavored everything, apple picking, fall fashion, the crisp chill in the air, and above all else - Michigan football!

(Maize and Blue Shapable Butter Cookies)

Maize and Blue treats have been a theme on this blog since the beginning. From Michigan colored cupcakes to cookies, I love supporting my favorite team through my favorite hobby.

(Maize and Blue Velvet Swirl Cupcakes)

As the season kicks off, I'd love your suggestions for Maize and Blue themed goodies! Share them with me in the comments.

Happy Baking and Forever GO BLUE!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

South African Malva Pudding and an Epic Dinner Party

Since my first bonfire side experience eating Malva pudding, the incredibly indulgent and moist South African sponge cake lathered in sweet sauce, I’ve yearned for a worthy occasion to recreate it at home. Finally, months later I found the perfect opportunity when I volunteered to make dessert for an epic dinner party with all of my favorite foodies — the team at NoshOnIt.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Panna Cotta with Peach Jelly

For my birthday last weekend, I knew most of my friends would be out of town (either because they were travelling or because so many of my friends these days live far, far away from me) so I wasn’t about to make a cake or batch of cupcakes, but I still wanted something sweet.

Last year for a joint mustache-themed birthday party with my roommate, I made amazing Old Fashioned Cupcakes spiked with enough whisky and bitters to make any Mad Men character swoon. This year, I settled for what David Lebovitz calls the perfect Panna Cotta, topped with homemade Peach Jelly and served in four half-pint mason jars.

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Perfectly Imperfect Vanilla Plum Galette

It’s funny how quickly we get wrapped up in making plans for the future. We plan for vacations, we plan our careers as best we can, we plan evenings out with friends. I love planning and revel in locking in those last minute details about an event of the future, but how often does said event turn out as perfectly as planned?

Galettes are among my favorite perfectly imperfect desserts! They look rustic and beautiful, and come together fairly easily in not much time at all and with very little planning needed. The only real equipment required is a baking sheet and something to roll the piecrust with.

Did you notice I didn’t say you need a rolling pin? I lost mine when I most recently moved because it actually belonged to my roommate. For this galette and for the last batch of cookies I made with friends, I floured up a bottle of wine to substitute a traditional rolling pin. Hey, whatever works!