My new toy arrived today – a KitchenAid mixer. I have a hand mixer that was received as a wedding present, 45 years ago. I have been using that hand mixer since that time, and it has been a faithful appliance. This little mixer has always worked despite the fact that over 40 years ago I lost the cord to it when moving. This cord … Continue reading a new toy!
Well, it is Sunday, and time to bake again. I’ve had this almond-flavored sugar cookie recipe for years and it’s always been a favorite. It came with an icing recipe, but I wanted to try my hand at Royal Icing. This recipe says to chill the dough for 1 hour after making before rolling it out. Since I didn’t make up the dough until Saturday … Continue reading this week’s bake – sugar cookies (and my first attempt at royal icing)
It’s an oppressive dreary day outside and perfect for turning on the oven and filling the house with good smells. Now that I’m baking again, I wanted to try making pizza dough. I have a recipe I’ve made before and remember it as being very good, so I threw together the dough and set it aside to rise. The dough didn’t rise as much as … Continue reading pizza day
I’ve decided to start a new weekly series to carry me through winter, until the flowers are blooming again, and I can continue with “this week’s bouquet”. When winter hits with a “punch”, I need something to entertain myself until I can garden again. Plus, the oven warms the house and the aromas are heavenly. So . . . to start the series, I’m making … Continue reading this week’s bake – macaroon angel cakes
This is a very old pastry recipe that I first made over 45 years ago. It is one of my absolute favorite pastries. It has always been a labor of love to make, since you need to proof the dough overnight in the refrigerator, making it a two-day process. This pastry is made with an almond paste made by a company called “Solo”, and I … Continue reading almond kringle
I’m not sure what’s come over me, but suddenly, I want to bake. It might just be the New Year, or I’ve been watching too many episodes of “The Great British Bake Off” lately. I haven’t baked in years. It is something I did only out of necessity, and only then if backed into a corner. But . . . I’ve decided to ride this … Continue reading an afternoon of baking