Friday, October 26, 2012

Black Velvet Rose Cupcakes For Halloween

Here's some glam goth cupcake-ness for Halloween. As most bakers know, creative inspiration comes anywhere, anytime. 

Recently I was on  a veeery long cashier line at Michael's, spotted these roses and thought, "hmmm those would make pretty Halloween cupcakes." The upside of being stuck on a long line.

It's time for some pretty anyway. I have to make up for those disgusting severed tongue truffles of my last post. This cupcakes design is in the complete opposite direction.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Severed Tongue Truffles For Halloween

Here it is. My one really gross Halloween treat this year. I don't know where this idea came from and I don't want to think about which part of my brain this originated from because that would be just scary.

If you can bring yourself to make these, they are as simple to make as they are disgusting. Just whip up your favorite white chocolate truffle recipe using white almond bark instead of white chocolate. I used this recipe.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Butternut Squash Oatmeal Cookies

Lately I have been seen scooping up embarrassing amounts of butternut squash, roasting them and then making puree. Stockpiling it actually. Last week when I was standing at the grocery cashier, my arms full of large plump squash, the other people in line actually started commenting and asking me questions like, "Are you making soup for a party?" Me (staring at the floor): "Um, no. They're just for me." Look for me soon on that new reality series, Squash Hoarders.

I love oatmeal cookies any time of year but there is something about the fall and winter that makes them extra special and deserving of some of my precious puree.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin Date Apricot Seed Spelt Scones #Twelve Loaves October

A few weeks ago when I was in Turkey I took a break from work to make a small side trip to Cappadocia. For those of you not familiar with this region it is a series of small towns known for its spectacular rock formation and cave dwellings.

We stopped for a brief wine tasting and went on to visit the Goreme cave city museum and then climbed the highest town, Uchisar.

Along the way I found a street vendor selling a gorgeous variety of delicious nuts and dried fruits and was most intrigued by the apricot kernels. In that area of the world, they look and taste almost like almonds.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Star Anise Macarons with Dark Chocolate Ganache Filling

These were made last fall but never posted purely out of feet phobia. For French macarons, they are a bit on the funky frilly side and admittedly I was afraid of showing their feet in public.

However, sometimes doubtful posts sit in one's draft file long enough and they start to look good again. Especially when one (ahem, me) has not had the time to make the planned Halloween treat.

I do remember they tasted wonderful. The anise and chocolate flavors were smoothed out by the sweetness of the macaron. I brought them to a party and they were ohhed and ahhed over and consumed and complimented. So if they were worth sharing with party guests, they are worth sharing with you.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Kooky Spooky Monster Eyes Oreo Bark

Leftover royal icing inspired the idea for this bark. I used up a bunch of it recently making random sugar eyes and then decided to make some color version for a potential Halloween post.

As I was mechanically piping away, my mind was working overtime generating baking ideas like these Nazar cookies. Then I thought about placing of a field of these different colored eyes on a black background. Another cookie maybe? But then making a black bark idea came. Adding Oreo cookies were a short hop from that.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tiffany Cupcakes

These were a birthday surprise for a colleague. Her name is Tiffany so how could I resist making the cupcake embodiment of her name?

I used the Magnolia Bakery recipes for vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream. It's my go to favorite and mostly because I know both recipes by heart. Easy Peasy.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nazar Cookies

I just returned a week ago from a business trip to Turkey. There was a lot of business and  then some time extra to poke around in some of my favorite places in Istanbul. Wherever you go in Turkey, you can't escape the watchful eye of the Nazar.  

Once you see them, it's hard not to feel eyes on you everywhere. They peek out at you from every corner of the market or bazaar. Vendors pin them on you and the adorn every shop. Their purpose is to ward of the evil eye. I think Turkey has it covered.

Nazar tchotchkes at the Grand Bazaar, Instanbul

When I returned from my trip I still hade some chocolate anise allspice dough in the freezer leftover from making those Turkish embroidered boot cookies. I was already onto working on some Halloween posts and was making tons of colored eyes out of royal icing when the idea hit me to use the Nazar for cookie inspiration.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ginger Milk Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

In the race to use up cream and egg yolks in the fridge before my trip to, making ice cream was a no brainer and this became the winner.

I sorted through my kitchen cabinets looking for other bits and pieces to use up. Snatching up leftover chocolate shavings and a bag of crystalized ginger I fell into a wonderful Fall ice cream flavor.

I added powdered ginger to the custard and infused it a bit. In the last part of the churning process I added the chocolate shavings and finely chopped crystalized ginger.

The ice cream was spicy and flavorful. I used milk chocolate shavings instead of the more bitter semisweet which mellowed out the sting of the ginger.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halloween Baking Favorites

In anticipation of my favorite holiday,  I'm kicking off October with a roundup of the past Halloween treats as the first post. Juct click on the picture or caption below and it will take to right to the post.

Mummy Cupcakes
Hunks of Flesh Rice Krispie Treats
Meringue Bones
Devil Cupcakes