Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Friday, February 11, 2011

Baking. Baking. Did I mention baking?

I really love baking and cooking - it's one of my favorite things to do.  And, like everyone, I like to think I'm fairly good at it.  I got to put that to the test this week!  I baked cupcakes for a friends shower which we had yesterday morning and that proved to be a huge success :)  My friend had a great time and received many cute and adorable things for her soon to be fifth child and the food practically disappeared!  I got rave reviews on the cupcakes, too - bonus! :)  

Then I had to start a volunteer baking project for a church event on Saturday morning.  I was asked to make about six Blueberry Lemon Curd Coffee Cakes, approx 60 servings total.  The recipes were incredibly easy, yet very time consuming.  I did the Lemon Curd yesterday and prepared the brioche bread base because it needed to chill before rolling out.  This morning I had to do a massive kitchen clean up from the last 3 days of baking before I felt comfortable about rolling out the dough on my counter!  In the interest of saving a little moola, I went with frozen blueberries and didn't thaw them first. ( Makes for some runny business but not too messy).  Then I started rolling and filling the dough.  An easy process, yet again, time consuming...why?  The dough needed time to rest after it had been rolled up.  So I ended up doing three cookie sheets of two logs each.  After baking the first batch I realized my oven temp was a little off so I reduced the temp and that seemed to work just fine for the middle and end batches.  When baked, the logs rise considerably.  I think if I'd had to do rings, it would have taken me all day because I would have only been able to do one ring at a time!  YIKES!  I'm not the best when it comes to waiting for things!  :)

In any case I think everything turned out great and hopefully it will taste great!  Here's the photo evidence:

Brioche dough

Rolled out

Spreading the lemon curd

Frozen blueberries...

Rolling the whole thing up

Egg washed, sugared and ready to go in the oven

Finished logs, first batch is a little too brown
Off to rest my poor little head :)  Don't let me kid you, I've enjoyed every minute!  Oh, and the last project I have?  I'm due back at the church on Sunday morning to bake muffins for the morning volunteers.  WHAT was I thinking!!!  I'll be taking a break from all the baking for a little while, to recoup my energy!  

Stay safe and have a lovely weekend!


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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris