Tuesday, December 30, 2008

After Christmas baking

Got this awesome new book for Xmas right as I was flying home...

... so I got the chance to go through each page on the flight. And I decided to try:

Absolute Best Brownies with Dried Cherries

... except it was a failure. (damn brownies from scratch!!!!)
So, once I re-try this recipe, I'll be sure to post!

And since a "from scratch" recipe failed, I of course defaulted to a box mix to bake.
Thus, I baked up some sugar cookies and decorated them. Here's to after Christmas baking!

I got the icing recipe from Baking Bites. Since I didn't want/need a massive amount of icing, I quartered the recipe - the proportion I used is shown here:

Simple Colored Icing from Baking Bites
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
food coloring

Mix all sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth and to desired consistency. Add more milk/sugar as desired for the right consistency to ice cookies. I used plain white on some cookies, then added a drop of blue, then when I was ready to do some green, added in a couple drops of yellow. I mixed all colors in one bowl since I'm too unwilling to use excess dishes.

Baking Bites also had an awesome recipe for Homemade Samoas Cookies that I will be baking in the next day or so! YAY! and YUMMM!!

Also, I had the chance to "make" Chinese Tea Eggs!

Simply boil eggs with the flavor and tea packets. Crack the shells after 20 min (or so). Then continue to let simmer for flavor to penetrate through. I've transferred my eggs to a slow cooker and am letting them stew overnight. Stay tuned for the final product!

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