May 04, 2015

Yoda Matcha Truffles

Happy Star Wars Day Everyone! May the 4th be with you. I made Chewie Wookiee Cookies (from exactly 2 years ago) yesterday… and had them for breakfast this morning. Seriously, cookies for breakfast = win!


Anyway, aside from the Chewie Wookiee Cookies, I wanted to make another Star Wars-themed recipe for this year's Star Wars Day. I've been craving something with matcha for a while, so I thought Yoda Matcha Truffles would be perfect. Aside from both being green, I associate both matcha and Yoda with zen and wisdom, so a perfect match!


The recipe is fairly straightforward. What was challenging was melting chocolate in humid weather, definitely not one of my favorite things to do. I also thought about just mixing white chocolate with matcha powder for the outside coating, but it turned out pretty grainy and icky looking, so I went back to relying on candy coloring to get the green tint for the coating. Other than that, they turned out pretty well, perfect for Star Wars Day.


P.S. In case you were wondering why these truffles only have eyes… I tried adding a mouth to some of the truffles (an example above ^), and for some reason they looked really strange to me. As I was decorating the other truffles, it hit me. The one with mouths really reminded me of the Adventure Time goblins rather than Yoda. I decided to hold back on noses as well since that would have made them look even more goblin like ><! When you make them, it's up to you whether to put a mouth on or not :P.

January 19, 2015

Homemade Marshmallows

I'm back (finally)! So, my third year of medical school has ended up a lot busier than I planned, and I haven't gotten much baking done. But I think I've got my time management down and I'm going to try to work baking and blogging back into my regular schedule. Plus, over winter break, I did some holiday baking, so I have some of that to share as well.


Today I have my go-to recipe for homemade marshmallows. I'm quite surprised that I've never shared it here before. For the most part, I try to share recipes that use minimal equipment, but this recipe requires a stand mixer due to safety (sorry), so maybe that's the reason. Anyway, if you've never made homemade marshmallows, I definitely recommend it. They turn out soft and fluffy and they just taste better than store-bought marshmallows. I have another recipe for flavored marshmallows that I'll share in a few weeks, but this recipe makes wonderful vanilla marshmallows, the perfect addition for s'mores and hot cocoa.


Usually, when I make these for everyday eating, I'll just cut them up into squares, but for my holiday baking this year, I wanted something more festive. So I decided to make them look like snowmen. I halved the recipe so they'd be thinner and easier to cut into circles. Then I gave them faces with royal icing leftover from decorating gingerbread cookies. I also added a touch of cinnamon to the powdered sugar/cornstarch mixture used to powder the outside of the marshmallows to make them extra festive. No matter squares or snowmen, they're still equally delicious.

April 28, 2014

A Short Hiatus

Hi Dear Readers,

Just wanted to let you all know that I'll be taking a temporary hiatus from blogging. I'm spending the next month or so studying for Step 1, during which I'm challenging myself to minimize my time spent on the internet. (Replace Twitter in the image below with Pinterest/Tumblr/Blogs and that's where all my time seems to go!)


During this time I won't be checking the comments here, my blog e-mail, or the DforD FB page, just FYI. Sorry! That being said, I hope to be back to blogging soon. I have many posts on the backlog as well as a ton of new ideas that I'm looking forward to sharing.

See you all soon!
Susan

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To end on an inspirational note, here are 15 of my favorite food/baking/dessert-related images :D:


Credit: Mike Stimpson


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Credit: David Olenick


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Credit: Gemma Correll

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March 17, 2014

Pot of Gold Truffles

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!!! For today, I gave my Bailey's Truffle recipe a festive twist, giving them a bit of gold sparkle and rainbow color.


I decided to use the same recipe as the Bailey's Bear Truffles, since I thought the Irish Cream would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day. If you're a long time reader of this blog, you might remember my Pot of Gold Cupcakes? Well, this year, I thought I would take the same idea and adapt it to truffles, since decorating truffles seems to be my new obsession.