It’s Sunday again and it’s time for another go round at some web links. This is just stuff that I’ve found while cruising the web. The content can be anything here – from fine pastry to mealtime, from the sublime and seductive to the absurd and abnormal, from heavy duty learning to the insane and ridiculous. Old posts or new, anything goes here. Here’s the roundup of things I’ve stumbled across during the past week.
Since everyone is pretty much still lapsed into a sugar coma from the holiday, I’ll try and keep the sugar to a minimum this week LOL
If you have always dreamed about writing that cookbook, be sure to do a reality check here, a great article by food writer Nancy Baggett called Are My Recipes Good Enough for a Cookbook? Recipe Testers Revealed the Hard Truth.
Ok I said no sugar but I lied. See the Cinnamon Apple Candy Cane Kolache with Cinnamon Drizzle from Barbara Bakes. It’s a Danish Braid with a twist – literally!
I was looking for some things to do with Chestnuts and came across this process post with a recipe and technique for Chestnut Puree over at Not Quite Nigella. Lorraine is great so check it out.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions from the locals about homemade candy, particularly truffles. Here’s a nice post that wraps it up neatly for you over at My Baking Addiction called Simple Homemade Truffles.
Also from My Baking Addiction, these caught my eye as I happen to have some Pumpkin Ale in the fridge. See Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes.
Your own Homemade Candy Peanut Butter Cups – much easier than you think.
I’ve recently been gifted with a few pounds of dates and have been looking for something to do with them. I found a Banana Date Bread here at Bellaeats.com.
Creamed Cornbread from Alton Brown over at the Food Network. This one calls for a cast iron skillet. My dad really likes this one.
Ok now this is interesting – sort of almost like croissants without all the lamination pain. Does take a little work, but if you are still afraid of laminated doughs this might be just the ticket. I am going to try these myself. See Bread Baking Babes bake Ensaïmadas! Also see this related post from Bread Baker’s Dog and you’ll get an idea of the inside of the bun.
An Old World Christmas Cookie Round U is here at One Perfect Bite. Some traditional favorites all in one place.
Also from One Perfect Bite, Irish Caraway Crisps. We have kind of a love affair with Caraway here so these sound great!
We’ll wrap things up with this amazing cake frosting tip I found over at Grandma Bonnie’s Closet. Want to get a smooth Frosting? Here you go – Simple Cake Decorating Tip: Smoothing Butter Cream Icing . I’ve never heard of it or tried it, but seeing as I’ve had my share of cakewrecks, I think it’s worth giving it a go. Give an “almost fondant” look without all the trouble. Thanks Grandma Bonnie!
**Any commercial shopping links listed in this post are not endorsements as the products have not been purchased or tested. It’s just interesting stuff that I thought might be of interest. As always, investigate vendors before making any purchase.