Saturday, March 20, 2010

Owl Treats

In our ward I am a teacher to the 12 and 13 year-old girls. For our recent Young Women New Beginnings (wherein we introduce our theme for the upcoming year) I was asked to provide owl treats. The 2010 Young Men/Young Women theme is "Be strong and of a good courage (Joshua 1:19)" and our emphasis at New Beginnings was "Remember 'Whoo' You are." I had a great time deciding what to make, and I think everything turned out pretty good!

Owl Cupcakes
Vanilla buttercream frosting with chocolate cake:

Owl Cake Pops
These little guys were my favorite. I was inspired by the chocolate coated cake ball pops made famous by Bakerella.

I used white candy coated chocolate candies for the eyes, candy sunflower seeds for the beaks, and orange flower shaped sprinkles for the feet.

It was all innocent fun at first. But the more that I made, the more they glared at me with their big round eyes, beckoning me to construct more of their friends.

They continued to stare, and when I had finished and turned to leave the kitchen, I could still feel their eyes following me.

I made 30 owls in all, and the girls loved them, so mission accomplished!

Monday, March 01, 2010

February 2010 Daring Bakers Challenge

The Daring Bakers Challenge for February was to make Tiramisu, with all ingredients made from scratch. This involved making the ladyfinger biscuits, mascarpone cheese (kind of like a sour cream cheese), zabaglione (a sort of flavorful custard), and vanilla pastry cream. I made my own version, Mormon-Friendly Tiramisu, by substituting the alcohol and coffee with homemade hot chocolate.

The entire process was quite time consuming, especially as some of the ingredients needed to set for at least 24 hours. I made the ladyfingers a week or so in advance, which meant a week of hearing "So, can I have some of these biscuit thingys yet?" from Leonard every time he'd open the fridge.

The Tiramisu was delicious. The filling is creamy and flavorful, and the hot chocolate soaked ladyfingers add a nice texture.

The Verdict: Yumtastic! I'll make this again, but might not make all the ingredients from scratch to save on time. This would be nice when served following a fancy-pants meal for the mature palate, like salmon with asparagus.

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.