Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday Cooking

Well, as usual the Holiday’s arrived faster than what I could bake. My goal to bake something everyday just did not happen. With house showings and trying to keep the place spotless, I had to give up baking on most days. Some Holiday treats did not make it to Photography either LOL!!!!

One of the things I did enjoy making was  Puerto Rican Pasteles. I have fond memories of making these with my Grandma and Mom every year since I was a kid. They always gave me what I thought was the hard part of grating those darn plantains to a pulp. The excuse was I had small fingers and could hold them to the end. HAHAHA! They sure fooled me. I embarked on this journey yesterday all by my lonesome, and yes the hard part is still the grating IMO. However, the meat and sofrito take a lot of prep time too.

So I divided my kitchen into three different stations. One for the vegetable prep, one for the meat prep, and my breakfast table taped in a bass pro plastic bag for the wrapping and tying of the pasteles.

I’m glad I had the experience of prepping these with my Grandma, because no recipe will do justice to how these are done. She had the attitude of a little bit of that and a little bit of this, and never wrote her recipe down. Though I took notes the last time we made them before her passing.hehehe…I did follow a bit of Daisy Martinez recipe, for the “masa” and the “sofrito” and adjusted as necessary until I got to that familiar flavor. Here are some pictures of the process:
DSCN2522     DSCN2513    DSCN2519DSCN2516DSCN2515DSCN2521
DSCN2518 DSCN2520 DSCN2522 DSCN2523 DSCN2524 DSCN2525 DSCN2526 DSCN2527 DSCN2528 DSCN2529 DSCN2532 DSCN2533 DSCN2534 DSCN2535 DSCN2537 DSCN2538 DSCN2539

Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 2 & 3 Christmas Countdown

So Day 2 was not just did not make it to photography LOL. Yes all dozen chocolate chip/walnut cookies where eaten before I could take pictures. Sad but true. But on day 3 I made Snowball cookies, and though some where eaten before the picture, I still had plently. On the final day of my countdown I will share a family secret story regarding my baking days as a teenager. It will be funny and shocking I promise.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Countdown Day 1

It's the first day of December, and today's treat is a Pumpkin Spice Cake with a drizzle of Pumpkin-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. OK honestly, this cake was made for Hubby who missed Thanksgiving with us. He arrives today, after being gone for a lonooong time. However, half the cake is almost missing LOL Hopefully, some will make it to this afternoon when he arrives.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

New Cupcake Flavor

Wanted to try this new flavor out, and it came out so yummy. They are coconut rum cupcakes with coconut rum cheese cream frosting.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More Cakes

Well it's been a while since I've posted. Been busy with lots of baking the last few weeks. Here are some of the latest creations.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Baby Shower Cake

2 layer cake of, Vanilla & Chocolate with Cream Cheese Buttercreme Filling. Iced with same Cream Cheese Icing under Marshmallow Fondant.

My Daughters 2nd Birthday Cake

Cake was a White-White Chocolate Cake, Filling-White chocolate Ganache under Raspberry Fruit filling with Buttercream Icing