The search is over! Crispy waffles.

When I was little my mother had this ancient waffle iron.  It made very thin waffles with tons of holes in them.  I’m not sure how she made them, for all I know she used a pre canned mix, it was the 80’s after all!  I loved those waffles and now that I’m older I wish I had that waffle iron.  It would have needed a lot of help as it only cooked on the bottom and you had to flip them half way through the cooking time when I was a preteen.  I don’t think it was ever replaced at my mothers.  She doesn’t cook anymore. 


Daring Bakers – Cookies!

I’m here, I’m here!!!  Don’t forget me!!!  Ok, so I really fucked up and missed the deadline by about almost 5 days.  Whoops is all I can say.  I could tell you my excuses (ranging from my children needing a lot of attention to it’s been way to  hot here to cook cookies) but I won’t.  I missed the deadline my fellow daring bakers…  is there any way you can forgive me?  I’ll stop rambling now and save that for another post, on to the cookies!

The July Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network.

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Daring Bakers – Bakewell Tart!

The June Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Jasmine of Confessions of a Cardamom Addict and Annemarie of Ambrosia and Nectar. They chose a Traditional (UK) Bakewell Tart... er... pudding that was inspired by a rich baking history dating back to the 1800's in England.
I’d never made a bakewell tart before.  I had heard of it from Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver but never made one or really even thought about making one.  I’d have to say though it was a great success!  I made it for Father’s day dinner and boy did my Father in-law-love it!  He was thrilled with it and even continued to finish it off when he came over to help Tim with the garage fir the next two days!  I’d make this again although I think I would try different jams.  Nothing wrong with homemade strawberry but just to jazz it up a little I might try marmalade or blueberry just for something different.  Great challenge! 

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Daring Bakers & Ricotta Gnocchi

I’d actually never heard of Ricotta Gnocchi till I saw it on the daring cooks message board.  But now that I’m a daring cook I have to be up to try anything, right?!  So in the true spirit of being daring I thought I would make the cheese as well.  Which I thought was really easy and worked great!  It made some of the richest ricotta cheese I’ve ever had.  I don’t know if that worked against me though when I was making the Gnocchi.  It was so rich I couldn’t eat a lot of it so we had it more as an appetizer before a birthday party