Rick Rolled

This honestly has nothing to do with my blog, but we were all watching people being rick rolled in class, and it was hilarious!! This is the music video that comes up when you are rick rolled, except that you are not able to exit out of it. It is horrible when you get rick rolled, most ofn the time it leads to virsus! Ah..

Terry Border

I checked out this Terry’s blog and I found this quote of his that I really liked. “You know those things about yourself that you’re self-conscious of? Those quirks that you’re trying to hide? Those are not your weaknesses, those are your strengths.”

Amazing Creativity!

This guy makes art with food. It is pretty fantastic! Crazy Crazy. He makes art foodfull! It is one of his many series. His name is Terry and he does it for a living in his home studio.

Double-Maple Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon imitation maple flavoring

2 large eggs

5/4 cups all-purpose flour

5/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk

1/4 cup maple syrup

Frosting:

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon imitation maple flavoring

1/8 teaspoon salt

7/4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. To prepare cupcakes, beat first four ingredients with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine baking powder, flour, and salt in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Combine milk and maple syrup. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.

3. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack, and remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

4. To prepare frosting, beat maple syrup and next four ingredients with a mixer at medium speed 1 minute. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating just until blended (do not overbeat). Spread frosting over cupcakes, once they are cooled.

Follow Up on Nanaimo Bars

Last week, I brought in homemade Nanaimo bars! All the chocolate lovers were put into heaven when they took their first bite. Their only complaint was….. that they needed to have bigger slices. But, to my defense, they are only supposed to be sampler sizes.

I had the class rate them between 1 and 5, 1 being the best and here is the average rate…..

So far, by the looks of my poll, more people enjoy the Nanaimo bars, but we will have to wait and see how they compare to the Double-Maple Cupcakes I bring in tomorrow.

Mad Dash For Shortening

Monday, two days ago, was one of my best friends birthdays, and another friend of  mine and I decided to make it extra special and go all out with posters and decorations and TREATS. So, the Saturday before her birthday, we started off by making her homemade chocolate chip cookies, (we were going to make shortbread cookies with lemon frosting, but we did not have one of the ingredients, wheat germ…)

When we reached the chocolate cookie recipe, we found out that you had to have shortening. Honestly, we had no idea what that was! While I was looking over that recipe to make sure we had everything else, we were on the phone with a friend and she decided to ask him what shortening was. Meanwhile I looked it up on the Internet… He said that it was fat! That sounded very disgusting! When I looked up the definition of shortening on the Internet it said that it was fat or lard. I was like, “where are we going to find fat lard?” Neither my friend or the Internet’s definition, were of help to us.

Instead I decided to call my mom. She can always be of help to me in the time of desperate need! This time she gave me an exact answer that cleared this whole situation all up. CRISCO! Once we heard her say that it was Crisco, I had a feeling that we did not have that at home in the kitchen because I never recalled using it before. So I went looking everywhere though because we wanted to make the cookies! I mean, it sounds like a recipe with simple ingredients, but know I had to wrong. After a thorough hunt, I found it in the baking section of my kitchen the second time… wow.. Once we got to the actual baking part though, it became so much easier!

Since we figured out that there is fat lard in the cookies, we were not exactly thrilled to eat them, but we did anyways…and they were scrumptious! After that experience, I later came back home and made my signature recipe, lemon bars, for my friend’s birthday. Definitely a much more simple recipe to make then the chocolate chip cookies since I have made them much more often. Let me tell you, they were a hit! I hid them in her locker and she found them along with bunches of posters and one of the chocolate chip cookies too! She was so very thrilled!

Task accomplished!

Nanaimo Bars

Ingredients:

First Layer

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder

2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Second Layer

2 cups powdered sugar

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream

2 tablespoons custard powder

Third Layer

2/3 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

Directions:

First, prepare the baking dish. Line a 7-by-11-by2-inch glass baking dish with two strips of parchment paper, each about 8 inches wide and 16 inches long. Let the excess overhang the sides, forming a sling for easy lifting and removal of the layered block from the dish once it is baked. Set aside.

To make the first layer, in a large bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, cocoa powder, egg whites, cracker crumbs, coconut, and walnuts and mix thoroughly. Press firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

To make the second layer, in a bowl, using a sturdy spoon, combine the powdered sugar, butter, cream, and custard powder, stirring until smooth and fluffy. The mixture will be fairly stiff. Spread evenly on top of the first layer. Place in the refrigerator while making the third layer.

To make the third layer, bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in the bottom of a double boiler or in a saucepan. Place the chocolate and butter in the top of the double boiler or in a heatproof bowl placed over the pan of water. Heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate and butter melt. Using the back of a spoon, spread the warm chocolate topping evenly over the second layer and refrigerate until cold.

To serve, grasp the ends of the parchment and lift out the layered block from the dish. Using a sharp knife, cut into about 24 bars. Cover and refrigerate leftover bars for up to 3 days.

Average Lemon Bar..

As you may remember, I brought in lemon bars for the class that I made from scratch. I managed to figure out the average rating on them. The average rate for the lemon bars by the class is a 1.4! That is pretty good for the first recipe that I brought in.

On To The Next One…

Today’s English class went great. The majority of the class LOVED my lemon bars, they even asked for seconds! Of course though, I did not have enough because they are just supposed to be samples. I was very satisfied overall with how everything went, including the process of making the lemon bars. I have made them many times before, and they are my signature recipe.

I cannot wait to make Nanaimo Bars for next week! I have not made them before, but with the classes’ feedback, I will know whether or not they are a big hit and if I should continue to make them.

I never imagined that I would be able to bake constantly for a school project. This is so far the most fun I have had with an assignment in a long time! Honestly, I can hardly wait to get started on making  my next recipe and see what the classes’ reaction is to when they take their first bite into the Nanaimo Bars!

Follow Up on Lemon Bars

Thanks everyone for giving me your feedback today. I cannot wait to make more treats for you all! If anyone has any suggestions please let me know!

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