Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pink, pink and more pink.....

It is so exciting to be able to watch my friends grow and change...get married.....and now start to have children..How did we get this old???

Just wanted to share with you my latest project. One recommendation I can say is never make cookies at midnight...unless you really love who you are giving them too!!! (My friend was worth it.....) I used last Thursdays Baking Tip to frost all of I just wanted to share with you an example.

I have never made cookies for a baby shower before so I had to take advantage of the opportunity who knows when the next opportunity will arise. It was a lot of fun! I have a few ideas on how to improve them for next time since I didn't have all of the piping tips I needed.

I was a little concerned the next morning when I went to open the boxes and hoped and prayed they weren't a total disaster...... so self note for the midnight projects! :-)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baking Tip Thursday!!! (Don't Miss This One!!!)

Have you ever hated a decorating pastry bag?? I have.....but times they are a changing!!!!!

I wanted to start a new post here at Baking Doux so I offer you Baking Tip Thursday.

If you are a baker like me, I love learning new tips and tricks. That is why you can catch me with magazines or books anytime I am traveling. I love keeping an eye out for the next thing to catch my eye.

So today..I have to say this is one of my favorites. Have you ever used a decorating bag just to HATE to clean it? After today you will NEVER do that again! Once I learned this tip, I was amazed I hadn't heard of it earlier (or maybe All you will need is some plastic wrap, a decorating bag, coupler, scissors and tips.

I hope this video tip is as eye-opening to you as it was to me. 

Enjoy and Happy Decorating!!!! Hope you will share with me your favorite baking tip or trick????

Thanks for Video Tip by Karen's Cookies

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Caramel Caramel.....another one of my favorites!!!!

So how was your Super Bowl weekend? Did your team win/lose.....or were you like me and didn't really pay too much attention?! 

Ok ok before start you question me....Yes, I can say I was a true American and watched the Super Bowl but aside from some commercials and maybe a few moments of the Halftime show...I couldn't tell you what really happened. However, I love this weekend every year because it involves amazing food and some great friends......who always entertain me with their discussions during the game.

So this year on a moments notice, I decided to make a favorite which is easy and quick to make. I will warn you this is addictive...which is not always a bad So instead my friends and co-workers were given the wonderful opportunity to enjoy it for me (or should I say with me?!). 

This year,  I have to admit I have spent a lot of time obsessed with Salted Caramel. We all remember this post, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream right? Yum!..They were so good....I cant wait to make them again.  

So to stick with this theme, I offer you Salted Caramel Corn with Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans. One thing I love about this recipe is the fact it contains no Corn Syrup. I am not a big fan of it so I loved finding a way to make caramel corn without it. Hope you enjoy!!!!

Salted Caramel Corn with Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans

Popcorn (ingredients per batch) - I used 3 Batches for this recipe
2 Tbsp Oil
1/4 C Popcorn Kernels

Salted Caramel 
1 C Brown Sugar, packed
8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1/2 C Heavy Cream
3 Tsp Vanilla
3 Tsp Sea Salt

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, combine oil and popcorn kernels and cover with lid. Turn heat on stove to medium-high, once corn starts to pop shake pan until popping slows and almost stops. Pour popcorn into a paper towel lined bowl and let cool. Repeat until all batches are made.

In another heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, 2 Tbsp sea salt, butter and cream. Bring ingredients to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Allow to cool.

In a greased glass bowl, combine popcorn and caramel stir until combined. (Hint: I grease a metal spoon to make this process the easiest) Spread popcorn onto prepped baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp sea salt and stir in cinnamon-sugar pecans. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, stirring half way through. Take out of oven and let cool.

I love sweet and salty (guess that is where the salted caramel obsession is from) what's your favorite type of popcorn??