Monday, March 30, 2009

Fresh Donuts!!!

On this rainy afternoon, my baking buddy and I decided we would catch you all up on our latest baking extravaganza. Last week we thought it would be fun to try making some of our favorite breakfast foods...DONUTS!! We made chocolate donut holes and chocolate donut sticks. We topped some off with sugar, while others we glazed. They turned out really yummy, especially when they were warm. I hope everyone is staying dry today!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cookies & Water

The house was quiet, and the cool wind gentle blew through the windows. My little baking buddy Avery and I were thinking of a "quiet activity" to do during nap time, so we grabbed the peanut butter and made some Peanut Butter Cookies. We used the old classic recipe from Better Homes and Garden, and started cracking away. After mixing, rolling, squashing, and baking the cookies, this is what we got. To a five year old that doesn't like milk, water was the next best thing to have with her cookies, so here are our "Cookies & Water". Hope everyone has a great afternoon!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Cakes

Here are the Birthday Cakes for Adam and I. They are both 12 inch round, double layer cakes. The one on the top is a white coconut cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Adam's cake, on the bottom, is a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting:

Here is the St. Patrick's Day Cake that I made. It was a chocolate mint cake, made from scratch, with buttercream frosting. It is topped with fondant:

Early mornings call for fresh, homemade bagels.

Fresh Bagels = YUM!! Last night I wanted to bake something different. I bake a lot of sweets and was looking for a little variety, so I decided to tackle bagels...a new adventure! After a little time with google, I picked a recipe and hoped for the best. The recipe I chose did not involve 1 hour of rising, which to me, made it perfect. Also, I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen. It made 8 bagels, and I decided to try garlic, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds for seasonings. The whole family tried them for breakfast the next morning, and I have to say for a first try at baking bagels, they weren't that bad.

Hello All!!

Hello all and welcome to The Messy Kitchen. This blog is going to take you along on my many adventures as I try to get myself to my final destination of owning a bakery. I love to bake and I want to be able to share all of my experiences with you: good, bad, and the messy ones :) So, stay tuned for more posts to come!