Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cake Delivery

Today Jerry and I delivered a graduation cake to Historic Fort Benton. While we were there we took a tour of the town.
Lewis and Clark stopped here to map out their route.

Lewis and Clark's boat.

Some of the historic buildings downtown.

An old bridge that is now a walking bridge.

The Grand Union. I have a wedding cake this summer to be delivered here.

The 1888 fire house.

Statue of Shep. A dog that became famous because he stayed at the railroad station waiting for his master to return from war. His master never came back. But Shep waited until he died.
The cake we delivered was shaped like a tennis racked. The young lady the cake was for is a tennis player and has a full ride scholarship to college because of her tennis playing. This cake was chocolate and everything is eatable. This was a replica of her racket.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy National Apple Pie Day

Today is National Apple Pie Day

Here is a super simple way to celebrate!

Rustic Apple Pie Recipe

It is also called and Apple Crostata. It might not be so pretty, but it is extra delicious and quick!

I adapted the recipe from one of my favorite cooks, Ina Garten. My apples were extremely tart and I felt they needed to be tossed in sugar but I didn't want to lose Ina's yummy topping on her apple crostata........ so I did both.

Make or purchase a pie crust. If you are making yours Ina's version includes a recipe.Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it to a parchment lined or sprayed baking sheet.

The Filling for the Apple Crostata

about 6 cups thinly sliced apples

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

For the filling, peel, core, and slice the apples. Toss the slices with the mixture. Cover the dough with the apples leaving a 2 inch border.

The Topping for the Apple Crostata

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup granulated or superfine sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced

Combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Pour into a bowl and rub it with your fingers until it starts holding together. Sprinkle evenly on the apples. Gently fold the border over the apples to enclose the dough, pleating it to make a circle.

Bake the crostata for 20 to 30 minutes, until the crust is golden and the apples are tender. Allow to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Happy National Pie Day!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day

I just wanted to wish all the wonderful mother's aMother's Day Pictures, Images and Photos

Three Cakes

Each of these pictures has their own story.

The first cake was made for a bridal shower. The bride is from Idaho, but her family lives here. The maid of honor and two of her friends gave the shower. The first shower was originally planned for March and was to be a black, red, and white moulin rouge theme. But, Bridezilla, as her maid of honor has called her cancelled. So the next date was set for April. Again the Bridezilla cancelled. So the next day was May 6th and the Bridzilla changed the theme. So, two weeks before the 6th the maid of honor calls and asks is I had May 20 open. I had to tell her no and she hung up on me. Ten minutes later she called back, apologized and told me she was so excited about telling the Bridezilla that she couldn't change the date of the shower. So the shower was set and a new theme was decided upon. When I delivered the cake after everyone oohed and awed over the cake, one of the friends, she was blonde, asked what happened to the red, white, and black theme while she was placing pink,blue and purple napkins on the table. The maid of honor gave her a strange look and said lets not go there. I feel sorry for the maid of honor because the bride is her husband's sister.

The next two cakes are going to the same party. The cupcake cake is a graduation cake for a young lady graduating from UGF this weekend. She loves cupcakes so the topper is, you quested it, a cupcake. The other cake is for her dad who is turning 40. Her mom already turned 40 and this cake is pay back for her surprise party that he threw. Needless to say, the cake will be a surprise because he thinks they are renting the VFW to celebrate his daughter. The hall will be divided, on one side will be the graduation party and on the other side his 40th birthday party. If you haven't guessed, he is a fowl hunter. Sounds like it will be a fun night.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

100 days

Today was Aiden's 100th day of school. He was so excited when he got out of school because they all got a $100 bill. Fake of course he told me.
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