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1  Various Cup/Cakes in Dessert by -steps- on: April 25, 2009 05:52:18 PM
I'm going to start out by saying that Sky High is the best cook book I've ever owned.  I love it and if you like baking cakes, you will too!  

These are the same cake - the one on the cover - just two different times.  The first time I baked the layers in a rectangular pan and the second time I used cupcake tins.  SO delicious!

And these are chocolate cake with peanut butter cream cheese icing.  This recipe is also from Sky High, and it can be found online here.

This recipe is from AllRecipes, but I used cream cheese frosting.

Seriously - BUY SKY HIGH!!!
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2  Pi day + St. Patty's Edit in Dessert by -steps- on: March 14, 2009 08:49:39 PM

The recipe for the layers and the frosting is from Sky High, which is an amazing book.  Buy it.  Now.  For the filling I used stabilized whipped cream flavored with peppermint extract.  Yummy yummy!  Happy St. Patty's day!

Apple Pies:

I did these in very small batches, so I just kinda...  Winged it.  For six, I used half an apple, a bit of lemon juice, some cinnamon, some nutmeg, sugar, a sprinkle of salt, some flour, and a little water.  I cooked it on the stove until the apples were just tender and spooned it into my pie shells.  After topping with some decorative cut-outs (should have used an egg wash!), I baked them for about 10 minutes @ 350.

Strawberry Rhubarb - My fave!

Using the same method as above, cook equal amounts of rhubarb and strawberries, some flour and some sugar on the stove.  So tasty.  My Grandma used to make these, and hey make me happy because they remind me of her Cheesy

Peach Pies:

These had peaches (no way!), sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of flour.  Using the same method Smiley

The pie shells were all made with a recipe for pate brisee, cut into 4 inchish rounds and baked @ 350 in cupcake tins for about 15-20 minutes before filling.

I'm trying to be more adventurous with my baking and follow my heart instead of a strict guideline... 
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3  Valentine Desserts in Dessert by -steps- on: February 16, 2009 11:28:35 AM
I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack! 

I was late to make both of these Cry 

Cupcakes I made a 11PM on Valentine's (there's supposed to be an apostrophe, right?  It's St. Valentine's day?) Day and the mini cheesecakes I made this morning with some leftover cheesecake filling I had from a cheesecake I took to a small get-together three days ago. 

These are Martha's One-Bowl Chocolate Cupcakes, and they're pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself!  I frosted them with a simple ganache made from equal weights of chocolate and cream.

For these I made the crust by tossing a handful of Nilla wafers into a bag, smashing them, then adding 3tbls of butter.  For the filling I used the recipe here, and the hearts are a dab of heated elderberry jam my Grandma made me <3

Thanks for taking a peek Smiley  I hope you had a great Valentine's Day!
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4  Added more 'cause there aren't already enough :P in Dessert by -steps- on: January 16, 2009 08:49:04 AM
I bake.  A lot.  Too much.  But I love it, and so do my friends, so oh well!  I'm trying to take better pictures of everything, and I have quite a bit to share....

Dulce de leche macarons with praline topping, from Tartelette's recipe.  These were a little too sweet for me, but still yummy.

Chocolate macarons from Tartelette's recipe.  Delicious!

Plain old vanilla cupcakes (Billy's vanilla vanilla) and vanilla buttercream, with a royal icing butterfly Smiley

Same recipe as above with chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and sprinkled with crushed candy cane.

Chocolate cupcake with italian meringue buttercream topped with a whopper.  I left the butter out of the icing and it was very sticky... 

Pumpkin pancakes.  Found the recipe on Tastespotting.  I <3 tastespotting.

Raspberry ice cream sandwich!

Angel food cake.  Mmmmm.  I bought vanilla beans off of ebay and I can't stop using them in everything.  I even made my own extract!

I miss summertime...  This is just a simple strawberry tart.

Thanks for looking!  If anyone knows where I can get some cheap and cute plates/props for photos I would REALLY appreciate it if you let me know where to look.  Oh, and if you could recommend some affordable natural looking lights for photos...  I'd appreciate that too...


EDIT (January 17th):

Made/canned that jam at 2AM Lips sealed Unfortunately, it is more sugar flavored than raspberry.  I'd never canned anything before...  Hope I did it right.  Anyway, these are chocolate ganache and raspberry filled.

EDIT (January 19th):

This page must take HOURS to load Tongue  Also, I just realized that pancakes and bread aren't exactly "dessert..."

Prickly Pear Macaron

Bought a new camera!

Lemon tarts

Chocolate cake...  Thing Tongue
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5  Birthday desserts in Dessert by -steps- on: April 22, 2008 12:15:40 PM
My grandpa's 70th birthday was last weekend.  I asked him if he'd like me to make him something, and he told me he'd like either lemon meringue pie or a chocolate cake.

So, since my grandpa is just the coolest guy ever, I made both Smiley

I don't have pictures of it sliced (I feel weird taking pictures of food.  I didn't want to cause a commotion and be all, "WAIT!  Let me take a picture before you dive in," you know?), but I do have pictures of these tartlettes so you can see the delicious filling:

The idea and recipe are straight from foodbeam, an incredible blog full of fantastic pictures and recipes.  This one is just delicious! 

It's not as big as it seems to be - it was only 6 inches in diameter. 

I'm pleased to report that everything went over very well!
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6  Patty Cakes in Dessert by -steps- on: March 16, 2008 06:24:48 PM

Yay!  Hi-Hats!  I had a bit of an issue with the icing falling off on a few of them, but they turned out pretty good.  I like them, anyway.  We'll see how well received they are tomorrow, when I pass them out to my friends. 

Italian meringue has an odd texture...  I love how it kinda "fwoofh"s (I bet that made LOADS of sense, hmm?) all over, but the mouth feel is a little weird...  Tasty, though. 

I guess, while I'm here, I should post a few other ventures into cupcake land...

These are banana.  I only made them because I needed an excuse to use the petal piping tips I bought.  Making flowers is fun Smiley 

These little ones are peppermint cakes.  I made a quick butter cream to frost them with, but I don't like how it tastes (these were my first excuse to be able to use the petal tips Cheesy), so I cut my losses, tossed it out, and dipped them in white chocolate.  I was told it tasted good, but my friends were a little confused.  One of them tapped on the top and said, "it's hard...?"

Fortunately, they were appeased after just a bit of explanation.  Not that they really needed it.  I mean, come on.  Cupcakes.  Who's gonna complain? 

Happy baking Cheesy
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7  The most amazing cinnamon rolls ever. Period in Dessert by -steps- on: February 10, 2008 05:16:19 PM
Revel in their glory:

I've made cinnamon rolls many times using many recipes and I've never been satisfied with the results.  Never, that is, until I stumbled across this recipe. 

I simply do not have the words to describe how completely perfect they are.  They are very light, perfectly sweet and aren't hard on the outside like so many previous failed attempts.  If you're looking for a good recipe  - look no further, for this is it.

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8  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by -steps- on: January 25, 2008 08:27:35 AM

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9  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by -steps- on: July 16, 2007 08:46:00 AM
Spiritus - those pictures look like paintings - they're beautiful!

I know none of what I post is ever very artsy, but I can't resist posting them XD  Sorry they're so random.

I dunno what this thing is.  He kept moving whenever I focused the camera on him.  It's cute, in a weird way...

This guy, on the other hand, was surprisingly tolerant of the camera.  I was only two or three inches away from him.

Ok, I'll stop XD
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10  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by -steps- on: July 07, 2007 08:42:02 PM
Those are really cool, aaboggs!  I really like the oranges Cheesy

Mokar and Megan: WOW!!!

I've got some massive ones here today.  I feel like I'm just clogging up the page with them.  They're just close-ups.  Anywho:

I wish I knew what kind of butterfly this was.  My grandpa calls them crap flies (using words that are a tad more colorful...) because they like horse manure XD

I'm terrible with links....
Full size (I hope...)

I think this is a Bantam...  He's a cutie, but he thinks he's Mr. Tough guy so I don't hang around him too much...  He makes a really funny noise when he crows, though.  It's really squeaky and high-pitched.  Well, for a chicken, anyway. 

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Oh!  I finally figured out which type of camera I have.  It's a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H2.
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