Sunday, December 23, 2007

Daring Bakers makes the tradicional Bûche de Noël

Christmas makes everyone goes crazy around here, me for exemple made this mounth challenge a week a go and almost didin't post! Why you may ask me, well lets just say that i have a lovelly brother that was kind enough to take this mounth challenge pics in his camera, but, and there's always a but, he just forgot to transfer to the computer, and i just didn't know how to take the memory card off his camera, its so diferent from mine!!! But whit a litle help from my boyfriend i maneged to post!! So.. you can understand why i'm posting on the 23th at 23:50 here in Brazil.

But, besides the posting/pictures problems the bûche was very easy to make. This mounth the hosstess were Lis, from La Mia Cucina, and Ivonne, from Cream Puffs, the challenge was the tradicional Bûche de Noël or Yule Log, and you can find the recipe here.

Well, this mounth for me was very difficult, i started in a new job, that made me disconect from the world, i no longer work in front a computer as i did before now i work in a kitchen, no no... not cooking, doing a nutricionist job, making sure that the food that was for the client gets there clean and free for company... and was the end of the year in college so... a lot of tests that made my go really crazy. I almost tought about not participating on the challenge, but last weekend i managed to find some hours to do it.

Tough would be very dificult and hard working but after a few hours i had it all done. Everyting was very easy and the instuctions was very clear. Lis and Ivonne gave as a lot of possibilite of changes, like flavouring the genoise cake and for the filling and two options of mushroons and also two dates for posting...

I can say that i loved the bûche but i, and my intere family too, thougt that the buttercream was to buttery... but still very tasty, and the genoise cake just amazing...

Here's what i did:
- a chocolate genoise;
- coffee buttercream for filling and forsting;
- added some chooped white chocolate in the filling and
- marzipan mushroons.

I wish you all a Mery Cristmas and a very happy new year and see you all next mounth, whit more recepis i hope!!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Carrot Cake for Peabody Housewarming Party

So... I'm not a very comenting person you know... so Peabody probably don't know me, but.. when I so in her blog (that i visit often) that she was giving a party to celebrate her new home i just had to "go". It was so simple... just to make a dish and take it to the party...
I got thinking on what to do... So... i decided for something that was conforting, after all that's all someone can ask in a new home, i've been eating this cake for my intere life, my mom has always baked it and i always loved.... Carrot Cake, just that, simple, delicius and reconforting... all that can be asked to fell in a new house.... to be warm and cozzy... so that we can call it a home....
It's not something fanncy but comes from the heart, with all the best wishes for your new home...
That your home be filled with love and warm, i'm sure that your new kitchen will give us only great things...
Ohhh... made two variations... one with the basic chocolate frosting and a mini, a cupcake with cream cheese frosting... i honestly prefer the chocolate one, not because is chocolate but because it reminds me of when a was young... ok... i'm not an old person i know - i'm only 19 - but when i was relly young...

Mom's Carrot Cake

4 large carrots
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 coffe cup canola oil
1 table spoon baking powder
pinch salt

Preheat the oven in 350 F.
Chop the carrots in small pieces. In a blender beet the carrots, the eggs and the canola oil until its creamy.
In a bolw sift the flour sugar and baking powder and add the carrots, eggs and oil. Mix carrfully until there is no lumps.
Bake in a greased and floured cake pan for about 30 mim or until golden on top and dry in the midle.

Chocolate frosting
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon coccoa powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon milk (used non fat)

Put it all in a pan and mix until it boils, turn off imediatlly and use whit the cake still hot.