09 September 2011

Buttermilk Cinnamon Almond Strawberry Shortcake

I made a cake yesterday.  
I wanted to make a white cake because I had a bunch of egg whites leftover from making ice cream.  But when I was ready to make the batter I didn’t have my computer with me.  
I decided to forge on anyway.  I used the mini whisk I have here and beat the eggs until they were foamy.  Then I added some sugar, cinnamon and almond extract.  Almond extract smells divine.  It only takes a drop to make the whole trailer stop smelling like dirty boys.
Next I melted some butter and added it slowly to the egg mixture.  Then a bit of buttermilk.  When it was nice and foamy I added some flour and baking powder.  After a touch more buttermilk and it had a consistency that I liked.  
So I spread it into 3 pans and let it cook for a while.  
The cakes are more dense than I’d hoped, but it worked well when I put the strawberry filling between the layers.
Lastly I spread a really thin layer of buttercream frosting over the whole thing, because I only had a little bit of powdered sugar.  
And voila!  My “Strawberry Thing”, as George calls it.

05 September 2011

Snickerdoodle Sandwiches

My new friend, Beth, and I made ice cream yesterday.  She had just gotten a new ice cream maker she NEEDED to try.  
So we used the basic recipe that came with the machine.  

It turned out rich and creamy and amazing.
We had to share it, so I made some cookies for sandwiches.  Snickerdoodle cookies.  Then we handed out mini ice cream sandwiches to the roughnecks.  
I think they were a hit.  

  • I used 3 t Baking Powder instead of Baking Soda and Cream of Tartar
I found the recipe at Food.com

03 September 2011

Red Velvet Layered Cake

I made a cake yesterday.  I am still experimenting and searching to find the perfect Red Velvet cake.  
So far the cookies are still better, but they don’t translate well into cake.  It makes me sad.  
The most recent on I tried was from Food Network.  
It turned out pretty well.  I have to try it again.  This attempt ended up slightly dry from overcooking.  It was only 5 minutes, but next time I need a timer.  
The Cream Cheese Frosting was not so sweet as the other recipes I’ve used.  It was very rich, though.  
I was rather proud of myself.  I frosted it with a butter knife.  It was pretty smooth for the utensil used.