wyntir_knight: (Wyntir Knight)
Okay, so the other day I posted the recipe for Cranberry Pie. Well, on the positive side, the filling made a delicious cranberry sauce and I will be making it again. One the negative side, as a pie it's, uhm, ... my test subjects (aka parents) described it as "interesting".

So let's take it from the beginning:

The pie saga )

Thankfully for my weekend I finished the throw I was working on. The pattern was, sadly, broken and needed to be rewritten slightly, but after a good bit of frogging (rip-it, rip-it :D) I finished the pattern and it is really, really lovely!

Picture under the cut )

For those interested, this was the Pining Around Throw by Mary Maxim.
wyntir_knight: (Wyntir Knight)
So I've been finding myself kind of obsessed with Mid-Century cuisine lately. Mostly it's like watching a train wreck. It's so awful and you can't look away, and you just know that it can't possibly get any worse, and then you discover Baked Beans in Aspic, Peanut Butter Bread (it contains no flour), or Ham Banana Casserole (banana, ham, mustard, in a cheese sauce) and you realize that it can ALWAYS get worse. I am thoroughly convinced that they were drugging the water in the '50s. Either than or the conspiracy theory about Eisenhower preparing the public for nuclear war is true.

Anyway, regardless of all this horror, every once in a while something pops up and you find yourself thinking: "Hey, that might actually be good!" Now maybe the cold has frozen my brain, but I came across a recipe that actually looks good. ... Well, interesting. ... Well, not horrible and I just can't get the idea out of my head. So this weekend I am going to try my hand at Cranberry Pie and either delight or torture my family with it.


Recipe under the cut )

One way or another I will be posting pictures and a review of this pie this weekend and might possibly make this a monthly thing. A recipe post, I mean, not Cranberry Pie.

Oh, and if you're interested in Mid-Century cooking and life, check out Mid Century Menu.
wyntir_knight: (Wyntir Knight)
First off, Happy New Year to all! I have decided that this year will be different, I will start on a new foot and try to do more. Including more baking and cooking and such ... mind you, that doesn't quite work with my plans to being healthier and hitting the gym and losing weight, but I have a good justification here. If I make my own food I will know what's in it and I will be able to ensure that it's nice and healthy.

So, this morning, I started up with home-made pancakes:

Recipe and picture under the cut )

Also, I defrosted the Cherry Bliss Brownies and the vegan fruitcake and both turned out really good. I'd even be tempted to argue that they're better now than they were when I first made them!
wyntir_knight: (Wyntir Knight)
Tonight I made vegan fruitcake. I'm one of the few people who really likes fruitcake and I've been looking for a good recipe for a long time. Tonight I tried a vegan, alcohol-free recipe from [livejournal.com profile] bakebakebake. The original recipe can be found here and was posted by paradisefraud.

This is a four part recipe and takes a bit of time (the fruit needs to soak for an hour), but it's easy enough to make and it turned out really good. It's a little cake-ier than other fruitcakes that I've eaten, and not as dark as some, but it's really good. Apparently it gets better as time goes on, but just out of the oven and cooled, it was really good!

Recipe and picture under the cut )

Most likely you can use regular milk and real eggs. If you use real eggs, add them to the other liquid ingredients.
wyntir_knight: (Wyntir Knight)
So now that NaNo is over and I can focus on things other than writing, the need for hibernation has kicked in again. Last night was the first of the winter recipes: Cherry Bliss Bars!

The original recipe was posted on [livejournal.com profile] bakebakebake by [livejournal.com profile] thursdayschild (here - please check out her original post and original recipe, she also has some photos of the completed brownies)

I made some adjustments to the recipe to deal with the fact that I had no cherry pie filling, but I did have cans of Bing Cherries.

Recipe Under the Cut )
wyntir_knight: (Wyntir Knight)
So today I made an absolutely marvelous seed cake based on a recipe that I discovered after reading an entry on Epbot. This led to Tikido's site where she describes her daughter's Hobbit-themed 4th birthday party. Check out the site. Seriously, it is beyond fantastic! So this leads to the recipe for Bilbo's Seed Cakes a recipe based off of Mrs. Beeton's Seed Cake recipe.

So I have pictures and the recipe proper below the cut here )
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I made my first soufflé last night. It was a Caramel, Pear, and Polenta soufflé. The recipe needs a bit of work but it was definately worth making again. The flavours were beautifully rich, deep and layered, but it was unfotunately a bit too sweet.

The original recipe called for ripe pears cooked in pear juice, but I couldn't fine pear *juice* at the store and got pear *nectar* instead. The recipe was mightily flawed on its estimations of how long a pear takes to poach (claimed 10 minutes) and by the time the pears were close to done (30 minutes), the nectar had become syrup. Next time I'll used canned pears in juice since the whole thing gets pureed anyway before it's added to the polenta. I think I'll also out the sugar and increase the orange essence in the polenta itself.

And as with most of my baked goods, it tasted a whole lot better than it looked. I have no pictures, but that's probably for the best.

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