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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Heart Shape Animals - Decorated Peppermint Patty Candy

cute heart shaped animal candies

There is something about cute animals that are different but look the same that I really love!  I pin these pics all the time and decided to recreate some in candy form.

How cute are these little edible animals? 
Fox, Deer, Bear, Rabbit, Koala, Giraffe, Another Bear, Tiger, and Skunk

cute animal decorated peppermint patty candy

Here's an example that I was trying to emulate:


I thought heart-shaped candies would be a really good canvas!

The heart-shaped peppermint patties are available around Valentine's Day time but you can also find them on Amazon.  Or if you can't find heart-shaped candies you could just use circles.  

cute animal decorated peppermint patty candy

Sometimes I use candy melts in various colors to decorate but this time I used royal icing as I wanted the icing to be nice and flat.

cute animal decorated peppermint patty candy

Dip or paint the colors onto the chocolate.  Ears and other details can also be piped onto parchment.  Wait until they are totally dry before trying to move / add to candy.  Use a dab of royal icing to attach.

cute animal decorated peppermint patty candy

Add the cute white cheeks and other detail for animals after the base color is dry. The noses are larger black candy sprinkles.   The giraffe and koala needed larger noses so they are made with more royal icing. 

cute animal decorated peppermint patty candy

The other detail is added with edible markers once all the royal icing is totally dry.  

They turned out so cute!

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Decorated Heart-Shaped Animal Candy

1 package of heart-shaped chocolates (I used peppermint patties)
2 cups of royal icing
Various colors of food gels (see photos as a guide)
Large black sprinkles
Edible food writer in black and pink

Directions:
  • Prepare royal icing.  My fav recipe here
  • Color royal icing with food gels (see photos as a guide to colors needed)
  • Paint or dip each candy heart into colors.  Let dry for about 30 mins or more if needed.
  • While waiting for hearts to dry make ears and other details.  Pipe royal icing onto parchment paper.  Let dry totally before moving (at least 30 mins)
  • Add giraffe spots and skunk streak (you can add before the base coat is dry)
  • Attach royal icing detail with a dab of royal icing
  • Pipe white cheeks onto each heart and let dry.
  • Add eyes and pink rosiness to cheeks with an edible marker.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Rainbow Babka Bread

Rainbow Babka Bread

Back on the bread kick! Specifically babka bread which I became a bit obsessed with making during quarantine. There's something about this yeasty swirled bread that I love.

 Rainbow Babka Bread

The recipe is a really easy one for babka using flour, oil, quick rising yeast, vanilla, egg, honey and then food colorants/gels for the rainbow colors.

Rainbow Babka Bread

Once the dough comes together divide it into 6 equal pieces (or however many colors you want to use)

Rainbow Babka Bread

Mix by kneading until color is incorporated and let rise for 30-40 minutes or until doubled in size.

Rainbow Babka Bread

Roll all the dough out together into a rectangle shape - about 9X14 or so

Rainbow Babka Bread

I used a white chocolate spread and some crumbled graham crackers for the filling but you can use whatever you like.  Chocolate or Nutella would be great too.  Roll up from the longer end then cut all the way down the center for 2 smaller long "strands"

Rainbow Babka Bread

Wrap the "strands" around each other for that babka bread swirl.  There are lots of YouTube videos that have great tutorials too.  Let proof for another 30-40 minutes.

Pre-rise

Rainbow Babka Bread

Post-rise

Rainbow Babka Bread

After baking and brushed with some simple syrup

Rainbow Babka Bread

Fun inside and outside!

Rainbow Babka Bread

Baking babka bread is so relaxing to me for some reason - it must the kneading and then swirling of it! Make anything rainbow and that makes me even happier!   

I also made another rainbow babka bread previously but made the filling rainbow instead of the dough.

Rainbow swirled babka bread

This was a fun filling for sure!

Rainbow swirled babka bread

Which do you like better??


Babka Dough Recipe

1 package instant yeast
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/8 cup honey
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup warm water
2-3 drops of 6 food gel colors

Directions:
  • Mix yeast and warm water together and let sit for 5-10 mins
  • Mix vanilla, oil, honey, egg, and salt together
  • Add flour to bowl and add yeast mixture and mix until incorporated
  • Add the other ingredients and mix until incorporated
  • Turn out onto the counter and kneed until soft and pliable
  • Divide dough into 6 equal pieces
  • Add 2-3 drops of food gels; 1 color in each dough section; knead color into dough until uniform color throughout
  • Combine colors loosly and cover and let proof until doubled in size
  • Roll out to to 11X14 rectangle (save small portion for mummy eyes)
  • Add filling and roll lengthwise into jelly roll
  • Cut down center and twist each length around each other
  • Add to loaf pan and let proof again for 30-40 minutes
  • Bake at 350 degrees until internal temperature is 190 degrees (cover with foil if the top starts to brown)
  • Add simple sugar syrup as glaze on top (optional) 
  • See this video on how to roll out, cut, and shape babka dough
Filling

1 cup of white chocolate spread (or spread of your choice)
1/2 cup crumbled graham crackers

Simple sugar syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup of water
Heat water to boiling and add sugar until dissolved; let cool

Monday, January 31, 2022

The Book of Boba Fett Character Cookies


So if you ever wondered what happened to Star War's Boba Fett after he fell into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi - wonder no more!  Disney+ is now streaming The Book of Boba with all your questions answered - I think!

To celebrate one of the most famous bounty hunters, I had to make some cookies.  This is my most fav no spread sugar cookie recipe from In Katrina's Kitchen.  It works great every time I make character cookies.  I used a combination of natural food colors and also food gels for tinting.

Book of Boba Fett Cookies

Then just use it like play-do to make The Book of Boba characters.  I used google pics as a guide.

Book of Boba Fett Cookies

These are pre-baked cookies.  No need to chill the dough.

Book of Boba Fett Cookies

And after baking for about 8-10 minutes.  Watch the cookies closely so they don't brown too much.  


So far the live action series is great and brings back some old favs as well as some new characters.  I included here Boba Fett (of course!), Fennac Shand (his partner in crime/confidant/hired assassin), one of the Tusken Raiders (who seem to play a big part in Boba's arc), a Gamorrean guard, Max Rebo (still jamming on his keyboard), the Wookie Krrsantan, 8D8 Droid, and my new favs The Hutt Twins! 

We can't wait to see how they wrap it up and what's in store for our fav Boba.

Some other Character Cookies you might like!


Sunday, January 30, 2022

Happy Chinese New Year - Year of the Tiger Mini Cakes

 

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes


Happy 2022!

I know it's been 2022 for almost a month, but life keeps getting in the way and the posts are suffering.  Sorry!

But I'm trying to get back into posting for the blog - because I really do enjoy it.  So first up for this year are some mini cakes for Chinese New Year.

2022 has got to be a better year for all, I mean it's the Year of the Tiger!!  

The cute little tiger toppers are made from white chocolate fudge dipped mini Oreos.  I melted some orange candy melt (well I didn't have orange so went old school art class and melted yellow with a little red).

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes

Paint on the orange to cover the Oreo

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes

Then paint on melted black candy melts for the stripes.  Use the orange and make some tiny tiger ears.

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes

The nose is a cute heart sprinkle colored black with an edible food writer.  Ears are attached with more of the orange candy melt with a little white added for detail. Face detail is more melted black candy melt drawn on with a toothpick.

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes

I botched a chocolate bundt cake as it wouldn't release from the pan (boo!) but I used the cake to cut out mini cakes for this project and the rest I'm saving for cake pops!

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes

Add some buttercream frosting that I then sprayed red with some Wilton's color spray 

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes

I also added some gold color spray at the end to make it more Chinese New Year colors

Chinese New Year Tiger Cupcakes

Super cute mini tiger cakes for the Chinese Lunar New Year were gobbled up already!

Happy 2022 to all!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Mummy Babka Bread for Halloween

Mummy Babka Bread for Halloween

If anyone follows my IG you know that over the COVID quarantine I got a little obsessed with making babka bread.  What's babka?? It's a delicious swirled bread that normally has a lot of chocolate and/or other fillings inside.

Here are some of the various ones I've made (and there are more!)

You can find most on my Insta account if you search #babka

Various colorful babka

Well, I had to make another one and Halloween it up.  I mean it seemed right for a mummy costume since it's already swirled and lots of bread twists already.

Mummy white chocolate babka bread


Once you have your sweet bread dough ready, roll it out into a large rectangle. I used white chocolate, coconut cream, cardamom, and a hemp seed mixture to spread all over for the filling. 

How to make mummy babka bread

You can use anything you like really - just leave a border around and roll up like a jelly roll. Cut down the middle and start wrapping the layers around each other. 

How to make mummy babka bread

Put into a loaf pan and let rise in a warm spot for about 30-40 minutes. 

How to make mummy babka bread

I used a little dough to add mummy eyes!

How to make mummy babka bread

After rising it should look nice and puffy. 

How to make mummy babka bread

Bake until internal temperature reaches 190 F. Cover with foil if the top starts to get too brown. 

How to make mummy babka bread

I added extra white chocolate, coconut cream, cardamom mixture on top, and also drizzled some melted white chocolate for a more mummy look. 

Mummy babka bread

Use some black food color to add detail to the eyes!  Then just cut and serve.

Halloween Mummy babka bread

Fun for any Halloween party!


Babka Dough Recipe

1 package instant yeast
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/8 cup honey
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup warm water

Directions:
  • Mix yeast and warm water together and let sit for 5-10 mins
  • Mix vanilla, oil, honey, egg, and salt together
  • Add flour to bowl and add yeast mixture and mix until incorporated
  • Add the other ingredients and mix until incorporated
  • Turn out onto the counter and kneed until soft and pliable
  • Cover and let proof until doubled in size
  • Roll out to to 11X14 rectangle (save small portion for mummy eyes)
  • Add filling and roll lengthwise into jelly roll
  • Cut down center and twist each length around each other
  • Add 2 eyes (1 larger circle with 1 smaller circle in center)
  • Add to loaf pan and let proof again for 30-40 minutes
  • Bake at 350 degrees until internal temperature is 190 degrees (cover with foil if the top starts to brown)
  • Once semi-cooled add any extra filling as glaze 
  • Melt vanilla chips and drizzle on top
  • See this video on how to roll out, cut, and shape babka dough

Filling

1 cup vanilla chips (melted)
2 tablespoons coconut cream
2 teaspoons cardamom
2 Tablespoons hemp seed

Directions: Mix all together into a paste; save some for a glaze on top once babka is baked.













 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Peach Shaped Cookies

peach shaped cookies

I've been trying to actually make some of my saved pins lately.  Are you like me and have a million pins and pin boards but haven't tried a lot of them?  These peach shaped cookies have been on my to do list for ages so I finally tried to make them.


They look more complicated than they are so I suggest trying them out!

The cookie is kinda like a cake cookie and the dough was a bit more fluid than I was expecting but needed to make the round shape.  Roll the dough into a 1-2 inch ball and set on baking tray.


Once they bake and cool, scoop out some of the inside to make room for the filling.  Add the cookie insides to some peach jam.  I made mine from scratch but you can use store-bought peach preserve or jam to speed up the process.  Mix until its like a peachy paste and add some between to halves.


Then onto the fun part.  Add some yellow food color to some peach liquor (peach schnapps!) and some red food color to another small bowl of liquor.  Paint cookie half yellow and half red to make it look like the outside of a peach. You don't have to be super precise and messy actually works best.


Roll cookie in some granulated sugar which will give the cookie the peach fuzz look.  It's pretty neat on how simple but effective this is!


Add some mint leaves as stems.


Let fully dry before storing or sharing for the end of summer (boo!) with some friends and family.


Pretty neat how easy this process was to look like a real peach.  Also very tasty and as I said they are a bit like a cake-y cookie.  Hard to believe summer is over already so enjoy some "peaches" before moving on to all the pumpkin spice of the season!

 The recipe I used can be found here on Italian Food Forever and the directions are simple so head over if you want to make them on your own too!