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Love this! We just got asked to do "colorful" desserts for an anniversary party and this looks gorgeous. I especially like the little larger size; it would be great for this party.

what color (brand) did you use for the purple? Ours fades :sad: and looks a little grayish (chefmaster brand). We haven't tried green yet; but have had great results with orange, red, pink, and yellow. Soon someone is bound to ask for the Tiffany blue color....

nice job! :)

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I can’t believe I’m posting in this thread as I have no baking cred whatsoever and am amazed by the creations I see posted by the rest of you but I wanted to credit tikidoc and Kerry Beal for the wonderful cream scones I made this morning.

Today’s our last work day prior to a one week holiday shutdown and my little peach tree was laden so I thought I’d treat my group to breakfast. I provided a huge bowl of sliced fresh peaches, tubs of Greek yogurt and some homemade granola, along with 2 batches of the cream scones that tikidoc posted over here in Kerry and Anna’s blog last month. I added orange zest, dried cranberries (plumped in a little OJ) toasted pecans and a little rosemary. Yummmmmm! Everyone raved! And easy enough that even I could pull it together before work.

Sorry, I forgot to snap a photo but I will surely be making these again. I’m thinking dried tart cherries, walnuts and chocolate chips would be a winner.

Thanks to tikidoc for posting the recipe and to Kerry for posting about them during her blog.

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Cool! So glad you enjoyed them, they are super easy! Make sure to post your pictures when you make them again!

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KA – Mr. Kim would love your spicy candy! BTW, I mentioned (and thanked you) on the dinner thread.

Curls – your cherry pie is just perfection – the crust, the filling – everything.

Pastrygirl – gorgeous macarons! I’m shaking in my sandals – my 15 year old niece shares my cooking/crafting interests and wants to come over and join me in trying to make macarons this summer. She knows I’ve never done it before, but I hate that I might disappoint her. I’ll be reading everything I can about them and praying that ours look 1/4 as good as those!

We got blueberries in the CSA box this week, so:

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Blueberry-Lemon Muffins from a Food Network recipe. Very good.

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Love this! We just got asked to do "colorful" desserts for an anniversary party and this looks gorgeous. I especially like the little larger size; it would be great for this party.

what color (brand) did you use for the purple? Ours fades :sad: and looks a little grayish (chefmaster brand). We haven't tried green yet; but have had great results with orange, red, pink, and yellow. Soon someone is bound to ask for the Tiffany blue color....

nice job! :)

Thanks Jeanne! The orange & yellow were AmeriColor gel, and the rest were Spectrum gel color, the purple being their 'regal purple'. I was least happy with the purple, it came out more lavender like in the top photo, not as saturated as the other colors. Plus, those got a little brown, I guess my oven was hotter than for the other colors. I don't cook my meringue, just do French, so I added the color towards the end of whipping the whites. It was pretty fun to do something so colorful, I gotta admit!

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I put on a chocolate high tea for some friends, as a fundraiser, and had a great time planning out what to make - I took the opportunity to try some things I'd seen and never had the chance to play with, and overall was very happy with how it all came out. For savouries I just did some savouries, wanted to focus all the fun onto the pastries.

Firstly there were white chocolate and cherry eclairs (white choc pastry cream with chunks of cherry).

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Then some flourless hazelnut, date and chocolate cakes with a chocolate glaze. These turned out really well but were very messy/fiddly to get onto a platter so the whole thing looked slightly slipshod. I think the individual cake cardboard things would have been a great help here.

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And finally a pear and ginger chocolate tart.

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Wonderful looking goodies. I would have liked to attend that tea. You went to a lot of work, SLS.


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The mascarpone strawberry pie and madeleines from the Ladurée sweet book. I just love this book!

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A few cupcakes from a wedding this past weekend.

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I tried making the simplest banana bread for an afternoon snack on this cold wheather, since I have some ripened banana that I can use. I failed miserably. The inside did not cook, but I managed to save the sides that are cooked and had them instead. I took it for granted that banana bread are easy to make, I don't really know what is wrong, but my best bet is that the size of the tin are too small for the recipe I used. Bummer:(

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I tried making the simplest banana bread for an afternoon snack on this cold wheather, since I have some ripened banana that I can use. I failed miserably. The inside did not cook, but I managed to save the sides that are cooked and had them instead. I took it for granted that banana bread are easy to make, I don't really know what is wrong, but my best bet is that the size of the tin are too small for the recipe I used. Bummer:(

Banana bread is easy to put together for sure - but always requires a much longer baking than you think it should. Test with a toothpick or broom straw until no damp batter clings to the pick. It always comes out much darker than you think is right.

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Got a call from one of the docs this am to say that she and her daughters had picked a basket of strawberries for me. On my way out the door to fetch them, my neighbour asked if I wanted some of her glut of rhubarb. How fortuitous!

For rounds tomorrow I made a Rhubarb Date cake to which I added some strawberries. I doubled the batch and made 6 muffins so the rug rat will be able to take them to the sitter tomorrow (well 5 of them anyway).

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I also made a strawberry rhubarb buckle to take out to the reserve tomorrow. A heck of a lot cheaper to make than a blueberry version if you have to buy the 4 cups of berries to put in it rather than pick your own.

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I also made a 1/3 of a batch of Tikidoc's Cream Scones for strawberry shortcake for the rug rat for dessert. A lot of food goes in and comes back out - this stayed in!

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SLS – gorgeous goodies! And those cherries look amazingly rich and juicy!

Douglas – delicious looking strawberry pie and what a lovely setting!

Kerry – love the figgy scones!

RWood – beautiful cupcakes – do you know the size of your decorating tip?

Last week when my sister was visiting I made some BBC scones:

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Very good! And fantastic with my own strawberry jam and some bottled clotted cream from WF’s:

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We hosted the 4th of July celebration this year and I tried a couple of new dessert recipes. Kelsey Nixon’s Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Icebox Cake:

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Slice:

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Incredibly easy and really delicious. Just chocolate wafer cookies, peanut butter whipped cream and bananas layered in a springform pan. The cookies turn cake-like with the moisture.

Lemon Melting Moments:

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Recommended on Pinterest by our Randi. So tender and good – really lemony and they really do melt in your mouth!

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Nigella Lawson's Rhubarb Polenta Cake with the addition of some strawberries to make up for the lack of rhubarb and a goodly amount of powdered ginger. There is another recipe online that uses crystallized ginger in this cake - and unfortunately I don't have any with me right now.

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SLS – gorgeous goodies! And those cherries look amazingly rich and juicy!

Douglas – delicious looking strawberry pie and what a lovely setting!

Kerry – love the figgy scones!

RWood – beautiful cupcakes – do you know the size of your decorating tip?

Last week when my sister was visiting I made some BBC scones:

med_gallery_3331_119_97128.jpg

Very good! And fantastic with my own strawberry jam and some bottled clotted cream from WF’s:

med_gallery_3331_119_132176.jpg

We hosted the 4th of July celebration this year and I tried a couple of new dessert recipes. Kelsey Nixon’s Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Icebox Cake:

med_gallery_3331_172_39223.jpg

Slice:

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Incredibly easy and really delicious. Just chocolate wafer cookies, peanut butter whipped cream and bananas layered in a springform pan. The cookies turn cake-like with the moisture.

Lemon Melting Moments:

med_gallery_3331_119_51161.jpg

Recommended on Pinterest by our Randi. So tender and good – really lemony and they really do melt in your mouth!

SLS – gorgeous goodies! And those cherries look amazingly rich and juicy!

Douglas – delicious looking strawberry pie and what a lovely setting!

Kerry – love the figgy scones!

RWood – beautiful cupcakes – do you know the size of your decorating tip?

Last week when my sister was visiting I made some BBC scones:

med_gallery_3331_119_97128.jpg

Very good! And fantastic with my own strawberry jam and some bottled clotted cream from WF’s:

med_gallery_3331_119_132176.jpg

We hosted the 4th of July celebration this year and I tried a couple of new dessert recipes. Kelsey Nixon’s Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Icebox Cake:

med_gallery_3331_172_39223.jpg

Slice:

med_gallery_3331_172_136802.jpg

Incredibly easy and really delicious. Just chocolate wafer cookies, peanut butter whipped cream and bananas layered in a springform pan. The cookies turn cake-like with the moisture.

Lemon Melting Moments:

med_gallery_3331_119_51161.jpg

Recommended on Pinterest by our Randi. So tender and good – really lemony and they really do melt in your mouth!

Kim, I looked and I think I used an Ateco 825 star tip.

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Thanks for the Kelsey Nixon cake. Just lovely.

Found the recipe online. I have a friend who loves peanut butter and chocolate and each year for her birthday, I make her some featuring both. This sounds like fun (and so simple). Sometimes I gotta go with simple. And yummy. But simple. :smile:


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Those loaves look Yummy! The heat wave has broken for a day here so I think I might make a couple of those for myself.

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I made these again - cut down both sugars, and used roasted almonds instead of macadamia nuts.

(Chocolate) Chocolate Chunk Coconut Macadamia Cookies

http://www.csmonitor...cadamia-cookies


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