May 24, 2013

A Wedding Sampler

A young woman that works with my aunt is getting married this summer. She is thinking of having cookies at the wedding, and ordered some "tasting" cookies from me. She said that they could be any design, but I couldn't resist playing around with some wedding designs. The heart brides and grooms are a new design for me, and I really like how they turned out. I think that the little pocket square is my favorite!

May 23, 2013

Relay for Life

A high school friend of my brother's had seen my ovarian cancer awareness ribbons on Facebook, and he liked them enough to order some for his sister, who is currently battling breast cancer. Her team used them as a fundraiser for Relay for Life.

The sister has an amazing personal motto that I just had to commemorate on a cookie!

I wanted to match the font as close as possible, so I used my new toy- a Kopykake projector. This allowed me to easily get the correct sizing and spacing, as well as a guide for the writing. I am definitely looking forward to using the projector much more in the future.

May 22, 2013

Baby Shower For Jessica

Tim's cousin is expecting a baby girl this summer. For her baby shower, she wanted elephant cookies with hearts for ears and raspberry cupcakes.

For the cupcakes, I didn't want to go too overboard with the raspberry. I started with a vanilla cake base. I wanted to do something different for the filling, so I adapted my go-to lemon curd recipe and made raspberry curd. They are topped with raspberry Swiss meringue buttercream.

To tie together the cookies and cupcakes, I made royal icing hearts for the cupcakes that match the hears ears on the cookies. 

May 21, 2013

Are You a Fan of Delicious Flavor?

A hockey teammate of Tim’s asked if I had ever made pineapple pie. I had never even heard of such a thing, which is amazing since we are such huge pineapple fans! I immediately tracked down a recipe and made one that night. It was awesome. The pineapple becomes sweet and caramelized, but not cloyingly sweet. It would be perfect for a summer barbecue.

Pineapple Pie

Pie Crust:
2 ½ C. All-Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp. Sugar
½ tsp. Salt
1 C. Cold, Unsalted Butter, Cut Into Small Pieces
6 Tbsp. Very Cold Water

Pineapple Filling:
1 – 20 oz Can Crushed Pineapple with juice (or 20 oz. fresh, roughly pureed)
½ C. White Granulated Sugar
3 Tbsp. Corn Starch
Pinch of salt

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix briefly to blend.  Add in the butter pieces and mix on medium-low speed to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand and the largest butter pieces are not much bigger than peas.  Mix in the cold water on low speed just until the dough comes together. Shape the dough into two balls, wrap each in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.   

While the dough is chilling, prepare the filling. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn starch, and salt. Add the crushed pineapple. Place over medium heat. Bring mixture to a slow boil and cook, stirring often, until mixture has thickened and is no longer cloudy, but clear (about 3 to 5 minutes). Once thickened, remove from heat and let cool.

Preheat oven to 375F. When the dough has chilled, remove one disk from the fridge and on a floured surface, quickly roll it out into a circle, 12 inches in diameter. Fit dough into a 9 inch pie plate and let edges hang over. Pour filling into pie shell.

Remove second dough disk from fridge and on a floured surface, roll it out into a circle, about 10 inches in diameter. Place over the filling as desired (I did a lattice). Trim off extra and crimp edges. Brush top with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Place in preheated oven and bake for 40 – 45 minutes until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

Filling slightly adapted from Fork vs. Spoon

May 20, 2013

April (Snow) Showers Bring May Flowers

My aunt KK requested some "May Flowers" cookies to take to work for her birthday. With all of the weird weather this year, I was more than happy to see some flowers! I went to Pinterest and found some really cute designs that I could build off of. I ended up with six different designs.

Inspired by Sweet Sugarbelle, I got very creative with my cookie cutters to get the shapes that I wanted. The bouquet was made using a diamond ring cutter. A wedding cake cutter made the potted assortment. The potted daisy was made on a snowman.