It's the Yeast I Can Do

It's the Yeast I Can Do

Salted brown butter Rice Krispies treats, 04.21.14

With homemade marshmallows, because this elevated childhood favorite needed just a little extra degree of difficulty.

Recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Homemade marshmallows, 04.21.14
In what will surely be perceived as either the high point or low point (but nowhere in between) of my funemployment run, I made homemade marshmallows yesterday. See, I inherited 16 pounds of sugar from a former co-worker, and this seemed like the best use of that bounty.
This particular bowl of them lost their lives in a valiant gooey mess to take down those overexciteable bastards, the Rice Krispies; the rest are going to sacrifice themselves on the altar of my neighbors’ chiminea for the love of s’mores. Couldn’t ask for more perfect evenings for that.
Recipe via Smitten Kitchen, whose headnote terrified me and kept me from this remarkably simple recipe for yeeeeaaaaars

Homemade marshmallows, 04.21.14

In what will surely be perceived as either the high point or low point (but nowhere in between) of my funemployment run, I made homemade marshmallows yesterday. See, I inherited 16 pounds of sugar from a former co-worker, and this seemed like the best use of that bounty.

This particular bowl of them lost their lives in a valiant gooey mess to take down those overexciteable bastards, the Rice Krispies; the rest are going to sacrifice themselves on the altar of my neighbors’ chiminea for the love of s’mores. Couldn’t ask for more perfect evenings for that.

Recipe via Smitten Kitchen, whose headnote terrified me and kept me from this remarkably simple recipe for yeeeeaaaaars

Clementine cream cheese pound cake, 04.01.14

I inherited a boatload of clementines from a bachelorette party this weekend, as well as the rest of the things you’d need for a night of hearty margaritas, some questionable beer, and two bags of chips. From that, I made this cake.

The recipe calls for the juice of 12 clementines, but, uh, 24 wound up going in. Low yield, I suppose.

Via Zestuous

Root beer bundt cake, 03.31.14
The latest installment in the Your Poor Boyfriend Has Never Tried series: delectably moist cake with a salted root beer fudge frosting. This one’s going to his office, because shit, that’s the last thing we need lying around.
Via Baked

Root beer bundt cake, 03.31.14

The latest installment in the Your Poor Boyfriend Has Never Tried series: delectably moist cake with a salted root beer fudge frosting. This one’s going to his office, because shit, that’s the last thing we need lying around.

Via Baked

Raspberry jam crumb cake, 03.22.14
You’d make a cake for Richard too if you’d assigned him half the shit I did in March. Cake is moist, streusel topping has a great crumb, and it’s problematically easy to make; look for this one to reappear as breakfast soon.
Via Crepes of Wrath

Raspberry jam crumb cake, 03.22.14

You’d make a cake for Richard too if you’d assigned him half the shit I did in March. Cake is moist, streusel topping has a great crumb, and it’s problematically easy to make; look for this one to reappear as breakfast soon.

Via Crepes of Wrath

Zucchini fritters, 03.21.14
They didn’t get as crispy as I would’ve liked, but hey, I cooked and ate a thing that was primarily vegetable.
Via Smitten Kitchen

Zucchini fritters, 03.21.14

They didn’t get as crispy as I would’ve liked, but hey, I cooked and ate a thing that was primarily vegetable.

Via Smitten Kitchen

French onion soup, 03.16.14

OK, I found something less appetizing in process shots than pumpkin pie, but I needed to post something. Pictured above in crummy phone-photo form: 1.5 pounds chopped onion, caramelizing process, Abnar’s impatience, Elementary to keep me occupied while I stirred, post-stock, and bread.

Mostly I’m just mad that it started being 80 degrees again as soon as I had a whole pot full of soup in my fridge.

Recipe via Smitten Kitchen

Lemon macarons, 03.14.14

So yesterday was Pi Day, right? And by miracle of miracles, I was able to get a chunk of work done at home so I had the afternoon to bake. And I wanted to bake off the rest of my chocolate chip cookie dough to give to proofing and production, but also I thought, “Gee, it’s Pi Day, I should do something with that.”

But after sitting in the parking lot of the grocery store flipping through recipes on my phone for 15 minutes and remembering I had nine eggs I wanted to kill, I went inside and came back out with two packages of almond meal, two jars of lemon curd, and a giant bag of rawhides (take it up with the Hound). Apparently I made it from pie to lemon tart to lemon meringue pie to lemon meringues in one seamless logical leap.

So here, I made these things for Pi Day. #doingitwrong

Portal cake, 03.04.14
This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: huge success.
That said, the cake is still a teeny bit of a lie, seeing as I decided to forgo fish-shaped solid waste, pull-and-peel licorice, and geosynthetic membranes in favor of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Cake via Smitten Kitchen/frosting via Baked Bree

Portal cake, 03.04.14

This was a triumph. I’m making a note here: huge success.

That said, the cake is still a teeny bit of a lie, seeing as I decided to forgo fish-shaped solid waste, pull-and-peel licorice, and geosynthetic membranes in favor of chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.

Cake via Smitten Kitchen/frosting via Baked Bree