Baking Adventures

8 07 2011

My poor little hobby blog has been severely neglected. Pre-nursing classes will do that, though. When I do have free time, I spend it baking. I’ve found that I kind of rock at baking, especially muffins and other sweet breads. Today, I baked Pineapple Bread! However, the comments on this recipe had lots of different tips about making the bread better than the original. Here is my final recipe:

Ingrediants

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 can (20 oz) of crushed pineapple (I used pineapple rings ran through a blender)
1 tsp vanilla  extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Because I lacked crushed pineapple, I drained one can of pineapple rings (save the juice!!!) and pureed them in a blender. Set aside until Step #4
  3. In a medium sized bowl, beat eggs. Add butter and sugar, then beat until smooth
  4. Mix in pineapple and vanilla extract.
  5. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  6. Stir wet ingredients into the large bowl
  7. Pour batter into a greased pan. I used a bread pan.
  8. Bake at 350 F for 55 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Use a butter knife to loosen the sides.
  10. Cool and wrap
Pineapple bread unglazed(Click for larger image)
The bread is more cake-like than anything, but really good. I added some glaze to make it more interesting and it turned out amazingly well, in my opinion.
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Highly Recommended Pineapple Glaze
1/2 cup butter
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
6+ tbs crushed pineapple (I opened a new can to do the glaze)
4+ tbs pineapple juice
  1. Because I lacked powdered sugar, I ran granulated sugar through the blender 1/2 cup at a time. I also combined the 1/2 cup brown sugar (I ran out of white and had to substitute) and 1/2 cup of white sugar in the blender.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until well blended
  3. Stir in pineapple and pineapple juice to taste
  4. Do not add to bread until it is out of the pan. Spread liberally all over the top of the bread.
  5. Wait about 5 minutes for it to cool.
  6. Slice bread and enjoy!
Pineapple bread glazed
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Pineapple bread glazed
It’s okay to be jealous, but you could always make your own. This is a seriously easy recipe and I encourage everyone to give it a try. Feel free to pass along this recipe, too! Linking back here would be really awesome, though. I’m kind of an attention fiend like that. 😉
Eat up and enjoy!




And Now… The REST of the Story

25 11 2008

The pumpkin pie fiasco was insane and tiresome. So much so, I’m just now writing about it in a Livejournal community known as Super_Supper. Today, I finally posted the complete story. It’s not every gory detail, but it’s close enough.

My First Pumpkin Pie, as told by me. ^_^ I Tried to throw in as much humor as I could. At the time, it wasn’t funny at all. I was pretty frusterated, tired, and sick of the color orange. I can laugh about it now, though.

Feel free to try my recipe if you’re feeling bold. Heck, I’ll give you the pumpkin puree to do it with if you’ll come get it or meet me halfway, lol! Just remember, this was my first pie and my first guess-and-check recipe. Proceede with caution, and I shall answer any/all questions to the best of my abbility.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone!





Cooking With Pumpkins

10 11 2008

I am making a pumpkin pie… from scratch. I’ve declared war on that gaint pumpkin. We werstled all the way up and down the counter, but I cut it in half. I gutted it with a metal ice cream scoop and a steak knife. There was a mighty struggle, but we finally called truce when one forth of it was cut into chunks and tossed into a kettle of water to boil until tender.

I’m up to my elbows in pumpkin boogers and I’m pretty sure I’ve got seeds in my hair somewhere… but by golly, we WILL have pie.





Dyeing Update

14 08 2008

I have dyed yarn! Okay, so I admit… I didn’t follow the rules to the letter. Let’s hope I don’t regret it later on. O_o I wanted three-color yarn (red, orange, yellow), but there wasn’t a single tutorial on Jell-O dyeing that told me how, especially not by using the microwave.

Right now, my yarn is in the water/Dawn cycle, sitting in a big pot on the counter. It LOOKS like it came out perfectly. Only the drying-over-night process will tell. I read that by “shocking” your yarn by putting it hot in cold water can felt it… whoops. I don’t think it’s felting. It looks like yarn to me.

So I’ve spent about an hour and a half dyeing yarn. Now I’m cooking spaghetti. Weird.

“Tutorial” or “How the Heck She Did It!” to come tomorrow! 😀

Edit 1: I just realized I made Jayne Cobb yarn without even thinking about it… *blush* Oopsies.

Edit 2: My yarn didn’t felt. It is worsted yarn. I think it might be a tad fuzzier than it was when I bought it, but I can’t complain because I did boil it after all. I was a bit fuzzy, too. But yes, my yarn is nearly dry after about 2 hours of hanging on the porch. The bottom is kinda soggy still, but I figure by morning, I’ll have yarn!!!

Seriously folks, that was so much fun! I want to do it again!





Busy Day

29 07 2008

Today, I will aqquire 4 goats… 1 mommy, 1 daddy, and twin boys.

Today, I get the last of the repairs done on my car.

Today, I go goat-shopping as well as pizza-fixings shopping.

Today, I am a busy girl… but I am happy.

Btw, you guys totally need to do business with the Squoosh lady. Seriously, nice as she can be, and her yarn is so very, very pretty and lovely. <3<3<3<3 It’s costly, though… $22 for another skein of superwash wool sock yarn. Totally worth it, though, even if it was just knowing there’s still good online sellers left in the world.





Another Day of Productivity

25 06 2008

Okay, in all honesty, I haven’t been as productive today as I was yesterday. *shrugs* Then again, what can compare to playing phone tag to get things turned on and off and switched to new locations?

I filled up my swap-buddy’s box last night. I put everything that would possibly be harmed by the potential disaster of the BBQ sauce breaking and put them in gallon sized Ziploc bags. I wrapped all fragile in newspapers, but I still worry. Only the book on crochet stitches (very much like the one Haley got me) wouldn’t fit into a baggie. I guess I just gotta hope for the best on that.

Anyway, it went out today and now the postal workers want to join swaps… only thing is, none of them yarn craft. *shrugs*

I haven’t packed a thing since Monday. We have a ton of boxes, though. The cats think we got the boxes for them so they’d have a kitty tower in the living room. Silly kitties…

I have a test tomorrow in Brit Lit that I reeeeeaaaaallllllly need to go study for. Anyone want to go take it for me?

Bleah… it’s gotta get done.





BBQ Swap Part 1

18 06 2008

I got my goodies from my swap partner! Wanna see?

Group shot!

Close-up part one… All the cotton yarn goes with the pattern she sent for an apron. The superwash wool is just awesome.

The bag of chocolates came open and melted on some of my stuff. I cleaned up most of it, but my white yarn looks a bit icky now. Oh well, I can always find more.

The crochet hook is quasi-flexible! Who knew? And I can’t wait to try out the spicy chocolate! Oh and “I Taught Myself Knitting” is one awesome gift. Kudos to her!

Here’s my mitt she hand-made!

Again…

And again, this time featured with my two freaked out cats and Larry’s now toy helicopter. That story is to come later.

Here’s my spices and sauces!

And here’s my yarn! 😀

Later I’ll post pictures of the swag I’m sending to my swap buddy. I have everything, just gotta get it boxed and sent. ^_~ I hope she likes “John Boy & Billy BBQ Sauce” or whatever it was called… lol I’m horrible, sending her all these redneck sauces like that, creole seasoning, some other kind of sauce… But she said she likes “southern bbq” and spices. lol Oh well, if she hates it, what can ya do?

With that, I need a nap.

ETA: It took Blogger long enough to let me post this blasted thing. I typed this up LONG before I did my one on Livejournal. :-/