Back To Baking

I realized recently that it’s been awhile since I’ve baked something or posted on here. I’ve been so busy with work and other things that both of the aforementioned things had slipped my mind.

My dad’s birthday was this past weekend, so that was a perfect time for me to bake again. His favourite dessert is tiramisu. It’s a classic and definitely something I’ve always wanted to try and make.

The only problem is that I’m not a huge fan of making desserts where you’re eating raw eggs, and most of the recipes I found called for at least 6 eggs, which I wasn’t comfortable with. After more recipe searching, I found the perfect one. A tiramisu cheesecake. You still get the wonderful flavours and elements of a classic tiramisu but it gets baked like a cheesecake so that eggs are no longer raw.

It actually turned out surprisingly well! It felt a little more rich because it was a cheesecake style, but still tasted delicious! Definitely something that I would make again.

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Tasty Mistakes

Better late than never with this post!

For Easter, I decided to try my hand at a Mini Egg layer cake. It looked simple enough, so I was not prepared for it to not turn out.

The cakes turned out fine, which was a good start. I have never used buttercream before, so that was probably not the best time to first try my hand at it. Even after help from my aunt in icing the cake, it still didn’t work out.

The cake was leaning and I didn’t have any wooden dowels to help support it, so my family members suggested chopsticks. Since they were taller than the cake, it made it look like the cake had antlers. The buttercream didn’t go on as smoothly as it should have and kept falling down the cake. This made it difficult to keep the Mini Eggs on the outside of the cake.

In the end, the cake did not look at all like it was supposed to. But it made for a good laugh with the family and it tasted much better than it looked!

At first I wasn’t going to post about this dessert because it didn’t turn out. But no one is perfect and mistakes happen. That’s how you learn and it helps you for the next time. Also, credits go out to my cousin for the title of this post and the lovely photo showing what the cake was supposed to look like and what it ended up looking like!

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Birthday Baking

After baking and decorating the 300 cookies for the gala, I thought I would have a nice break. Turns out that wasn’t true, and it has made me realize that I probably won’t have a break from baking for a long time, but I’m okay with that.

A few days after the gala was my mom’s birthday. She spent the day with her sisters while I stayed home and prepared dinner along with a birthday cake. My mom’s favourite is hazelnut dacquoise, so I decided to try my hand at it. Note to anyone baking something that is somewhat more complex: always look at the prep time so you know what you’re getting yourself into.

I’ve never made meringue before, but there’s no better time to try it then at home because family will always tell you the truth about how it turns out. I thought I had more time than I did to make this dessert and soon realized that I should have started earlier, or even the day before. While it was not a difficult recipe, it was just time consuming, especially the amount of time it takes to actually bake the meringues.

Luckily the dessert was finished before my mom and her sisters came home in the evening. I was a little nervous as to how it was going to taste considering it was the first time I’ve made it. To my surprise it was actually very good! Also, you can’t really go wrong when something is layered with homemade chocolate ganache and whipped cream. Turns out this was one of the best desserts I’ve ever made and will definitely be something I make again!

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A Big Thank You!

I find that a lot of times when people get gifts, they don’t really appreciate them. Or they do for a little bit and then they grow out of it.

However, there are times when someone receives a gift and it’s something that they keep for a very long time. These are the gifts that truly mean something to the person who receives them.

In 1999, I got a Christmas present from my Aunt and Uncle that I still have today. Not surprisingly, it’s a cookbook. Now, there was no way they could’ve known that something so simple like a kid’s cookbook would be a gift that I would still have 15 years later. But it’s something that I use all the time, and is one of the best gifts I have ever gotten!

I have an extremely supportive family and group of friends, but I want to say a special thank you to my Aunt and Uncle for providing me with my first ever cookbook as it means more to me today than it did when I first got it. And who knows, maybe that’s always been subconsciously in my mind and is the reason for my career path now!

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Inspiration

People always ask me how I got into baking. Honestly, I don’t know when it started. But I’ve always baked for family dinners/parties, made stuff for school bake sales, etc.

My mom also watches the Food Network a lot and after watching it with her all the time, I realized that there is a possibility to make something like baking a viable career. I used to just watch all those shows because they were on. Now, I’m watching them to get a look at what my future could possibly be like.

Not many people end up going for careers that they truly enjoy. You have to really love what you do in order to do it for the rest of your life. For me, being able to bake as a career is an amazing opportunity. And to have my family and friends behind me 100% is even more incredible.

While I can’t say right now whether this career choice will be a better one than my last in terms of being successful in my future, I can say that in my heart, I know that it was the right choice in order for me to be happy in life, and that’s what’s important.


Past Baking

I’ve always done a fair amount of baking, but ever since I started to consider it as a career, I did a lot more of it!

While I was very excited to make all the things that I have, my friends and family were even more excited because they were the ones who got to eat it afterwards.

I’ve made countless amounts of cake, cookies, bread and granola. And sometimes I’ll have a burst of creativity and want to make something I’ve never made before. Luckily, the last two times I did this, it turned out well!

My usuals are chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, almond and pecan granola, cheese biscuits, and herb bread. My last two new items were Irish soda bread with caraway seeds and raisins, and chocolate babkas.

I enjoy photographing my baked goods for future reference, so enjoy!

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The Beginning!

And so it begins!

Now that I am for sure heading to school for baking, I thought it would be a good idea to blog about my adventures as they happen. I mostly just bake for fun and it is enjoyed by family and friends. However, I have been starting to do some small baking projects for people I know.

First, I signed up to make 300 cookies for an organization that I have helped out with for a few years now. Every year they hold a gala as a fundraiser and I have the pleasure and great opportunity to make cookies and allow a very large amount of people to (hopefully) enjoy them! It is quite the task, but I am excited to do it.

Next, a family friend and my yoga teacher has asked me to make cupcakes for her yoga party that she holds in honour of her and a group of friends doing the Ride for Heart every year. She also asked me to bring my business cards to hand out to people. This is what prompted me to make this blog.

I hadn’t really thought about selling all the things that I bake. I really just do it because it’s something that I enjoy doing. But I’ve had a few people tell me now that I should consider selling my baked goods. I figure that if I start off doing a few projects for charities without pay and get my name out there, it could help lead me to the possibility of a small business.

My next few posts will be about these small projects and how they turned out!