Thursday, May 15, 2008

Weekend baking

I made chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for Jeff and Drew's housewarming BBQ on Saturday. The cupcakes came out with crackly tops, not sure why...electric oven? Still tasty though. So why are chocolate cake and cream cheese frosting not paired together more often?

Choco cupcakes close up
Chocolate sprinkles

I also wanted to make coconut cream pie for Mother's Day, but the crust shrank when baked blind...even with baking weights! Maybe I should have frozen it first? There were even gaping holes in the shrinkage...all very disheartening. Vodka pie crust, how could you disappoint me? I abandoned the project...Mission Pie to the rescue! But the next day Dan suggested filling the sad little crust with strawberries. Enough time had passed where I was not so upset at the failure, and I agreed. I halved the usual recipe since the crust had shrank...and the sauce didn't thicken...maybe not enough corn starch? But despite the soupy sauce, the pie was still tasty. My mother approved.

Strawberry pie
Strawberry soup pie

Not the best weekend baking, but not too bad in the end. The heat wave is preventing any kind of baking right now...or cooking...or much of anything, really. So lethargic...


Anonymous said...

oooh put out an extra plate or two samuel and i will be right over!

i went for ice cream with nat around the corner from hsi apt. and this couple had a beagle pup. I asked if i could pet her, her name was MAGGIE and she was 10 weeks old. She was soooo freakin adorable and i got puppy kisses. Then she and the guy were mobbed as his significant other was int he ice cream shop. Made me think of arrow and her beagle-y friends out ont he west coast.

African Kelli said...

Um, your strawberry pie looks WAY better than mine. That looks so, so good. Bravo!