Posts tagged desserts
Guest post written by April Gibbs
I’ve never been turned away at a party for bringing cupcakes along. See, I’m really into baking cupcakes and I come up with all kinds of awesome varieties for baking them. I’m always looking for the next big great recipe too!
I’m not quite sure what got me on my cupcake baking kick a few years back, but I’m glad that I did because I’ve never looked back and my coworkers love it when I bring them with me to work. One thing I want though is an apron to wear while I’m making these, so I looked online for one and saw the site www.debtsettlementfamily.com/calculate. Even though that’s not what I was initially looking for, I decided that I could really use their help, so I’m using it.
I found a cute little apron on sale from Anthropologie that was exactly my style. So I had to buy it before it sold out! It fits in perfectly with the rest of my kitchen decorations, which is really lucky and makes the purchase that much more worthwhile!
Guest post written by Erin Wooster
I am quite the cook. Or I guess that I would rather say the baker. See I’m not that into cooking, but I really love baking things. I just think it’s so much easier to mix something up and let it bake on its own instead of standing there and supervising it. To me, that’s just plain annoying and too much trouble.
Plus, it seems to be a general consensus that most of the things that you can bake are far yummier in comparison to things that you just plain old cook. I love to look online for all kinds of new things that I can try baking as fun. I was online a few weeks ago looking up some new fall baking recipes when I ran across some info on internet providers. I looked through it some and after that I decided to change over my home internet service to it.
I found these really awesome sounding pumpkin cookies and made those for my family. They were quite the hit! But so are all of the other things that I bake for them.
Or do we? In the “olden days” there really wasn’t anything else to choose from. Oh, there was sherbet (no it’s not sherbert), but that wasn’t really considered “cool.”
Today there are a number of frozen summer treats to choose from.
- Ice Cream – the old standby. There’s egg based, custard or French style, and Philadelphia-style without eggs. Ice cream has to contain at least 10% milkfat.
- Popsicle – not really ice cream, but a summer favorite. Any type of frozen flavored water is considered a popsicle.
- Sherbet – Contains some dairy, but only 1-2%, no more or less.
- Soft-serve – Continuously churned so it doesn’t harden and contains less milkfat than ice cream.
- Frozen Yogurt – Just like it sounds frozen yogurt. Usually a soft serve variety.
- Now on to the more eclectic treats:
- Sorbet – Still pretty well known. Typically fruit flavored with no dairy. Sometimes herb or vegetable flavors during a main course.
- Gelato – Another that has become well know recently. From Italy, it is made with milk, minus the cream. It has less fat than ice cream because of this. Slow churned so it is dense with a rich, more concentrated taste.
- Shaved Ice – Differs from snow cone in that the ice is very fine, snow-like texture. Flavored with a syrup.
- Paleta – Coming from Mexico these are fancy popsicles. Made with either water and fruit or cream and fruit. They often have chunks of fruit in them, as well.
- Granita – Sounds like an alcoholic beverage, which can be part of it. It is made with water, sugar and either fruit juice, alcohol, espresso or some beverage. They go through a slushing process, then stirring, which creates a crystalline texture.
- Concrete – I thought this was what you walked on! It is a milk shake made with frozen custard. There is no milk added to it to thin it out and can contain extras like candy pieces. It is so thick when finished that it can be handed to customers upside down and won’t spill, thus the name.
So, what will you be enjoying this Fourth of July? Traditional ice cream or one of the new hybrids?