06/29/06: Finishing up Some TasksI am very behind in finishing some post wedding tasks. So this past weekend I finally went out and used up the gift certificates at Williams Sonoma. Now that was fun! I got some funky baking tools for me and a nice indoor grill for the hubby.
These oatmeal raisin cookies were made for a belated Fathers Day to my Dad. They are his favorite kind of cookie making them allowed me to use my new cookie sheets, joy! Best part is these sheets don't warp like the old ones, nice! I also got to use the Martha Stewart Baking book my Mom gave me. She has you add coconut to the cookies, which I have never done before, but I think it really made these come out yummier than usual.
I also got the cute little prep bowls, I think I love them.
Next I got a funky batter dispenser that is really meant for pancake batter but I thought I would try it with cupcake batter. It was a messy start but it made filling the trays go a lot faster I must say! It will be great to use next time I make waffles, I always get batter all over the place with a ladle so this should help.
Again I used the Martha book for the cupcakes. It was the one bowl chocolate cupcake recipe. Everything was smelling very good at this point. I on the other hand was becoming a bit of a clumsy oaf. I was making a mess, but hey that is part of the fun right?
Then I used this funky little frosting pump. I made some cream filling and smooshed it inside the cupcakes. I decided baking hostess style was the best way to get to use more of the gadgets.
Next up was making chocolate ganache. Found a recipe on the WS website for their chocolate macaroons. It was awful yummy, dipped some cupcakes while it was still warm and then used the frosting piper again after I chilled the ganache for a thicker consistency to top off some of the other cupcakes. Aren't the mini ones cute?
I cheated on the very last part and used this frosting in a can thing for the white. I could have washed out the piper and put in the white frosting I made but just didn't want to clean it out at that point. I thought about going to pastry school for a few minutes before I started putting the frosting on but after seeing my decorating skills I think I need to practice at home more first :) Messy looking but they taste good and I sure had fun with the gadgets. Oh and they came out amazingly chocolatey.