Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Baking Disaster

I promised an update on the Easter baking...monstrously bad. I tried 3 things: eggnog bundt cake, petit fours and yeast rolls.

I have NEVER had a problem with the bundt cake before...I mean never. Well, I decided to use a new fancy pan-release spray instead of trusty Crisco and flour. Wouldn't you know it, it stuck..badly. So badly, I had to turn it into a trifle. Luckily, I had planned to serve it with macerated strawberries and real whipped cream so I just made three layers of each and called it a trifle. Whew.

Petit fours are my arch nemesis. For the life of me, I cannot get the glaze right. So, I found what looked like a promising recipe on Martha Stewart's website for the glaze. I made a genoise, put a layer of cherry preserves and was ready to go. I tinted the glaze too dark but otherwise it worked just fine. Then, came the taste. Waaaay too sweet. sigh. back to the drawing board. If anyone has a good petit four glaze recipe, please, please, please send it to me.

Here's what they looked like freshly glazed:



Final Product:



Looks good, tastes yucky. grrrr.

The yeast rolls looked promising but never rose. At the end, I had small, hard little dough balls. gross. I used a Martha Stewart recipe which I thought I followed exactly right. I am convinced it's the recipe. I still have a packet of yeast so I'm going to look up a new recipe and try again. I had to stop at the store after mass to get a can of Pillsbury crescents--which were yummy.

I usually have much better success baking, but I guess you can't win 'em all.

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Joyce said...

First time peaking at your blog and I am laughing. Yes I have also made trifle from cakes that have fallen apart. I ONLY trust a can of Crisco and some flour to grease my pans. Works like a charm every time for 30 plus years for me. Now I had to laugh out loud when you said your jaw was on lock down. You are too funny. I also LOVE to play with Flour but am trying to fit into last years bathing suit so I am trying not to bake. I did bake this week as I was suppose to go to a blog luncheon today so I baked for all. Unfortunately my little GS is sick so I am babysitting and now and can't attend. I am now looking at a big tray of homemade brownies and cookies. Think I should bring out my bathing suit and put it on the table to remind myself not to eat those treats:) It is going to be a long day here:) I pray the bathing suit wins the battle and not me eating the cookies and brownies:)
Joyce

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