Sunday, July 26, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle - Candy Clay

Being my first time working with candy clay I was expecting it to turn out terribly.
But, it was a pretty cool thing to work with. And so much easier to work with than Fondant.
They say that candy clay using milk or dark chocolate is easier to work with, but I decided on white chocolate for the sake of color.
Thinking back now, I wish I had used more food coloring.
You live and you learn!
Candy Clay Recipe
- 2 Cups White Chocolate (1 bag)
- 1/3 cup Corn Syrup
- Food coloring
Place the entire bag of chocolate into a microwave safe bowl, Microwave for 30 seconds. remove and stir. Repeat until chocolate is melted, but not liquid (avoiding burning).
Add the Corn Syrup and stir until well combined (use of electric mixer not necessary).

Place a sheet of Parchment paper onto your working area. Pour mixture onto sheet.
*For Ninja Turtles Separate candy clay into 4 different piles (2 small, 2 large)
Add desired colors to the clay piles and knead in until colored throughout.
*For Ninja Turtles add 8-12 drops of green color to one of the large piles, 8-12 drops of red color to the other large pile. Leave one of the small piles white for eyes. Add 4-5 drops blue, green and red coloring to remaining small pile.
Flatten the candy clay with the palm of your hand until 1/2 cm thick.
Transfer the parchment paper with Clay discs into refrigerator until cooled or overnight.
When ready to work with, remove from fridge and place on counter.
Candy clay is extremely easy to form and mold, My advice is to try to keep the room cool so the clay doesn't begin to melt in your hands (this will happen).
Any mistakes you make are easily fixed by kneading the clay in your hands until it forms a ball, then flattening it again.
*For Ninja Turtles cut the red clay into strips about 1 cm thick. Form green clay into 2 1/2 inch flat rounds. Form 2 small white clay balls, then 2 smaller black clay balls, & 1 small rope with black clay for mouth.
Once you have formed your candy clay return to fridge until chilled and firm.
I used these as Carrot Cupcake toppers for a TNMT Birthday party.
 FYI- The white chocolate makes these actually taste REALLY good :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chai Shortbread Cookies

I absolutely love Chai tea. It's my go-to whenever I retreat to a coffee shop. This recipe is wonderful. The finished product goes perfectly with my homemade vanilla ice cream recipe :)
This is one of the few Chai recipes out there that doesn't require you to actually go out and buy some Cardamom. The recipe uses loose tea leaves that you can just cut open a chai tea bag to get.
 I used 2 bags of Twinning's Chai Tea.  
Chai Shortbread Cookies
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbs loose chai tea leaves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
Prepare a sheet of plastic wrap before you begin.
Place flour and your tea leave into a food processor and mix until well combined. Add in Salt, sugar, vanilla, and butter until a dough forms. Pour this dough out on your prepared sheet of plastic wrap. Roll into a log about 3 inches (or less) thick. wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
one hour later....
Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove from fridge and unwrap. Slice the dough into 24 discs.
Arrange on parchment paper and slide into the oven for 12 minutes.
If the edges are nice and golden they done :)
Let cool completely.
Enjoy :)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Homemade Baby Puffs

-3/4 cup rice cereal
-1/4 tea baking powder
-2 Tbs water
-2 1/2 Tbs baby food of your choice (I used  peach)
-1/4 cup applesauce or banana

Preheat oven to 350°, and like 2 baking sheets with wax parchment paper.

Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients in a medium bowl. Mixture should be a thick pastey consistency. Pour mixture into a piping bag or sandwich sized ziplock bag.

Pipe mixture onto prepared baking sheets in pea or dime sized dots.

Bake for 10 minutes, rotate sheets, then continue for an additional 10 minutes or until puffs are crispy.

Remove from oven and let cool completely.


Holi powder DIY

Add corn starch and water to food processor, add food coloring til you reach desired color. Pulse til fully combined and slightly watery. Pour mixture onto plate with a large lip or a shallow bowl. Let dry out overnight. Once fully dry, break up disk and place back into food processor or coffee grinder. Grind until powdery. 

Repeat entire process with as many colors as you would like. 

3/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup water
food color

Knotty Helping Hands

If you knit or crochet, make this your next project.
There are websites you can visit for information on helping people with the power of yarn. Knit-A-Square is one of them, their website provides a pattern for knit, crochet, and even loom.

You send them your 8"x 8" square, they construct them, and make blankets for Orphans with AIDs in South Africa.

If you aren't keen on sending them away, you can join together with some of your Knotty friends and make a blanket of your own. The one shown above was one we did for our local Cancer Center. The pride you feel doing something nice for someone going through a hard time is unlike any other feeling.
It humbles you, it reminds you of the impact a small act can make.
The world is full of nice people. If you can't find one, be one.

Drunken Margarita Cupcakes

Voila, Margarita cupcakes with a lime buttercream!
  • 1 box lemon cake
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tequila

Mix boxed cake mix with eggs, equal parts oil, water, and Tequila (Might as well take a shot while you're at it.)
Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 way full and bake for about 18 minutes at 350.

now for the butter cream,
Lime Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups powder sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
With an electric mixer, blend butter, lime zest, vanilla, and salt until fully combined. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with lime juice. If you need more liquid add the milk or half and half to reach your desired consistency.
You're going to want to lick the frosting right off the spoon, go ahead ;)
Let cupcakes cool completely before piping frosting, Buttercream will melt quickly if the cupcakes are even the tiniest bit too hot.
Garnish with more Lime zest.
These are a personal favorite, they flew right off the plate! Perfect for summer gatherings :)

Hello, all

Here is where you will find my various Sweets, Treats, and Creations. I hope you enjoy and feel encouraged to create your own creations!