Sunday, February 8, 2009

You can't keep a baker out of the kitchen

The trouble with reading cookbooks, is that you want to immediately run into the kitchen and whip up everything that you've just read about. Now that would be humanly impossible (but I would be willing to give it the old college try) so I have to try things that I know Steve and I might eat. But that turns out to be tricky too. He doesn't like nuts, I do. He doesn't like fruit or berries, and I do. I can't even turn old bananas into bread or muffins because he doesn't like them either. What's a baker to do? I decided to make a cake just for him that I knew he would like (and wouldn't be horrible for me to choke down a few pieces either!) I found a recipe for his favorite cake, Boston Cream Pie. (yes, it's a cake and not a pie). It is yellow layers, filled with vanilla custard, and topped with chocolate. What's not to love here! I found the recipe in a book I checked out from the library, "All Butter Fresh Cream Sugar-Packed Baking Book." With a title like that, how could I go wrong. The cake was delicious, Steve loved it, and it is slowly disappearing in the frig. No, the two of us have not eaten the entire thing ourselves, Carly has helped to eat a few slices too. I thought you'd like to see a picture of it in it's four layer goodness.

On another baking front. Before Carly came home for the weekend, she called and asked "if I wasn't too busy...." LOL I do seem to have a fair amount of time of my hands these days, so I asked her what she wanted. It seems a friend of hers was getting married and of course, she wanted to make some wedding cookies for him and his bride. Could I please bake the cookies for her before she came home, and she would decorate them on Saturday. Who am I to turn down making cookies! Of course I told her that I would. We tag teamed on the cookies. I made the dough, cut them out, and baked them. She put on the base coat of icing, and I finished up with the decorating. We were both happy with the results, and she delivered them to the reception hall yesterday to the groom. Best of luck to the happy couple! Here is the finished product.

Enjoy your Sunday. I'll be here dreaming up my next baking creation. If you like nuts, fruit, or berries, let me know, then I'll have someone to share with.



  1. Your wedding cookies are lovely!!! Nice to see you back in "cookie action" again!!
    Happy baking,

  2. What great looking wedding cookies! Make sure you add this picture to your website if you haven't already. Is this a new design? I have only seen the heart ones. Great presentation, Joanne! Carly told me via e-mail that round #2 of Chemo Camp went better for you. That's great! Keep drinking the water! As far as cake about a carrot cake? Somehow just the name of it sounds healthy!! Who am I kidding?!?!?!?

  3. Joanne,
    I still can't believe he doesn't like nuts or fruits....Do like Randi does to me ,,,,"Try this tell me if you like it"Of couse i generally do because she loves to bake like you do.And then she tells me whats in things. Now i even "tolerate cranberries,(she takes whole crans and simmers them down,yum)shhhhh don't tell her i like themm...You're sounding gr8 ,,

  4. I like nuts, fruits, and berries (hand in the air, waving wildly).

  5. Phil sent me a text message that said "Audra wanted to make sure I thanked you for the cookies, everyone talked about them all night about how amazing they looked! Audra even took a bunch of pictures of them." They do look pretty darn good if I do say so my self :)I will be thinking of you tomorrow morning and all the silly wigs you will be trying on with your friends, can't wait to see pictures of the blond one... it will be a guaranteed laugh! LOVE YOU!!! MISS YOU!!!

  6. First of all the cake looks awesome! Second the cookies are wonderful! :)

  7. Oh, Joanne, the cake looks delicious and the cookies look divine! I am so glad to see that you are baking again! Sugar/flour therapy is a good thing!