Tagged!

I was tagged by Carissa over at Rosi Posie’s Place! Thank you Carissa!

So here goes…

1. Favorite Sport: Badminton (although I’m still trying to get good at it), jogging, and I like volleyball but I can’t really play it.

2. A Good Name for a Dog: Spotty, Lieutenant, Sargent, or Corporal

3. Favorite Animal: Cows, I know you don’t hear that very often. I also love farm animals.

4. Favorite Subject in School: History and Math.

5. Favorite Drink: Pepsi!! Okay I don’t drink it very often… 🙂

6. Last song you heard: “Come Thou Almighty King” I love that hymn.

7. Do you like to make people laugh?: Yes…but  mostly my sisters. Especially Becky, she laughs pretty quick. 🙂

8. Favorite Color: To name a few: Orange, Olive green, Purple (depends on the kind of purple)

9. Favorite Hobby: Besides baking, I also love to read.

10. School Grade You are in: I’m going to be a junior this year!

Thank you for tagging me Carissa! I enjoyed it.

Be sure to check out her blog!

I tag:

Whoever wants to comment and answer the questions above. 🙂

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Lemon Bar!

As I’m writing this, I have a lemon bar waiting for me in the fridge and I can’t wait until it cools and I can eat it after lunch.

I found this recipe from a blog and as soon as I saw the picture of it I wanted to try it. I was happily surprised to see that the recipe is not complicated at all! Which made it all the more fun to bake.

Start by mixing together the flour, powdered sugar, butter, and salt in a medium bowl…

…just until a dough forms

Spread it in a 13×9 in. pan pressing it down with a spatula

Poke a few holes with a fork to release steam while par-baking the crust. Bake the crust for 15 min. at 350 degrees.

It will barely golden. When you take it out, press the crust down with a spatula to release any steam bubbles that have formed, and to make a more compact crust.

While the crust is baking, make the filling. Mix the eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice together.

Pour the filling over the hot crust when it comes out of the oven.

Return to the oven to cook for another 15 min. The lemon should just be set, and the top should have a tiny  bit of golden color to it. Let the lemon bar cool completely before sprinkling them with powdered sugar, and cutting them into bars.

Enjoy!

You can also do what we did and…

…add some fresh (crushed) raspberries and whip cream over your lemon bar. This was my dad’s idea. You should try it. It’s delicious this way!

Now for the recipe.

Lemon Bar

Ingredients:

FOR THE CRUST:

2 cups Flour

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1 cup Cold Butter

1/2 tsp. Salt

FOR THE FILLING

4 Eggs

2 cups White Sugar

1/3 cups Flour

1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice

Powdered Sugar to sift over the finished bars

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a greased 13×9 in. pan

In a bowl combine the flour, powdered sugar, butter, and salt. You want the dough to barely come together. But make sure it’s sturdy. Pour the crust into the pan and press the dough into a really firm crust with a spatula. Poke a few holes with a fork to release steam while par-baking the crust. Bake the crust for 15 min. It will barely golden. When you take it out, press the crust down with a spatula to release any steam bubbles that have formed, and to make a more compact crust.

While the crust is baking, make the filling. In a bowl whisk the eggs until fluffy. Add the sugar, whisking constantly so that the yolks are not “cooked” by the sugar. When the eggs and sugar are well combined, add the flour to the filling and mix well. Finally, add the lemon juice and whisk to combine. Pour the filling over the hot crust when it comes out of the oven. Return to the oven to cook for another 15 min. The lemon should just be set, and the top should have a tiny bit of golden color to it. Le the lemon bars cool completely before sprinkling with powdered sugar and and cutting into bars. Enjoy!

Jessica 

Ten Facts About Me as a Baker!

I thought you might enjoy to read these ten fun facts about me as a baker. They are a combination of things I did as a baker, things I do, and things I hope to do.

1. I love baking (obviously). I especially love baking around the holidays.

2. I once substituted 3 tbsp. of baking soda for 3 tbsp. of baking powder without adding lemon juice to the baking soda. The pancakes tasted really bad and we had to throw them away.

3. Sometimes I can be really neat when I bake, and sometimes I can be super messy.

4. One time I forgot some chocolate chip cookies in the oven. They turned black, they were so burned!

5. About 4 years ago I helped a lady from a church in her bakery. It was close to Christmas so she was jammed with orders. I got a glimpse of how it is if I would ever open up a bakery. I was really tired at the end. It gave me second thoughts about opening my own bakery.

6. I want to add new recipes to my old favorites, so any suggestions are accepted and appreciated.

7. I don’t always like adding salt to the recipes. But I have to add it.  Most of the time I don’t. 🙂

8. I don’t like how desserts taste when they are baked from mixes. Somehow they have a different taste than when you bake from scratch.

9. I still haven’t found a good cupcake recipe and sometimes I’m in the mood for cupcakes so bad! I’ll have to keep searching around.

10. I’m against baking with food coloring. It’s absolutely unhealthy and can cause cancer. Same goes with food starch. The  natural, the better.

Jessica

Brownie Bites!

I love brownie bites! Especially if they have powdered sugar on top. Brownie bites are just brownies that you cut into bite-sized pieces and add powdered sugar on top. As you can see, we eat our brownie in many different ways.

This time, I also added raisins inside and walnuts on top.

A little trick I learned baking brownies so many times is, to add half the quantity of the butter they require and complete the other half with oil. That will make the brownies turn out really moist and almost chewy. Yum!

Here’s the recipe for our Black Forest Brownies:

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

4 eggs (beaten)

2 cups sugar

1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

1/2  cup butter

1/2 cup oil

1 cup cocoa powder

 

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside. Mix together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and afterwards add the oil. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder until smooth. Combine the cocoa mixture with the egg mixture. Stir in flour mixture. Pour in greased 13 x 9 x 2 in. pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min.

When brownie is cooled, cut in bite sized pieces and coat with confectioners sugar.

 

 

Lots of Chocolate Chip Cookies!

A few days ago, my dad wanted me to bake some chocolate chip cookies for him to take to his co-workers.  So I tripled the recipe… and came out with 7-8 plates of chocolate chip cookies! These plates are a little smaller. But still, there were a lot of cookies!

This wasn’t exactly all the cookies. There were still some more in the oven. We saved some for ourselves too. 🙂

There are a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, but I always liked the recipe from the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag.

Baking so many cookies at a time, reminded me of the time when my sisters and I baked about 200 cookies around Christmas time for the troops. Each one of us was working on a batch of cookies and we were using two ovens to bake them all. That was a fun thing to do. We were told later that the troops really appreciated it.

I love baking for other people. 🙂

Jessica

p.s. My blog is still under construction as you can see…my sister has to help me with my blog button and all.

My Egg plant!

This is how I found my egg plant this morning…

😦

A gopher ate up the root of my plant. I had an egg plant growing on it and anther one just starting to grow.

The first and last fruit of my egg plant. 😦 It’s not even fully grown, but I cut it off the plant anyways.

I know this is a baking/cooking blog, but I wanted to post about my garden because, well…you eat the veggies from your garden right? 🙂 So it’s still food. I’ll be baking something today (nothing new at the moment). Expect a post soon. Either today or tomorrow.

I’m praying that the rest of my plants won’t suffer from my enemy gopher, and I hope that we’ll be able to catch it soon.

Welcome!

Hi there! Welcome to my new blog! I hope you’ll enjoy exploring my little bakery on the web! Here, I’ll post my recipes, different foods I try, and other recipes I find out about.

So stay tuned…

Jessica the baker