I’m A Baking Enthusiast Award!

mydearbakes’ “I’m a Baking Enthusiast” Award! – Apr 2013 Winners

I’m excited to share with you that Jessica’s Baking Blog has been awarded an I’m a baking enthusiast blog award!!

A Special Thanks:

I would like to especially thank Mydearbakes for this sweet and kind blog award!! I’m honored that you’ve chosen my blog. I really appreciate it! Check out this great blog here!

Jessica the Baker

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Strawberries & Strawberry Shortcake!

It’s strawberry season!! Do you know what that means? Besides the fact that we can make a lot of desserts with them, it also means that summer is almost here!! And you know me…I love summer and I can’t wait until it’s in full swing! 🙂

We took advantage of a strawberry sale and bought a whole bunch of strawberries.

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I think they’re one of my favorite fruits!

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Many hands make work light, even little hands! 🙂

Now you ask, what does one do with so many strawberries? 😉 Well for one, we are a large family who loves strawberries and besides preserving them, we also freeze them with sugar!

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And that’s exactly what we did this time! Talk about pulling one of these out of the freezer on a hot summer day?  I know, delicious! 

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Yes, I also made these strawberry shortcakes (cupcakes)

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For half of the shortcakes, I added some strawberries inside also

(sometimes you have to satisfy everyone’s preferences 😉 )

Now the reason I called these strawberry shortcakes and not strawberry cupcakes, is because instead of using frosting, I used whipping cream mixed with strawberry puree, plus I forgot to add milk to the batter and they came out a little dry (which is exactly how strawberry shortcakes are). They taste exactly like strawberry shortcakes, and almost the same as these cupcakes.

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Make sure you sweeten both the strawberry puree and the whipping cream before mixing them together 

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 Oh, and if you have any whipping cream left over just put it in the freezer overnight and you made Ice cream without an ice cream maker! Or at least what tastes like it 🙂

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It’s time to put the whipping cream on!

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I used a zip lock bag as I didn’t have a piping bag

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I love frosting, but it can be challenging at times

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Especially when I’m using whipping cream that tends to be runny 🙂

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I know, the lighting is not very good because when I finished these, it was already dark outside so we couldn’t have natural light

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They really do taste like strawberry shortcakes!

The recipe:

Strawberry Shortcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/3 cups AP flour

note: If you are expecting a more moist shortcake/cupcake, than I suggest adding 1/3 cup of milk 

For the strawberry whipping cream:

1 pint heavy whipping cream

about 1 cup chopped strawberries (pureed)

Directions:

Preheat you oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake tin with liners and set aside.

In a large bowl cream together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs and vanilla and cream together until you get a smooth mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed just until everything is combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! If you decide to add the milk, add it slowly after the dry ingredients. Scoop the batter into your lined cupcake tin, about 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20 min. and let them cool before frosting.

Beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff (sweeten according to taste) and then fold in the sweetened strawberry puree. Add the whipping cream in a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe onto the shortcakes.

~Enjoy!~

Jessica the Baker  

Liebster Award!!!

Liebster-Award

Jessica’s Baking Blog has been awarded a Liebster Award by Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen!

What is a Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award given to rising bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

A big Thank You goes to…

Country Girl & Cookin’ Cowgirl from Sweet 16’s Country Kitchen who nominated me with this sweet blog award! Thank You! I’m honored that you have chosen my blog! I’m looking forward to continue visiting your blog, browsing your great collection of recipes and giving some a try! Go check out their blog!

Award Rules:

1. You must thank the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator

3. Pass on the award to 11 new recipients

4. Pose 11 new questions to your bloggers

Now to answer the questions posed by my nominators…

1. What made you decide to start Blogging? 

My sister has a blog, and since I started baking a lot, I decided to start a baking blog. I also saw a lot of baking blogs out there that really inspired me, so I started my own blog. 🙂

2. What’s the meaning behind your blog name?

Well, my name is Jessica and this is my baking blog…so “Jessica’s Baking Blog” means exactly that. 🙂 A blog where Jessica posts her recipes. 🙂

3. Which do you prefer most – Cooking or Baking?

Baking definitely! I love baking because you have a set recipe that you follow and will turn out right (most of the times). Not to mention the delicious dessert that yields from your hard work! 🙂  A lot of times for cooking you have to do it after your taste and play with it as you cook the dish, which is not always easy. I’ve tried cooking my mom’s meatball soup (for example) and it didn’t turn out exactly like hers. 😛

4. What is your go-to comfort food?

Oh, it’s so hard to decide! I really love chocolate chip cookies any time of the day (or night for that matter 🙂 ).

5. What is your favorite style (i.e Italian, Chinese, Mexican) of food?

I love them all!! Probably Italian food is a little more at the top than the rest. But I won’t refuse a good Chinese Chow Mein, or a delicious Mexican chili!

6. What is your favorite restaurant/café where you live?

My favorite restaurant is  IN-N-OUT, you can only find it in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Utah and Texas. I know it’s a fast food kind of restaurant, but it’s by far the most delicious and my very favorite.

7. If you could meet any famous cook/baker either past or present, Who would that be?

The Pioneer Woman  and Laura Vitale!! I’ve tried many of their delicious recipes!!

8. Do you listen to music while you’re in the kitchen, or do you prefer silence while you work?

I listen to the buzz of my mixer and the noises of my little sisters, LOL! . There’s almost never a quiet moment when I bake, and it’s usually too noisy to put any music, but I don’t mind if music is playing when I’m baking. 🙂 Once in a while, there will be music playing in the background.

9. How many Cook-Books do you own?

Um…I have a lot of cooking magazines, and my mom has 2-3 cook books. My cookbooks are mostly blogs and youtube baking/cooking  tutorials. 🙂 I do have my eye on a few cook books that I want/plan to have in the future.

10. Coffee or Tea?

Coffee!! Of course I also love tea, but I drink coffee more often and I love it! 🙂

11. What is your favorite recipe?

Chocolate chip cookies! It’s easy and delicious!

Passing the Award to:

1. Bethany @ Looking unto Jesus

2. Amy @ Let my life be a light

3. Carissa @ Rosie Posie’s Place

4. Rebekah @ Treasuring Today

5. Bethany @ Happiness is Sweet

6. Rebekah (my sister) @ Heritage of Grace

7. Amanda @ Meditations and Bread

8. Colette @ Just for Foodies

9. Rina @ I Thee Cook

10. Emily @ She Make and Bakes

11. Tara @ Noshing with the Nolands

11 Questions to Those I Award:

  1.  What holiday do you cook/bake the most food?
  2.  Cookies or Cupcakes?
  3.  What is a family recipe that is passed down through generations?
  4.  What is your favorite food to cook/eat?
  5. What is your favorite kitchen tool  that you absolutely can’t do without?
  6.  When did you start your blog?
  7.  What’s your favorite part about Oreo cookies, the cookie or the cream?
  8.  Ever had a birthday without a cake?
  9.  Are you a travel bug?
  10.  Sweet or Salty?
  11.  On a scale of 1 to 10 how much do you like cinnamon?

This is the second time Jessica’s Baking Blog has been awarded a Liebster Award!! 

Jessica the Baker