Friday, May 16, 2008

links: crazy, impressive, crazy/impressive

(I will probably never try any of these -- but wow, are they fun to look at!)

Potato Bagel Stars, at Bread Blog. Not just home-made bagels. Not just home-made potato bagels. Home-made potato bagels shaped like stars.

Baumkuchen - Tree Cake (aka. Happy Belated Birthday Josh), at Baked. Omigoodness. Look at how many LAYERS are in that cake. The layers are brushed on, for heaven's sake. Now that is just ridiculous.

Tuile Cookies, at VeganYumYum. Now those are very, very pretty cookies. I love to look at them! But I would hate to make them. The end. Well, not the end. Lolo insists that it is easy, but I know that I would end up with scorched fingers and sorrowfully misshapen cookies. Not today, thanks.

Springy Flower Pot Desserts: A Blast From My Past, at The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Ha! The Pioneer Woman outdid herself again. These are HILARIOUS.

Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake, at JoyTheBaker. Joy the Baker is an amazing blogger. She has also only been blogging for, like, five months! But she rocks. This, my friends, is a cake inside a cake. It is pretty much as awesome as the billion-layer cake above, but tastier-looking! And she says it is a great last-minute dessert, so maybe it is not so hard, but it looks tough enough for me to want to wait it out. Plus, I don't have a bundt pan. Ah well.

Papaya Shikai Maki & How to Roll Them - recipe, at For the Love of Food. Just go look at them. They are adorable and amazing and I really want to try to make them because if I could I would feel sooo proud of myself, but I really don't want to, because I'm sure that I can't. Gah!

Chocolate Covered Bacon, at Slog via Accidental Hedonist. This qualifies under "Crazy." Also, under "Barf-inducing" and "Disgusting" and "Nauseating" and lots of other gross words. Ew.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Hi Camila,

I know you're pining for a KitchenAid mixer to knead your bread (especially really soft doughs) but in the meantime you might want to check out your local thrift store for a bread machine. You can use a bread machine just to knead your dough and then remove the dough to shape and bake it. I'm at the beach this week with my family and there is a bread machine here but no KitchenAid so I decided to try out the bread machine to knead a very soft ciabatta dough and I was really pleased with the result. :) I made two loaves of ciabatta at the same time and one loaf was kneaded by the bread machine and the other I did by hand. I could definitely tell a difference. To knead the dough by hand I had to keep adding sprinkles of flour to keep it from sticking to my hands and the counter which resulted in a crumb that was heavier than the machine kneaded dough. So see if you can find a cheap bread machine and make some ciabatta and focaccia! :)

- Steve Gerber
Harrisonburg, VA
(Currently in Corolla, NC)