I just love this photo of Monkey, with her face covered with the after-effects of baking and that huge smile. She was quite pleased with the results of our baking experiments.
You see, it’s been miserably hot and humid here forever … well, it feels like forever, but reality is probably closer to about 3 weeks or so. And please don’t even mention how much money we’ve spent on electricity for our little window air conditioners. I can’t imagine how we’d sleep without them.
Last night it FINALLY cooled down a bit. Hallelujah!
Some of our friends and neighbors have really come through for us lately, so we decided to do some baking and make some treats as thank-yous. Monkey and I both enjoy baking, and we espcially like to do it together. 😀
Monkey picked out two new recipes, both from The Frugal Girl’s Wednesday Baking series.
- The Baked Donut Holes (pictured above) were a huge hit. I’m quite sure that we’ll have to make more, because I doubt that we’ll have enough left to give away. As you can see in the photo, they came out just a bit messier than The Frugal Girl’s version (ahem), but they sure do taste good. Monkey basically made these herself, with just a little help from yours truly.
- We had a bit more trouble with the first step of the Chocolate Parfait Bars (still in the fridge, so no photos, sorry!). The Frugal Girl says to “spread the mixture in a greased jelly roll pan.” Um, there was absolutely no way in the world that we were going to be able to do that! She makes it look easy, but the batter is super-thick (and delicious-smelling). Try as we might, there was no way were going to be able to spread it that far. Eventually we gave up and used a 9×13 inch pan instead. We haven’t actually tried them yet, so I can’t say for sure (they were still cooling when we went to bed) but based on the taste of the batter and the filling, I expect they will be terrific. (You didn’t think I would bake something new without tasting the batter, did you?!)
I’ve given up baking bread, and nearly everything else, until cooler weather appears. But I sure do miss it. If I could, I’d give up cooking altogether and just bake instead.
What about you? Do you bake in the summer?
My sister told me she has trouble even spreading it in a 9×13 inch pan, which cracked me up! lol She always uses a 9×13 pan because she doesn’t own a jelly roll pan.
I just use my hands and push and push the dough until it reaches the edges. It will be quite thin.
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