December, 2015

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White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

In case you don’t know, Kid Three can’t have peanut butter. He’s not allergic, but it gives him stomach aches. He can tolerate a good spoon full once every few months. He tells me it has to REALLY be worth it. He’s also the kid that can’t have sugar. So, I went about making these. I have to warn you, they’re not dairy free, as they were crafted for Kid Three.

I purchased organic white chocolate from the bulk-bin at a co-op in the City, and got to making. I have to say, melting down white chocolate isn’t the same as brown chocolate. It gets weird and pasty when it should be more like a liquid.

To make these, I used a double boiler. After melting down the chocolate, Kid Two and Kid Three helped a lot, since we had to move fast. I scooped in about 1.5 tsp into each mini muffin liner, and they used toothpicks to spread the chocolate upwards.

Then we scooped in my filling, which was quick and simple: Organic Creamy Almond Butter mixed with a little Organic Maple Syrup. The idea was to keep the sugar load as low as possible.

Finally, we covered with a little more white chocolate, and then froze the pan. 30 minutes later, Kid Three was over the moon with his special treat.

Free and Friendly Foods White Chocolate Cups

Almond Butter and Maple Syrup Filling

Free and Friendly Foods White Chocolate Cups

Yumminess in the making.

 

Free and Friendly Foods White Chocolate Cups

A pan (almost) full of happiness.

Free and Friendly Foods White Chocolate Cups

The final product.

Remember The Failed Captain America Cake?

If you’ll recall, the Captain America pound cake turned out more like a cookie. Well, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, or in this case, “cupcakes”. Using the leftover batter, we made 3 variations: cinnamon, chocolate, and lemon. We also made a strawberry icing to top them with. I split the batter into 3 bowls, and just guessed by sight as to how much looked good. I baked as cupcakes thinking if they were smaller I may be able to save the batter and it would be more cake like. Nope. Still weird, but everyone liked these even more than the original version, Hopefully this will inspire you to make lemonade. Happy baking!

 

Free anf Friendly Foods Cupcakes

I plated them and tried to make them look fancy to make myself feel a litter better about the whole incident.

Captain America “Cake”

Kid Three had a birthday! He’s really had a thing for super heroes lately, so I wanted to do something really special. I decided to surprise him by making a Captain America cake. As with all things gluten free, dairy free, egg free, problems came our way. I had a grand vision in my head. I would start with our giant circle pan, and make lots of smaller cakes too. I’d then stack them and carve them to make it look like a realistic shield. Enter problem one. We couldn’t release the cake from the pan, even though we used parchment and non-stick spray. As you can see in exhibit a, it was total crumbles. So why the problems? Well, of course I couldn’t make it as simple as purchasing a white cake box mix because as you know (or don’t), they all contain corn. Since I needed to be able to be in the kitchen without passing out, I decided to try to create our own white cake. I started with a pound cake recipe I found online, and got to modifying. I figured pound cake would be the best thing to use since I wanted the shield to be dense and easy to carve. Needless to say, I won’t be passing on my failed recipe.

Come on in problem number two! It wasn’t even cake!!! It turned out to be more cookie than pound cake. It had a slightly crunchy outside layer, and a weird crumbly inside layer. It was just weird. There’s no other way to explain it.

Interestingly, there was a lot of positive feedback, but that may have been from the design. Although it wasn’t my best piping, I’m going to give myself a bit of a pass. I literally had to leave it in the pan to decorate because we all know what would happen if I tried to release it 🙁 Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy:

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

This was going to be the top layer. I figured it was ready to release.

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Here’s a better view of what happens. After the first one failed, I had someone help me do this, just I could take a picture to share.

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

This one came out a bit better?

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Knowing that it wouldn’t come out, I started to decorate in the pan.

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Filling in the borders…

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

Almost done…

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ust about finished… not too bad…

Free and Friendly Foods Captain America Cake

The final product… and yes… I totally messed up on those stars.

 

 

2 More Christmas Reviews

40124 Winter Fun

LOVE IT! It’s cute, it’s small, it’s everything that expresses the joy of snow… The mini snowman was just right for the set, and I like it better than the big snowman. I will admit, it lacks details like the large one, but, I don’t know what it is about it. The brick facade on the building is lovely, and I wouldn’t mind building out the house a bit more. It’s just so quaint. I will say that the snow on top could use a little work. It’s a bit too flat for my liking. I love that I get a little Christmas tree, but I felt that the wreath on the door was unnecessary. Maybe because it’s strangely put together? I’m not sure. Overall, I would rate this set a 8/10. Yes, it’s up there with the big sets only because of how well put together it is.

40125 Santa’s Arrival

Like 40124, I just love this set. The details are all there. The beautiful chair that swivels, the cookies, the fireplace, the tree. Could I ask for anything else? My only complaint with the set would be the “stockings” hanging over the fireplace. I know this sounds strange, but I would have preferred to see LEGO create a custom piece for this. It’s something that could be used in other holiday sets, so it would pay for itself. And considering they made a mould for the hotdog guy, this is so worth it. There’s just something so unnatural about the L piece being a hanging stocking. From a distance, it’s not such a big deal. However, up close. eh. Also, I don’t know that I needed the cat. I could see a little kid loving the cat. Maybe it’s because I’m allergic to them? Like 40124, the wreath wasn’t too necessary for me to like the set. Overall, I would give this set a high rating because it’s small and quick, yet detailed and full of joy.

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