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Orange & Tangerine Curd

A few weeks ago, I had a suggestion from YouTube to watch a show called The Great British Bake Off from BBC. Oh YouTube, you know me so well. I got subscribed to the channel, found a complete season on it (YAY!) and fell in love with both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Now, let me tell you about the hosts of the show. Mary Berry is a jane Queen of all trades: Chef trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, in the 60s she became the cookery editor two magazines. TV Show host, cookbook author… she does it all. And she bakes… like no one. I like to think that she is the Queen of Baking. From what I could see in her videos (I’ve been watching her stuff non stop!) she is amazing. I’d love to meet her or just be around when she’s cooking.  Now, Paul Hollywood is a character. He is tough and serious as Gordon Ramsay is (my dream chef!) on the show. Well, Paul Hollywood is the son of a baker, he stepped into the family business later on (trained to be a sculptor, imagine that!). He has appeared in many shows, and honestly, he explains bread baking like no one’s business. He makes it look so easy! Bread I shall tackle next.

Anyway, inspired by one of the Technical Challenges from The Great British Bake Off, I decided to prepare an Angel Food Cake (you can find the recipe here) served with this Orange and Tangerine Curd with Vanilla Beans. I think I would’ve killed it in the competition! Ahh… a girl can dream.

Kitty

Tangerine Orange Custard

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Marble Cake

Lately I’ve been getting this need to get into the kitchen. Maybe it’s because I am busy during the week with my day job, finishing at 7/8PM. I am readjusting my schedule to this new flow of workload so that I will be me baking during the day once again. Since I’ve been packed, it seemed that the perfect day to bake was Sunday. I walked into the kitchen with the idea of baking but didn’t know what to do. Then it hit me. I remembered that way back when TFK was just starting, I’ve previously made Marble Cake but didn’t get to take the pictures. Honestly, it was more that I was multitasking that I forgot to take the pictures, so I decided to bake the recipe so my family would taste it… And I am proud to inform you, my fellow foodies, that it is a success.It is Wednesday and there’s just two servings left. This is perfect as a Coffee Cake, and for those hot summer days, you can serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The trick is to spoon batter alternating the vanilla and chocolate batters, like a checkerboard. Then, with an offset spatula or knife, draw swirls to mix the batters. The cake will turn out marbled. You could also do this with different colored batters for a non-chocolate version of the marble loaf.

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Marbled Cake

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Vanilla Bean Scones

I’ve been wanted to bake vanilla bean scones since I tried some last year at a Washington, DC Starbucks. Mini vanilla bean triangle  scones that were just the perfect breakfast/cookie on the go. I searched for many recipes, including the classic one we have here at TFK. I remembered that I read that Ree Drummond from Pioneer Woman had the same experience, so I decided to try out her recipe!

Her recipe was such a success that after baking the scones on a Saturday, there were 3 left by Tuesday. Since I used a small biscuit cutter, I was able to get about 25 scones from this recipe. Since we were going away on a Holiday to the gorgeous Lake Atitlán, my mom asked me to whip up another recipe to take with us. Since I was tight on time, I woke up early Wednesday morning (we were leaving just after noon) and baked both recipes. Since I was able to double test the recipe, I decided to try the food processor the second time around to save some time. The scones came delicious as well, but I have to say they came out extra flaky when I used the pasty cutter.

Ree’s original recipe suggests that you dunk the scones in the glaze. For me, just dipping the top was enough for my sweet tooth – the recipe for the glaze is reduced from its original quantities. All around, this became a family approved recipe in just a few hours!

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Vanilla Bean Scones

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Love Potion

It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Love Potion. This is a fun milkshake you can make for your kids or your significant other for Valentine’s Day. You can’t really tell from the picture, but it’s a two-tone milkshake. You need strawberry ice cream and vanilla ice cream to make milkshakes out of each flavor. Make one thicker than the other and fill your glass alternating the flavors. That’s it!

You will get a delicate pink tone swirled in with the white from the vanilla shake, but you won’t get really defined layers here, unless you want to try mixing strawberry or raspberry sherbet in instead of strawberry milkshake. Give it a quick go in your blender with a bit of milk (or water to keep the vibrant color.) Either way, make sure one flavor is thicker than the other so you can more or less layer them. The recipes we used are for one serving, so you can easily double or multiply them to make more.

Helga

Love Potion

Love Potion

Basic Vanilla Milkshake

Recipe by Bobby Flay
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/3 cup whole milk
10 ounces premium vanilla ice cream (about 1 3/4 cups, packed)

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine the milk and ice cream and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Milkshake

Recipe by Bobby Flay
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/3 cup whole milk (if you want this flavor to have a thinner consistency add more milk)
10 ounces strawberry ice cream (about 1 3/4 cups, packed)

Directions

1. In a blender, combine the milk and ice cream and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Love Potion Assembly

  1. Alternate vanilla and strawberry milkshakes in a glass, and decorate with whipped cream and heart sprinkles.

Love Potion

Love Potion