Tuesday, December 19, 2006

holiday baking

its that time of year again, and i am now done (mostly) with my xmas baking. every year i bake some goodies to give to our neighbors as gifts. i had planned on making these things:
1. merengues
2. baklava
3. rasberry thumbprints
4. candied lemon and orange peel
5. peanut blossoms

now, i started the other day trying the merengues, i read that they will keep for a week, so i figured that would give me a couple of days to get the other stuff done, and totally failed. the recipe calls for 3 egg whites and 2 tablespoons of sugar. thats it. now, using a double boiler you warm the whites with the sugar to dissolve it. i think this was my problem, the eggs didnt just warm, they probably cooked a little. after beating the mixture for 15 minutes it formed stiff peaks (like the recipe called for) and so i piped the merengues onto a cookie sheet and baked them for 1 hour 45 minutes. well, they looked nothing like the pictures, so i didnt even taste them before throwing them out. there is a slight chance i will try them tomorrow, but its unlikely.

the baklava came out fine. i made it tonight. my dad is in town and so between him and woody there was enough help to give me enough time to do it. the recipe really only takes time, its not hard to make.

the raspberry thumbprints never got made. i plan on making them for christmas though, and sharing them with family. ive never done them before, but dont think they will be too hard.

the candied peel was made yesterday, as it has to sit overnight after all of the steps are completed. well, not all of them, i still have to take them out of the simple syrup they are in and roll them in sugar, but that isnt supposed to be done until they are ready to be eaten.

the peanut blossoms were easy. i made them the other day, and weve already eaten like half of them (i always take the kiss off the top first, it ruins the whole cookie).

also, i added another item, raspberry almond bars. it just felt too empty without the thumbprints and merengues.


Adam said...

Are the peanut blossoms the ones that are peanut better cookies with a hershey's kiss stuck on top? If so, why not make peanut butter cookies if the kiss ruins the cookie?

Anonymous said...

I love thumb-print cookies and candied peels. Are there any left?? Will they be coming to Fresno??? Ed kinda poo poo-ed the idea of going to Malisa's parents.

timidvenus said...

yes, adam, those are the ones, but i dont feel like they turn out as well if i leave off the kiss. and the recipe is a bit different than a regular beanut butter cookie.

as for the peels, i am thinking about making more of them at my moms. they dont last too long once they are taken out of the syrup and rolled in sugar, so the ones from the firs batch arent good, just hard and gross. we are coming to fresno, not sure yet though if it will be saturday or sunday. also, if you do decide to go to bakos, you can stay the night at our house.