Homemade Orange Extract

For the Fudgelet’s first birthday party I made vanilla extract. I decided I wanted to make something for the Chiplet’s birthday party. I wasn’t sure until I saw this post from Sprinkle Bakes. She made lemon extract but I was inspired to make orange instead. Then I saw she said it was possible to use oranges or similar fruit. So, I went with it! I actually started making it before I had the small bottles just because I wanted to give it plenty of time.

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Dahlia Bakery Baking

Today I wanted to share a few recipes I made when my dad and M came to visit last month. I asked my dad for some ideas to bake since I wanted to make two treats to take care of two months of desserts that I make him (I usually ship them but fresh is always best). He picked muffins and scones, so I made some muffins for while they were here and made scones to take home (we ended up freezing some of each to take home). The biscuits I made were for their first dinner here. They were coming straight from the airport at rush hour/dinner time, so I wanted food ready for them. I made sous vide salmon, broccoli, and biscuits.

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

I was super excited to try this recipe because I’ve been searching for my ultimate pound cake. But I was more excited because I realized it was a vanilla cake that the Chiplet could have. It has butter and sour cream, but the quantities are small enough that he can have it! I made this (mostly) as directed and plan to try it in a non-loaf pan to see if I could turn it into cupcakes. If I do, I will report back.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Jellyroll Cake

I’ve been wanting to make a jellyroll cake for a long time. I’ve found so many recipes for them that look good, and I’ve watched videos, read about them…I’ve even made one. I made it back in college when I was still learning how to cook different recipes. When I tried making one then, it turned out like a big cracker. I realized that I had forgotten the sugar, and I’m not sure if anything else was wrong, but yeah. It was an epic failure. I couldn’t even practice the rolling part. Well, I finally got the courage up and I made one. It turned out better and was easier than I thought. But I still learned some tricks.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Lots of Baking

I haven’t been making as many new savory dishes recently, but have been making new baking recipes to try out. After making the World Peace cookies that I just shared, I made other cookie recipes, including this bar you see below.

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World Peace Cookies

I had seen these cookies and read about them over and over but never got around to making them. They just seemed not super special. Just a chocolate cookie. And then I saw a video where someone used this recipe to try to mimic an Oreo cookie. That got my attention and so I decided to try these. I ended up making the dough at night after the kids went to sleep and it came together really quickly.

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Vanilla Butter Cake

A little while ago I shared that I had made a vanilla cake recipe from my favorite cake book to make cupcakes for the Fudgelet. I also used the same recipe to try out my new number/letter cake pan. Maybe not the best idea to use a new recipe and a new pan, but it worked pretty well. The cake pan had a little bit of a learning curve but nothing crazy and we liked the cakes we got. Basically, the letter pan is about the same amount of batter as an 8 inch cake, so I ended up having some batter left that I used for a round cake.

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