The Great Yearly Bake Off!

I’ve been very busy with schoolwork (man, that sentence is getting old…) and have neglected the blog, but I come with news!

Baking decadent desserts from Pinterest recipes has long been a refuge of mine in days of stress. Looking for a new way to challenge ourselves in a fun and not stressful way, my friend Rony and I came up with a Bake Off 2016 challenge, which we’re going to document over in our new blog: The Great Yearly Bake Off!

We chose 12 themes and each of us chose 12 surprise recipes for the other. Each month is going to begin with unveiling and then we’ll each blog about our experience.

Come over, I think it’s going to be fun!

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Picture Heavy Weekend: Skirt Sewing and yummy food making!

A short time after she got back from her honeymoon, Daphna and I got together for a well-planned-ahead weekend of crafting and fooding. She’s recently received an awesome gift for her wedding – a shiny new sewing machine, and ever since I got her hooked on Pinterest we’ve both been drooling over glorious recipes we want to try. And so I drove up to her boyfriend husband’s and hers lovely apartment in Jerusalem for 3 packed days.

On the menu:

Four onions quiche (In Hebrew, sorry. Google Translate is your somewhat illiterate friend)

– Amazing Tabouli salad (Daphna’s family’s recipe. Gotta ask her for that one)

Giant chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet for dessert

Lemon Ricotta pancakes with black currant sauce for saturday morning breakfast (We couldn’t find blueberries, so – black currants.)

We started Friday morning with fabric shopping downtown and brunch in this cafe:

Jerusalem brunch Tmol Shilshom

Then we went to the market to buy groceries for all the upcoming cooking. It’s crazy busy on Fridays but I got a few good shots (Not around any of the veggies or greens we bought because then we were busy trying to purchase, but of market noms that were everywhere):

Jerusalem market food

When we got home we rested a bit and then started preparing dinner.

Four onions quiche Bazek Alim

The quiche was awesome and the salad was just so so good. I cannot explain to you how good the salad was for me, who usually doesn’t like too much green stuff. It was just light and lemony and yum, and it offset the heaviness of everything else and made us feel less guilty about all the butter.

Tabouli Salad

We’ve been fantasizing about the giant chocolate chip cookie all week, and it was amazing. We “accidentally” used too much chocolate and it was melty and crazy and so good with ice cream. We broke down after about a third of it.

Chocolate chip chunks cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

After all this we just had to crash on the sofa for a while, look at beautiful wedding photos (ahem) and watch my favorite brothers living Tuesday over and over:

Supernatural Winchesters

(isn’t Daphna’s apartment lovely? look! mini succulents!)

On Saturday morning we made this, and it was as yummy as it looks:

Ricotta lemon black currant pancakes

And then after all the food it was time to get to work!

Sewing machine

We made skirts! We used this tutorial from iCandy Handmade, which adapts MADE‘s tutorial for jersey fabric. Still, the fabric was sort of medium weight and we ended up with a larger opening than we wanted because of its weight, so we shaved off a few inches more from the waistband and gathered the skirt. I really like how it turned out!

Jersey circle skirts sewing

The new sewing machine was lovely and I’m sure Daphna’s going to make beautiful things with it. It was so different from mine – my grandma’s old Singer from the 70’s. The weekend got me itching to go back to sewing so I pulled it out and started working on a blouse using the awesome fabric I got in Jerusalem. It will be ready soon and I’ll be able to show it off here :)

So that was that, it was amazing and fun and a bit tiring. Many thanks to Daphna and Yuval for hosting and keeping me around for so long and putting up with the mess :D It was a great way to celebrate the end of summer break! and we’ll definitely have to do this again, there are many more outrageously fattening recipes on Pinterest.

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Upon the Waves

I made these last night for Rosh Hashana dinner, and they turned out too good not to share. It’s a mishmash of recipes adapted into one, since I couldn’t find any apple cupcakes/frosting recipe that wasn’t all about caramel (I’m not a fan).

Apple cupcakes with brown sugar cream cheese frosting (24 cupcakes)

For the Cupcakes:

1 cup sugar

100 gr butter, melted

2 eggs

1/2 cup yogurt

1/2 cup orange juice

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 large apples, peeled and cut into small cubes

For the Frosting:

170 gr butter, room temperature

350 gr cream cheese

1.5 cups brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

(Butter conversion calculator can found here, gr to oz converter here)

Cupcakes: Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F). Whip sugar and butter, add eggs and stir until smooth. Add yogurt and orange juice. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients and apple cubes to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Fill cups in an oiled cupcake pan to 3/4 height and bake 12-15 minutes until lightly golden or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cupcakes completely cool over a rack before frosting.

Frosting: Mix all ingredients. I put the bowl and the mixer whips in the freezer for a few minutes first. The ready frosting sat in the fridge overnight (although not mandatory, I just hadn’t had any time).

I used a closed flower tip (similar to the 2D Wilton tip) for the rose shape. This was the first time my frosting looked almost pro (and not like a messy heap). All my frosting fears disappeared when I watched this 20 seconds video on how to do it. It really is that easy!

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Upon the Waves

Shana Tova!