Saturday, March 21, 2015

A pie for Pi Day

  Bonjour guys!
           I have missed you so much! A few days ago I made a delicious chocolate pie for Pi Day and I wanted to share with you all how I made it.
I started off by making the crust. You start with a full packet of Oreos. I twisted them open and scraped out all the good white filling. I did that to all the cookies. Then I put them in a zip lock bag and took a mallet and crushed them into little crumbs. I added 6 tablespoons of butter and fully combined them and patted them into a 10 inch pie pan. I  baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for five minutes. This was the only baking I had to do.
While that was cooling I made whipped cream. I put 2 cups of heavy whipping cream in a stand mixer and mixed that while I slowly added 1/4 cup of sugar to the cream. In a double boiler I combined 1 bag of chocolate chips, 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Remember to use semi-sweet chocolate chips. I whisked that together until fully combined. After it cooled I took scoop-fills of the homemade whipped cream and folded it into the chocolate mixture and put it all into the crust.
My pan was very shallow so I used the extra to make another pie with a graham cracker crust. After your pie(s) are filled put it into the freezer for a couple of hours. After it is cooled spread Cool Whip on top as
almost a frosting but make sure  you can see the edges of  the pie filling.
I made a stencil of the "pi" symbol. You can make the stencil out of cardboard or use something from around the house I used a sturdy paper play as my stencil. Then put the stencil on the pie and sprinkle the Oreo crumbs on the stencil so when you pick up the stencil the symbol of pie is on top of the chocolate pie which officially makes it a Pi Day pie! If you don't want to make this pie for Pi Day you could customize it with the stencil and put whatever number, letter, initials, or symbols you want to.
I usually try ideas that I made up in my head or with my family but I got the idea to do this pie from a YouTube show called Nerdy Nummies with Rosanna Pansino. Rosanna Pansino has been a very big impact on my baking and blog. She gave me the idea to start baking and now I have a blog! But anyway I hope you enjoy this pie and share it with friends


                                           Au' revoir
                                                   Ellie








Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chicago,Chicago

Bonjour guys,
           I've missed everyone so much. Sorry I haven't blogged I've been so busy lately with back to school, activities, and alot more. Well to catch up on lost time I'd like to start with my trip to Chicago. First I want to start with how I found out about the trip. On July 4, 2014 my parents asked if we wanted to play charades so of course my brother and I said yes. While we were playing charades my parents chose to do a cub so they  tried that and my brother guessed cub, so after they did the motion of an airplane and I guessed trip. My brother guessed the Cubs baseball team and asked "are we going to Chicago?"and my parents said yes. My brother and I were so excited about it. I knew we're going to find some good places to eat there. I was excited to get on the plane and go to Chicago. When we got there we went to our hotel first and got settled in.
           The first place we visited was Eataly. At Eataly there is everything Italian all in one place. There was a gelato stand where we all got gelato and right next to the stand there was my favorite, a Nutella stand. We stayed and ate an Italian lunch. Next my family and I went to a Cub's game. There I got some delicious lemon ice which was refreshing because it was so hot. On our way to dinner we spotted a Hershey store. When I went in, it was chocolate galore. The one item I was allowed to buy was a 6 ounce Hershey kiss, it was delicious. The last and final sweet place we went to was Glazed and Infused. This is a gourmet donut place. There my mom and I got a chocolate donut, and standard donut, a sprinkled donut, and my favorite a white chocolate passion fruit donut. This was, by far,  my favorite place to go on the trip. Look down below for some pictures of Chicago and the places I went!


                                                              Au revoir,

                                                                  Ellie







       

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekend Fun!!

Bonjour guys,
       This past weekend I made some amazing desserts. One was for fun and one was for a birthday! The first one I made was orangesicle cupcakes! These orangesicle cupcakes came out of a box cake from Pillsbury. It had matching orangesicle icing to go with it. What I did for the icing is I put it in a baggie with a tip on the inside and I did a little swirl of icing on top! The cupcake and icing were very good and the actual cupcake was pretty calm, as was the icing.  The cupcake tasted almost as if there were pockets filled with flavoring, which I thought was cool. To go with the orange idea I paired this with some high wasted black jean shorts with a zipper on the side and my favorite top for the summer!

The next treat I made was a 16th birthday cake for my cousin Brennan! He wanted something pretty simple so the cake I did for him was a white cake mix paired with homemade chocolate icing! I stacked the two cakes so it was two tiered. The layers were different sizes which is similar with the some other cakes I have done before. I iced it with the chocolate frosting! I didn't decorate it because he said he just wanted it with the cake and the frosting nothing more and that's what I did.

That's it for this blog but I will have another one posted very,very soon I hope you enjoy!

                                              Au revoir,
                                                      Ellie




                                                   

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mothers' Day Fun

Bonjour,
        Hi Guys!  I'm so glad to blog again! This weekend I made 2 delicious treats. On Saturday I made a french vanilla cake. In the middle of the layer there was chocolate icing. I also iced the whole cake with it. For the topping I covered strawberries with hazelnut spread also known as Nutella and put that all around the cake. On Sunday I made vanilla cupcakes. I iced them with vanilla icing and chocolate icing. I iced the  cupcakes with 2 different icings because I placed the cupcakes in a shape of a sunflower. I decorated this with chocolate chips to make the sunflower seeds. On both days we had a crawfish boil. One day with my Dad's side of the family and one day with my Mom's side of the family. The cake and cupcakes were a hit for both Mother's day celebrations. Please check out the pictures below! Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers' out there! More to come I hope as summer kicks off!

                                                       Au revoir,
                                                              Ellie







                                                               

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mardi Gras Madness

Bonjour,

     Hey guys!  Ellie here and I want to tell you about these mini king cake cupcakes. These delicious little treats are very easy and there are not many ingredients. This is the recipe:

2 tubes of dough sheets
1/2 cup of sugar
1tbsp of cinnamon

Filling:
1 block of cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1tsp of vanilla extract (we used a special vanilla extract my grandparents brought back from Mexico!)

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1tbsp lemon juice
1tbsp water(or omit the lemon juice and use 2tbl water)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a stand mixer-beat the cream cheese,1/2 cup of sugar, and vanilla extract until combined, set aside.
In a bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of sugar and the 1tbl cinnamon, set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, unroll the tubes of dough. Cut the sheets into 4 rectangles, you should get 8 rectangles after cutting. Then put a layer of the sugar and cinnamon mix and spread. After that put a thin line of the cream cheese mixture on the LONG side of the dough. Roll the dough into a tube like shape then fold the right in then the left side in. Put into a greased cupcake pan, cover in tin foil and bake for 12 min. After that take the tin foil off and bake til golden brown. Then finally take the glaze and drizzle onto the king cakes and then take some sprinkles and sprinkle on top. You can take any color sprinkles but the Mardi Gras colors are green, gold, and purple. Check out the pictures below!!!!

                                Au revoir,
                                    Ellie







Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy Holidays

Bonjour,

        Sorry I haven't blogged in a while but I have been so, so busy. Some of the reasons I've been so busy is because of baking, Christmas with family and New Year's Eve!!!! I've been baking a lot of things this holiday such as a gingerbread house, Christmas treats and New Year's Eve cupcakes.
The ginger bread house  was very square and very fun to make. The gingerbread house was decorated with red candy balls, watermelon candies, gumdrops and other colorful candies.
        The next thing I made were these cute candy treats that I gave to 3 different families. The first one I'll tell you about is the Rolo and pretzel treat. You are probably familiar with this one. All you have to do is put pretzels on a cookie sheet and place the Rolos on top and put them in the oven up to to 5 min. The next thing I made was Oreo snowmen. They were golden Oreos dipped in white chocolate and decorated with Mike and Ike's for the  nose and brown M&M's for the smile and eyes. Then I made reindeer out of nutter butter cookies dipped in brown cocoa chocolate melts with pretzels as the antlers and finally multi-color M&M's  as the smile, nose and eyes. The last sweet I made was green rice crispy Christmas trees!! We made Rice Krispie treats and put green food dye in. We rolled them into the cone shape of a tree. The trunk for the trees were Reese's peanut butter cups and it was decorated with M&M's as the ornaments and a yellow M&M as the star.
       Finally I made New Year's Eve cupcakes. I also made LSU cupcakes for the LSU and Iowa game. These cupcakes were decorated with fondant, icing and sprinkles. I got the fondant for Christmas which I was very excited about. I hope to use my new baking supplies I got for Christmas very soon. I'll blog about my next project soon!

                    Au Revoir,
                          Ellie















Saturday, October 12, 2013

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Bonjour,

         Ellie here again! I want to  talk to you about the rainbow cake I made. My rainbow cake was beautiful, tasty and colorful. Let me tell you how I made this masterpiece. First, I mixed a white cake mix then divided it into 5 different bowls. After that I dyed each bowl these colors: red, yellow, green, blue and purple. Then, I

baked them separately. I stacked them with vanilla butter cream icing in between the layers. I then did a crumb coat(a thin layer of icing) and let it sit to harden. A final layer of icing was then applied.  I cut into it and it looked so cool. At first I thought the layers were to thin, but I was wrong. The rainbow looked great. I hope you enjoy the pictures down below!

     OK, I'm not done yet.  I made an amazing DUCT TAPE dress! First I rolled out the duct tape to the  length I wanted and I cut it  into the shape I wanted. After I layered it, I added a back side and a tiny purple belt also made of duct tape. It turned out pretty cool . I forgot to mention the duct tape I used was a chevron pattern and the colors were green, pink, and orange.

                                       Au Revoir,
                                                     
                                            Ellie