So my birthday has passed and there’s only Christmas to look forward to [in terms of gifts]. And
old mature (or not 😛 ) as I now am, I still do like having something to look forward to. I mean, the occasion itself has already lost its magic for me, so.. but that’s another entire topic which I have no intention of discussing right now.
Anywho. I have made a couple of wish lists before (this and this), and thankfully I did end up actually getting at least an item or two from those listed. Nice, right? 😉 So this year I am making another one. Although this one kinda doubles as a dream board too since I do plan on getting these eventually, wish or no. Ready?
A sturdy, classic stand mixer
So I started my birthday early, cutting up and packing brownies for the day’s orders. Mama cooked spaghetti, and I brought some to the office to share, along with the choco-cinnamon cake I baked the night before and some leftover red velvet cake in the fridge. Had a relatively uneventful day. Relatives and friends greeted all throughout the day through different media. After work, had dinner at Shakey’s with the family. Claimed my free birthday pizza, got the song-and-dance greeting and a scoop of yummy strawberry ice cream. I didn’t really wish for anything as I blew the candle; I just uttered a simple thanks for what I have right now.
Probably the most remarkable thing is that this is the first birthday wherein I baked my own birthday cakes. Last Sunday, the red velvet cake with cream cheese icing baked with my two best friends during my advanced birthday celebration. Then today’s simple choco-cinnamon cake (the remnants of which is pictured below), which I liked better by the way. This is hopefully the start of my baking career.
And so, that’s it for my low-key 30th birthday.
I have tried quite a few brownie recipes since the start of my still-short but sweet life as a
wannabe baker, both boxed mixes and from scratch. And though my unknowing taste testers almost always give positive feedback and ask for more, I still wasn’t content. Until THIS. This is a mash-up of a coupla brownie recipes I found off the net, then tweaked a bit to suit my palate. Halfway between fudgy and cakey, chocolatey with just a hint of coffee. I love it.
This was my first time to make anything red velvet so I was really nervous about the outcome. I’ve read a lot of recipes, but they seem, I dunno, kinda intimidating to make. What if they don’t turn out red? What if they don’t taste right? What if they come out too hard or gummy or something?
Since I got good results on my Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kiss The Foodie, I figured his recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes should be pretty doable as well. It helped a lot that there were in-process pictures so there was less uncertainty if I’m going about the procedure correctly. And here’s the result:
So I just managed to bake cookies that turned out like they were supposed to… not flat, thick, and just a tiny bit puffy. With past recipes, my cookies either spread too much and turned flat, or didn’t spread as much they’re supposed to. But this, this was just perfect. I could just cry out of sheer happiness!
I love these lasagna rolls, but I gotta admit that they’re a bit tedious to prepare. Like, it took me more than an hour to prepare from start to finish. From cooking the pasta, then the sauce, then rolling them up one by one.. suffice it to say that these are definitely a labor of love. For my palate family. 😉
Nevertheless, all that effort was totally worth it when I got to see the beautiful finished lasagna rolls and took my first bite. Yep, definitely worth it. 😀 So without further ado, here’s my recipe:
Coincidentally, the post title is also the title of the FB album where I post my baked goodies (or baddies, depending upon the outcome). 😉
Anywho. Ever since we bought that oven a coupla weeks ago, I have been a hairsbreadth short of obsessed over baking. As proof, here is Exhibit A: