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  • It's summer wedding season and we have been noticing that many weddings have been including a dessert bar for their guests, instead of just offering the traditional wedding cake.
    Here at baking911, we have many recipes and projects that would be perfect additions to any wedding dessert table.

    Before we discuss baking, this wedding season, we are partnering with a fabulous website, www.shabbyapple.com, and we're having a GIVEAWAY!!
    Shabby Apple specializes in gorgeous Vintage Style clothing for women, and we will be giving away one of their beautiful dresses, "Heart of Me", to one of our readers.
    This romantic dress would be a perfect honeymoon dress for the bride, or any woman who just wants to look fabulously vintage and feminine.


    Post in the BLOG COMMENTS, below, a sentence or two about why you like this dress.
    The cut-off for submissions is Sunday, July 21, 9pm EST.
    The winner will be announced on Monday, July 22.
    US mainland residents ONLY.


     
    French Macarons, with their whimsical shape, heavenly colors and downright yumminess would be a perfect addition to any wedding feast.
    The recipe can be made in virtually any color, to match any wedding theme. The filling choices are endless, and we have many to choose from.
    The best thing about baking911's macaron recipe is that IT WORKS! The detailed step-by-step instructions give you the power to succeed!


    If you want to make a grand centerpiece for your wedding dessert table, try our Woodland Macaron Topiary Recipe Tutorial.
    We take the guesswork out of creating this classic French confection.
    Change up the topper to fit the season, or you can even top it with the wedding couple's monogram, or a darling bride and groom cake topper, it's up to you!

     
    If cookies are your thing, Sarah's Creative Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe makes cookies that are a perfect canvas for your creativity.
    They bake up smooth, don't spread and, best of all, they taste delicious.
    Follow our step-by-step cookie and royal icing tutorials to make fabulous cookies for your dessert table, or to give as wedding favors.
    We made these with the recipe.


  • Bake our sweet or savory summer recipes daily, with in-season fruits and vegetables.

    What’s in season for June?
    Here is a list of fresh produce that has been harvested in the last fews days and has only travelled a short distance to market. 

    Apricots - Italian Apricot jam Tart or Crostatina marm, Albiococca Recipe



    Arugula - Pizza Bianco and Figs Pizza Dough Recipe
    Asparagus - Carrot or Vegetable Puree Recipe
    Basil - Savory Quiche Tart with a Whole Wheat and Cheese Crust Tutorial


    Beets - Red Velvet Layer Cake with Traditional Cream Cheese Frosting Tutorial



    Blackberries - Berry Tart with a Cornmeal Crust Tutorial
    Blueberries - Meyer Lemon Semifreddo (semi Freddo) with Hazelnut Crunch and Blueberry Compote Tutorial

    Cherries - Cherry or Apricot Almond Clafoutis or Clafouti Recipe Tutorial


    Chives - Savory Whole Wheat Apple Cheddar-Rosemary Bread Recipe
    Lettuce (leaf) - Cheeseburger Macs or Macarons Tutorial


    Mangoes - Glazed Mango Mousse Cake Tutorial



    Melons - Melon Sorbet Recipe
    Papayas - Healthy Oven Fresh Papaya Loaf Recipe
    Peaches - Peach Melba Mini Skillet Pies Tutorial

    Peas - Chicken Pot Pie Tutorial


    Peppers - Savory Galette Tutorial, Two Ways


    Plums - Plum Crumble Recipe

    Rhubarb - Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Step-by-Step


    Raspberries - Organic Chocolate Chip and Raspberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Tutorial

    Strawberries - Ultimate Fresh Strawberry Butter Cake (UFSBC) Tutorial



    Summer squash and zucchini - Heathy Oven Chocolate Zucchini Fudge Cake Recipe
    Watermelon - Watermelon or Cantaloupe Sorbet Recipe

  • Last month, I was invited to visit Hershey's Headquarters and Linda Stahl, and to hang out with some pretty fabulous bloggers, called by Hershey's as the Baker's Dozen.

    Part of the of the visit was to create our own recipes using Hershey's products, when I returned home. Kelly and I put our heads together and thought about what would be a lot of fun and festive; we always like to create recipes and tutorials that are original and creative, of course!

    One of my favorite recipes we at baking911.com created was our Candy Cane Fairy Cookies!




    During my visit, I became inspired about working with candy and chocolate to decorate with, after watching volunteers from China put together an entire Christmas house made from Hershey's brand products. So, I thought it would be fun to develop a baking recipe using candy to share with you!

    The Hershey's holiday candy house.

    Chinese students working on the house.

    The chocolate candy walkway leading to the house.

    Chocolate and candy ornaments hung in the trees with the house!

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS! From all of us to you!

    P.S. Some tips about working with chocolate!  

    Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hershey's. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey's.  

    Photos and baking911.com recipes Copyright © 2012 Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Last month, I was invited to visit Hershey's Headquarters with Linda Stahl, and to hang out with some pretty fabulous bloggers, called by Hershey's as the Baker's Dozen: Naomi from Baker's Royale, Karly from Buns in My Oven, Julie from The Little Kitchen, Bridget from Bake at 350, Lindsay and Taylor from Love and Olive Oil,  Shelly from Cookies & Cups, Susan from Doughmesstic, Jessica from The Novice Chef, Meaghan from The Decorated Cookie, Liz from Hoosier Homemade, and Courtney from Pizzazzerie!

    On my way to Hershey's Headquarters

    We stayed at the Hershey Hotel, made our own Hershey's chocolate candy bar, went chocolate shopping, chocolate tasting from around the world, filmed and photographed our projects at Hershey's Test Kitchens, and had a fun cookie exchange party!

    Hershey's Hotel

    Making my own Hershey's chocolate candy bar!

    Hershey's chocolate shopping!

    Chocolate tasting from around the world!

    Filmed and photographed my project at Hershey's Test Kitchens!

    Filmed and photographed my project at Hershey's Test Kitchens!

    Fun cookie baking exchange party!

    And, of course, what do you do when you go the Hershey's? Of course, you eat and drink chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate - in everything possible.

    Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

    Hershey's Baking Melts Fudgey Brownies Recipe

    Part of the of the visit was to create our own recipes using Hershey's products, when I returned home. Kelly and I put our heads together and thought about what would be a lot of fun and festive; we always like to create recipes and tutorials that are original and creative, of course!

    We at baking911.com decided to create:
    Spritz Cookie Trees Recipe


    Chocolate Chip and Heath Bar Biscotti Recipe



    HAPPY HOLIDAYS! From all of us to you!

    P.S. Some tips about working with chocolate

    Disclaimer: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hershey's. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey's.  The recipe is copyright 2012 baking911.com, Sarah Phillips, Inc.

    Photos and baking911.com recipes Copyright © 2012 Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • I had the opportunity to attend an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony featured by illy Coffee as part of their free Welcome Park at the New York Food and Wine Festival in New York City, and take photos for my Instagram account, @food. The event was hosted by one of my favorite chefs, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, a true innovator in the culinary world. 

    Sarah Phillips, CEO, baking911.com (left) with Chef Marcus Samuelsson (right)


    Chef Marcus Samuelsson (right) discovering Monoarabica illy Coffee blends at their Welcome Park at The New York Food and Wine Festival.
    The illy Monoarabica blended coffee beans hail from Guatemala, Brazil and Ethiopia.
    Photo by Sarah Phillips © 2012 Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips, Inc.
    Taken with an iphone.

    Chef Marcus Samuelsson's mixed culinary history is rooted in his parents and relatives in Ethiopia, and his adopted family in Sweden. Although he was primarily raised in Sweden, Chef Samuelsson explained that the coffee ceremony is an integral part of the social and cultural life in Ethiopia; that an invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect and is an excellent example of Ethiopian hospitality. 

    Photo by Sarah Phillips © 2012 Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips, Inc. Taken with an iphone.
    One young woman, dressed in the traditional Ethiopian costume of a white dress with colored woven borders, usually conducts the ceremony. The washed coffee beans are then roasted in a flat pan over a tiny charcoal stove or open fire (left, background). That, and the pungent smell scent of incense (foreground) that is always burned during the ceremony, fills the air. The ceremonial tools used are laid out on a thick bed of long scented grasses. More.


    Photo by Sarah Phillips © 2012 Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips, Inc. Taken with an iphone.
    Chef Samuelsson serving Ethiopian flatbread.

    At baking911.com, we are fond of using coffee in baking and cooking, both sweet and savory. Coffee, a liquid ingredient, or instant espresso powder and instant coffee granules, are an acidic ingredient and have a unique flavor of their own. Coffee is often used to enhance chocolate and other flavors.    


    Did you know? The U.S. is the world’s biggest coffee consuming nation in terms of absolute volume (Brazil, for the record, is the biggest producer). But, coffee is popular around the world, and during its journey, there are remarkable differences in its preparation and consumption habits. 

    Our Italian Sponge Cake or Pan di Spagna Espresso Tiramisu Recipe is an example of using espresso coffee to flavor a traditional Italian dessert.

    We use espresso coffee to flavor the Italian Meringue Buttercream in our French Hazelnut Almond Mocha Dacquoise Meringue Cake Recipe. Chocolate covered espresso beans help decorate the top of the cake.

     
    Again, espresso intensely flavors our American Whole Wheat Angel Food Cake Recipe, with its soft nutty texture.

    A New Orleans favorite, Cafe Brulot is a flamed, spiced, and brandy-spiked coffee beverage served in the best restaurants (and homes) of New Orleans. The flavors remind me of the holiday season, and they are transformed into our luscious Cafe Brulot Chiffon Pie Recipe.

    Enjoy our other baking recipes using "coffee" or "espresso", by searching baking911.com using those keywords.

    Photos Copyright © 2012 Sarah Phillips Sarah Phillips, Inc. All rights reserved.