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Pink Ombre Swirl Cake. Pomegranate Ice Cream — Pretty Shiny Sparkly. Amazing Artisan Bread for 40 Cents a Loaf - No Kneading, No Fussing, No Kidding. What if I told you that instead of buying bakery bread for four or five dollars a loaf, you could make delicious handmade bread whenever you wanted, at a fraction of the cost and it is so easy a kid could do it? Well, read on because this method of making artisan bread at home will change your life.

You can make incredible bread without having to do all the usual time consuming tasks of breadmaking : no need to make a new batch of dough every time you want breadno need to proof yeastno need to make starters or prefermented doughno kneading! In the last few years, several methods for making easy no-knead bread doughs have crept up on the internet and gained popularity. Among the most popular have been Jim Leahy's No-Knead Bread and Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois' Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. "The results have forced me to reconsider all of the premises I once held sacrosanct". So what is going on here? Boules Rising and Boules after Baking This bread is very versatile, also. 1. 2. The Italian Dish - Posts - Chocolate Panna Cotta. Panna Cotta is one of those great desserts that you can make ahead of time. It's so quick and easy and can be served in any pretty glass. When I make this recipe, I always have some mixture left over and I pour the extra into small ramekins.

You can also pour this into coffee cups or espresso cups for a really fun presentation. Panna Cotta means "cooked cream" in Italian and is a very adaptable recipe and can be flavored with just about anything. If you want to leave out the cocoa powder from this recipe, you can add some vanilla bean and have vanilla panna cotta.

When you cook this, be sure to gently heat the mixture. Italian Easter Bread, Revisited. When I first posted the recipe for Italian Easter Bread three years ago, I couldn't believe the response.

Italian Easter Bread, Revisited

Perfect Panna Cotta Recipe. Panna cotta is incredibly easy to make, and if it takes you more than five minutes to put it together, you’re doing something wrong.

Perfect Panna Cotta Recipe

I’d made them before, but never realized what a fool-proof dessert it was until I saw my friend Judy Witts make them at one of her cooking classes in Florence. Sometimes we Americans have a way of overdramatizing things, and make things harder than they actually are. But I saw Judy quickly put together this Panna Cotta at the beginning of her cooking class in no time flat, to be served a few hours later. After we ate the fabulous meal which we’d all made together, she effortlessly unmolded them into bowls, and there was our dessert. I was pretty impressed. That’s the beauty of Tuscan cooking: it’s straightforward and almost effortless in its simplicity. Judy bypassed the traditional route and self-published her first cookbook, Secrets From My Tuscan Kitchen, which gave her the freedom to personalize each hand-written recipe.

Vanilla roasted pears. I think this should be your new favorite way to show off.

vanilla roasted pears

If your dinner parties are anything like mine, dessert arrives with more of a whimper than a bang. Oh yes, that trifle looks lovely, that cheesecake is most certainly the bomb, most people are probably thinking, but I just crawled out of a vat of deeply braised short ribs and I’m gasping for air. Doctor, gimme an apple, stat! Flaky blood orange tart. Have you ever lost a recipe?

flaky blood orange tart

A couple years ago, a reader emailed me, sending me a link to a delicious-looking blood orange tart that she thought I might enjoy. The photo that accompanied the recipe was startling — fiery, purple and magenta coins of oranges with burnished edges laid over a rustic tart base and if ever a photo could reel me in, that one was it. How to turn "water" into marbles.

20 Alcoholic Beverages Inspired By The Harry Potter Series: Pics, Videos, Links, News. 1.

20 Alcoholic Beverages Inspired By The Harry Potter Series: Pics, Videos, Links, News

Gryffindor shot Ingredients: 1/2 part Cinnamon Aftershock 1/2 part Goldschläger Instructions: ‘First layer the Aftershock, then layer the Goldschläger on top. It’s best if you shake the Goldschläger first so you can get some gold flakes.’ 2. Hufflepuff shot Ingredients: 1/2 part Creme de Banana 1/2 part Jägermeister Instructions: ‘Add the creme de banana first then top with chilled Jägermeister.’ 3. Slytherin shot Ingredients: 1/4 part Kahlua 1/4 part Green Creme de Menthe 1/2 part vodka Instructions: ‘First add the Kahlua to shot glass. Mix the Creme de Menthe and vodka together and layer it above the Kahlua.’ 4. Chinese Tea Eggs. Eggs, how do I love thee?

Chinese Tea Eggs

Let me count the ways. I love thee soft-boiled with some kaya toast dipped into the runny yolk. And scrambled with some herbs and melty cheese. And simply cooked over-medium in melted butter. I love eggs any way, any time of the day. Tea eggs are a common street snack and even sold in convenience stores in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Chai Cookies « Angry Cherry.

The Pastry Affair - Home - Cauldron Cakes. This is part II of my mini-series on Harry Potter snacks from the books brought to life (part I is on Honeydukes treats, part III features every wizard's favorite drink—butterbeer!

The Pastry Affair - Home - Cauldron Cakes

— and part IV showcases decadent butterbeer cupcakes). When I was young, I wanted to grow up to be a writer. I also wanted to be a teacher, deep sea diver, and a cashier at McDonald's, but that's a different story. In early elementary school years, I would furiously write about anything and everything that came to mind. My stories expressed the affairs most important to a seven year old girl—monsters, dolls, and the first day of school. It would seem I had a bright future in writing, but all of this was cut short as soon as I entered fourth grade. For years, scarcely a sentence flowed from my pencil. Then Harry Potter entered my life. When I was fifteen years old, I became obsessed with the series. And the words began to flow from my pencil once more.

Harry Potter inspired me to continue writing again. The Pastry Affair - Home - Butterbeer Cupcakes. This is part IV in a mini-series of Harry Potter snacks from the books brought to life (part I is on Honeydukes treats, part II is all about the cauldron cakes, and part III features every wizard's favorite drink—butterbeer!).

The Pastry Affair - Home - Butterbeer Cupcakes

I confess that Butterbeer Cupcakes aren't actually mentioned in the Harry Potter series. In my defense, if JK Rowling had been given one of these while writing the books, she would have found a way to fit them in. The Pastry Affair - Home - Plum Clafouti. I am but a humble self-taught photographer.

The Pastry Affair - Home - Plum Clafouti

Everything I know about photography I've learned through trial and error. A year and a half's worth, in fact. Every time I set out to shoot a new dish or dessert, I learn something new. Food photography has grown into something I really enjoy. It's challenging and difficult, true, but there is such a sense of satisfaction when a photo turns out just right. Yet, there is always more to learn. One of my New Year's resolutions this year was to take a photography course. When I take my camera out of the quiet of the kitchen, there is a moment (or two) of real panic. In the kitchen, I'm the boss. But, just as staying in comfort zones is all and well, it's important to step out of them just as often as you stay in. Note: I will be vacationing in Portland and the Oregon coast over the next week.