Monday, September 21, 2015

Delightful Delectables - Fall Fondant Fun!

By: Amy Weinberg

Wednesday is the first day of Fall and there are mixed feelings flowing through the air. On one hand, Fall is awesome. The foliage is beautiful, the pies are delicious, and the beers have pumpkin in them. On the other hand: impending doom. Is there anything better than the autumn atmosphere?

Only acceptable answer: The atmosphere of never again having to experience this past winter.

You would be hard pressed to find a native New Englander who doesn’t love Autumn, but I think we still have some snow melting so it’s hard to get excited. BUT instead of focusing on the implementation of snow tunnel routes for transportation, let’s instead bask in all the glory that is Autumn. Apples, spices, pumpkins, squash, football, playoff baseball, corn mazes, Halloween, haunted houses, Thanksgiving, AND (my personal favorite) my 23rd birthday.
Autumn is everything it needs to be before the pale, frostbitten, ice-hell that is Winter.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury, MA). Photo by Bethany Groff

I mentioned football because if there is one thing that the Northeast lacks, it is not football teams. The defending champion New England Patriots no doubt being the favorite here at My Grandma's. I, on the other hand, am the black sheep New Yorker who is a Giants and * gasp * Yankees fan. Needless to say, Autumn is fun around the office.

In the spirit of Autumn and football and My Grandma’s, I decided to kick off Week 1 with some cake pops shaped like NFL helmets. Now, you could say “Hey Amy, it’s already week 3…”, and you would be correct. I ran into some technical difficulties. Taste-wise? Superb. I simply rolled a mixture of Cinnamon No-Nut coffee cake and some buttercream icing into little balls. How could it taste anything less than amazing?

I would also like it to be known that this is not my first time making cake pops. They are tiny and they are delicious but they are not that easy to make. The problem I keep running into is that the lollipop sticks wont stick to the cake pop, making it really hard to dip into the melted chocolate. 

After hours of feverishly slaving in the kitchen, I came out with 4 cake pops with pipe-cleaner helmets that made them look like ducks.
But, like I said, they tasted great so that’s all that mattered.

I’m sure everyone knows the outcomes to both of these games by now. The Patriots unsurprisingly won by a touchdown and the Giants unsurprisingly did something stupid and lost the game.  

But because the cake pops didn't come out the way I would have hoped, the picture-lighting wasn’t great, and my team is the Giants, I held off on posting that blog. That left me with 10 lbs of fondant and no blog, so I decided to make a few more fall fondant figures. My ego took a hit with the cake pop football helmets but I think I redeemed myself with the witch’s hat and pumpkin.

I’m going to spend Fall 2015 eating coffee cake and choosing a new football team to root for. How are you going to spend it?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

By: Amy Weinberg (9/7/15)

Break out the barbecues and the white shorts one last time this summer because today is Labor Day! 

How are you going to celebrate all of the achievements of the American Workforce? My mother is celebrating this morning by doing yard work while I sit in this nice air-conditioned house listening to music and brainstorming dessert shooter ideas. The only laboring I will be doing today is moving my fork from my plate to my mouth.

If you’re not wearing Red White & Blue, you’re not doing Labor Day right. I think today is the perfect day to rock my American flag shorts (they’re mostly white so today is their last hurrah anyways). Whether it’s on your shorts or on your plate, today is a day to represent America.

And what better way to represent?

Now, it wouldn't be a holiday or a barbecue or America with out My Grandma's. I didn't want to labor myself too much today (always up for a good pun though), so I kept this dessert extremely simple. I was going to make an icing for this cake but I’ve been making a lot of icings and glazes lately. Plus, our cakes are too good to be hidden under a delicious layer of sugar every single time.

(Maybe every other time?)

I broke out Nana's nice China, slapped down an Original Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake, and called it a day. 

Just kidding, that's too easy. To go with the coffee cake, I quickly whipped up some red white & blue shooters. All you need is a blue fruit (blueberries), a red fruit (I chose raspberries), and some freshly whipped cream. These shooters are quick, easy, and most importantly, CUTE. 

Whoever came up with the idea of putting desserts into shot glasses deserves a medal of some sort.
Maybe even his/her own holiday.
I mean come on, Chewing Gum has its own day (September 30th). 


Anyways, dessert shooters, along with everyone involved in the American Labor Movement, will be honored today in the Weinberg household. How did you celebrate your end-of-sumer day off?