Hurricane Harvey Sandwich Bread

Hurricane Harvey scarred Houston and its surrounding suburbs.  Thankfully, our neighborhood and house wasn't affected.  But a small community near us was. On the neighborhood community board, there was a request for sandwich bread since the supermarkets were sold out.  So I decided to make some to donate and hoped to give some comfort through... Continue Reading →


My Sad Challah Bread Story

I've been sitting on this post for over a month because I became embarrassed about sharing it.  But I've decided to post it and let it go out into the cyberworld.  Here it is ... (gulp) ***** Before I get into my sad challah bread story, I want to share the funny story that started it... Continue Reading →

Scones … again, plus a baking tip

My husband loves scones, so I make them special for him.  I find they are too dry and make my mouth pucker. I tried the scones in the Illustrated Step by Step Baking cookbook.  It was eeeeasy!  Even I couldn't mess it up. The recipe is interesting because it didn't require any sugar, nor any... Continue Reading →

Why the heck am I writing this blog?

To answer this question simply: I'm writing this to document my baking mistakes, to learn from them, and, hopefully, help a few people along the way. But of course, there's more to this story. In the beginning of my "mis"-adventures in baking, I kept an Evernote document called: "Baker's Log".  But it became frustrating fiddling... Continue Reading →

Flourless Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

For Passover Seder at the temple, I made Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting from: The cupcakes rose while they were in the oven and had a nice dome. But as soon as they cooled down, it was like watching a slow-motion video of a cupcake balloon deflate.  In the end, they... Continue Reading →

Banana Bread & No Knead Pizza Dough

Saturday, April 8, 2017 Banana Bread from Illustrated Step by Step Baking Edgar bought bananas and didn’t finish them before he left.  Since Hayden and I don’t like bananas, I decided to make banana bread, which we do like.  It tasted yummy but like the cupcakes, the banana bread didn’t rise. Before making the banana... Continue Reading →

Vanilla Cupcakes

Friday, April 7, 2017 Vanilla Cupcakes from Illustrated Step by Step Baking The recipe was interesting because the butter gets mashed into the dry ingredients instead of being creamed with the sugar.  They were easy to make since I mixed everything by hand, using a pastry cutter for the butter and flour. I didn’t take out... Continue Reading →

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