As we look ahead to the fall, we’re excited about cooler weather and all the baking motivation that comes with it! One of the experiences that tops my bucket list is a hot air balloon ride, and this month I was able to take one virtually using paper from Paper Source and making my own balloon out of an embroidery hoop (see page 36 of Kirsty Neale’s book, Hoopla). Hopefully, this will tide me over until I can take an actual one 🙂
We made the following treats for September:
- Sticky Date Cake with Bourbon Brown Sugar Buttercream and Toffee Sauce
- Pumpkin Cranberry Twists
Sticky Date Cake. I am ashamed to reveal how many pieces of this cake I “tested” (i.e. consumed) in preparation of this order 🙂 If I say that this is my new favorite cake you won’t believe me, as I seem to make that assessment every month. What I can say is that I am developing radar for the types of cakes that I really enjoy. And, those types are ones that exhibit a moist, dense crumb and a rich, balanced flavor. Usually, the moist dense crumb is due to the addition of butter, but in this case, it comes from the fruit.
I wanted to pair this vintage, uniquely-flavored cake with an icing that I have been pining over for some time: Bourbon Brown Sugar Buttercream; a grown-up icing for a grown-up cake. Lastly, I wanted to include a buttery toffee sauce to round out the sweetness and the bourbon. Martha Stewart has a recipe for one that is very good – a little more buttery than sweet.
Pumpkin Cranberry Twists. These fun little breads are my attempt to pave the way for fall. The recipe calls for pumpkin, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spices – yum! It was difficult to keep them in a twisted shape before they went in the oven, but no matter their appearance, they were delicious. We think these treats will be a nice addition to our Bread of the Month Subscriptions for next year!
Snickerdoodles. These cookies need no explanation! They are fabulous in their simplicity (flavored only with butter, cinnamon, and sugar) and satisfying beyond their cost – each one is just 8 cents! Make up a batch and bask in the warmth of all the smiles you receive 🙂
Enjoy the ride!
corrie @ Peachie’s Treats