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October DB Challenge – Povitica

The Daring Baker’s October 2011 challenge was Povitica, hosted by Jenni of The Gingered Whisk. Povitica is a traditional Eastern European Dessert Bread that is as lovely to look at as it is to eat!

Heyyy.  It’s Hannah here.  I have a new favorite word.  Povitica!October DB Challenge – Povitica

I also have a new favorite way to not study genetics.  Povitica! (more…)

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September DB Challenge: Croissants!

When Hannah emailed to ask if I wanted to take on this month’s Daring Bakers challenge, I accepted without much hesitation. I have had very few baking fails in the past. Not to mention, I had totally rocked making my very own pie crust a little under a month ago. So basically I was an invincible baker. Croissants? No big deal. Not even a little deal.

But here’s something about croissants you may already know (that I didn’t): they take A LOT of time. And patience. And attention to detail. These are things I did not give myself and do not generally have (unless you’re my potential employers reading this. In which case, I am the most well-organized, patient, detailed potential employee you will EVER meet).

So, I’m gonna be upfront. This was kinda a fail.

Hannah has found it in her heart to forgive me for my failure  (and my destruction of her perfect DB record). I hope you can too.

Best thing about this? You can learn from my mistakes. I can tell you everything NOT to do.

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August DB Challenge: Candy!

The August 2011 Daring Bakers’ Challenge was hosted by Lisa of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drive and Mandy of What the Fruitcake?!. These two sugar mavens challenged us to make sinfully delicious candies! This was a special challenge for the Daring Bakers because the good folks at http://www.chocoley.com offered an amazing prize for the winner of the most creative and delicious candy!

This week I

1. studied for approximately 87,493 hours.

2. gloved up, scrubbed up, and scalpel-ed up for the first time. (more…)

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June DB Challenge – Baklava

Usually when I bake things that turn out to be pretty and yummy, it makes me happy.  Even when I bake something that turns out to be not very pretty, but still yummy…it makes me happy.

But let’s face it.  Usually I’m baking things like muffins.  Cookies.  Brownies.  Cupcakes.  While yummy, and important to a healthy diet, they aren’t generally super duper high on the challenging scale. (more…)

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DB April Challenge: Maple Mousse!

The April 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Evelyne of the blog Cheap Ethnic Eatz. Evelyne chose to challenge everyone to make a maple mousse in an edible container. Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 27th to May 27th at http://thedaringkitchen.com!

Food confessions:

1. I’m a vegetarian who dreams about fried chicken.  On occasion.

2. I eat string cheese almost every day.  Yep.  I’m 23 going on 4.

3. I have never made mousse.  Never ever ever.  (more…)