Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumpets

Today’s recipe is also a challenge. If you name this dish, you could win $500 if they choose it. You can do that here. It ends May 1st. This is a amazing breakfast since I used crumpets instead of pound cake. WARNING: It doesn’t keep very well depending on how much strawberry preserves you put on. It also tastes pretty sweet.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese or clotted cream, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 slices pound cake or 8 crumpets
  • Strawberry preserves, for spreading

Bring (2 tablespoons) confectioners’ sugar, honey, salt, a teaspoon granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons water to a gentle shimmer in a small saucepan over medium-heat. Stir repeatedly until the sugar dissolves. Transfer 1 1/2 tablespoons of the syrup to a small bowl; set aside. Add the rhubarb to the remaining syrup; cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb breaks down and the mixture thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.

Beat the heavy cream, mascarpone and (2 tablespoons) confectioners’ sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of the cream mixture into the rhubarb mixture until just combined, and then fold in the rest. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Use a cookie cutter to cut circles from the pound cake slices or crumpets. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately brush the cake rounds with the reserved honey syrup; let cool completely on the baking sheet.

Spread a layer of strawberry preserves on the cake rounds/crumpets. Transfer the rhubarb cream to a piping bag fitted with a large shaped tip. Pipe the cream onto the cakes/crumpets.

Day 2 of Pending-Vegetarian Diary

I am doing research. I have to find a good meal plan. I haven’t told my parents yet because I don’t believe I am official yet.

Why am I waiting 3 months? I give up on things easily. I admit it. I didn’t give up on baking though and I am proud of that. In one month or one and a half, I think that would be a great time to tell them.

When is the next time I will eat meat? When I think that, I always draw up a a blank. It is hard to imagine living life without animal products like a vegan does. My answer is always something along the lines of never or at a event. I like the never choice better.

My friend got food poisoning from Taco Bell. She was out of school for a few days because she was sick to her stomach. Apparently the meat from her taco was contaminated with bacteria.

I can live without fired chicken. I can live without microwaveable meals that have meat in them. I can live without that weird really fatty orange chicken that you have to bake in the oven. That will be easy to cut from my diet. One of the main reasons I am doing this is the health threat of red meats. I don’t usually eat good high quality meat so I can easily get rid of the awful meat in my diet. I am thinking about becoming a vegan but I really need to slow down to make sure I am not getting a head of myself.

It is also going to be a problem when Dad takes out the grill. It is going to be summer soon! Thank goodness it is rainy right now. I rather not tell them I am trying to become a vegetarian until I know I can stick with it.

Spring Break 2012 [3 of 3]

Here it is. Day 3 of 3. The leftover pictures. This is going to be really short because you must be sick of these by now. (recipe tomorrow)

I went to a hat shop in Venice Beach.

I think they were all used.

I went to a Whole Foods.

First time because we don’t have a Whole Foods where I live. Ugh. It was sooo amazing though. The only way to describe it is “Wegmans on steroids.”

I had oatmeal at my hotel.

It looked pretty.

I went to Jamba Juice at the airport (both ways).

Guess what? We don’t have a Jamba Juice either! Now you must be thinking I live in the West…. not true…. Anyways, Jamba Juice was ah-maze-ing.

Day 1 of Pending-Vegetarian Diary

I will not consider myself a vegetarian until July 24th 2012. That is 3 months from now, April 24th. I won’t officially be a vegetarian (in my own eyes) until I pass a quarter of a year being one. I am starting a little diary of that time. My writing of it doesn’t have to be constant, but my vegetarian-ness does. I heard that the first month is the worst. That it is when you are craving meat the most. I thought it might be fun to read about my withdrawals. If I rant on and on about how much I want meat one day, I will be so ashamed.

Why am I becoming a Vegetarian? I don’t like animal cruelty. I feel very strongly when someone says “They’re just animals!” or something in which someone calls someone an ‘animal’ in a bad tone. There is two categories of what you can be: animal or plant. So, um, you actually are an animal anyways. I can eat plants because we aren’t in the same category. But I don’t think I could eat animals because we are in the same category.

I might be looking at this whole vegetarian thing in the wrong way, but this is how I see it. Oh god. I could never eat a McDonalds or Burger King burger. I think I could be sick to my stomach. When I was little I couldn’t care less what was on my plate. But now it disgusts me. Ooh. Did you see McDonalds new commercial? It was about how a little goat was eating the wrong things and than it ate a happy meal and got all strong. They specifically didn’t mention the chicken nuggets or burger in the happy meal that could make you fat. They did however mention the apple fries (which are just an option!) and milk (which wasn’t chocolate in the commercial). I see what they are doing. The places that are even worst to me (I couldn’t even eat there as a kid) are Arby’s, Taco Bell, Johnny Rockets, and In And Out Burger. The list could go on and on with all those fast food places.

I am not sure about fish. And all other seafood. I like those way more than meat. But I don’t like fish farms. I guess I could go with organic. Maybe. Is that not allowed or something? I guess just once in a while. I know that salmon has healthy fats. Eh.

Spring Break 2012 [2 of 3]

Woohoo! Part 2 of 3! Almost over! Eh, let us continue.

I went to Universal Studios. 

The first one relates to the argument I had with Little Animal – my younger brother. Universal Sudios has Woody Woodpecker all over in cardboard cutouts pointing the way and saying the height you have to be to go on the ride. I won saying that it was Woody, and found proof! Yea, it wasn’t the biggest of accomplishments. I also had a apple danish/macaroon lunch at the International Cafe there. Dessert (can I still call it that if my lunch was desserts?) was Ben & Jerry’s two scoop of Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz and Milk & Cookies. I pick the weirdest combos.

I went to Lush in Santa Monica.

I have never been to a LUSH store. I have been to their website, though. It smelled so delicious (the store). I think the workers knew that I was new because of my expressions. I was smiling and giggling and sniffing the air very noticeably…. until I tried to shop. There was so many things. The shampoos all looked the same in black containers! The things for your bath water were all shapes, sizes, and colors. Apparently you have to find what is right for you. And everything was so expensive! The workers were nice. They helped me out. I just got a BB Seaweed face mask (tried it out at home, made me look like a pale ghost with pieces of seaweed stuck on my face), a chocolate lip scrub, and a whole lot of samples. I will attack the shampoo section online another time.

Spring Break 2012 [1 of 3]

Hi. I have 3 parts to summerize my California Spring Break. It was a full week. All photos were taken with my IPod Touch 4th Generation. I am mushing my vacation together in 3 posts. This should go well. Lets begin.

I went to The M Street in Santa Monica.

It was very dark so any other pictures were awful. It was very loud and… trendy. A wine tasting party was going on in a roped off area in the corner. I was unbashfully people watching.

I went to Crumbs Bake Shop in Hollywood.

See that last pic? Not mine. It is there to show you how good their advertising is! I found it here. It was delicious. I got a basic cupcake because I was craving oreos. As I think back, I should have gotten a more complicated one because I might not get another chance. Unless I want to order online. But if you do get the opportunity to go, the oreo one tastes ah-maze-ing.

I went to Vanilla Bakery back in Santa Monica.

There cupcakes were a disappointment after going to Crumbs. I got Fluer De Sel, Banana Chocolate, and Black & White. Ugh. I want my Cookies N Creme from Crumbssss.

I went to Pinkberry in Santa Monica.

The first picture was taken at night while the second one was in the afternoon. Yup, I went back. This Pinkberry and The Vanilla Bakery are in the Promenade. I have never been to a Pinkberry before. We have a Yogen Fruz where I live. Oh my god. Pinkberry has so many more options. I got Peach and Lychee frozen yogurt twist with coconut flakes, oreo cookie crumbs, and mini chocolate chips for toppings. Ahhhhh. Sooo gooood. The frozen yogurt tasted amazing.

Gingersnaps

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ImageWelcome to Basically A Baker! I am Jessica. I am kicking off the start of this blog with some snappy cookies. These ginger snaps taste amazing with a dollop of vanilla ice cream plopped on top. They have just the right amount of fresh grated ginger kick. Ginger is very strong. I cannot down these without either some milk or ice cream. It would be too dry and ginger-y to me. But if I add a creamy substance on the side, I can’t stop eating these. I did edit the recipe (partial credit to me) so here it is:

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