Kira of Blogs from a Homesick Aussie made lots of bread this go-round! Check out her Whole Wheat, Wheat Germ, and Steel-Cut Oats Loaf; Roti; 10-Grain Whole Wheat Bread; and her yummy-looking Sourdough Toast with Vegemite and cheese!
Frieda of Lovin' from the Oven brings us some gorgeous Light Wheat Potato Rolls. Her step-by-step pics makes these pillowy rolls look like a cinch to make alongside your next late-winter soup or stew.
Leslie of Recipes by Leslie made good use of her oven time! She shows off some wow-some Quick Beer Pizza Crust (you already know my weakness for pizza!), not one but two pound cakes: Pumpkin and Mississippi Mud, and a recipe that has gone right to my to-bake list ~ Dessert Empananadas! Que rico!
Bee and Jai of Jugalbandi give the popular no-knead formula a go and produce this lovely 100% Whole Wheat No-Knead Sandwich Loaf. If you're still skeptical about this method, do yourself a favor and go check out their post! Get ready to be converted.
Andrea of Family & Food kept her oven busy last month! This busy baker produced Tuscan Bread, Vienna Bread, and White Bread (BBA); Sunflower Seed Rye, Stollen, and Swedish Rye (also BBA), adorable Spanish sweet buns called Ensaimadas (Bread Baking Buddies), Colombian Pan de Yuca, Pumpernickel, Poilane-style Miche, and a pretty little Princess Cake! Yeah, wow.
Beth of Kitchen Courage baked up a picture-perfect Whole Wheat Loaf andserves it up with a wonderful commentary on conscientious consumerism. Go . . . read . . . think.
Cathy of The Bread Experience kept her oven hot all month long with a series of drool-worthy offerings. Check out her Fastest Homemade Pizza Ever, Stollen (BBA), her gorgeous Valentine Bread with Cherries and Almonds, Whole Wheat Olive Oil Bread with Home-Milled Flour, and nearly 30 other breads for the Stir It 28 event in Atlanta ~ whew!
Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook made a brag-worthy Italian Bread to share with us! Be warned . . . if you're the jealous type, maybe you should avoid taking a peek at this post. ;)
Jennifer of The Lollipop Kids turned out some yum-licious baked goods . . . go see her Apple Strudel Bread (!), Sandwich Bread, and Hamburger Buns! Yay for moms who bake (and blog about it)!
And as for me . . .
Among the breads and burger buns, etc., I've been baking birthday cake. But not just any birthday cake, my beautiful birthday girl's special-order 14th-birthday celebration masterpiece. I told her she could have whatever kind of pastry she wanted. (Having a mother as a pastry chef has to have some perks!) So . . . what did she want? Four layers of chocolate genoise separated with layers of chocolate and peanut butter mousse. Satiny whipped fudge frosting would keep the layers in line, and the chocolate and peanut butter mousses would be combined and piped into rosettes to decorate the top. Oh yeah . . . and all that mousse had to be sturdy enough to support the cake layers without benefit of gelatin ~ my son is a vegetarian and we didn't want to leave him out of the party.
So, how did it turn out?
Delicious. The chocolate genoise took three tries to achieve a successful version and the loose-mousse situation was a bit of a dicey situation without a molding pan . . . but thanks to parchment paper, masking tape, and a little help from my talented friend and baking colleague Olivia, the cake rocked. Maybe it wouldn't have won any decorator's awards, but it exceeded the "client's" expectations, and that's the important thing.