RSS Feed

Tag Archives: honey

Sundays with Joy/Honey and Toasted Walnut Ice Cream with Almost Burnt Caramel Sauce

Posted on

Honey Toasted Walnut Ice Cream with Almost Burnt Caramel Sauce

Well, the first thing I finished from this recipe was the caramel sauce.  My ice cream had to wait a little longer because I guess its not ideal to churn ice cream in the middle of the afternoon on a 90+ degree day, even if you do have your air conditioner on.  I cleaned everything up and decided to wait till this morning to churn my ice cream.  I just wanted to let you in on the fact that although I couldn’t eat my ice cream last night, I totally ate the caramel sauce.  First, off of my whisk and then later on some vanilla ice cream I had in the freezer.  Since it was the first time using this recipe and it didn’t seize up on me, I’d say it was a success.  Also, while trying to read the instructions and watch the sauce, I really thought I HAD burnt the caramel but nope I was able to take it just to the edge of burnt and add in the rest of the ingredients to have it come out exactly as Joy said.  I am absolutely going to make this caramel sauce again.  I really like the texture of it.  It pours great and is overall very velvety and creamy.  The one thing though, is it is supposed to be a salted caramel sauce and that was the one thing I thought there could have been more of in it.  I really can’t wait though.  This sauce makes me want to make a batch of Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Wontons just to dip into it.  It’s nice to have another foolproof recipe in the recipe arsenal.  There aren’t many in there.

Now on to the ice cream.

When I was growing up, my aunt would constantly put nuts in things where they weren’t necessary and where they weren’t supposed to be according to me and my sister.  However, after years of living life and tasting more and different things, I have come to the conclusion that my aunt was mostly right.  (Happy Aunt Sylvia?)  I still prefer my ambrosia salad nutless but in a brownie, or a cookie, on a cake and sometimes in ice cream, I can get down with a nut.

Honey and Toasted Walnut Ice Cream

The toasted walnuts and the honey flavor combination in this ice cream is spot on.  They go perfectly together.  It cannot be stated enough.  The caramel sauce went great with it too.  I actually used considerably less walnuts than Joy says to but I didn’t finish churning my entire ice cream recipe because I had already done two batches and my ice cream maker (and the day) wasn’t cool enough to keep going.  So with that and even taking into consideration extra walnuts on top, I still don’t think I would’ve used any more than 3/4 cup of walnuts.  If you’d like the recipe, please buy Joy’s cookbook.  I mean c’mon people,  we are halfway through the book now.  What are you waiting for?

My GeekyLink today is something pretty cool and for a good cause.  If names like Stan Lee, Zachary Levi, Chris Hardwick, Bobak Ferdowsi, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Grant Imahara (…and the list goes on) mean anything to you, you might want to check out “Nerds Versus Aliens”.  It is a digital print that depicts some of the biggest celebrity nerds fighting aliens.  They are auctioning off massive canvas prints for Operation Smile during Comic Con this week and once the auction closes, smaller  sizes of the print will go on sale.  You can’t even see it in its entirety yet.  It won’t be revealed completely till later this week when the auction starts.  So far, I am really digging it.

Honey and Toasted Walnut Ice Cream with Almost Burnt Caramel Sauce

Sundays with Joy/Mini Chamomile Cakes with Honey Frosting

Posted on

ChamomileCupcakes2-NerdyBaker.wordpress.com

These cupcakes were, as most things Joy makes are, quite lovely. Just the cutest, prettiest cakes packed with flavor and yet so dainty. I took care of that whole dainty thing with the way I ate them. They had to be unwrapped at least halfway and bitten into such that I got a mouthful of cake and icing. That method ensured that the cupcake was gone in about three bites and virtually inhaled, VERY daintily of course.

I took so long to get these to you because I ended up making them twice. I baked this weekend for a family party on Sunday. I made these right after I baked for the party on Saturday. Then when I came back to these on Monday to frost them, they just kinda looked sad. I hadn’t covered them or anything so it was just as well. So I remade them fully knowing it was gonna take me awhile longer to get them to you, but who wants to see sad cupcakes?

ChamomileCupcakes1--NerdyBaker.wordpress.com

I was a big fan of this frosting in particular. You can taste the honey but it was not too much. Also, when I remade these I used two tablespoons less sugar in the cake batter. It just seemed the right adjustment after seeing how the first batch came out. Another thing about this post is that it finally features more pics with my husband’s camera (that I’ve been trying to learn) as opposed to my iPhone (that I’ve had to resort to). I was really pleased with them. They’re not perfect yet but at least it’s a start. Don’t forget, if you’re interested in the recipe buy Joy’s cookbook and check out the rest of our group’s efforts over at Bakeaholic Mama. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, our little group is one year old this week!

So many GeekyLinks lately that I had to pick and choose. The first mixes Doctor Who and musicals, “Doctor Who” Star Arthur Darvil Will Make Music in Broadway’s Once. I am a super huge fan of that movie. Its such a romantic story, and with one of my TV crushes in it?! However, it’s on the wrong coast for me. I hope I can somehow get a glimpse or two of him in the show. OK, wanna know what happens when you wring out a wet cloth in space? I had a good guess, I thought, but I was totally wrong and it is totally cool.

ChamomileCupckakes --NerdyBaker.wordpress.com

Sundays with Joy/Whole Wheat Honey and Goat Cheese Drop Biscuits

Posted on

WholeWheatGoatCheeseBiscuits--NerdyBaker.wordpress.com

These biscuits were a nice coming back to earth treat after a long and busy Spring Break.  I say busy but really we didn’t do much except get ready for Easter during the week before Easter and then get ready for Justin and Sarah’s birthday party the week after.  I am going to fill you in on some more of those two weeks in a later post (ahem, WonderCon anyone?) but for now (especially since I’m already late)…onto the biscuits.

WholeWheatGoatCheeseDropBiscuits-NerdyBaker.wordpress.com

First off, I love the way the cheese, butter, and whole wheat flour play into this biscuit.  Those are definitely the flavors in this biscuit.  There is honey in the biscuit but the honey that Joy suggests you brush across the tops of these babies?!  Well, that just makes for a whole new ball game and sets these biscuits over the top.  I never understood why people put honey on their biscuits.  I saw my dad do it for years.  I mean KFC gives it to you FOR your biscuits and I still never “got” it, never tried it.  Joy asks me once, I oblige, and of course I am completely smitten.

The dough was super easy to make.  I dropped it from an ice cream scoop onto the warmed, buttered cast iron skillet and baked. It was super easy.  I left my honey out on top of my stove to warm it up a bit and I brushed it on before the biscuits had completely cooled.  Once cool, I grabbed one, and biscuit eating for me was forever changed.  Thanks, Joy!  Please buy her cookbook.  When I think of all the things I would never have eaten if not for this book, I am SO grateful.  Don’t forget to check out variations on Bakeaholic Mama.

WholeWheatGoatCheeseDropBiscuits1

My GeekyLink for this week is for anyone who knows how to code.  I have been trying to get my oldest interested in learning how to code and I think I just may have found a way.  There is now a NASA Contest to Help Robot Astronaut See.  While this is a great idea and all, the robot kind of creeps me out.  Let’s just say I wouldn’t want him on the same space station I was on.

WholeWheatHoneyGoatCheeseDropBiscuits-NerdyBaker.wordpress.com

%d bloggers like this: