February Bake – Ombre Ruffle Cake

We head out for vacation this weekend and won’t be back until the 28th, which left me this past weekend to do my February Great British Bake Off challenge. At first I thought I was going to bring the cake to a Super Bowl party, and then figured I would bring it to a King Cake party held at our wine bar, then last minute, my friend came through with movie night that we hosted so there was no transporting this cake anywhere!

I made the chocolate cake Friday night. It was easy enough,  minus trying to portion out the three layers. I only had one pan, and thought I did enough math to get the proper ratios for equal cakes, but definitely didn’t. My first layer was huge, the second layer was a flat disk, and the third layer was a perfect combination of the two.

On Saturday I started on the icing. Four sticks of butter and 8 cups of confectioner’s sugar. I ended up with so much, there was no way I thought I was going to use it all. I was super wrong though and ran out of icing and couldn’t complete piping all the layers. I was able to do some nice ombre color though. Unfortunately, my piping skills need work.

Would I make this cake again? Definitely. The cake was so delicious and not too sweet. Next time, I’ll only ice between the layers of the cake and do the crumb layer going for that “naked” effect to cut down on all the sugar and sweetness. And maybe next time I’ll use the correct icing tips and get flowers to properly decorate!

XOXO,

Gossett Girl

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January Bake – Mallorcas

As I mentioned in my New Year post, my friend gave me the Great British Bake Off calendar for my birthday, and my New Year’s Resolution is to bake the monthly recipe. This month was mallorcas.

Mallorcas, as seen in the calendar picture above, are delicious, fluffy, spiraled breakfast buns that are topped with confectioners sugar and amazing with jam. The friend who gave me the calendar actually made these for my birthday brunch and they looked exactly like the photo and were divine.

My mallorcas on the other hand, came out looking like hockey pucks and a little bit denser than what they should have been. The taste was still there though.

What do I think went wrong with my bake? My instructions said I could use the dough hook attachment on a slow speed, but my friend had done everything by hand. I think I relied too much on my Kitchenaid and should have used my hands. I ended up finding chunks of butter the next morning when I went to roll out the dough. My dough was also very sticky and I don’t think it rised like it was supposed to.

It was still quite delicious, and I’m definitely going to try these again. At least there was no soggy bottom?

XOXO,

Gossett Girl

Hello 2018!

Happy New Year! As with everything I do, this message comes a little late. But at least it showed up, right? I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. I had time off between the two holidays and had grand plans for reading, cooking, blogging, and binge-watching Big Little Lies, but instead I got sucked into reading the new Dan Brown novel, Origin, and then began re-reading the Robert Langdon series. Should I have read something a little more thought-provoking? Maybe. But it was a fun way to finish out the year — A little European, art history adventure.

Dan and I hosted Christmas dinner for friends who were staying in Montana which was a fun evening filled with good food (crab over-nighted from Seattle!) and lots of wine and bourbon. New Years Eve was spent in Spokane at our new favorite bar, Durkins. We sipped French 75s and champagne all night. I may have fallen asleep at our hotel before the fireworks went off.

2017 was a horrible year, but it also brought a lot of support and love. I’m hopeful for 2018. I am going to try and spend this year enjoying life and doing more things. I want to make up for things that didn’t happen last year: travel, cooking, baking, reading, outdoor adventures, and more.

We are headed to South America next month, and are planning on running the Calgary marathon/half marathon (and hopefully the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon in Vancouver). We’re hoping for another big trip around Christmas as well. And of course, my every 3-month follow-ups in Seattle start up again next week. We’ve talked to family about doing a weekend meet-up in Seattle for one of these trips.

My friend gave me a Great British Bake Off calendar for my birthday, and I plan on making the baked good on the calendar each month. Great for dusting off my baking pans, maybe not so great for my waistline, but definitely worth it! I have also started borrowing cookbooks from the library to try different recipes. I was barely in the kitchen last year, and this year I’m going to make up for it.

As for reading, I should challenge myself to read books with a purpose. I love a good dystopian novel, perhaps throwing in a book about finance or self-betterment wouldn’t hurt. I’m also hoping to spend more time reading instead of watching TV shows that I don’t even like.

And finally, I’m sure outdoor adventures will come. Our love of trying new things and living in Montana, I have no fear we’ll get out and do things.

Here’s to a great 2018!

XOXO,

Gossett Girl

Happy 4th!

AKA the last day I have to take my Lovenox shot! That in itself deserves some fireworks. We’re heading to a bbq at a friend’s tonight after a long day hiking, fishing (just Dan), and attempting to make sourdough bread. We are trying a sourdough starter — Wish us luck. The hike was 6 miles round trip and the most exercise I’ve done since… Probably February. I feel good though so hopefully this means I’m recovering quickly!

Fisherman Dan
Fisherman Dan.

It’s been a busy weekend with one of my best friend’s visiting me from Omaha and bringing out one of her friends, her mom, her mom’s boyfriend, and her 120lb wooly mammoth. Ok, maybe a German Shephard-Malamute mix, but really a wooly mammoth (as seen above). I haven’t seen her since my wedding and I was so excited to hangout with her.

Chemo and radiation start next Wednesday, so I’m trying to relax as much as I can before then. Minus the fact that Dan will be running the Missoula marathon on Sunday and then we’re hopping on a plane to Seattle right after for my follow-up appointment on Monday. Then flying back that night. And then my MIL is coming on Tuesday. So yes, trying to relax until then.

Hope you have a safe and happy 4th!

XOXO,

Gossett Girl