This weekend, I went with a friend to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk…and I found chocolate covered bacon! In a previous post, I tried making chocolate dipped bacon and didn’t particularly like the taste. So when I saw that Marini’s was selling chocolate covered bacon, I had to give it a try.
Chocolate covered bacon
I liked their chocolate covered bacon much better than the one I made. I think the fact that they use milk chocolate makes a big difference. I used semi-sweet chocolate which I think is too bitter to combine with bacon. They also covered the whole strip of bacon in chocolate. I was not quite that daring.
I recently made red velvet cupcakes for a birthday party. I decided to try the recipe from Bakerella which you can find here. I did some research on red velvet cupcakes and some recipes require butter whereas other recipes call for vegetable oil. In the past, the recipes I’ve used have required butter but Bakerella’s recipe uses vegetable oil so I thought I’d give it a shot. I altered a couple of things in the recipe. I used an extra teaspoon of cocoa powder and I only used one ounce of red (gel) food coloring.
For the frosting, I did not use the recipe from Bakerella. Here’s the recipe I used for the cream cheese frosting:
- 1 8 oz. pacakage of cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar
Cream the butter and cream cheese together on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and beat for about another minute. Then add in the powdered sugar incrementally. I add in the sugar a 1/2 cup at a time, beat together, then repeat.
The texture of the cupcakes turned out well, although I think that I like red velvet cupcakes that have butter rather than oil. I feel like I can taste the oil too much, although the oil does make the cupcakes moist.
Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, topped with a chocolate covered espresso bean
What better way to start my 50 Treats mission than with a cupcake? #21 on the list is a coconut cupcake from Kara’s. I’ve had Kara’s cupcakes before and I personally like their carrot cake cupcake and their chocolate velvet cupcake. I never tried their coconut one because coconut is not at the top of my list for favorite foods. However, I have been missing out because the coconut cupcake is quite fantastic. For the coconut cupcake, they use a chocolate cupcake with a vanilla (or possibly coconut) buttercream frosting, and the frosting is covered in shredded coconut. I found it difficult to distinguish whether the frosting is vanilla or coconut because the shredded coconut is all over the frosting. I like the combination of the chocolate cupcake and the coconut flavor. I am happy to say that my mission has started off deliciously.
Kara's Coconut Cupcake
It was such a hot day the frosting melted! But it was still good 🙂
Sidenote: I am currently eating the apple pie that I mentioned in my previous post. My mother was supposed to have taken it to work today because otherwise, I would not be able to stop myself from eating the rest of it. But she didn’t take it to work and thus, here I am, stuffing my face with pie. I told my mom that by not taking the pie to work, it was the same thing as keeping alcohol in the house if I were an alcoholic.
I absolutely LOVE the French apple pie from Marie Callender’s. I bought one for a family bbq during Labor Day weekend. Everyone was too full to eat it after the meal so we were left with the whole pie. This is a good and bad thing. Good because that means there’s more for me. Bad because I will end up eating the whole pie, which I really shouldn’t. (I’m making my mom take whatever I don’t eat by tomorrow to work.) The pie is just so good. Every part of it. The crust is buttery and flaky. The apple part is perfectly sweet. The apples aren’t too mushy or too hard. The crumble topping is my favorite part. Not too sweet and not too dry. The more mild flavor of the crumble topping and crust balance out the sweetness of the apple filling. One day, I’m going to have to try making this pie.
In a previous post, I mentioned a list from 7×7.com regarding 100 things to eat in San Francisco before you die. I found an even better list. It’s titled “The Big Sweet SF: 50 Treats to Eat Before You Die.” This list is also from 7×7.com and you can find it here. My new mission is to eat all 50 of these treats in one year. That gives me until September 4, 2011. A couple of the treats on the list I have already tried, such as the egg tart from Golden Gate Bakery or macarons from Paulette Macarons. But, I guess I’ll just have to try them again for this mission. 🙂 If you think there is a treat that 7×7.com failed to put on that list and you think I should try, let me know. I will be more than happy to add that to the list.