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Daring Bakers Challenge September 2008

I’ve gone crackerdogs for vegan lavash!

First off let me say that I’m a die-hard omnivore who really doesn’t understand leaving meat, dairy and eggs out of her diet.  I’m always a little surprised when I find out that I’m eating something “vegan,” void of any yummy animal products, and loving it.  Turns out that lavash, a wonderful Armenian crackerbread, is one of those happy baked goods that is both delicious and vegan and also happens to be this month’s Daring Bakers Challenge, hosted by the intrepid Natalie from Gluten A Go Go, and co-host Shel, of Musings From the Fishbowl.  Lavash Crackers from Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice were so easy to make and so wonderfully tasty, I’m afraid there’s not much drama for a good story…but here goes!

Daring Bakers Challenge August 2008

Ok – éclairs – go!

This month’s challenge was Chocolate Éclairs by Pierre Hermé, a challenge posed to Los Bakers de la daring by Tony Tahhan and MeetaK.

No problem I thought. Piece of cake. Or piece of puff. I thought…

One of my favorite things in life (always in retrospect because when it’s happening, it usually sucks at least a little bitty bit) is when I think something is one thing, and I’m proven wrong. W-R-O-N-G. Keeps me humble, which is not something the women in my family are known for. So it’s always good, and in the end, always funny…

Daring Bakers July 2008 Challenge

I joined a nice group of folks called The Daring Bakers. They choose one thing a month as their “challenge,” bake it, and then post the results later in the month, all on the same day. This is my first challenge, a Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream from Great Cakes by Carol Walter.

I read the recipe, and…it’s really hard. No, I’m serious about this. This cake is hard. I’ve never made a cake like this before. I’m freaking out.