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Easter fun (and disasters) 
Apr. 11, 2009 8:07 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2009 7:27 pm
The Hot Cross Buns were the highlight of my day today - mostly because it was the one thing I managed to not botch completely...key word here completely. I am no longer allowed to "help" after unsoftening the butter for the German Chocolate Cake (oops...thought a lazy younger brother forgot to put butter back), tore the cork on the wine bottle, backed up the disposal with some lemon peel (at least it smelled good while they were out there with the trusty sewer snake), and forgot to put the basket in the coffee maker...grounds, anyone?

I am quite proud of the buns even though they were salmonella tetanus weebil variety. Yeaaaaah. The grater for the zest was rusty on the inside, an egg I cracked (and promptly fished out) was from January 10th and had kind of an orange-red tinge to it, and there were weebils in the confectioner's sugar for the frosting. Toothpicks are excellent for picking them out, btw, but the effect is less than appetizing. Nothing was a deal breaker that made me toss the whole batch, but still. It doesn't do much for one's confidence.

I've never made the Hot Cross Buns before, so I didn't know what to expect. Off the bat I noticed they look like the dinner rolls I made frequently. So it's more of a type of roll, really. Can any English folks out there give us a tip about them? Is it like how biscuits are cookies? In any case they definitely reminded me of cinnamon rolls. I had fun making them and everyone had fun eating them. Right out of the oven...mmm...you don't even THINK about the tetanus, OR the salmonella!

I did modify it a little. No raisins, no glaze, proofed the yeast instead of dry mixed, and left out the orange peel from the frosting. Very good. If you plan on making them, when you do the crosses make sure you use a sharp knife but ALSO use a slashing motion to make the crosses. If you're too slow/delicate the dough bunches up. Looks like a clover.

My Dad's birthday was a few days ago so we made him a German Chocolate Cake. It's his annual treat and wow is it rich! I had never thought about how rich it was until this year. If you've never had it before, it's a three-layer round cake with coconut pecan butter-milk frosting. It's moist and fluffy and light, maybe because of the buttermilk and whipped egg yolks used in the batter.

Holidays are when I stop caring about how many calories are in what, because it's my family's food and I don't get to eat it often. Baked beans, potato salad, grilled chicken, hamburgers, and even a trip to La Costaneta down on Leopard (hands down my favorite place for Carne Guisada in Corpus Christi).
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German Chocolate Cake
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Coconut and Pecan Frosting
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Apr. 12, 2009 6:32 am
Great job Heidi! German Chocolate Cake is one of my fav cakes and it looks delicious, I'm sure your Dad enjoyed it. Also, just to let you know... you inspired me to make that Whole Wheat Pizza recipe (take a look on my Pictures). It was so delicious, I still have some leftovers, I will enjoy it for lunch today. Thanks and Happy Easter! :)
Apr. 12, 2009 7:10 am
I think that we all agreed it was my mom's best cake though I didn't do much help making it, just helped eating it and snapping photos for posterity. Glad you liked the pizza :D I just looked at your photo album - wow you have tons of pics! Nice album! I saved a bunch of the recipes from your photos they looked too delicious.
Apr. 12, 2009 8:10 pm
Well, Ms. Heidi, those Hot Cross Buns look mighty good. They're beautiful. I did a GCC for my daughter for Easter dinner and although the topping (coconut/nuts) took forever to cool enough to get it to spreading consistency (otherwise it would've just dripped right off the darn cake), it turned out remarkably well. That's some "white thumb" you've got there, Kiddo!
Apr. 12, 2009 8:29 pm
I like your story and pics, but I especially like the fact that you have a lolcat. BTW how did you belatedly find out that the egg was old?...
Apr. 13, 2009 7:56 am
Thanks SouthernGma :> When I cracked the egg, the yolk was a darkish red-orange color. I've never seen an egg that color so I freaked out and looked at the use by date stamped on the egg (HEB eggs have pink stamps on them). It was "Use by Jan 10." So disgusting! Probably older than January...more like December.
Apr. 13, 2009 8:10 am
Love the pics! Its good to see that even when things don't turn out perfectly, you still keep a positive attitude. I admire that trait in people. Mostly because I need it. Ha. But your buns look good. Wow. That came out wrong. Lol Hope you had a great Easter!!
Apr. 13, 2009 3:21 pm
I mostly just hate wasting food, and I could pick, scrape, and spoon out all the problems in that batch :) I hate burning soup, though, there's almost no way to salvage that.
Apr. 13, 2009 5:25 pm
It def. is not a holiday without some entertainment in the kitchen. The buns look like they came out great.
Apr. 14, 2009 5:14 pm
I think you meant weevils. Not weebils.
Apr. 15, 2009 5:46 am
weevils it is, you're right! I think I hate them more than anything else that can go wrong in the kitchen and wage some SERIOUS bug war against them every so often. Texas is the bug capital of the world, according to my mom. Have tested out most major brands of "snap" containers.
Apr. 15, 2009 2:35 pm
I have had a major disaster... I am not really much for baking pies. But, for my boyfriend's sake, I made him a pumokin pie for Easter. Well, it FLOPPED. I hate to waste it... is there anything I can do? Scoop out the filling and turn it into cookies or something? Appreciate ANY ideas!! Thanks!!
Apr. 15, 2009 3:56 pm
Hi Heidi, I also live in Austin and have my fair share of weevils in the kitchen. Also looks like we have a lot in common, gardening, boating, cooking (even when thing's o wrong) I burned my scones!Yuck, they went in the trash!
Apr. 15, 2009 7:27 pm
Hey stevesgirl - you could use the pumpkin filling for empanadas, though I'm still looking for a good empanada dough recipe. Nice to meet a fellow Austinite, Moody!
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I enjoy trying new recipes and unusual ingredients. There are few foods I will turn down without a second thought - sweets is one of them, and fiery hot spicy food is the other. As I'm getting older that is changing, though. I love reading cook books and doing research about food. It fascinates to no end! I usually create a recipe from several different ones. On the non-cooking side of things, I'm a Christian, native Texan and faithful Longhorn with two cats and a great boyfriend! I love the outdoors and spending time with my family and friends. I'm also somewhat obsessed with the nuclear winter and extreme survival situations.
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In general I try to cook from scratch. Any kind of bread - rolls, loaves, boules, baguettes, buns, biscuits, quick breads - will catch my eye. Pastas, soups, and cookies. I am absolutely in love with cake batter. Once I had a party in middle school where we just made a bunch of cakes and ate the batter.
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The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey/waldorf salad/mashed potatoes with gravy by my mom, buttermilk biscuits on Sunday morning before church from my Dad, grilling hamburgers in the summer in the backyard, black eyed peas for new years dinner, decorating sugar cookies on Christmas Eve with my sister, coffee any time of the night.
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I can rival my dad in his biscuit making ability. I have the perfect dinner roll recipe - my very own. I taught myself how to make jam and jelly. I taught myself how to make bread!
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dense as a stone wheat bread, homemade condensed milk tastes weird key lime pie, onions and sugar have no place hanging out together in mashed sweet potato, there's nothing puffy about my lemon meringue, and the bottom of the fish tank poached salmon.
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