I’m Back…Wednesday’s with WinniE’s ( May 29th)

Hello everyone! I couldn’t be happier to be back, here with you all and sharing the time I spend developing and creating new recipes or designs for cakes, cupcake and more! Today in the WinniE’s Bakery “test kitchen” something incredibly personal is going on. I know I mentioned before, but my brother David and his fiancée Heidi are getting married. And, you may ask, who might be the lucky one doing the wedding cake? You guessed it, me…eek! So today, I will show the “demo cake”. A “demo cake” or “concept cake”, essentially is an idea that puts to form the design you conceptualize between your client and yourself. Whatever is agreed-upon, can then be displayed through the medium of a styrofoam cake. I absolutely love doing a “demo cake”! The key inspirations for Heidi’s demo cake: rustic, simplistic, small, floral accents (white roses and sunflowers) and all buttercream. All of my favorite things to have in a cake! So here’s a look and how it turned out…
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and after…
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This is the finished product. I couldn’t have more excited to be back at trying to create beautiful baked goods. And Heidi was so excited to have a chance to see how the concept we had been discussing and tweeking looked. That way she would feel calm, confident and completely at peace with her desicion to have this style of cake at one of the most important days of her life!
Thanks again guys, see you next week for “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s”! By the way, if you want to follow the happenings of my bakery between each week “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s” you can follow our bakery on Instagram @winniesbakery. Be well!
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G !

Wednesday’s with WinniE’s! (April 16th)

 

Hey guys, happy Wednesday, not! Happy Friday, who’s ready for the weekend?! I AM…but maybe that’s because it’s my birthday on Sunday…yay! I am not usually excited for my birthday (always grateful) but, this year feels different!

So sorry to be getting the “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s” post up so late, but this week conspired against me, in a good way! Honestly, this week has been fantastic, and I truly couldn’t be more grateful for what I’ve been able to do. But, I’ll be sure to fill you in about that a little later. So look forward to hearing and seeing all about that in my next post!
For this weeks, “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s” I ‘TEST’ baked a concept completely developed by my brother, David, he came up with the flavor profiles and said, “Lise’, can you do this?” and of course I answered, “Yeah!”. The concept is a strawberry infused cupcake with lemon scented cream cheese buttercream. So I said, “Let’s do it!” and I did it!
Here is a look at how they turned out…
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This is how it all started!
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“I’m holding a heart, in my hand, hey, hey, hey” by Toby Lightman- Girl Named Toby We Are…cheeky!
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Ready for the oven…
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A little music while I wait.
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Hot and fresh out of the oven! Now, on to the buttercream!
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Hmmmm…LEMON!
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I am so thrilled that “Sir David” loved the delectable, edible, confection we created to together! We always have been a GREAT team, “Dynamic Duo” from day one! We will be collaborating again very soon! But for now, one more photo!
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I truly hoped you all enjoyed! For any business inquiries about WinniE’s Bakery, shoot us an email winniesbakery@gmail.com. Until next WEDNESDAY…
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G
E

 

My Weekend (Apr. 12 + 13) Fun, Friends, Family and FOOD!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

I know I haven’t posted much in terms of “lifestyle” on this blog, as you can see my most avid passion in life is food, cooking and baking! But I want to take some time to refocus. I will try to post a lifestyle focused piece, each week. Like a lot of others out there, I have fought very hard in life to be where I am now. Not only emotionally and mentally, but physically and medically; I have fought very hard. I would not be where I am now without (the 3F’s) faith, family and my dearest friends.
Truth be told, my friends and family are some of my greatest sources of inspiration! They love and support me through all of my passion pursuits and dreams. I think it’s important to connect with and support them as much as possible.
My weekend may seem ordinary to some but for me, it was peaceful, beautiful, restoring, fun and most importantly shared with people I love!
So here is a look at my weekend…
Every month for about the last 7 or 8 years, my family get’s together with “The Chan Clan”…oh, I’m so cheeky! Anyway, we come together, cook delicious food and find out what been happening with everyone; since we last saw each other. This past Saturday was my family’s turn to host, as we go back and forth. I particularly enjoyed this past dinner, because my mom and I had a chance to do something we don’t often get to…BAKE together! I prepared dinner and she was my lovely baking assistant.
Saturday evening, our dinner:
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THAT is my mom’s homemade “Spiced Apple Cake”! She wrote the recipe for it just after she finished nursing school. It has been adapted to “Gluten-Free”, since her diagnosis in 2005. It’s always a hit…even if the people proclaim they hate, don’t like or don’t eat “Gluten-Free”.
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All done.
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On the menu:
Lemon Oil infused Linguine w/ Arugula + Shrimp (Both Regular + Gluten-Free pasta) ‘Giada DiLarentiis’
Kale Salad w/ Lemon Honey Vinaigrette topped w/ Feta + Slivered Almonds
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This is “Gluten-Free” pasta.
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Always feed the “little one” first.
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DIG IN!
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My plate…Bon Appétit!
Sunday: Part 1
I started the day by joining my dad for our usual coffee. Then, I decided to go watch his youth lacrosse team play, while I was there I got some great shots of my dad doing one of the things he loves most…LACROSSE!
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Capturing the beauty of our ride, as we passed trees with Cherry Blossoms.
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“It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride, no need to run, no need to hide, it’ll take you all round, sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, it’s just a ride, it’s just a ride, don’t be scared, now dry your eyes, it may feel surreal inside, but don’t forget enjoy the ride” JEM- Just A Ride
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Arrived.
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Dad, Steve and Nate.
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This tree had so much character…just incredible.
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Coaching.
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Dad doing what he does best…”coaching by example”
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They “WON”
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Me taking a photo of a photographer. He was nice enough to give me some “action/sport shooting photgraphy” advice.
Sunday: Part 2
After, coming home from the lacrosse game, I wanted to continue to savor the rest of the beautiful weather we were having. My sister-in-law and I decided to take my niece to the park and then for a little ice cream and snow cones!!!
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It’s so beautiful from the top!
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As you can see, we weren’t the only ones appreciating the weather!
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Vollyball sands were even open.
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Prettiest pigeons I have ever seen…just struting around.
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A little snack.
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Bye-bye park.
Now off to a local staple of Spring/Summer “Cindy’s”. You can’t go wrong and who dosen’t love a tasty cold treat on a warm day.
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Baby cone, for the “little one”!
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Us girls, sitting curbside and something sweet!
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I’ll end this blog with photos of blossoms.
Fun Fact: I have spent many a warm day, layed out underneath a tree, watching petals fall and feeling then dance across my face.
I hope you all enjoyed this “mass-post” and see you on Wednesday for “Wednesday’s with WinniE’s”!
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G

 

Wednesday with WinniE’s!

             Today in my kitchen I was looking through recipe idea’s I put together and came across this…”Bacon cupcakes w/ Banana Buttercream topped w/ Peanut Butter drizzle + Chocolate Ganache” I couldn’t think of a better recipe to ‘TEST’ bake; in WinniE’s Bakery kitchen, today.

             When it comes to recipes, I draw inspiration from everywhere. I could eat something that I cooked myself or had a restaurant, I could think of something that my Nana used to make for me when I was a child or I could see something on TV; it really can come from anywhere at any time. I always try keep my notebook with me. As of right now, I am deeply inspired by everything that’s happening around me, that’s the magic of SPRING! It’s rebirth, regrowth and renewal, I am so grateful for spring. Remember now, I am in April baby. So, currently I’m writing about 1-2 recipes everyday, sometimes even 3. I hope I didn’t just jinx it! 

      Here’s a look at the adventure that happened today in the kitchen… I hope you guys like it!
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Chopped up, crispy, goodness!
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Coming together…
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As you can see, I had some over-batch.
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Now to cool.
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On to some homemade genache
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Working it…until it’s smooth!
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Simple begginings for the peanut butter sauce
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perfect.
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Now for the BUTTERCREAM!!!
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Almost.
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These turned out divine and I am so happy with the balance of the flavor combos! If you’d like to order these delectable morsels, just email: winniesbakery@gmail.com. YOU WON’T BE SORRY! Until, next Wednesday.
P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G
E.

My From-Scratch “Honey Coconut Pancakes w/ Raspberry Syrup”

Hello everyone, happy Monday! Here in Maryland we are having snow, about 5-10 inches, depending on where you live.

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Even though I plan to have my more indulgent recipes on either Friday or Saturday, I decided what the hell it’s a snow day, let’s have PANCAKES! I am a big believer in the 80/20 rule, the 80/20 rule is 80% conscious healthy living and the 20% is living life and enjoying whatever that is. So, although most of my blogs recipes will be very health-conscious + figure friendly, a small portion will be delicious, indulgent + absolutely delectable recipes! So here is one of both me + my family’s  favorites: Honey Coconut Pancakes w/ Raspberry Syrup!

Raspberry Syrup:
2 c. Fresh or Frozen raspberries
1 c. Raw cane sugar
3/4 c. Water
Instructions:
Mottle the raspberries (if frozen allow to thaw). Then place in a sauce pan over MED heat, stirring in the water + sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to LOW, stirring occasionally. Allow to soft boil/simmer, for 14-16min, until reduced + thickened. When finished set aside to cool for about 20mins prior to making the pancakes. Drizzle atop your “Honey Coconut Panckes” and ENJOY!
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Honey Coconut Pancakes:

2 c. All purpose flour (or whatever Gluten-Free flour of you choose..we like Pamela’s!)
2 1/4 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
1 tsbp. Raw Cane sugar
2 eggs (at room temp. is best)
1 c. Coconut milk (canned)
1 c. Milk (whole or 2% is best)
1/4 c. Unsalted butter (melted)
1/4 c. Clover honey
1 c. Unsweetened Coconut shavings
Instructions:
In a med. bowl measure and combine all the dry ingredients. Mix well using a whisk. Set aside.
Over medium-low heat, in a small pan melt the butter. Set aside to cool for at least 5minutes.
In a large bowl stir together both the coconut milk + the regular milk, melted butter + eggs until smoothly combine.  In two parts mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix until small lumps are visable, then gently incorporate the coconut shavings.
Grease a griddle pan w/ butter or coconut oil or use a non-stick pan. Then, over med-high heat or (400 degrees for electric), drop about 1/3 c. of batter (shape into circles as needed). Cook until air bubbles appear or for 2-3mins on each side.
This recipe is completely Gluten-free adaptable! We usually enjoy gluten-free, since my Mom has Celiac disease.
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My niece got her very own special “Honey Coconut Pancakes” (her’s don’t have coconut shavings)
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And she was pretty happy about it!!!
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And here is the spread. I made some coffee, got some OJ and cooked some bacon…OH, SWEET HEAVENLY BACON! There you go, a delicious breakfast with the family…always a lovely combo!
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Now go off and make this for yourself or whoever you choose to share it with! Enjoy lovelies and thank you for showing support or interest in my blog. And you know I would love it if you all would follow!
P.S.: If you’re making Gluten-free…here is a pic of the flour we use.
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P E A C E + L O V E + B A K I N G !