PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY
So it looks like I missed National Peanut Butter & Jelly day on April 2nd, but no matter. These still tasted delicious.
I’ve been enjoying a 10-class pass to Bikram’s yoga for the past little while and my mind tends to wander during these too-long sessions. I think about what I’m going to bake next, and little confections start assembling themselves in my head as I lie in savasna. I had this amazing peanut butter cookie recipe from Leanne Bakes I was dying to make again, and seeing as I hadn’t made cookie sandwiches in a while, this only made sense.
They’re peanut butter cookies (sans chocolate) sandwiched with vanilla buttercream and a dollop of strawberry jam in the centre. Rich, decadent, and everything delicious.
My very own MACARON ADVENT CALENDAR!!! Bff knows me well. Best kind of advent calendar ever!
MACARON ADVENT CALENDAR
My best friend (since grade 3!) is a toughie to buy for, so this Christmas I thought I’d put together a macaron advent calendar for her! She posted the idea on her blog a couple years ago but I never got a chance to make it until this year.
Since macarons are highly perishable, I made it for only 8 days (which is already a stretch.. they probably last 7 days at most). I haven’t succeeded with macarons yet so I left it to the experts at Bel Cafe. I pre-made all the packaging beforehand so I could purchase the macarons as late as possible. I bought bags from Daiso and used some of my old art paper to trace and draw letters (Sahara Bodoni for you type nerds out there!) A little creativity and a lot of double sided tape later, I had eight cute packages for her to enjoy over the next week until Christmas. With flavours like dark chocolate, passionfruit (my absolute favourite), peppermint, key lime, cookies and cream, and carrot cake… it was really hard not to pop one in my mouth for myself!
This is a pretty cute idea since you can make an advent calendar out of practically anything. I saw a lot of wine and beer ones featured this year. Next year - cookies? cupcakes?
Materials used: Macarons - Bel Cafe; vase - Winners; garland - Ikea; ornaments - Superstore; bags - Daiso; ribbon & paper - scrap; typeface - Sahara Bodoni.
Jill Sander runway Autumn/Winter 2012