This past week has been a blur of packing, moving, unpacking, baking, missing sleep, skipping showers, making poor nutritional decisions, and manipulating my husband into giving me endless foot massages. In short, I didn’t have time to make the TWD recipe. But considering the fact that I don’t drink alcohol or coffee, and I need another slice of cake like I need a hole in the head, perhaps skipping the tiramisu cake was not a huge tragedy. Moving on!
Here’s what I’ve been up to instead. The small-scale wholesale bakery I work at has relocated from a small rental kitchen that we shared with a ravioli company to a huge, beautiful, sparkling clean kitchen that we OWN. Upgrade!
We used to do all of our baking in two ovens that looked like this. (Yes, just 2 small ovens.) This particular oven is my arch-nemesis for LIFE, because the pilot light would consistently go out and refuse to re-light for hours at a time. I really feel like we need some sort of Medal of Valor for doing mad volume in the face of horrible baking conditions.
We now rock it out in this spacious baketopia. [Ignore the clutter, these are move-in pictures.]To celebrate our swell new digs, we had a big kitchen-warming party this past weekend…5 days after moving in. Good thing we’re awesome, otherwise it might have been a bit stressful! Setting up the dessert table:Chocolate-dipped strawberries. The berries came from the business next door. They’re a real estate office/produce supply company/crematorium. Yes, really. And yes, I will never get tired of telling this fact to everyone I meet. Expect to read about it in every blog post from now on.
Chocolate-peanut butter mousse cups.
Brownie mint sandwich cookies, my personal fave.
Army of miniature cupcakes.
Creme brulees. These are SUCH a pain but they’re really popular so we always end up making them when we do petit four catering. Curse our creme brulee skills!
Cake pops, on their own Dr. Seussical cake pop trees. They were the most popular thing at the party. We did red velvet, german chocolate, and vanilla berry. They’d be a great item to sell if they weren’t so time-intensive and small. It’s hard to charge a lot for a two-bite item, even if they take ages to make.
And who ARE the masterminds behind this bakery? These jokers here:
Now that we’re all settled, I hope to do some more posting and be back to regularly scheduled blogging and commenting soon!