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I hope you have your Baked Sugar orders in for this week. Halloween is coming up soon and this year’s Halloween spirit is bigger than ever. What are you going to be for this year’s all Hallow eve? I’m not saying, but I’m just saying that my costume might involve a little bit of Baked Sugar. Check out Baked Sugar’s Halloween Pumpkin & Ghost cookies. So far they have been a HIT!
Tonight on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Guy featured a local Houston favorite Niko Niko’s. This AMAZING Greek restaurant is known for many things, the gyro’s the line out the door, and now the Loukoumades.
Guy was amazed at the bite size Greek “donuts” if you will. Made of flour, sugar (amazingly less than I would assume), lemon juice and yeast these greek balls have to rise for about thirty minutes. While the dough was rising, Chef Dimitrios Fetokakis of Niko Niko’s moved on to the sauce which consisted of water, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice. This was heated for about an hour and right before it was done a large amount of honey was added. When the dough was ready the chef used some really technical machine, probably only used to make Loukoumades (so don’t go out and get one today, probably too much money and useless to you) that dropped little dough balls into some scorching hot grease. As soon as they puffed up he transferred them to the bowl of honey sauce. After 30 seconds or so, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, they are ready to eat. Guy bit in to find a lovely “pop” and the honey sauce on the inside! AMAZING.
Here is Guy’s recipe from the Food Network, and if you haven’t seen Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives you should check it out and of course go to Niko Niko’s ASAP. The lemon chicken and rice soup makes for a great lunch and the Loukoumades are cheap and clearly worth a try!
Guy’s Honey Ballz: Loukomades
Recipe courtesy of Dimitrios Fetokakis, owner of Niko Nikos, in Houston, TX.
- Prep Time:
- Inactive Prep Time:
- Cook Time:
1 hr 30 min
1 hr 10 min
- 8 servings
- 3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon iodized salt
- 2 cups water (80 degrees F)
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 2 cups water
- 8 ounces sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 lemon, juiced
- 1-ounce honey
- 8 ounces sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the dough: Combine all the dough ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. Transfer the dough to another large oiled mixing bowl. Cover and let the rise until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
For the honey sauce: In medium pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat and add the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Simmer the mixture for 45 minutes, then add the honey and cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside until ready to use.
For the topping: Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and reserve.
Heat a few inches of oil in a deep-fryer over high heat.
Use a tablespoon to form 1/2-inch diameter balls of dough.
Add the dough balls to the deep-fryer and fry until cooked through and golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Transfer the fried dough balls to a serving platter. Drizzle with honey sauce and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
On Friday I finally got to make an order that I have been anticipating and excited about for at least a month now, football themed cupcakes for a 1 year old boy’s birthday party. I was really excited to make these as they are were my first really themed cupcakes. My friend who ordered them didn’t really know exactly what she wanted, but said that the party was a football party and sent me a couple of pictures from online that she had found that she liked.
Idea #1 from http://www.celebrations.com
Both were super cute. She wanted to do 1.5 dozen cupcakes and 1 dozen mini’s so I also had sizes to work with. This is what I came up with. I was very excited about it and think she was as well. It also was in the spirit of the Houston Texans who had a big game coming up vs. the Cowboys (since they they have lost….boo!) with the red and blue helmets and spirit fingers.
The cupcake phase is here. It has hit and they are everywhere. It’s a fad, a trend, and hopefully one that will stick around and become a statement. With all these new bakeries popping up and claiming to have famously delicious cupcakes it made me wonder where cupcakes actually came from. How did they start? Here are some questions. See if you know the answers first and then look below for the answers. They are some pretty interesting cupcake facts.
1. Where does the cupcake get its name from? Is it really named for being a cake baked in a cup?
2. What were cupcakes originally iced with?
3. Name a famous song (very famous) about cupcakes.
4. How many cupcakes are consumed in the US on a daily basis?
5. Where did cupcakes originate? In what century?
6. Name one city where cupcakes are banned in schools to prevent obesity.
7. How many calories does the record holding largest cupcake, weighing 1224-lb have in it?
1. The name cupcake came from the idea that it was a snack that could be stored in a large cup during a baseball game. Abner Doublday is believed to have been the first to stuff a cake down his drinking cup and run the bases with it, stopping every now and then (perhaps at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd) to reach down in his cup and have a bite of cake.
2. Cupcakes were originally iced with a moist gravy (umm gross).
3. The Beatles – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. YUM!
4. One for every adult in the US.
5. The US in the 19th century.
6. New York
7. two million
Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites, but they are really hard to make. Well, I take that back, they are not hard to make just more like hard to find a good recipe. The perfect peanut butter cookie in my mind tastes more like a peanut butter cup, not like a crispy biscotti. Most of the ones I have baked in the past turn out too crunchy. I think they look great when you press your fork into the top to make the cris-cross pattern (like the ones below from bakerella) but they are just too crunchy.
What I want is a nice puffy chewy gooey peanut butter perfection cookie. And that is just what I have found! My peanut butter cookies are just like a Reese’s pb cup just minus the chocolate. Next I am going to add some chocolate in and see what I get but for now these are my favorite. If you have not tried them already go ahead and order some at http://www.bakedsugar.com. You won’t regret it!
While in Vancouver, well actually on Vancouver Island, this past week, we celebrated a big 30th birthday for Roy! It was a surprise dinner in our cabin on Saturday night. His girlfriend went all out! There were balloons, 30th birthday napkins, and even confetti. To do this on a vacation was truly a special treat!
For the main course we seared tuna and served it alongside some amazing risotto. While it was an amazing dinner, my favorite part was the cake! We had brainstormed and decided to do a 3 and a 0 for a bit 30 cake, but didn’t know exactly what to put on it! Now, Roy…he is a special kid! He drove more cars in high school than Sara Woods and by far more interesting, for lack of a better word, cars. Among his collection was a low rider truck, a Jaguar, and a special neon green Honda Del Sol. If you knew Roy you would see how funny it would be for him to have this small Miata like car. Roy is 6’4″.
For the cake we decided to get a picture of the green and have it put on the edible paper. It turned out amazing and he was totally surprised! The dinner was a blast and I think he raked in a great 30th! Till next time!
Here is a picture of the cake I made for my cousins’ 12th birthday. It was a surprise and a huge hit!
I also made these cupcakes for a client. They had a friend who just found out he was having a baby girl. Very exciting!
Special order these double decker sugar cookies for any party! Have them decorated to your liking with your choice of sprinkles, sugar cookie color, icing color, shapes and more! They are delicious and will brighten up any room. Below find the Baked Sugar flower cut outs filled with a sherbert orange frosting. I was just playing around with the sprinkles and trying to get different looks, but rainbow ball sprinkles would be cute too!
Double Decker Sugar Cookies – Two sugar cookies sandwiched together with tasty butter cream frosting.
I think it would be cute to experiment with the cookie color as well for the plain un-sprinkled cookies below. Maybe a blue sugar cookie with white icing for a baby shower for example 🙂
Happy Birthday to my best best friend Lauren. She turned a young year older today.
To celebrate we went go kart racing out in Angleton, Texas last Saturday. Baked Sugar was asked to make some mini cupcakes for the event and that is exactly what I did! I used black and white checkered flags as decorations along with some fun race car party favor rings. The rings were orange and blue so I used those colors for the icing. They were vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter cream. They were a hit!
I had a great time and think everyone else did as well. Congrats Ben on getting the best time! You win this:
He will be delivered on Friday! His name is Winnie Dog.