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Rich Double Chocolate Cupcakes, a Treat for Tebow

Posted By pastrydiva on Jan 14, 2012 at 4:21PM

Chocolate cupcakes

Being from Colorado everyone here has fallen in love with Tim Tebow; Sydney and I thought it might be fun to create a fusion of Valentine’s Day and Tim Tebow. The end result is a rich buttermilk chocolate cupcake with an even richer chocolate icing. I must admit hailing from Chicago (originally) I have always been an avid Bears fan; Tim Tebow with positive attitude, plus his generosity even when he doesn’t play well has become one of my all time favorite players. Unlike most, I respect and admire him regardless of wins or loses. In some ways he reminds me of a Marine; he’ll do what ever it takes to lift his teammates, his morals are unapproachable, he truly embodies the the meaning of Semper Fi (Semper Fidelis  Latin for “Always Faithful or loyal”). I doubt there is a person who would argue Tim Tebow’s loyalty. Not since Micheal Jordon (yes I know he played basketball) has there been a player more devoted to a team and understands the meaning of being a part of something.

Watch the game, root for the team you favor, either way Tebow Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes take the Championship. So hike on over to Bobbie's Baking Blog for the recipe.


How to Decorate Champagne Sugar Cookies and Roses

Posted By pastrydiva on Jan 10, 2012 at 7:42AM

decorated champagne sugar cookies

must admit Sydney and I are once again writing a post at 1:00 am; we must sub-conscientiously  enjoy the hour. Yesterday I explained the romantic and loving memory that  The Champagne Sugar Cookies represents for both Sydney and myself. We actually began planning how we would decorate our individual bottles and glasses; when it dawned upon me anyone in a relationship would have a bottle of wine or champagne (with or without alcohol ) representing a heart felt experience .

Here is how we decorated our glasses and bottles to recreated an inmate memory at Bobbie's Baking Blog


Champagne and Roses Sugar Cookies; A Sweet Romantic Treat

Posted By pastrydiva on Jan 9, 2012 at 6:56AM

Champagne almond sugar cookies

With Valentine’s Day just a month away, Sydney and I found ourselves discussing what our version of a romantic night would be. We both agreed a nice bottle of champagne with raspberries in the glass was a nice start. Both both of us have had the opportunity to indulge in our favorite champagne with a special person. I was completely blown away: as we were confining to each other I realized we had describe almost identical versions. The brands of champagne  were different.

DF for the past 25 years has bought home a bottle of  Belle Epoque. Our introduction to this prodigious delightful bottle of French bubbly was our wedding night. A unique man, who has become a good friend, had a bottle on ice waiting in our honeymoon suite the night we wed. It has become a tradition to indulge on this champagne every Valentine’s Day. I wanted to create a sugar cookie that resembled  Belle Epoque Rosé .

Even at 2:00 am Bobbie and Sydney are completely dedicated to sharing their fun together as they bake champagne almond sugar cookies at Bobbies Baking Blog


Crème Bavaroise, L’Opéra Cake Gâteau Finale

Posted By pastrydiva on Jan 7, 2012 at 8:27AM

opera cake with bavaroise creme

As I finished yesterday’s post, L’Opéra Cake Gâteau, I realized I might have given the wrong impression. Opera cakes have a few steps and generally is best to give yourself two days from start to finish, but the cake is exhilarating to create. Besides feeling inspired; the look on friends, family, or client’s faces when they see the finished product is priceless.

Without further ado Sydney andI I will explain the Strawberry Crème Barvaroise, the assembly, and the White Chocolate Glaze at Bobbie’s Baking Blog kitchen. Come join the fun!


White Truffles with Cassis-Framboise Ganache, Baby Let It Snow

Posted By pastrydiva on Dec 22, 2011 at 7:58AM

white chocolate

One bite and your palate heaven dreaming of the next bite

Truffles are one of my favorite guilty pleasures; in fact Sydney was barely walking when she had her first truffle. She adored the truffles so much she shared a truffle with my closest nephew. She proclaimed they were to die for and he must try one. My nephew, who was three at the time, announced wide eyed he loved them and now was going to die soon. It took Sydney and I a few moments to finally realize he believed that the delectable truffle was going to cause him to pass on. It took hours of explaining it was a metaphorical description, and he was not only going to be fine, but have more scrumptious truffles to eat.

Join the fun and learn secret to White Chocolate-Raspberry Truffles; they' are to die for metaphorically!


I’ve Been Stollen Away This Christmas

Posted By pastrydiva on Dec 6, 2011 at 8:24AM


Some traditions in our family are 7 to 9 generations old, while others are only a year or two. Traditional stollen joyously came into our lives last year, the moment Sydney realized almond paste was rolled into the center, it became an instant favorite. We created it twice last year and for the first time this year. It is a lengthy process, but well worth the effort. The entire house smells like Christmas for days; besides Sydney and I have a merry time together.

Stollen is a sweet yeast bread with rum soaked raisin and candied citrus fruit. It is almost as much fun candying the citrus rinds as it is to bake the bread.

Bobbie and Sydney will take you meticulously step by step to help you succeeded in creating a new family Stollen tradition. Bobbie and Sydney will take you meticulously step by step to help you succeeded in creating a new family Stollen tradition. Visit Bobbie's Baking Blog; you don't want to miss this recipe


Cranberries All The Way, Happy Holidays

Posted By pastrydiva on Dec 2, 2011 at 7:57AM

Cranberry Pound Cake

It seems I become nostalgic every year, luckily Sydney has embraced our family tradition. During the time between Thanksgiving and New Years we bake a plethora of cookies, cakes, pie, and pavlovas. Cranberry cake has joined the Noto tradition in 2001; Christmas that year was particularly special and Cranberry Baby Bundt Cakes became a part of the holiday regime.Sydney had been put on a emotional roller coaster due to a wrong diagnoses of my health. Although she was over joyed to learn I would be eventually  fine, the year had taken a part of her innocence. Developing, creating, and baking Cranberry Bundt cakes side by side had a cathartic effect.

Jingle over to Bobbie's Baking Blog for a fun and delicious holiday tradition recipes.


Christmas Almond Apple Pie; The Finale

Posted By pastrydiva on Dec 1, 2011 at 8:54AM

Fancy  Ribbon Apple Pie

The original Almond Apple Pie was not decorated with almond pasty dough; I realized I had unevenness after I placed the dough in the pan. I, of course was going to continue and blind bake the dough, but I obsessed about the aesthetic perception for the entire baking time. While the pie was cooling I thought if I could decorate the edge no one would be the wiser. I had seen a piece of pie with leaves embellishing the back side and thought that might work for my less then perfect pie crust.

There are many ways to leaf  the crust; at the time I owned a leaf push tool so I use it. Sydney loved the look and became a part of the tradition. In fact I changed the leaf  a few years past (to roll around the crust); As Sydney was attaching them I noticed she seemed off. She finally confessed the pie did not have the character she adored, I told her it would be fine and I liked the new look. DF had the same reaction as Sydney; needless to say I went back to the original design. It always amazes and delights me how special a family tradition becomes. Family tradition (even the ones we think are corny) seems to be the glue that keeps us together.

Bobbie and Sydney have meticulously layered beautiful and delicate ribbons of apples and decorated the crust with seasonal leaves; join them for a step by photo step tutorial at Bobbie's Baking Blog


Christmas Almond Apple Pie, The Holiday Season is has Began

Posted By pastrydiva on Nov 30, 2011 at 7:49AM

Fancy Apple Pie

Seven years ago, while were living in New Jersey, Sydney and I were tossing ideas off one another for a dessert to start the Christmas season. Sydney, of course wanted the dessert to have almond flavor, and I had about 9 extra apples left from Thanksgiving, with those two ingredients in hand Fancy Almond Apple Pie was born. Even the crust has almond flour.

You are alway welcomed to bake with Sydney and Bobbie, your person invitation is awaiting you at Bobbie's Baking Blog.


Spice it up!

Posted By Chai Baby Tea on Apr 7, 2009 at 11:21AM

Want to spice up your holiday? Adding masala chai to your favorite holiday dishes will give them a wonderfully exciting layer of flavor.

1. Breads. Add one cup of prepared masala chai to pumpkin or cinnamon bread recipes for wonderfully varied and spicy flavor.

2. Veggies. Use prepared masala chai to steam vegetables and rice or soak lentils and beans.

3. Soups, sauces and marinades. Add prepared masala chai directly to these dishes.

4. For you gourmands: Spicy ice cream. Boil 4 cups of masala chai over medium heat until it becomes a syrupy reduction sauce. Mix into vanilla ice cream and re-freeze.

So, what are you waiting for? Get cooking, baby! And keep us posted on your tea-inspired culinary adventures.

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