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Adventures in Baking… and Photoshop

January 15, 2011

gallette-and-pb-bread

Ever since M gifted the mixer to me, we haven’t been without some sort of baked goods. The first project was the apple galette. I was apprehensive because I’ve tried to make a apple tart tatin before and it was a soupy disaster, probably due to the type of apple I chose. This time, I went with fuji apples and it turned out nicely. We followed this recipe for the most part and were very pleased with the results. I sort of added water by sight instead of using the exact amount called for in the recipe. The thing I didn’t realize about this particular recipe is that you end up making two tarts worth of dough so I still have a disc sitting in the freezer.

Last night, M and I finally got around to making the pineapple banana bread he’d been craving. It’s been in the planning stages for 4-5 days now so it was nice so get it done. We riffed off of two different recipes that were nearly identical, aside from the amount of crushed pineapple and the amount of vegetable oil they called for. Both said to bake the bread at 350 degrees for about an hour but our bread kept failing the clean toothpick test. Around the 1hr, 45 minute mark, we decided that if we kept it in any longer the top would burn completely. After letting it cool, we sliced it open and found the bread to be pretty solid. The outsides were browned but not burnt and the taste was pretty good.

After using the mixer a few times, I’m really glad that I have it. When baking, you have to have so many mixing bowls going at one time that it’s hard to have your hands be everywhere. The mixer has stepped up nicely and has made baking a lot easier.

Lastly, I’m still trying to get the hang of all the new Photoshop stuff I’ve got going on. Again, Katrina at puglypixel provided the genius templates and I just filled in the blanks. The background was colored by me over at COLOURlovers.com using an existing pattern template. The website has given me another way to practice all this technology and design stuff. I think the effort pictured above might be a bit busy for the eyes but it’s something!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2011 3:05 pm

    yum, looks delish. btw i’m hosting a $100 shopbop giveaway on my blog. come check it out.

  2. April 24, 2011 7:21 pm

    How do you make your images look like that? Do you use a site or program? Like with the one for your doggie’s birthday?? It’s really cool and I’d love to know how to do it!

    • amandapoon permalink*
      April 24, 2011 8:36 pm

      Hi Kayla! I use adobe photoshop. I got many of my templates for free from PuglyPixel.com (but some I paid for). If you are not familiar with how to use photoshop, there are many great tutorials on that same site that I refer to often.

      The photo template and tape icon are from puglypixel. The background is from colourlovers.com where I used a pre-made tile and basically colored it in. I took the tile that I made and linked them up in photoshop.

      Hope that helped!

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