I found this article and had to share it with you. Click through the link to Gizmodo to read the original article and to listen to these embroidery patterns played on an old-fashioned music box! Please let me know what you think.
Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean it’s time to put away the gingerbread. Check out this recipe for Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites from Created by Diane.
- 1 (30 oz) package Pillsbury Gingerbread Cookie Dough (refrigerated section)
- 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Roll two teaspoons of cookie dough into a ball for each cookie. Place balls of dough into paper liners mini cupcake/muffin pan. Make a well/indentation into each ball of dough with a flour dipped mini rolling pin or the back of a measurement teaspoon.
- Beat room temperature cream cheese with powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla. Place filling into a piping bag, cut off edge of bag. Place one teaspoon or so of filling into each area of cookie dough.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes or until cookie tested with tooth pick comes out almost clean.
- Don’t over fill the cookies with filling as they will rise when baked.
- Let cool before removing from cupcake pan.
This is Emma Bell, a cake maker at Newcastle’s Blackfriars Restaurant. She’s giving a weekend-long workshop to aspiring UK cake decorators on November 22 and 23. The workshop, which runs from 10am -4pm on both days, will look at a variety of ways to ice an eight inch cake just like the professionals do. Ms. Bell has been awarded the Sugar Crafter of the Year at the North East Culinary and Trade Association (NECTA) Sugarcraft Awards. For more information about the upcoming workshop, please read the article at The Journal.
If you’re already an experienced decorator, you might want to check out this article from Perishable News. Through November 26, Cake Decorating Corner in Baiting Hollow, NY, is accepting submissions for its international cake competition. Website members will narrow the contestants down to the top five finalists. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded by Jorg Amsler, renowned pastry chef, and Chef Dawn Parrott, CPC, who recently won the grand prize in the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show.
How cute is this wall hanging? The 6″ x 11″ pattern is still doable for a gathering at your house or to present as a hostess gift if you’re going elsewhere for dinner. Click on this link, to download the pattern.