Friday, September 12, 2014

Galletas de Jengibre con un nuevo giro

Le doy gracias a Dios por que existen las vacaciones!!!

De verdad que es tan necesario tomarse un tiempo para relajarse en la vida... los niños de esta generación están mas estresados que nunca y no tienen tanto tiempo libre como en nuestros tiempos y el poco tiempo que tienen lo usan para estar en el celular, la computadora, el ipad, los videos juegos, etc, etc.

Realmente no tienen tiempo de simplemente  imaginar y  gozar las cosas simples de la vida. 

Dicen que la creatividad se esta perdiendo...que va a pasar en algunos años? Ya no va a haber pintores, escultores, etc, etc?? Espero que no y de nosotros los padres depende, así es que a trabajar y apoyar los programas que promuevan el arte para los niños.



Pues este verano tratamos de relajarnos lo mas que pudimos;   Tenia tantas ganas de hacer una casita de jengibre para que mi nenita la decorara pero nunca encontraba el tiempo para hacerlo, así es que aprovechamos estas vacaciones para trabajar en ello.  

Quedo HERMOSISIMA y RIQUISIMA!!!

Les comparto la receta que utilizamos para que la vayan practicando y  cuando se llegue la Navidad sean unas expertas en hacer galletas de Gengibre!!! 

Les advierto que la galleta sabe tan rico, que vale mas la pena que hagan dos cantidades de esta receta para que puedan probarla.

Mas adelante les compartire los pasos a seguir para construir la casita.

Esta receta no es la tradicional galleta de gengibre, le puse el toque especial de "Mil Grageas".


Receta de Galletas de Gengibre

INGREDIENTES:

3/4 de taza de harina
1/2 cdta de polvo de hornear
1/2 cdta de gengibre en polvo
1/2 cdta de canela en polvo
1/2 cdta de Koek & Speculoos
2 cdas de azucar moscabado obscura
7 cdas de mantequilla a temperatura ambiente
1/4 de taza de melasas

MATERIALES:

* Cortador de galleta de casita
* Charola para hornear con papel encerado


Esta cantidad es suficiente para hacer una casita. 

PROCEDIMIENTO: 

1)  Cernir la harina con el polvo de hornear y las especies y ponerlas en un recipiente para mezclar.  Poner el azucar y mezclar bien.




2)  Poner la mantequilla cortada en trozos pequeños y con las puntas de tus dedos empezar a formar la masa, hasta que quede todo incorporada y parezcan moronas de pan. 





3)  Volver a hacer un hueco en el centro y poner las melazas y amasar hasta que todo se incorpore y se forme una bola de masa...





 ( Desde que empiezas a hacer esta receta tu casa huele delicioso, parece que encendiste una vela). 





4)  Estirar la masa como a 1/4 de pulgada de grueso. ( Para hacer las paredes de la casa necesitas que tus piezas no esten tan gruesas para que no esten tan pesadas)






5)  Poner papel encerado en tu charola de hornear, poner la masa en el refrigerados por un rato y luego cortar las galletas usando el molde de galleta de casa de gengibre y hornear a 350 F por 10-13 minutos y dejar enfriar. 

" No te pierdas el proximo tutorial de como decorar y 
construir la casa de gengibre"



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Did you say "sophomores" or S'mores?

I can't believe that I have a Sophomore in the house!! I really like the sound of this word and it reminds me of something soft and delicious....S'mores!!

So I am sharing with you this photo tutorial on how to make a S'more cookie.
I made this set of cookies for my daughter,  using the colors of her school; she is a bow and  LOL kind of girl, so I made some LOL cookies, 10th grade,cookies with clever messages, some with the initial of her school, a s'more, and a portrait of her, I hope these cookies will inspire you to make some too. 

For this you will need:

*  Foolproof recipe
*  4 in Square cookie cutter
*  Edible markers
*  Royal Icing
*  Americolor gel color in :  Chocolate brown, white, copper and black
*  Pastry bag, coupler and tip # 2 and #15
*  Spatula and seal tight containers
*  Gold sprinkles

PROCEDURE

1.-  Cut out your cookie, bake it and let it cool.

2.-  Prepare some white flooding royal icing  and cover your cookie and let it dry overnight.




3.-  When the cookie is dry, using your edible marker make two lines as it shows in the picture above. 


4.-  For the graham cracker, prepare some flooding icing and mix some chocolate brown gel color and some copper, 






Put some of that icing on top of the lines you did in step # 3 and this will be the graham cracker of your s'more. Let it dry and save some of this icing for the top of the S' more.




5.-  Prepare some flooding icing in chocolate brown and add it to the top of "the cookie" to form the hershey chocolate, and let it dry.






6.-  Prepare a pastry bag with white medium firm royal icing an attach the tip # 15  , and put some icing in top of "the hershey" to form the marshmallow, and let it dry.




7.-  With the pastry bag, use a tip #2 and make a square in top of the marshmallow to make "the top graham crackers"  and with the same icing you used in No. 2 cover the square and let it dry.







8.-  Put some gold sprinkles in the edges of the graham crackers and you can decorate the cookie with some flowers if you want. 


It really look so yummy!!!






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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day of the dead, skull decorated cookie




My dad passed away when I was a little girl and I remember that every year on the day of the dead celebration we used to visit my dad at the cemetery very early in the morning  to put a lot of flowers on his tomb, it was always very very busy and the cemetery looked like a very festive place, full of flowers, food and music. 

I can say that I was a little confused to see all that partying going on, when I was just thinking how sad I was that my dad was not there with me, and I used to ask my mom why all those things were going on and she just said they are following a very old tradition of the day of the dead. 

It was until I got older that I really understood the meaning of all the rituals that the day of the dead consist of. 

The day of the dead is a day to remember all the souls of the people that have left this world and are resting in peace; for the indigenous they believe that this day all the dead people come down from heaven and enjoy all the things that they used to love when they were living on the earth, that is the reason that the people adorn the tombs with  flowers, food, wine, and music. All the adornments you see on the big altars had a meaning, like the candles,  they are used to light the way from heaven to earth and so on.... one day I will make a big post about it. 

One of the things that I remember is that we used to go to "La Feria de Todos los Santos", it means, the Carnival of All the Saints".  And we used to go to buy our sugar skull with our name, and a lot of candies, it is really amazing all the things that you can do with sugar!! They make EVERYTHING,  like small plates of enchiladas, pan dulce, tamales, chicken, lambs, etc, etc, out of sugar.  I bet you will love them as much as I do. 

These cookies are inspired on those childhood memories and I am using an embroidery technique with mini mini pearls and a toothpick.

You will need:

*  Foolproof cookie recipe
*  Skull cookie cutter
 Royal icing
*  Americolor in electric orange, fuchsia, white  and black
*   2 Pastry bag, coupler and decorating tip pme #1.5 
*  Mini pearls in different colors
*  Toothpicks






PROCEDURE:

1.-  Prepare your cookie dough, cut out the cookies, bake them and let them cool. 




I also baked at the same time a "Catrina" cookie, a "Catrina" is a Skeleton fancy lady, very popular also for the celebrations of the Day of the dead.





2.-  Prepare medium consistency royal icing in electric orange and fuchsia pour them in the pastry bags and put a # 1.5 pme decorating tip.  Prepare also black medium consistency royal icing a set them a side in a seal tight container. 


3.-  Prepare white flooding royal icing.


4.-  Flood the skulls with white royal icing and let them dry completely. 






5.-  When they are completely dry, using the toothpick technique make the eyes using black icing and let them dry completely.



I made the Catrina putting together the hat and the skirt to a skeleton cookie cutter.








6.-  When the eyes are dry make an outline in the eyes with fuchsia icing and pour out mini sprinkles and shake the excess. 




7.-  With the orange icing make some flowers and add the sprinkles as in the step #6.  You can use  the fuchsia  icing  to make flowers, too.

Use the toothpick to position the sprinkles on the icing. 


This is why I call this technique "Embroidery".



8.-  Using black icing and a toothpick make the little nose and with an edible marker make the mouth and teeth.

You can personalize the cookies with Initials or names. 





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