Happy Birthday America! ~ Celebrated with a “15 Minute Flag Cake” and a music video, Star Spangled Banner

Flag Cake by Baking is my Zen

It’s July 4, 2014, Friday evening, and I’m finally getting around to posting my Flag Cake.

Been busy…to the point where I didn’t bake the cake. I bought it. Ouuuuch…

My main focus was in decorating the cake to represent the United States Flag. So, with that priority in mind, I opted to just buy a frosted cake. I call it the, “15 Minute Flag Cake”.

15 Minute Flag Cake
By Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen

15 Minute Flag Cake by Baking is my Zen

What you’ll need:
¼ sheet cake, frosted
1 pint blueberries (you will not need the whole package, but pick the best looking ones)
1 package (1 lb) strawberries (you will not need the whole package, but pick the best looking ones)
Sharp knife

PROCEDURE:
Rinse and dry blueberries and strawberries.
Remove strawberry stems.
Cut the strawberry tops.
Place the flat side of strawberries on counter. Cut in slices. Set aside.

DECORATE:
Place blueberries on frosted cake.
Place strawberries on frosted cake, overlapping the slices.

ENJOY!

15 Minute Flag Cake by Baking is my Zen

 

Happy Birthday America ~ 7-4-14 (Flag Cake by Baking is my Zen)

I have been creating music videos and this month’s song is,

Star Spangled Banner by Whitney Houston
Music Video by Carmen Ortiz

A special THANK YOU to flickr members who shared their flag photos for the video.

GOD Bless America!

Peace in Baking,

Carmen

Baking is my Zen
…sweet nibbles for the soul

Photography by Carmen Ortiz. ~All Rights Reserved.
Not to be used without permission.

Posted in Baked, Cakes, Celebrations, Dessert, Flickr-Food Bloggers-Dessert Love, Flickr-Macro Desserts, Holidays, YouTube

EASTER DESSERT ~ Coconut Pecan Buns with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze (and a music video, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy)

Coconut Pecan Buns with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze by Baking is my Zen

Creating music videos is a new thing I’m doing this year…it’s fun and I enjoy the creativity. I only pick songs that I connect with in some way.

I came upon listening to an artist, Eva Cassidy, and was blown away by her fabulous voice. I also liked that she played guitar. Eva is no longer on this earth, but, her voice lives on. Eva Cassidy died of melanoma on November 2, 1996. She was only 33 years old.

You can see Eva Cassidy sing, HERE.

RIP Eva Cassidy…your voice will live on forever in our hearts.

Info on Eva Cassidy:

http://www.evacassidy.com/bio.htm

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eva-cassidy-mn0000168256/biography

http://www.last.fm/music/Eva+Cassidy

http://evacassidy.org/eva/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Cassidy

http://www.oaksite.co.uk/bioblue.html

In Eva Cassidy’s memory, I’ve created a music video.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy with lyrics

I want to say

‘THANK YOU’ to the Flickr members

who kindly provided their RAINBOW PHOTOS for the video.

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On the subject of BAKING

I finally made Buns! I was inspired by a bun recipe called,

Orange Rolls Recipe – Laura Vitale – Laura in the Kitchen Episode 740 Video.

Instead of making Orange Buns, I created my own flavor profile using

coconut, pecans and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur.

A TESTAMONIAL BY MY SISTER-IN-LAW:

She said I make delicious desserts, but, this is THE BEST I’ve done yet.

I did not plan on taking photos with my Canon DSLR camera because I wanted to focus on making the dessert. However, I did manage to take a few shots with my cell phone.

Some photo highlights of the baking process with cell phone are below.

Filling: On top of the Baileys butter, I added coconut flakes and pecans.

Next, shaped and proofed buns…

shaped and proofed buns-Baking is my Zen

Melted butter was brushed on proofed, shaped, buns just before baking…

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To the oven to bake…

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Just baked and out of the oven…

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Baileys Irish Cream Glaze poured over buns….

Baileys Irish Cream Glaze poured on buns-Baking is my Zen

Sprinkled coconut and pecans over Baileys Irish Cream Glaze…why did I do that? Because it made me happy! :)

Cross section of buns…had a bite…nom nom…so, so, SO good!

Coconut Pecan Buns with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze

Slowly pull buns apart and enjoy the delicious sweetness…the Baileys Irish Cream Glaze brings this recipe over the top!

Coconut Pecan Buns with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze

Coconut Pecan Buns 

with 

Baileys Irish Cream Glaze Recipe

Coconut Pecan Buns with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze

Buns recipe adapted from, Orange Rolls Recipe – Laura Vitale Episode 740 Video

Filling Recipe created by Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen

Makes 16 Buns

INGREDIENTS:

YEAST PREP:

1 package active dry yeast ( 2 ¼ tsp = one ¼ oz. packet yeast)

1/4 cup water (110-115 degrees Fahrenheit)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

DOUGH PREP:

3/4 cup whole milk (110-115 degrees Fahrenheit)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (but not hot)

1 egg (room temperature)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

yeast mixture – see above

2 cups all-purpose flour (final cups of flour for dough)

FILLING: by Baking is my Zen

1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 tablespoon Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup coconut flakes

1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

JUST BEFORE BAKING BUNS:

1/4 cup melted butter, to brush over the top of buns before baking

BAILEYS IRISH CREAM GLAZE: by Baking is my Zen

1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted

3-4 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur

½ tablespoon butter, room temperature

Pinch salt

TOPPING:

coconut and toasted pecans, about 1/4 cup of each

D  I  R  E  C  T  I  O  N  S  :

PRELIMINARY PREP:

• Prepare proofing bowl: Oil a large bowl with oil spray (PAM). Set aside.

• Prepare baking pan: Oil 9×13 baking pan with oil spray (PAM). Set aside.

• Toast chopped pecans lightly on stovetop for 5-7 minutes. Put in bowl. Set aside.

• Place coconut flakes in bowl. Mix to separate flakes. Set aside.

• Baileys Butter Filling: Add 1 tablespoon Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur to softened butter. Mix. Set aside.

1) YEAST PREP:

In a small bowl, combine warm water and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. Stir.

Sprinkle the yeast over the water. Mix.

Allow to sit for 10 minutes until yeast mixture looks frothy.

2) DOUGH PREP:

While the yeast blooms, in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add milk, sugar, salt, melted butter and egg.

Add 2 cups of the flour, vanilla extract and yeast mixture. Mix until combined.

Change the paddle attachment to a dough hook attachment.

Slowly add about 2 more cups of flour to form a dough. Mix slowly at first. Increase speed to form dough.

KNEAD DOUGH: Turn the speed up to medium (#6 on my kitchenaid mixer) and knead dough for 10 minutes. Dough should be smooth.

3) PROOFING #1: 2 HOURS

Remove dough from mixer and pull together with your hands to form a ball.

Use a little bit of flour on your hands if dough is unmanageable.

Place dough ball in oiled bowl. Invert the dough to grease the other side of the dough ball.

Cover with plastic wrap or towel.

Place dough in a warm, draft free location. Proof dough for 2 hours.

4) AFTER PROOF #1: FILLING AND SHAPING

When doubled in size, gently punch the dough down.

Roll dough out onto a floured surface into a 15×9” rectangle.

FILLING:

Spread the soft Baileys flavored butter over the top of dough.

Sprinkle sugar evenly over the butter.

Sprinkle pecans and coconut over the sugar.

SHAPING:

Starting from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll form. Pinch edges lengthwise to seal.

Cut into 16 even slices.

Place buns cut side down in a well-buttered 9×13″ baking pan. (I use PAM oil spray.)

Cover with plastic wrap. Tip: I lightly spray the plastic wrap before covering the shaped buns.

5) PROOF #2 SHAPED BUNS: Put covered, shaped buns in a warm spot to rise (proof) for another 1-1/2 hours.

6) PREHEAT OVEN to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while shaped buns are proofing.

7) AFTER PROOF #2: After second proof, brush risen buns lightly with melted butter.

8) BAKE buns for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cover with foil if it browns too quickly.

9) BAILEYS IRISH CREAM GLAZE: While the buns are baking, make the glaze.

Sift confectioners sugar into a bowl.

Pour 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur into sugar. Mix.

Add softened butter. Mix.

Add approximately 2 more tablespoons Baileys until a runny glaze consistency forms.

Add a pinch of salt. This brings out the sweetness.

10) REMOVE BAKED BUNS from oven after 30 minutes or golden brown.

11) POUR BAILEYS IRISH CREAM GLAZE over hot buns. Sprinkle coconut and pecans over glazed buns.

12) Enjoy!!

Coconut Pecan Buns with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze

This makes a great dessert for EASTER,

which is coming up this month on

Sunday, April 20, 2014.

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Peace in Baking,

Carmen

Baking is my Zen
…sweet nibbles for the soul

Photography by Carmen Ortiz. ~All Rights Reserved.
Not to be used without permission.

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