I really didn’t mean to not blog for the entire month of April but there just really hasn’t been much to talk about. We’ve been wrapping up the school year and I started finals two weeks ago. We had our practical baking and cooking finals, I got As on both, I’m glad to say. I’ve mainly been studying for the written finals, which started today. I (and everyone I’ve talked to from my class) failed our written cooking final but it only dropped my grade 4%, I still have an A so I’m not really worried about it. I’ve also registered for my fall classes and thanks to a mix-up at school I get to go both semesters next year instead of graduating in December, I had to register late and couldn’t get all my classes. I don’t really mind it but I was looking forward to being done. So in the fall I’ll be taking Classic and European Pastries and Quick and Yeast Breads. I’m excited.
Other than that, I’ve been knitting a bit. I started and finished Brooklyn Tweed’s Inversion Cardigan but I can’t get a decent picture of it. I knit it out of some of my handspun Shetland and it is warm and soft and cozy, perfect for the weather we’re having this week. I also knit a hat because I was bored and don’t have enough yarn to knit anything else.
Right now I’m knitting a Pagona out of some old handspun, it’s in the blob stage. I’m close to being out of yarn so I suppose it’s time to start the border and then I’ll be done.
But in baking we made cakes:
This is a chocolate cake with vanilla American buttercream frosting, it was good but I didn’t like the frosting much, it was too sweet. I also made a carrot cake but it’s sitting, unfrosted, in my freezer because I forgot about it until just now. Whoops!
And we made cookies:
These are brownies, pecan sandies, snickerdoodles, and coconut macaroons. They were good.
We made ice cream, too, but I didn’t get any pictures of it. I made a rich chocolate custard base and added strawberries and chocolate chips, it was good. I’m going to miss being in the kitchens at school this summer but I’m looking for a job, I just hope I can find something, there isn’t much out there where I live. I am planning on going through my baking textbook and making up some of the recipes we didn’t do in class, I have to practice and keep my skills up over the summer, don’t I?
That’s it for me. I have to do some dishes and study for my Purchasing final tomorrow and my baking final Monday. I hate finals.