The Great Galentine’s Day Bake Off

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Inspired both by Galentine’s Day from Parks and Rec and The Great British Baking Show (PBS in the U.S., BBC in U.K.) my roommate and I decided to invite our friends over for a whole day of baking cupcakes from scratch. Ahem, excuse me. Gluten-free, vegan cupcakes from scratch. Neither of us had experience with GF, V cupcake baking, so I spent the previous day looking up various recipes from which to glean. We then tweaked them with our own fillings and toppings, etc. and ended up making 36 delicious cupcakes! The first batch was delicious in flavor, but texturally failed (they sank. I’ll explain why below). With Pictures! :)
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Pie Contest Part 3 : Recipe Time!

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Hellloooo! If you’ve read through Part 1 and Part 2, thank you! As a reward for your diligence and loyalty, you will find the coveted recipe that I’ve developed at the end of this post. If you’re in a hurry to start baking, jump to it here.

Before that though, I’d like to finish my little story about the contest… The day was hot, with a slight breeze relieving us all occasionally, but it was worth it. Hundreds of people milled about the grassy area just looking, tasting and talking to all the pie makers and friends. My mom came to help serve and was a delight to have with me as she supplied our little corner with water, forks, plates and tastes of other people’s pies, which made the serving that much more enjoyable!
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Metaphorically, Yes.

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Have you ever used a brainy word just to confuse people? That is to say, have you ever tickled their brain?

I think brain-tickling should be a recurring thing, an everyday goal, if you will. So I’m here to tell you how to do it. Take a look, absorb it, love it, and do it. Do it for my happiness, do it for yours, and by god, do it for theirs. Continue reading

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