Anticipation (with a giveaway)
I have been without an oven that bakes for almost the entire summer. I'm sure it was a blessing to our electric bill and I wouldn't have used it a ton anyways, but it has been missed.
I even have dough in my freezer that I made all the while forgetting that I didn't have an oven. Yeah, I made dough and went to preheat it, then realized I don't have a working oven. It happened more often then I care to admit.
I'm thinking that baking is more like a reflex to me.
The wait is over. It's T- minus 2 days and counting until my new oven is delivered. The anticipation is palpable.
It's just in time for my favorite cooking and eating season. Is it just me or does fall feel more like the new year? To me fall holds so much hope for what could be. All the slick new papers, pencils and pens. The relief of a cool breeze renewing your sanity.
I have plans for my new oven, big ones. I have had muffins on my mind for days and even dreamed of serving baked eggs and roasted tomatoes.
I have ideas stewing for different features here on this little blog, and most have been on hold for lack of an oven. There is so much waiting for me to do.
All this plotting and planning and waiting can make a girl hungry. I still need dessert. My ice cream maker and me have become quite close this summer.
I decided to make a light and refreshing ice cream that mimicked the flavors of something you may normally bake. I needed quick and simple and I found it. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream! It's not technically anything in it's name, but it tastes like a dreamy, rich and refreshing pie.
It's holding me over for 2 more days until the possibility of pie is real.
Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
2 cups limeade (like real juice, I used this)
zest and juice of 2 whole limes
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into an ice cream maker and turn it on for about 20 minutes or according to the directions of your own machine. Freeze for another 3 hours and serve.
I thought about making a white chocolate ganache for this, but this is so refreshing and creamy on it's own that I left it as is.
So now I need your help. I need to know what I've been missing baking wise.
I want your suggestions on what the first thing I should bake with my new oven. There's a treat in all this for you.
Just leave me a comment on what you think I should bake first I will choose a winner (random number generator will) and the winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to the Layer Cake Shop to help glam up their own baking.
Contest ends Friday at 12:00 noon AZ time - Good Luck and happy baking.