My kids' birthdays just passed, and this year I decided to do something different for them...cake wise. I had flipped through a cake decorating book at the local public library and discovered all these fancy cakes made using something called "Rolled Icing" or "Rolled Fondant". I later discovered that making cakes using this stuff is called Sugarcraft. After a bit of googling, I discovered Kimberly Chapman's website on sugarcraft, along with a gallery of her work. Very inspirational. For a quick look at the diverse things people do with this stuff check out this Flikr keyword slideshow.
Anyhow, I decided to start "easy", and as my daughter was going to see the new Ice Age 2 movie with her friends, I figured I'd start east and make here an iceberg cake:
For the last couple of years, I have been celebrating my Ukrainian heritage with sviata vechera, or "holy supper" on Christmas Eve. The Ukrainian Christmas Eve meal of 12 meatless dishes contains many ancient traditions that actually pre-date Christianity. (Early Christians adopted these customs for themselves investing them with new religious significance.) One of these traditions is having as the centerpiece, a Christmas bread or kolach, consisting of three stacked rings.
Once again, this year I baked my own kolach. What follows is the play-by-play recipe for any who wish to do the same.
is a type of confectionery, usually extremely rich and often flavoured. It is made by boiling sugar in milk to the soft-ball stage, and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency.
I have tried various times to make my own fudge and had had limited success...until now.