Friday, October 1, 2010

2nd blogaversary!!!

It's been two years (and two weeks) since I started this blog. At that time, I thought a blog would be nice to have to document my baking adventures, share some pictures, and maybe include a few recipes. Now fast forward two years and I realize it's become much more than that:
  • I'm part of three baking groups (Sweet Melissa Sundays, Heavenly Cake Bakers, and Avid Baker's Challenge) and I'm the administrator of ABC.
  • I met wonderful food bloggers from all over the world who share the same passion for cooking and especially baking. Some of them I proudly consider my friends.
  • Thanks to my fellow baking group members, I've tried numerous recipes that I wouldn't have considered otherwise (chiffon cake, preserves, yeast recipes).
So I'd like to take this opportunity to thank *YOU* for visiting my blog and for taking the time to write comments as well. I truly appreciate it and enjoy reading each and every comment.

If I could pick only one recipe from the entire year, that I think shows the most progress in my baking skills, it would have to be my mom's Orange-Scented Sweet Yeast Rolls. When I made these rolls in the past, they were dense and hard. You could seriously hurt somebody with them, ha ha! A few months ago, I made them with my mom while on vacation. About a month or two ago, I made a couple batches on my own. They were light as a feather, soft on the inside, with a slightly chewy texture, not too sweet, with a wonderful orange flavor. I was very happy with the result. Try it for yourself. You can find the recipe HERE.

Some topped with cinnamon-sugar and some topped with pearl sugar

Light, airy, and orange-y :o)

20 comments:

  1. Wow, looks like you accomplished a lot! Hopefully I can do that one day too. Those rolls look pretty good!

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  2. Congrat's Hanaa! This past year has flown by with HCB. Conquering yeast is a huge accomplishment. And ABC is so much fun.

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  3. Congratulations Hanaa for all your accomplishments!!! Just to see your rolls, it's easy to see that you have lots of talent! :)

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  4. Congratulations Hanaa - great blog:-}}

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  5. Happy blogaversary! Those rolls look amazing, what a great treat to represent how your skill have progressed.

    My orange cake is baking right now, I can't wait to try it!

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  6. Happy blog anniversary :D

    Keep wowing us with your creations.

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  7. Congratulations Hanaa! Time does fly when we are cooking fine!

    Its a great blog and love that I joined you in the ABC group.

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  8. Happy Anniversary. I remember stealing these rolls!! :-)

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  9. Hanaa, congratulations!!!! You have accomplished so much along the way and every ONE of them are stunning and delicious =).

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  10. Happy Anniversary! :) I still have your mom's orange bread KIV-ed..in my to-bake list!

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  11. Congratulations Hanaa! And you are absolutely right about the Orange-scented sweet yeast rolls. They are delicious :-)

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  12. Congratulations Hanaa for your acccomplishments! Your blog is great.
    From Québec, Tomates cerises et Basilic. Right now, i'm a follower.

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  13. Congratulations. You are an impressive baker and yes, your accomplishments are inspiring to us all.

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  14. Congratulations!! Your creations always amaze me, but it's the orange rolls I've most wanted to try.

    Between you and Shandy each twisting an arm, I finally took a deep breath and joined HCB. I'll be the comic relief for the group since my decorating skills are nonexistent. :-)

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  15. Congrats on your blogaversary! Those rolls look really good. I'm amazed that you are able to keep up with three baking groups.

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  16. Thank you all very much. I'm glad you enjoy my blog this much :o)

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  17. Congrats, my friend! I'm certainly glad you embarked on this project!!
    How do you think these rolls would be with lemon instead of orange?... I"m curious.

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  18. @Anat: thank you! My mom and I have made them with lemon before and they're just as tasty! Let me know if you try it.

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  19. Happy Anniversary! I can't believe you are a member of all those groups, I really need to join something just to get motivated to try new things!

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