mishalak: Mishalak with long hair and modified so as to look faded. (Faded Photo)
And now I have pictures of my recent cookie making adventures. They look very tasty and I can confirm they taste even better. I was dumbfounded that I made some of these. In particular the cookies that I slathered in orange butter cream frosting were so good they could have come from a high end bakery. Perfect balance, sweet enough to satisfy completely with just one cookie but not so sweet that I felt like I was about to go into sugar shock.

Orange Buttercream Frosting
¾ cups butter (1½ sticks)
¾ cups confectioners' sugar
½ tablespoon orange zest (about one orange worth)
1½ tablespoons orange juice
1½ tablespoons milk

Beat butter in a bowl, preferably with an electric mixer using a paddle attachment at medium speed. Beat until fluffy, this should take about a minute if the butter is at room temperature. Stop the mixer and add a half cup of the confectioners' sugar, beat it slowly until fully incorporated. Repeat until you have added all the sugar. Increase speed to medium again and beat until very smooth, this should take three minutes or longer. I mean it!

Add the orange ingredients and beat a bit before adding the milk to avoid any possibility of curdling, however slight. Then add the milk and beat a bit more. Stop and scrape the bowl and beater with a spatula to make sure everything gets throughly mixed. You may have to repeat the scraping and mixing stage several times. Once totally mixed beat briskly until the mixture is rather fluffy, this could take four minutes or longer.

The resulting frosting will have a pleasant pale orange color with flecks of darker colors in it. If you wanted it to be totally uniform you could try making this in a food processor, but I've never done it. This makes enough to easily frost a dozen and a half cookies or a dozen if put on very thick.

4 Cookie Pictures )
mishalak: Mishalak wearing a furry hat in front of snowy pines. (SnowII)
Photographs Behind Cut )

The icon used in this post is from a photograph taken at the same time as the rest in this post. Let me know what you think of it. Should I work to lighten it up some more?
 
mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (The Alchemist)
deHavilland Vampire OverflightThe DeHavilland Vampire is a very interesting looking aircraft. I took this photo and it came out... so-so, but that's to be expected at an airshow. Despite what I said I did go for a while and had an okay time. Though now I need to play catch up on getting work done on the books.

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