I want to introduce you all to two nifty little gifts I got for my birthday. Yes, it was weeks ago but I've been slack on the blog entries as of late, if you haven't noticed. I have no excuse other than a lot was going on and I was enjoying the remnants of summer.
The first piece de resistance is the Batter Finger, a gift from my aunt in the Netherlands. She obviously knows my tendency to run my finger across the edge of the batter bowl, or even scoop a sampling from the middle.
"Uh oh, have you been caught sticking your finger into that irresistible cake batter again?" the back of the package reads. "Next time, don't gross everyone out - use your Batter FInger instead!"
The silicone spatula can be used to stir and scrape, apply frosting ... and taste the batter, it says. Too cute. I can't wait to use it.
My other new favourite gadget is iSi Easy Whip, which makes fresh whipped cream with just a few shakes of the bottle. It uses a nitrous oxide charger, or bomb as we like to call it.
We've had one at the cottage for as long as I can remember. I believe it was my Dutch aunt who first brought one over. It always gets whipped out when we're having Oma's famous blueberry crepes.
All you have to do is toss in a cup or two of whipping cream and a spoonful or two of icing sugar.
Then comes the best part -- the bomb. It's the silver-coloured object below, sitting beside its holder.
When you screw it in on the top, it hisses a little as a pin pierces the charger and lets out the gas. Then you shake the container three or four times and it's done and you can start squirting the whip cream from the nozzle.
Instead of icing sugar, you could use cocoa or a flavoured liquid syrup. Or even Kahlua or dissolved vanilla sugar.
Mmmmm, the possibilities. Now who's coming over for cake or a decadent breakie?