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Card making class I taught August 5 at The Assemblage Studio in Green Bay, WI. That’s Dawn in the photo; there were 6 other students and if I’d have remembered my camera I’d have more photos to share. I had such a fun time teaching this class!

Baking for Ballerinas

I’ve been away for a few weeks due to a vacation and a computer crash, but it is good to be back.

Last weekend I baked for a local nonprofit, The Community Ballet Program, Inc.

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Some of the students from The Community Ballet Program performed at the fundraiser.

Every February we hold a fundraiser called Baking for Ballerinas to raise money to help pay our instructor, for rent and insurance and all the other costs involved in running a nonprofit. The event is held at the home of Keith and Michele Montgomery. Michele was a founding board member for the organization.

I helped to start this program over 15 years ago, and taught classes for several years and then served as the President and Treasurer of the board until I retired 2 years ago.

I do love to bake, so I continue to bake for this event to support the program.

I started with prep work on Thursday; several caramels for a tart and some of the cakes, the tart dough, candied pecans, cannoli dough, and a blood orange reduction.

I had a helper on Friday, Katherine. She’s still in high school but hopes to go to school to become a pastry chef after she graduates.  She helped me assemble a tiramisu and Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake  (I used Nigella Lawson’s recipes for the Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake from this cookbook). She also made the filling for the cannoli.

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Chocolate Meringue Truffle Cake

Other bakes from Friday included a Cranberry Cheesecake, which I previously made at Christmastime. Very delicious! Also on the menu was this Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart and Blood Orange and Polenta Shortbread.

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The Cranberry Cheesecake

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Blood Orange and Polenta Shortbread

Saturday I started baking early! I got a start on Cardamom Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream, from this magazine (I omitted the pears; it was still delicious!) , Gingerbread Cake with Whiskey Caramel, from this cookbook, some tiny chocolate filled cream puffs and Nigella Lawson’s recipe for Pavlova, which I make every year as it seems to be a favorite.

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Cardamom Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

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Gingerbread Cake with Whiskey Caramel

The party was fun. I wish I had photos of more of the desserts. You can see the entire spread if you look on my facebook page. We had a wonderful turnout this year, even thought the weather turned snowy later in the evening.

If you would like to donate to the Community Ballet Program you can send a check to P.O Box 1742, Wausau, WI 54402-1742. And if you’d like to be invited to next year’s event, leave a comment with your address or contact me via my email and we’ll add you to our mailing list.