Yesterday I had to go to Sadar Bazaar to buy *prizes* for Cadence 2013.
Somewhere in those cramped, congested alleys, in one of the crowded, wholesale-prize-only shops I found baking supplies' heaven.
It was relatively empty, there being only One other aunty who was curious to know whether silicon cups would work well in a convection oven*.
They had plastic cases for chocolate, moulds upon moulds for all kinds of things, a rotating cake table, even different coloured Foil! They had sprinkles (though they weren't too great), flavourings (not food colouring, unfortunately), spatulas, cake boxes and edible glitter!
I took my time around the place. I bought 20 butter paper sheets for Rs. 60, and 3 of the cutest cookie cutters I'd ever seen, for Rs. 30 apiece**. I wanted to buy more cupcake liners, because they were so pretty! But you can only buy a stack of something like 200 liners, not less.
Anyway, I was really eager to use my cookie cutters - one of them makes itty bitty bite-sized stars.
So I went on a huge bake-a-thon today. I made a basic dough using this recipe, but in double quantity. Then I decided that the consistency looked too crumbly and added two eggs***.
I divided the dough into three parts - one part was vanilla sugar cookies, one part had a good amount of coffee and cocoa powder kneaded into the dough, along with a fine distribution of chocolate chips, and the last part had ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Each had a different shape (I got to use all the cookie cutters :D), and each had a different sprinkle theme **** (Sprinkles, yay!).
There's something about these haphazard hearts that I really love.
Twinkle twinkle, little star.
Now these are hearts you certainly want to break ;)
* I don't know. Never used 'em. Have you? Leave a comment!
** It's Rs. 30 apiece for only the aluminium cutters. The steel ones cost Rs. 65. I had to leave behind Christmas tree cookie cutters, and sexy lips cookie cutters, because Why-are-they-so-much-more-expensive?
*** You see, I want to try eggless baking, but most of the time, I don't make experimental quantities. I wouldn't like to spend so much time and energy and turn out duds, now would I? Therefore, at the slightest hint of impending disaster, I quickly throw in a couple of eggs, cross my fingers, pray to the baking gods and hope that it's not too late.
**** Stars were the vanilla ones, and they had the cool coloured sprinkles. Hearts were the cinnamons and they had red. Circles were the coffee chocolate chips and they had some poop-like chocolate threads (wait, is that what they're called?). Et voila!